Keep Seven Hills in mind for when you want to go out to a nice dinner but not pay SPQR prices and/or feel like you are the poorest person in the restaurant. The low-key Russian Hill spot has high-end Italian food and upscale service without feeling stuffy, and is ideal for a dinner with parents or date night when you want to actually talk to your date.
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Abrazo is a Spanish place in Russian Hill that’s great when you need a last-second table.
Blue Barn Gourmet
If you’re looking to be healthy - or at least feel like you’re being healthy - hit up Blue Barn.
The secret to doing Mezcalito in Russian Hill right is to know that it’s a mezcal bar first, a restaurant second.
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Amarena is a small Italian spot in Russian Hill that’s great for dropping into on a weeknight for some solid pasta.
Flour + Water Pizzeria
Flour + Water Pizzeria in the Mission will make you happier than your childhood pizza party.
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An ambitious restaurant, and a good one at that. SPQR is making a run at the San Francisco pasta crown, mostly with ingredients we can’t pronounce.
A16 turns out some of the best pizza in San Francisco. The small plates are close to perfect, and you can actually get a reservation. There’s no catch. Just go.
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