During normal, non-pandemic times, the Eater 38 Our attempt is to answer a question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It’s a curated list that covers the entire city and includes numerous cuisines. And even now, it’s a list that tells the story of the San Francisco food scene, documenting the mix of taquerias, dumpling shops, and tasting menus that make this city a unique place to eat – even if some places serve the moment very different than eight months ago.
So the thing is, we’re updating Eater 38 for the first time since the pandemic began, adding restaurants that were previously overlooked, re-approved (Eater 38 restaurants must have been open for six months), or have stepped up their game. Sometimes one restaurant that is still great makes room for another to keep things new and fresh – and most importantly, to make sure Eater 38 is a comprehensive and representative list.
Added in November 2020: Aziza, Hina Yakitori, Old Mandarin Islamic, PPQ Dungeness Island, Prubechu, Reem’s, Sam Wo and Tacos El Patrón. For now the still excellent ones are coming: Benu, Californios, Kin Khao, Mensho Tokio, Petit Crenn (these first five are all temporarily closed), Lazy Bear and Tartine Manufactory.
Added in January 2020: Jiangnan cuisine, Um.ma, Mandalay, Daeho, Poc-Chuc, Mong Do, Bini’s cuisine, Aunt April’s, Besharam and Verjus.
A number of restaurants in the Bay Area have resumed dining service, both alfresco and in some cases indoor. The service level is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for restaurant dining as safety concerns still remain. Studies show that there is a lower risk of exposure outdoors, but the risk associated with patio dining depends on restaurants that follow strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.