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The 25 Best San Francisco Restaurants for Winter 2016

Herring platter at Volta, one of GAYOT's 25 Best San Francisco Restaurants for Winter 2016

Where to Eat in San Francisco

Winter 2016

San Francisco has long been considered one of the best food cities in America. Let GAYOT be your guide with this list that includes everything from buzz-worthy casual eateries to high-end foodie destinations. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the 25 hottest restaurants in San Francisco for Winter 2016.

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The Advocate
— Berkeley

Try the wood-grilled squash blossom flatbread at The Advocate in Berkeley


From the team behind Comal comes this bustling Berkeley spot that boasts confident presentation of smart, colorful dishes.

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Alexander's Steakhouse
— SoMa

Alexander's Steakhouse offers true Wagyu from several Japanese prefectures


Steak, including authentic Wagyu from several Japanese prefectures, is just the start of this adventurous dining experience in SoMa.

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All Spice
— Chinatown

Chef Sachin Chopra demonstrates his mastery of delicate spices at this restaurant in the Executive Hotel Vintage Court


The All Spice team doubles down in San Francisco with inspired dishes that showcase Sachin Chopra's mastery of delicate spices.

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Alta CA
— Civic Center

Hang with the hip young tech scene and enjoy bites like falafel at Alta CA


Hang with the hip young tech scene at this serious bar with reasonable bites.

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Aster
— Mission

Aster inhabits a cozy corner space anchored by a communal table and a flank of svelte wooden booths


Colorful Northern California fare and an inspired lineup of fruit-forward desserts make for an inviting evening at this Mission hot spot.

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Belga
— Cow Hollow

The interior of Belga is welcoming and comfortably European, replete with gas lamps, warm woods and cherry leather seats


A playful menu heavy in smoky meats and sausages anchors this popular Belgian-inspired brasserie in Cow Hollow.

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Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
— Mid-Market

A blueberry tart is among the familiar desserts at Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar


Sample craft brews and classic French bites at this upbeat mid-Market retreat.

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Calavera
— Oakland

A waterfall of twinkling bottles of tequila and mezcal cascades behind the bar at Calavera


This stylish Oakland eatery is where to get fresh Mexican fare that tantalizes while maintaining respect for traditional cooking methods.

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Capo's Chicago Pizza & Fine Italian Dinners
— North Beach

Brick walls, tin ceilings and giant red leather booths set the stage at Capo's Chicago Pizza & Fine Italian Dinners


Master pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani showcases his Chicago-style pizzas at this cozy restaurant and cocktail bar in North Beach.

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Cockscomb
— SoMa

Chef Chris Cosentino offers dishes like wood-oven-roasted pig's head at Cockscomb


Chef Chris Cosentino presents a blend of whole butchery and fresh, local ingredients at this meat-centric foodie haven.

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Hawker Fare
— Mission

Hawker Fare's renditions of Thai and Lao standards are on point


Get ready to be transported to the heady, intoxicating night markets of Indochina in this authentic Thai and Lao restaurant.

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Hopscotch
— Oakland

A bestseller at Hopscotch is the juicy chuck-and-tongue First Base Burger


Upmarket retro diner serves up fusionized comfort food that might be the voice of its generation.

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Le P'tit Laurent
— Glen Park

Visiting Le P'tit Laurent is like escaping to Paris's Montmarte for the evening


Le P'tit Laurent offers well-prepared, old-fashioned French cooking in a cozy bistro atmosphere.

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Lord Stanley
— Russian Hill

Austere bones and svelte furnishings eschew distraction from the food at Lord Stanley


Expect delicate, texture-rich small plates paired with an approachable lineup of funky European wines at this Russian Hill restaurant.

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Mourad
— SoMa

Mourad's design is ultra-modern, with oversize industrial air vents, massive natural wood installations, earth tones, metal and cement


Chef Mourad Lahlou's latest venture offers high-touch, high-gloss cuisine with a hint of Moroccan spice.

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Namu Gaji
— Mission

Namu Gaji brings sophisticated Korean-inflected cuisine to the Mission


Dennis Lee and his brothers pay attention to the details at this Mission restaurant dedicated to Korean culinary traditions.

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Octavia
— Pacific Heights

Chef Melissa Perello presents a short, focused menu of seasonally driven California cuisine at Octavia


Melissa Perello's Octavia features seasonally driven California cuisine in Pacific Heights.

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Old Bus Tavern
— Bernal Heights

Fourteen taps pour house-brewed American and Belgian stylings at Old Bus Tavern


This inviting brewpub serves up craft ales, creative cocktails and an inspired lineup of California comfort food.

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Oro
— Mid-Market

Jason Fox crafts playful gems of California cuisine at Oro


Jason Fox crafts playful gems of California cuisine in the heart of Mint Plaza.

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Outerlands
— Sunset District

Outerlands is a tiny, wood-timbered café with a sustainable, seasonal menu


Named after its location on the outer edge of San Francisco's foggy Sunset District, Outerlands offers locally sourced, organic fare in a warm setting.

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Quince
— Jackson Square

Quince inhabits an historic, brick building in Jackson Square


Relocated to an historic brick building in Jackson Square, Quince remains a standout culinary destination.

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Sessions at the Presidio
— Presidio

Pork rib-eye confit may be among the large plates at Sessions at the Presidio


This "New American public house" features 100 food-friendly beers, craft cocktails and local wines alongside a robust California menu.

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Tosca Cafe
— North Beach

The dark, sultry dining room at Tosca Cafe oozes nostalgia


The resurrection of this iconic North Beach café features April Bloomfield's delicate approach to Italian standards and a setting that oozes with historic charm.

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Trestle
— Jackson Square

Pork schnitzel may be one of the options on Trestle's daily-changing, three-course menu


This welcoming Jackson Square spot presents a daily-changing, three-course menu for just $35.

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Volta
— SoMa

Enjoy French-Scandinavian brasserie fare in a lively atmosphere at Volta


Expect more than just Swedish fish at this sleek and lively French-Scandinavian brasserie at the Westfield San Francisco Centre.

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