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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?

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AQ

Recommended by: Grace Nguyen (Chef, Asian Box)

You’re never likely to have the same dining experience twice at Aq, where the restaurant’s menu and decor both change with the season.  The sophisticated dishes mirror the stylish interior, both evoking an air of innovative elegance. Make a Reservation. www.aq-sf.com

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Blue Bottle

Recommended by: Todd Selby (Owner, The Selby), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Todd Snyder (Fashion Designer), Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly), Jaime King (Actress), Amy Landecker (Actress), Yousef Ghalaini (Chef, FIG)

Blue Bottle is a coffee shop with a reverence for the bean, and a concept that’s expanded to a number of cafés, kiosks and wholesale partners. You’ll have to wait a bit for your cup, as each is carefully crafted, but that’s definitely part of the fun! www.bluebottlecoffee.com

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Boulettes Larder

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

At this Ferry Building gem, meals take place at a communal table of conversation. From French-pressed Blue Bottle coffee to perfect pastries and poached eggs, the spot is sure to start off your morning right. During evenings, the space becomes a posh private dining room for more intimate gatherings. With a focus on farmstead ingredients, [...]

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Izakaya Rintaro

Recommended by: Andrew Mariani (Scribe Winery)

This authentic Japanese restaurant serving sushi and small plates in the heart of San Francisco is a neighborhood favorite among locals – and the perfect spot for a dinner out with friends sharing unique Japanese tapas. www.izakayarintaro.com

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Omakase

 Recommended by: Mariam Naficy (Founder, Minted)

At a Japanese restaurant, the omakase experience is all about trust. Naturally, this is the principle guiding the tasting menus at this sleek, detail-oriented SoMa hotspot. The fish is imported directly from Tokyo, as well as Omakase’s expert chefs — which is enough to entrust these folks with our taste buds. www.omakasesf.com

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Yank Sing SoMa

Recommended by: Christophe Hille (Director of Operations, Northern Spy Food Co.), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Roberto and Giselle Deiaco (Chef/Owners, East 12th Osteria), John Cho (Actor), Peter Som (Designer)

This classic, refined Chinese restaurant has been open from three generations and boasts the best dim sum in SF. Yank Sing’s trolleys display a pristine array of both traditional and modern dim sum that keeps their seats filled at brunch/lunchtime every day of the week. “If you want dim sum, I will steer you away [...]