This place is small and pretty sparsely decorated, but the food here is excellent. You’ll see things like onion petals in sherry vinegar, cheese puffs that you’ll want to be passed around at every wedding you attend from then on, and suckling pig with nectarine they serve with skin that’s crispier than any Peking duck could ever approach. It's pretty affordable for the quality you get here, with the mains all under $40, and it's a great spot to go to when you want to impress someone, but don’t want a blowout meal.
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You don’t need us to tell you that Swan Oyster Depot is great. But we’re going to anyway.
Cordon Bleu is a Vietnamese lunch counter in Lower Nob Hill where you can eat a lot of food for cheap. Make sure you get the five spice chicken.
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We’re still on the lookout for a Soma go-to, near the ballpark. Marlowe is a base hit but not a home run. (Clever, we know.) That’s what we’re here for.
Tartine Manufactory in the Mission is a huge operation with excellent pastries, coffee, and ice cream, and dinner as well.
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House Of Prime Rib
House of Prime Rib in Nob Hill is where you should go celebrate with a lot of meat and large bottles of wine.
Sorrel is an upscale California-Italian place in Pac Heights that’s designed to impress, even if they do everything a little too by the book.
Verjus is a wine bar and bottle shop in the Financial District perfect for an after-work date and drinks before dinner.
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