GUIDE: San Francisco

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    Riva Cucina

    800 Heinz Ave.

    Berkeley

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Find out why the Contra Costa Times calls the Italian cuisine at off-the-beaten-track Riva Cucina exceptional and honest. READ REVIEW

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    Roku

    1819 Market St.

    Hayes Valley

    Cuisine: Japanese

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    Owner Jay Hamada, who also operates the JapaCurry lunch truck, injects the flavors of home into signature dishes like chicken nanbam, a third cousin of fish and chips. READ REVIEW

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    SPQR

    1911 Fillmore St.

    Fillmore

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Unfussy, big flavors set off the menu at SPQR—sister to A16—but chef Matthew Accarrino has brought a dose of Roman style to this postage stamp of an Italian restaurant. READ REVIEW

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    SanJalisco

    901 S. Van Ness Ave.

    Mission

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    Citysearch says “Delicious Mexican brunch and more in the old-style Mission.” READ REVIEW

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    Serpentine

    2495 3rd St.

    Dogpatch

    Cuisine: New American

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    Despite Serpentine’s elemental name and space,the food is completely polished READ REVIEW

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    Skool

    1725 Alameda St.

    Design District

    Cuisine: Asian, Californian, Japanese, New American, Seafood

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    The San Francisco Chronicle says Skool manages to “deliver a solid menu amid a compelling design.” READ REVIEW

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    Smitten Ice Cream

    432 Octavia St.

    Hayes Valley

    Cuisine: Dessert

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    Vogue Magazine calls it “arguably the freshest, if not the best, ice cream on earth.” We're also “smitten” with the genius process that uses liquid nitrogen to speed-freeze fresh, local ingredients. READ REVIEW

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    Southside Spirit House

    575 Howard St.

    SOMA

    Cuisine: Bar, Pizza

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    After work, head south—south of Market, that is—to Southside Spirit House, where the vibe is relaxed, and the roomy, wood-floored and wood-walled space offers multiple options for lingering with friends or a date. READ REVIEW

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    Spice Kit

    405 Howard St.

    SOMA

    Cuisine: Vietnamese

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    Grab some báhn mí and ssäm at this new SoMa Asian street-food joint that’s headed by two alums of the French Laundry and the Ritz-Carlton, respectively. READ REVIEW

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    Straw

    203 Octavia Blvd.

    Hayes Valley

    Cuisine: American

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    Owner Ari Feingold has taken his childhood memories of East Coast boardwalks and channeled them into a menu that has diners lining up for tables on weekend mornings and Saturday nights. READ REVIEW


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