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    Giordano Brothers

    303 Columbus San Francisco CA 94133
    Opened by Pittsburgh expats homesick for their local specialty (the "all-in-one" sandwich), this immaculate little diner, with counter seating and high tables at which you perch on a banquette or stools, features only one thing: thick sandwiches on fresh-baked Italian bread that include a layer of french fries and coleslaw More
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    399 Embarcadero San Francisco CA 94105
    Fancy, pricey fish served in a brand-new building on the Embarcadero with a smashing view of the water and the Bay Bridge. The striking decor by Pat Kuleto includes two tall cylindrical aquariums in the main room (the low-ceilinged back room gets skimped on decor and can get painfully noisy; More
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    Taqueria Cancun

    2288 Mission San Francisco CA 94110
    Small, bright, and cheery with its colorful murals, and famous for adding fresh avocado, not dubious pre-made guacamole, to its tasty burritos, tacos, and excellent sandwichlike tortas. Convenient late hours, too. More

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    2369 Market St. San Francisco CA 94114
    415-834-5840
    1300 Fillmore St. San Francisco CA 94115
    415-771-7100
    Refined New American cooking, using French techniques and Southern accents, in a comfortable dark-brown room in the revitalized Fillmore Preservation Jazz District. Occasional live jazz in the adjacent bar and lounge room (pleasantly audible in the dining room) reminds you of the street's heritage (as does a dazzling wall of More
    563 2nd St. San Francisco CA 94107
    415-369-0900
    Its name celebrates the repeal of Prohibition, so it's no surprise that 21st Amendment's brewpub is the opposite of a secret subterranean speakeasy: with its large windows, bright wood accents, and open floorplan, this South Park restaurant and microbrewery couldn't be more forthright about its upscale, beer-loving raison d'être. The More
    601 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco CA 94102
    415-292-9997
    16 Mint San Francisco CA 94103
    415-543-5100
    Tucked behind the Old Mint in a charming bit of downtown urban renewal is this small, stylish Italian restaurant in SOMA. 54 Mint features the lusty, full-flavored cooking of Sicily: bucatini with fresh sardines, fennel, and raisins; baccala (cod fish croquettes); and arancini (deep-fried rice balls flavored with saffron). The More
    244 Jackson San Francisco CA 94111
    415-989-2539
    Named for top-quality Wagyu beef, this postmodern steakhouse also wants to be an inviting cocktail lounge. 5A5 Steak Lounge's menu offers new American and Asian-fusion twists on classic steakhouse fare. The Wagyu, sold by the ounce (at a four-ounce minimum) is very pricey; a World Wide Wagyu plate, featuring four More
    2355 Chestnut San Francisco CA 94123
    415-771-2216
    Named for the Italian autoroute that begins in Naples, A16 Restaurant is a delightful combination of a sophisticated setting in the Marina; rustic, earthy food; and a well-thought-out Italian and California wine list with many unusual vintages, including 40 wines available by the glass, carafe, or in flights. More
    2120 Greenwich San Francisco CA 94123
    415-929-8889
    398 Hayes San Francisco CA 94102
    415-551-1590
    You can get anything you want, including absinthe, at this extremely pleasant French restaurant in Hayes Valley's restaurant row, which services the Opera House and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Every gustatory desire, including exquisite cocktails and ripe cheeses, can and will be satisfied. Excellent before or after a performance, More
    3339 Steiner San Francisco CA 94123
    415-567-4903
    It's like Hard Rock Cafe with sushi -- excellent sushi. The AOR music is pretty decent, too, with the odd Bay City Rollers tune thrown in for low comedy. The rolls, despite cutesy names (49er, Steiner), are splendidly imaginative, especially the crawfish roll and the Flying Kamikaze Roll. Traditional sushi More
    24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco CA 94107
    415-644-0240
    1722 Sacramento San Francisco CA 94109
    415-567-5432
    Chef/owner Suzette Gresham-Tognetti, who made her name at Donatello, dishes up luxury versions of pan-regional rustic Italian specialties, mostly unconventional, interesting, and tasty at Acquerello in Nob Hill. The regional Italian wine list is awesomely long and costly; beg the sommelier's help and be prepared to spend big. More
    2700 Bancroft Berkeley CA 94704
    510-647-2300
    The beautiful setting, in the Presbyterian-owned Westminster House across the street from the Berkeley campus, is more of a draw than the well-meant but somewhat uneven cooking at Adagia. The huge, lofty, wood-paneled dining room features stained-glass windows and a massive fireplace. The menu features seasonal California-Mediterranean food, ranging from More
    1634 Bush San Francisco CA 94109
    415-922-5279
    This mom-and-pop serves fresh Mandarin fare minus the MSG, which makes it popular with the health-conscious denizens of Pacific Heights. Try the potstickers, shrimp with black bean sauce, or mint beef, and be sure to make good use of the house-made spicy mustard. The decor is simple ― plain tables More
    545 Francisco San Francisco CA 94133
    415-441-1040
    The only restaurant on the West Coast featuring the cooking of Istria, an area at the top of Italy whose culinary influences include Austria, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, as well as Rome and Venice. You'll see pork stuffed with sauerkraut as well as rabbit in agrodolce sauce. The dining room is More
    2018 Lombard San Francisco CA 94123
    415-929-8888
    Practice your Spanish while surfing a fine tapas menu at Alegrias. Especially good at this Marina restaurant: fried calamari, fried potatoes with spicy red-pepper sauce, and the croquetas. More
    448 Brannan San Francisco CA 94107
    415-495-1111
    659 Merchant San Francisco CA 94111
    415-781-7058
    Tucked down an alleyway on the edge of Chinatown, this venerable San Francisco steakhouse (est. 1928) is all red-on-red bordello elegance inside, with thick drapes, gilded chandeliers, plush leather booths, and starched napery, but the ambience is warm and convivial in the classic S.F. tradition. The steaks at Alfred's Steakhouse More
    1599 Sanchez San Francisco CA 94131
    415-282-8999
    Lots of artful touches - from the display of blown-glass trinkets in a high alcove to the Wedgwood bone china on the tables - don't detract from the vivid north Chinese cooking. It's hard to beat the orange beef (reinforced with plenty of zest and fresh chiles) or the spicy More
    1701 Jones San Francisco CA 94109
    415-928-4002
    This Russian Hill Italian stand-by has been a meeting place for politicians and local socialites for years, and the slightly prim interior is appointed with framed pictures of the restaurant's most famous guests. The opera soundtrack can feel corny, but the food won't ruffle any feathers: lobster and crab in More
    2162 Larkin San Francisco CA 94109
    415-447-0441
    Small, chic neighborhood spot offers friendly service and large portions of innovative Italian food. The antipasto della casa provides a splendid assortment of tastes and should not be missed, nor should the house-made pastas and gnocchi. Large, affordable list of Italian wines. More
    149 Noe San Francisco CA 94114
    415-861-7000
    A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, welcoming to the first-timer and especially so to the regular. Nicely situated on a corner, in a big square room. The vast menu of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and a few hot dishes is supplemented by a changing list of daily specials. Good list of sakes. You More
    2290 El Camino Real Mountain View CA 94040
    650-968-7511
    One of the region's best Indian restaurants, this surprisingly expansive and luxurious place (located in an unprepossessing mini-mall) features impeccably prepared classics (tandoori meats and seafood, samosas, pakoras, curries, and vegetable dishes) as well as more unusual dishes such as lamb curries in mild almond or hot chile sauces, hot More
    1497 Church San Francisco CA 94131
    415-920-1797
    CLOSED Quiet, stylish spot offers very good sushi and sashimi, with standout roles reserved for specialties like wonderful beef negi maki, rich, tender, sakana misoyaki (fillet of miso-marinated butterfish), and hamachi and tuna tartare with lemon-pressed olive oil. More
    689 Mission San Francisco CA 94105
    415-284-4040
    At Michelin-starred Ame, ultrafresh, Japanese-influenced seafood preparations like tempura poke with ogo seaweed and cuttlefish noodles tossed with sea urchin share the menu with stylish yet universally pleasing entrées such as duck breast with mushroom-foie gras bread pudding and crispy roast suckling pig with potato purée. Ame's specialties are the More