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Two San Francisco restaurants in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

Dominique Crenn’s dining destination, Atelier Crenn, finally made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year, alongside Corey Lee’s Benu. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have been ranking the world’s best dining destinations annually since 2002. Sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the list is the best-known of its kind, with winners chosen by more […]

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Are “classic” restaurants in San Francisco on the way out? These favorites don’t think so.

When Lucca Ravioli Company announced plans to close in late April, the news was another blow to locals who have seen a number of long-time Bay Area restaurants close over the past year. Between January and December 8, 2018, San Francisco alone experienced 326 restaurant closures. More than 110 of those closures were restaurants that […]

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For San Francisco restaurants, the closure of Jardiniere signals the end of an era

In a move that sent shockwaves through San Francisco, chef Traci Des Jardins announced last month that her flagship Hayes Valley restaurant, Jardinière, would close after a final dinner service on Saturday. There’s arguably no Bay Area restaurant that better personifies the opulence of San Francisco restaurant aesthetics in the late 1990s — white tablecloths, […]

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James Beard Foundation Releases List of Top Female-Led Restaurants in San Francisco

OpenTable has partnered with the James Beard Foundation to spotlight 21 restaurants in San Francisco led by incredible chefs and restaurateurs, who also happen to be women. Let’s be honest: it’s hard to be a woman in almost every industry. And as last year’s headlines proved, the restaurant industry is no exception. Harassment is far […]

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3 iconic turn-of-the-century restaurants in San Francisco

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device Passionate about history or theatre? Both need to eat. And there’s no denying the utter fascination foodies have for San Francisco’s oldest restaurants, especially when you can dine at one. and attend a Tony Award-winning musical from the same era. Now […]

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Celebrate National Toast Day at these San Francisco restaurants

Our obsession with toast has far exceeded that of avocado. All over San Francisco, you’ll find cafes, coffee shops, and even upscale restaurants that turn plain toast into flavorful and creative dishes, with sweet, savory, and unique toppings to match. Not that you ever need an excuse to order a slice of toast, but given […]

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Get these San Francisco restaurants on

Want the inside scoop on the hottest spots in San Francisco? We’ve taken a look at the data-driven question, using Yelp to find out which local businesses received extra reviews this month. To find out who made the list, we looked at San Francisco businesses on Yelp by category and counted the number of reviews […]

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Are restaurants in San Francisco too loud? New app helps diners navigate the noise

Thanks to a week-long survey, an app that measures noise levels in bars and restaurants proves what some diners have been complaining about for years: Bay Area restaurants are too loud. In fact, they’re right up there in decibels with those in Midtown Manhattan. SoundPrint, an iPhone app founded by Oakland native Gregory Scott, incorporates […]

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4 Trendy Family-Style Italian Restaurants in San Francisco

Savor delicious family-run Italian in San Francisco. Family-style Italian in San Francisco is a great way to go for anyone who wants a delicious meal in a relaxed setting in the Bay Area. These restaurants and cafes serve classic Italian dishes. Each venue puts its own twist on the classics, however, to provide a unique […]

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San Francisco restaurants flock to affordable liquor licenses

San Francisco will once again pay affordable liquor licenses to neighborhoods struggling to generate commercial development. This is the second phase of a plan for the city in which 30 neighborhood-specific licenses will be distributed over six years. The licenses, called Type 87, are for underserved commercial corridors along Bayview’s Third Street, Excelsior’s Mission Street, […]

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San Francisco Restaurants Posted on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco is known for its food scene – from neighborhood joints to chic restaurants. There are plenty of guides out there to tell you where the pants are fancy. But for some hungry souls, nothing beats a recommendation from the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” San Francisco has […]

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San Francisco restaurants on high alert for extortion operation

San Francisco is a notoriously tough city for restaurants, with rising costs, staff shortages and fierce competition. Add extortion to the list of challenges. On Thursday, District Attorney George Gascón issued a public warning about an email extortion operation directed at restaurants in San Francisco. Several local chefs said the perpetrators threatened to spread negative […]

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Extortion scheme threatens reputation of some San Francisco restaurants

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – The San Francisco District Attorney has issued a warning about an email scam targeting restaurants that threatens to ruin their reputations if they don’t pay out. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association says the emails were sent this week to restaurants in the city. “We’ve heard from about 15 to 20 that […]

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San Francisco’s best restaurants for solo dining, according to Reddit

Eating alone in town may seem like a daunting task in the face of popular family restaurants, but there are a number of restaurants where one can enjoy a pleasant and relaxing meal even without company. What was once considered something to do only out of necessity has become an online community of diners who […]

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Trick Dog’s new menu is a love letter to San Francisco restaurants

In keeping with its bi-annual tradition, the highly popular Mission District bar lap dog is ready to unveil its 12th new eclectic, sometimes bizarre, but always fascinating cocktail menu — “The Joy of Cocktails: A Trick Dog Cookbook.” With a tip to “The Joy of Cooking,” the new menu is a love letter to San […]

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Reddit users share San Francisco’s favorite restaurants for ‘unrich’ people

San Franciscans love their hometown food, so it’s no surprise that a Reddit thread about the city’s best cheap eats generates a stream of thoughtful comments. An out-of-town Reddit user recently posted the question, “Spending a week in San Francisco, we love the food but we’re not rich. What should you eat at the recommended […]

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5 Great San Francisco Restaurants for After-Theatre Treats and Desserts

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device Who returns home after a Sunday matinee or an early evening performance at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco? Not us. It’s still early enough to head to a nearby restaurant for dessert and discuss your favorite stage moments. Oh, and […]

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Restaurants in San Francisco can’t afford servers. So they put the diners to work.

SAN FRANCISCO – Souvla, a Greek restaurant with a devoted clientele, serves spit-roasted meat two ways: in a photogenic sandwich or on a photogenic salad, available with a glass of Greek wine. The toppings are well thought out: pea shoots, yoghurt enriched with harissa, mizithra cheese. The small menu is so appealing and the venue […]

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San Francisco restaurants open their kitchens to refugee chefs

SAN FRANCISCO: At Tawla restaurant in San Francisco, Muna Anaee dusted her hands with flour and gently broke off a piece of golden dough to bake bread eaten in Iraq, the country she fled with her family.Anaee was baking more than 100 loaves of bread for Wednesday night dinners as part of a program that […]

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Here are the best restaurants in San Francisco worth the long wait, according to Yelpers

Sometimes the hallmark of a good restaurant is wait time. Yelp shared a list of 30 San Francisco restaurants that are guilty of long wait times — but are also the ones people are willing to defend. You can find the usual suspects like Dottie’s True Blue Café, Brenda’s French Soul Food and Burma Superstar, […]

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These are the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco that still have Valentine’s Day reservations

There are still three weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, but now is the time to make a reservation, especially if you plan to grab drinks and dinner on your date in San Francisco. To help sort out the options, Yelp has compiled a list of 21 restaurants in SF that are still accepting reservations […]

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Travelers Chose These San Francisco Restaurants Most Often in 2017 (No. 5 Surprised)

TripAdvisor has released its list of San Francisco’s 20 most frequently visited restaurants this year by travelers and locals alike — and it’s an eclectic mix of city classics, longtime hotspots and casual joints. These restaurants are based on TripAdvisor app users’ decisions on where to dine, independent of reviews on the site. “To glean […]

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A Look at Mid-Century Restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco has always had a love affair with restaurants. When San Francisco’s population exploded in the 1850s, it became a distinct hotel town. Because the city’s housing construction could not keep up with its population growth, hotels quickly became the go-to place for thousands of people to live. And unlike most other American cities […]

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San Francisco restaurants with reservations available for Thanksgiving

Still no plans for Thanksgiving? As of press time, these San Francisco restaurants have Thanksgiving reservations available and are recommended by our Chronicle dining team. Note that many casual restaurants will also be open on Thanksgiving Day, but don’t take reservations, from Sam Wo in Chinatown to Brenda’s in the Tenderloin. At Alioto: Ditch the […]

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5 Solid San Francisco Restaurants to Take Parents Out of Town

It’s that time of year again; relatives, aunts and distant cousins ​​flock to town to celebrate Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then winter vacation and New Years. They look up to you, the mighty local. Having lived in the city long enough, you are now their unofficial tour guide, a beacon of hope and familiarity in a […]

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The Most San Francisco Restaurants: The True Classics

When we host visitors from the Bay Area, we sometimes receive what may initially seem like a simple request. For example, once a friend visiting from Seattle asked for dinner at a very “San Francisco” restaurant. He had no preference for food style, price range, or neighborhood. But really choosing the most “San Francisco” restaurant, […]

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One Star Yelp Reviews of Five Star Restaurants in San Francisco | by Sam DiSalvo

“I think I have to give it a no dawg.” Photo via Dean C./Yelp In this big city we live in, we have access to some of the most expensive dining options. From $325 tasting menus to $43 martinis inspired by our beloved Karl the Fog, we have the luxury of spending our rent on […]

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Forget Bread Bowls, Try Delicious New Dishes

Heading to San Francisco? Next, you’re probably thinking of eating a bowl of sourdough bread. After all, it’s one of those obligatory foods, like cheesesteak in Philadelphia or donuts in New Orleans. Or maybe you’re planning to seek out the foodie scene that’s so rare in Phoenix. San Francisco has it in spades and is […]

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These San Francisco Restaurants Are So ‘Only in SF’

Last year, we attempted to rank the restaurants that best epitomize San Francisco. And this might be our favorite batch. Above is a slideshow of what we consider to be the most “Only in SF” restaurants you can find in our town. SAN FRANCISCO’S MOST RESTAURANTS This project started with a simple request from a […]

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Yelp’s list of San Francisco’s most popular restaurants by neighborhood is surprisingly random

Yelp’s list of San Francisco’s most popular neighborhood restaurants is a random hodgepodge of obvious winners, delicious surprises, neighborhood gems, and a few picks some might consider head-scratchers. Anyone familiar with the city’s food scene will enjoy studying and dissecting this hodgepodge of rankings, debating its merits and comparing its contents with their personal list […]

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5 Best San Francisco Restaurants for Vegetable Lovers

Vegetable lovers in San Francisco, whether vegan or carnivorous once a week, have no complaints. Vegetarian and vegan options in the city are plentiful. Some restaurants, however, are a cut above the competition and give vegetables the truly royal treatment. Here are our top 5 delicious, nutritious, and highly Instagram-friendly (what feed doesn’t love a […]

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Spots that got a perfect score of 100

March 14, 2017 1of42 . YELP/Nancee C.Show moreShow less 2of42Sightglass Coffee Roasters 151 3rd street.February 27, 2017 Erin Lubin / Special for The Chronicle 2011Show moreShow less 3of42 4of42John Campbell’s Bakery 5625 Boul. GearyFebruary 28, 2017 symbol of excellence JOHN LEEShow moreShow less 5of42Farm:Table 754 Post Street.February 24, 2017 Craig Lee / The Chronicle 2013 […]

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San Francisco restaurants take action in support of International Women’s Day

weeks later day without immigrantsduring which many businesses were closed as employees took leave in protest, International Women’s Day (March 8) now doubles as a day without women. Organized by the coordinators of the Women’s March on Washington, the idea is to highlight the social and economic impact of women, encouraging women to stop working […]

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Cocktails now take top spot in San Francisco restaurants

The combination of cocktails and food is not a new concept for Ryan Fitzgerald and the bar team ABV. Fitzgerald has served the two together for 18 years, having previously run bar-restaurants in Beretta, Foreign Cinema, Tres Agaves and Bacar. But this year, as managing partner at ABV, he and the other co-owners are trying […]

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San Francisco Restaurants Where You Can Always Get a Valentine’s Day Reservation

February 9, 2017Updated: February 13, 2017 12:49 pm This is a carousel. Use the Next and Previous buttons to navigate 1of20 Restaurants where you can still book for Valentine’s Day Reservations available through OpenTable or their own website: Presidio Social Club 563 Ruger Street Are you more casual this year? A trip to the low-key […]

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The most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, according to OpenTable

Diana de Guzman, SFGATE February 12, 2017 1of18 Looking for a restaurant conducive to romance rather than a noisy place for groups? OpenTable has some suggestions for where to go… Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61Show moreShow less 2of18Gary Danko 800 North Point Street, SF (415) 749-2060 A highly respected pillar of San Francisco’s foodie scene, Gary Danko has […]

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San Francisco restaurants are underpaying minorities

At work, of course. Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images San Francisco has the most Michelin stars per capita in the United States and was the second city to adopt a $15 minimum wage, two reasons it is highly sought after by restaurant professionals. But a new report from worker advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Center […]

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Small San Francisco Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes to Love

This is a carousel. Use the Next and Previous buttons to navigate 1of41GET COZY: Tiny San Francisco restaurants, bars and cafes to love The London pub Black Horse: Known as the smallest pub in SF around 150 square feet1514 Union St. Marc CostantiniShow moreShow less 2of41Two Sisters bar and books: The bar seats about 15 […]

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These San Francisco restaurants have been given a ‘poor’ rating on their restaurant safety scores

Nothing spoils a good meal like proof of a vermin infestation. But rats are just one of the issues San Francisco food inspectors look for when investigating potential health risks. These violations are totaled and translated into a scorecard that you often see hanging in the window. The producers of SFGate decided to review San […]

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San Francisco restaurants with free (or rather free) corkage

In notoriously expensive San Francisco, there’s not much left to count on as free, let alone anything alcohol-related. Yet, there are still a few loyal restaurants in this city that offer a deal in the form of free corkage. That ever-important Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) is still alive and kicking in a few places. […]

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The Most ‘San Francisco’ Restaurants: The New Classics

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in an SFGATE series of “San Francisco’s Greatest” restaurants. A visiting friend recently made us wonder which local restaurants are quintessential San Francisco. We interviewed SFGATE staff, reviewed restaurant ranking lists, and revisited the Chronicle archives to come up with a comprehensive list of “San Francisco’s hottest” restaurants. […]

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San Francisco restaurants gear up for the Super Bowl

With an estimated 1 million people expected to descend on the Bay Area this week ahead of the Super Bowl, San Francisco restaurants are preparing for what some in the industry have described as a culinary apocalypse. Product deliveries have been missed or changed due to street closures. The size of staff has doubled at […]

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San Francisco’s Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2015

There’s no slowing down in the San Francisco restaurant scene, as we’ve seen a slew of new options open in the last month alone. Here is 14 new restaurants plans to debut before the end of the year. It looks like this fall will be largely about laid-back options, including Mexico City star Gabriela Cámara’s […]

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San Francisco restaurants mixed over new water service rule

Next time you’re on a bus, car, or bike, you probably won’t see a huge billboard reminding you of the drought in California, and no, you won’t get a pop-up ad on your computer. . However, when you sit down to eat in a restaurant, chances are you’ll receive a not-so-subtle reminder. But how much […]

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San Francisco’s Best Restaurant April Fool’s Day Pranks

April Fool is on our doorstep, and in addition to Souvla’s large-scale commitment to turning their entire restaurant into a one-day-only taqueria (complete with the guise of a guest donkey), a number of other locals in the catering have decided to do their own pranks. Here’s a look at some of today’s funniest April Fool’s […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, October 2014

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, July 2014

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, April 2014

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly […]

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OpenTable is now piloting mobile payments in San Francisco restaurants – TechCrunch

OpenTable is taking its restaurant reservations service into a new vertical today, according to the company: mobile payments. According to a post on the OpenTable blog, a pilot program is currently underway in San Francisco that allows diners to not only reserve a table, but also pay for their meal directly within the OpenTable iPhone […]

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Exploring the connection between music and food in San Francisco restaurants

At last week’s SF Chefs event, Saturday’s big tasting was a blend of the culinary and musical worlds, which made me think more about how these areas are connected. Participating chefs were asked to choose a song and create dishes that matched the melody (Bluestem Brasserie chef Francis Hogan easily won the award for best […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, July 2013

This list was updated in January 2014. See the most recent version. It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, April 2013

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly […]

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San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, January 2013

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly […]

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Nudity banned in San Francisco restaurants | RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

Life in Northern California’s culinary capital is about to get a little less free and easy, after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all restaurant patrons to wear clothes in the restaurant. Those predisposed to bare it all must also put something between bare buttocks and public seating under […]

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How clean are restaurants in San Francisco?

The health department plans to make its own website easier to use and James Illig, chairman of the health commission, will soon come up with a series of proposals to help diners easily see a restaurant’s health score. In the meantime, Mission Loc@la has developed a map to allow you to explore the scores of […]