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Best American in San Francisco

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Rich Table

With over 30 years of combined high-end restaurant experience in San Francisco and New York, wine director, Maz Naba and chefs, Sarah and Evan Rich, have created the newest buzz-worthy restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rich Table is located in the chic neighborhood of Hayes Valley and offers fine dining cuisine in a casual setting. The menu at this charming eatery changes daily, with a focus on balancing rich and exciting flavors in carefully conceived dishes that are simple in presentation. Reservations are advised as this up and coming restaurant is a foodies must visit.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Brenda's French Soul Food

This tiny diner in Civic Center serves up Chef-Owner Brenda Buenviaje's idea of soul food, which is a combination of French cooking styles and Creole soul. The wait gets very long, so come at opening time to be seated right away. For brunch, try the much-loved stuffed beignets (sweet, with chocolate or apples, or savory, with crawfish, scallions, and cheddar), the Grillades & Grits, the French Toast, or one of many egg dishes. Lunch options include tempting salads and sandwiches, all at an affordable price. Wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Brenda's special Sweet Watermelon Tea.

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Chambers eat & drink

Chambers Eat + Drink located inside San Francisco's prestigious Phoenix Hotel, is an ultra-luxe and modern dining room, reminiscent of a palatial study den of an avid record collector. The gorgeous wooden interiors exude an understated elegance and warmth, complemented by the plush couches, leather booths, chandeliers and the record library that must hold endless vinyls. The bar area and patio are so inviting that you instantly want to lean back in one of the chairs and revel in the charm. The food will certainly leave you impressed whether you order tidbits like Chicken Liver Pâte or sumptuous dishes like the Zabuton Steak. Selection of drinks includes beers, wines and special cocktails that perfectly sets off the whole dining experience.

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Farmer brown

Delicious southern fare is served at this eatery located at the junction of Tenderloin and Union Square. Fresh organic ingredients are used to prepare some divine creations. Visit with family to gorge on a satisfying weekend brunch or opt for a peaceful dinner. Start off with the soup of the day and then go for the poached prawn & roasted jalapeno cocktail sauce. A good range sides, desserts, and teas, along with wine, beer, cocktails and more are on offer. Parking is available, adjacent to the venue.

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State Bird Provisions

Modeled after traditional dim sum service, State Bird Provisions lets patrons use the sense of smell and sight to choose their dishes, with cuisine brought in on a trolly for viewing. Each item is creative and innovative, with dishes like sweet corn and chive pancakes, kimchi pork belly with tofu and duck liver mousse with almond biscuit. The space is rather small, yet cozy with an open concept kitchen, and friendly staff. Reservations are highly recommended as State Bird Provisions was named the 2012, "Best Restaurant in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine and "Best Chefs: West" from the James Beard Foundation in 2015.

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Nopa

Nopa is a great place to get together and try out some of the finest wines from around the globe while enjoying an array of organic cuisine prepared in a wood-fire stove. The extensive wine list offers bottles from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. The atmosphere is laid back and entertaining - you can eat at the bar and watch the chefs in action as they prepare food in the open kitchen. Be sure to try their famed grilled country pork chop!

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Frances

Frances is located in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood. This restaurant with its modern and intimate dining room has received much praise and prizes as well as having been considered one of the prize reservations in the city since it opened in 2010. The daily rotating menu features delicious New American cuisine, and although it changes every day, expect flawless dishes like bacon beignets, duck confit salad and caramelized Atlantic scallops. The impressive wine list also features a pay-by-the-ounce option for its house wines of red, white or rose varieties.

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Big 4 Restaurant

Experience old-world charm and classic ambiance featuring modern American cuisine at the prestigious Big 4 Restaurant. Named after the famous railroad tycoons of the 19th Century and recipient of several awards, Big 4 Restaurant stands out as one of the top contemporary restaurants in San Francisco. Executive Chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls has created an exclusive menu that features stellar dishes like the Dungeness crab and avocado salad, pepper crusted Ahi tuna, sauteed Petrale sole and smoked rum & pepper cured wild boar chop; highlighting the freshest seasonal seafood, game, fowl and favorites. Soothing symphonies serenade the guests as they dine with hearty wines and cocktails along the fireplace, adding to the intimate and charming atmosphere. Big 4 is truly a fine example of old meets new, and has established a high standard for restaurants in the Bay Area.

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Foreign Cinema

Opened by a team that believes dinner and a movie are a natural combination, this courtyard restaurant and bar keeps an internationally intellectual atmosphere by projecting the films of Fellini, Godard and company on its neighbor’s walls. Tableside speakers add a drive-in feel to the French bistro fare, letting the films function as either the background or a main attraction. Reservations are recommended as Foreign Cinema is one of the leading contestants in the Mission hipness race.

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Farmerbrown's Little Skillet

If it weren't for the scent of fried chicken and waffles and the large crowd milling around, you might not find this little take-out window in an alley in SoMa. Although the selection isn't extensive, the few things they do, they do extremely well. Southern favorites are the specialty here, especially the fried chicken and waffles, but you can also get giant pulled pork, fried chicken and catfish po' boy sandwiches, and sides hearty breakfast dishes like all kinds of different grits, biscuits and gravy, fries and the ethereal waffledog, a hot dog wrapped in a waffle.

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Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

It's Haight-Ashbury, so what better music to be wafting in the air as you sip the house-made brews than the Grateful Dead in a place that was known back in the '60s as the Drug Store? Remodeling has made the setting less psychedelic, though there is an ebullient mural on the wall, but Jerry and the guys are always on the sound system taking you back to the Summer of Love. That sets a mellow mood for the huge sandwiches, plates of sausages, bowls of hearty soup, and tempting finger foods such as french fries and onion rings. The service from the hip and hippie wait staff is friendly and the atmosphere is always 1967. Do not miss their special brunch every Saturday and Sunday, 10a to 3p.

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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

You've never had grilled cheese like this! With different types of cheese and fancy combinations, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco puts a fun and gourmet twist on this classic dish. They also serve soups, salads, delightful baked goods, and offer daily specials that will satisfy your stomach! Situated near the ballpark, the kitchen stays open until 7p during nighttime baseball games.

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