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1. Hapa Ramen2293 Mission St, San Francisco
2. Rx701 Geary St, San Francisco
3. Tender854 Geary St, San Francisco
4. Crystal Jade Jiang Nan4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco
5. TAP (415)845 Market St Suite #495, San Francisco
6. Izakaya Rintaro82 14th St, San Francisco
7. Game648 Bush St, San Francisco
8. Jackalope1092 Post St, San Francisco
Hapa Ramen, in their first permanent home, is the ideal place to slurp up flavorful bowls of ramen, munch on buttermilk fried chicken steamed buns (wut), and down a Polynesian-inspired cocktail menu with a Hi Lo Gimlet that's made with Hawaiian Punch.
Rx is a Tenderloin drinkey with a menu inspired by the prohibition-era prescription form for medicinal alcohol. Because, yes, medicinal alcohol used to be a glorious, glorious thing. There are Stimulants, Stress Relievers, Painkillers, Mood Stabilizers, and of course, Classic Remedies. Get comfy in one of the dark booths or cozy couches... or grab a stool at the bar, where the bartender will happily recommend the perfect cocktail for whatever ails you (i.e. not yet having a perfect cocktail).
When you're in the mood for a low-key evening with delicious wine (or beer, but mostly wine) and snacks (cheese and charcuterie, of course), head directly to Tender. This small space in the Tenderloin has 20+ wines on tap, a cozy upstairs lounge, and three varieties of Drake's beer.
The first U.S. outpost of a famous Asian restaurant chain is nothing if not opulent – developers reportedly sank $14 million into this 20,000-square-foot Dim Sum/Cantonese restaurant with stunning views at Embarcadero Center. Try the whole prawns, seared scallops in special sauce or pork dumplings while you gaze out at the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building.
Whether you like it or not, there are times you end up at the mall. But there's actually have something to look forward to when you stop by the Westfield mall: TAP (415), a modern American eatery that's got all of your old favorites (burgers, pastrami sandwiches), a bunch of your new favorites (bacon wrapped mini frankfurters, gulf prawn corn dog), 20 taps (12 for beer, 6 for wine, and 2 for cocktails), a dozen TVs, and... adult milkshakes.
Even though it's tucked between two unassuming buildings in The Mission and nestled close to the freeway, you’d still be surprised at how serene an oasis Izakaya Rintaro is. Reminiscent of a treehouse, the 60-seat space serves gorgeously prepared izakaya from a Chez Panisse alum. Warm your palate by sipping on a light cocktail made with ume plum liqueur, and then dig into fresh-from-the-waters sashimi, skewers of juicy chicken, hand-rolled udon in fish broth, and light-as-air tamago (layers of thin egg that you can watch your chef preparing from the open kitchen).
Elegance goes on an adventure in this restaurant from the husband-and-wife team behind Michelin-starred All Spice. As in, you can get a burger, but it will be an elk burger. Or, if you're not feeling like a burger (which makes no sense), you can order a whole braised goat. Everything is meant to be both exotic and whimsical, including the decor. Keep an eye out for the wine cart, which serves wines by the glass from the 2,700-bottle wine cellar. Not a wine drinker? They also have craft cocktails. Of course.