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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

Crustacean

Recommended by: Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Some claim Vietnamese fusion restaurant Crustacean to be home to the best crab and garlic noodles in the city. A giant, vividly colored mural transports diners to an undersea wonderland, where they can enjoy dungeness crab prepared three ways: roasted, sweet-and-sour, or drunken (poached in wine and scallions).  Make a Reservation. www.crustaceansf.com

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Grubstake

Recommended by: Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef)

Grubstake is a must for anyone looking to keep a good night going. The San Fran staple is cozy and old-school, featuring a converted train car turned bar that comes alive after-hours. While most late-night guests won’t remember their meal the next morning, they are sure to return for some of the not-so-typical Portuguese diner [...]