Eric Wolfinger
BDK Restaurant and Bar
Daisy Barringer
Blue Bottle
Café Du Nord
Grant Marek/Thrillist
Robin Stein
Myraid Gastro Pub
Aubrie Pick
Rusty's Southern
Tony Gemignani
Luis Rocha
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1. Aatxe 2170 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Upper Market)

Pronounced "aah-CHAY," this Upper Market Spanish spot features a menu that is inspired from the Basque tapas culture, but is very much driven by local Northern California ingredients. The vibe is very intimate and European, the former meaning you’ll want to make a reservation (call if your party is five or more), though walk-ins can grab seats at the bar or the communal table.

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2. Aster 1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Many of the ingredients at Aster are being cultivated by Northern California farmers and ranchers specially for the spot, so you can expect very thoughtful, tasty dishes like pigs head croquettes (w/ blood orange kosho, arugula, kumquat), and dry-aged beef striploin with farro verde, morel, little gem, and ramps. There are also almost two dozen wines by the glass, including biodynamic and naturally produced vintages, as well as plenty of European beers by the bottle.

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3. Belga 2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Cow Hollow)

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into this Belgian-inspired brasserie in Cow Hollow is the wall of refrigerated bottled beers, complete with a sliding ladder. Belga has both killer cocktails and an extensive Belgian beer menu (10 beers on tap, more than 50 in bottles), and a menu that's perfect for sharing (Belgian frites, oysters on the half shell, sausage plates). Oh, and it's got a really great brunch menu with waffles, beignets, and schnitzel with eggs.

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4. Blue Bottle at The Market 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Blue Bottle jumped in the Twitter building with this 500 sq ft space, designed to be a super efficient grab-and-go space (there's not much room to hang out while you drink your pour-over). They don't have waffles but they do have pastry's, so stop by to get your morning fix!

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5. Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Upper Market)

What happens when you take an over 100-year-old concert venue in Duboce Triangle, revamp it, and invite James Beard nominee Thomas McNaughton (the guy behind Flour + Water and Central Kitchen) to do the cooking and the Trick Dog guys to shake the cocktails? You get Café Du Nord, an absolutely killer new-but-old restaurant-cum-music-venue. The burger here is a juicy, messy-in-the-right-kind-of-way revamping of the classic, with gloriously melty sharp cheddar, lettuce, pickles, and secret sauce, and you can order it until 1am every night. Enjoy it in the Viking Room, a restaurant tucked away in the back, or at the bar while listening to live music and sipping a seriously good cocktail, and if you stay late, you can snag half price Champagne and oysters when the clock strikes midnight.

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6. The Cognac Room 185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Financial District)

This semi-secret bar above Gaspar Brasserie is home to the cities largest selection of brandy cocktails. John Codd (of Slanted Door and 15 Romolo) will school you in sophisticated spirits with a flight $19-$230) or one (or, let’s be real, 2-5) of the 50 brandy-based cocktails ($12 each) on the menu.

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7. Lord Stanley 2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

Lord Stanley is run by cooking power couple Rupert and Carrie Blease and has once again upped the ante’s ante with a light and airy 40-seat dining room. Lord Stanley’s menu has European influences infused with some tricks the duo picked up working at New York hot spots like Per Se and Blue Hill. Plus, as is the European way, there's a no-tipping policy.

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8. Myriad Gastro Pub 2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Hidden in the less-hip part of The Mission (in the former Nombe space), you’ll find beer-friendly bites courtesy of Chef Tricia Tracey, who hails from ThirstyBear Brewing Company, Momo’s, and Roti. Enjoy small plates or larger entrees inspired by global cuisines and flavors, like spiced shrimp with creamy grits, pappardelle with pork cheeks, and pan-roasted salmon with guanciale. Sip from an extensive list of wine and beers, or try one of the intriguing low-ABV cocktails made with fortified wines, aperitifs, and port. Bring a date and snack on deviled eggs with salsa verde and small plates of bone marrow, chicken-liver mousse, and salt-cod fritters.

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9. Octavia 1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Much like The Empire Strikes Back only made you appreciate “Star Wars” that much more, Octavia, the sister restaurant to Frances, will make you appreciate Chef Melissa Perello the most. The concept is similar: refined home cooking. In this case, home cooking just means simple, without any fancy tricks, and utterly delicious. The menu changes every day, but look/plead for things like chilled squid ink pasta, Atlantic sea scallops with crispy prosciutto, and chili-doused deviled eggs.

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10. OMAKASE 665 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

On the fringe of SoMa’s Design District, Omakase is busy crafting edible works of art all their own. Seats at the sushi destination have become a highly coveted commodity thanks in part to their Michelin star and a rave review from San Francisco Chronicle, so reservations are a must. Diners can choose from two prix fixe menus (with optional sake pairings) loaded with artfully prepared sashimi and nigiri at the discretion of the Tokyo-trained chefs. Fish and other ingredients are flown in from Japan to ensure an authentic and singular experience.

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11. Rusty's Southern 750 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

This casual haven of soul food offers Southern fare, curated handcrafted beer (thanks to owner Rusty Olson’s Suppenkuche roots), communal tables, and a plinko board. A modern BBQ den in the heart of SF's Tenderloin, Rusty's Southern is a solid option for lunchin', munchin' or brunchin'. Eaters are big fans of Rusty's fried chicken plates, buttermilk pies, and tasty grits.

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12. Slice House by Tony Gemignani 680 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Tony Gemignani (gold medal winner of the Food Network's Pizza Champions Challenge!) brings Italian-style pizza to his 2nd Street pizzeria, featuring two roomy floors in which to experience his creations by the slice (as the name would suggest) or by the whole pie. The famed Cal Italia is an award-winning treat featuring sweet fig preserves, prosciutto, and a balsamic reduction.

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13. Sundays 1248 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

From surfing clothing purveyor San Franpsycho comes this charming shop within a shop. It's mainly coffee, ice cream, and other sweet treats. And we're talking De La Paz Coffee, Four Barrel Cold Brew, Three Twins Ice Cream, and Devil’s Teeth Bakery treats. Oh yeah.

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14. Trestle 531 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Jackson Square)

Life is full of really tough decisions, but thanks to the folks at Trestle, now you'll have a few less to make. Every night, they offer a daily changing three-course prix fixe menu, and all you have to do is choose one of the two options for each course. And decide if you want to add the optional pasta supplement. Even better? It's cheap. And, since you're saving so much money on what's truly delicious food, you won't feel bad about splurging on a bottle of wine.