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Positive Greatest dessert around. Not that overpriced $3 each just because they look pretty crap. Here, it's all handmade, rolled in cocoa powder, and unbelievably tasty. Are they pretty to look at? Not unless you're a chocoholic. But when they taste that good, who cares? And even the earl grey is good, which never fails to amaze me. Review #16403 xox Truffles

Cuisine: Dessert
North Beach 9/21/2006

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Positive Fantastic cheese-steak! They've even got the truly authentic version: cheese whiz. I must admit that I go for other options, though. But they've also got the sweet & hot peppers. Good stuff! A reasonable beer selection too. Review #16402 Jake's Steaks

Cuisine: Cheese Steaks
Marina 9/21/2006

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Neutral The spicy chipotle sausage is fantastic! The fresh squeezed OJ was non-pulpy, and a little on the sour side, so sort of disappointing, and the bacon was of the thinner, less porky-flavored kinda ordinary variety, so also sort of disappointing. But it's generally pretty tasty stuff. Review #16401 Pork Store

Cuisine: Coffee Shops/Diners
Mission 9/21/2006

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Neutral Cheap enough that it ought to nearly scare you (really - 4 people, stuffed to bursting, for $9/person pre-tip), but really suprisingly tasty. Honey walnut prawns are great. They've also got a bunch of pre-set menus for groups of varying size, with larger groups just getting more & more pre-set items. Damn good deal. Best Chinese I've had? No way. But just might be the cheapest. ps - our plates were clean. Review #16400 Best Panda

Cuisine: Chinese
Outer Richmond 9/21/2006

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Neutral Kind of a hole in the wall, but interesting decorations inside - it's all quite made-up and painted to look rather like an exotic Indian palace or something. The samosas were quite tasty, and came accompanied by a fantastic mint sauce - just the perfect combination of mint & peppers for spiciness. I agree with Jared that this was the single oddest Chicken Tikka Masala I've ever sampled - wouldn't have come up with spaghetti-o's particularly, but it really does taste like about half the flavor comes from cheap canned tomato sauce. Very bland. The Aloo Gobi was pretty good and had a nice subtle spice to it, and the Lamb Vindaloo had nice, tender lamb with good vindaloo flavor, but was the least spicy vindaloo I've had - less spicy than the Aloo Gobi! Very odd that. The naan was a bit too thin & dense for my liking - I prefer my naan to be fluffier and slightly crispier. Review #16399 Maharaja Indian Restaurant

Cuisine: Indian
Mission 9/21/2006

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Positive Pricey, but creatively interesting Mexican food. The burrito has garbanzo beans for example. Chips were very tasty! They make some damn, damn good fruity margaritas - mango, blueberry, and pineapple among others, all hand made, not blended, and with real fruit blends, not syrup crap. They ain't cheap, but they're worth it. And on some nights, from 11-midnight, house margaritas are only $3! Review #16398 Velvet Cantina

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 9/21/2006

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Neutral Reasonably priced for the area, though with an ambiance which isn't suprising considering the price (not nasty or anything, just small & packed in and kind of fast-foodish feeling). Food was all reasonably good, though nothing to write home about. Tempura was over-battered (should be very light, not massively caked on), but it wasn't over fried which was good, and it had good flavor Review #16397 Dojima-An

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Downtown 9/21/2006

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Neutral Only went for brunch, so this is a brunch review. Food was definately tasty, though the $9 average price tag makes it debatably worth it. Good OJ. Very friendly wait staff didn't rush us at all, but also didn't disappear. $3 build-your-own bloody mary bar was tempting. Great bacon! Read my full review here. Review #16396 Home

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Castro 9/21/2006

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Positive Admittedly, we only got take out, but the size of the green curry tub (the a la carte option) must have been a full quart! Really quite absurd for only $9. $20 total got 2 people at least 2 LARGE meals. My flavor issue? Mostly with the green curry - it was fine, but didn't have the depth or richness of flavor that I've come to appreciate in truly amazing green curry. Nice amount of spice though Review #16395 Thai House

Cuisine: Thai
Castro 9/21/2006

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Neutral Really not the $8 burger experience I was hoping for. The burger itself had too much of a charred/grilled flavor, to the point that I could hardly taste the deliciousness of Niman Ranch beef. To add insult to injury, the bun, while not horrible by any stretch, was merely ordinary. It's not the fancy, super-flavorful roll it ought to be to really compliment the burger. The toppings at least are fresh & tasty. The shake was actually even more disappointing - they use Mitchell's ice cream, which made me quite excited at first, but their chocolate shake is thoroughly doused in Hershey's syrup. Whuah? I'm sorry, but if I wanted a shake that tasted like Hershey, I wouldn't bother using Mitchell's. What a waste. I couldn't even tell it was Mitchell's, there was so much syrup in it. Just use Mitchell's chocolate, and don't try and make it all fancy looking Review #16394 Burgermeister

Cuisine: Hamburgers, Niman Ranch beef
Castro 9/21/2006

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Positive Tasty! We went during the world cup finale, so there wasn't much of a line, which was nice. The service was fun & friendly, the fresh grapefruit juice was wonderful, and the food was great. The plantain cake was fantastic - a bit sweet, with rich flavor, and the tamarind sour cream sauce on top was a great accompaniment. Good bacon too - just the right mix of salty/porky/charry. Too many tasty things to try, I'll have to be back. Review #16393 Boogaloos

Cuisine: Californian
Mission 9/21/2006

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Positive Tasty Tasty! It's a very warm-seeming space (especially when it's 75 in SF) with all orange walls, but nicely done with neat hanging vertical lamps all through the back. Moderate size bar up front, serving wine, beer (of an interesting selection), and soju cocktails. The food is wonderful. The onion pakora (Indian onion rings, essentially) are unique with the addition of curry leaves to the mix. The uttapam and dosas are all very good, and the dipping choices are, well, choice. The orange one is especially good and unique in flavor. A word of warning: dinner is much more filling than it looks! Review #16392 Dosa

Cuisine: Indian
Mission 9/21/2006

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Positive First note - this is only on the bar aspect, as I didn't eat there. Nice scotch selection! 113 single malts, 30 blends (22 of which are scotch), and over 20 bourbons. Definately a nice problem to have to choose! The cheapest scotches are $9 which is definatley overpriced, but you're paying for the selection, the swank modern atmosphere, and the knowledgeable bar staff. Both girls behind the bar knew their scotch, and were happy to chat about it which was great fun. The bar has a tres cool feel - lots of dark wood, funky exposed concrete pillars, and metal. A perfect mix of dark smoking lounge and modern swank. Review #16391 Nihon

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
SoMa 9/21/2006

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Neutral Bonus item #1: they're open late. When it's 10pm or later, and I got a craving for the tasty raw fishies, the pickings are pretty limited, so it's nice to have a few options, especially within walking distance. Bonus item #2: they're pretty cheap, as far as sushi goes. But unfortunately, this often leads to some negatives... Minus item #1: the gyoza was barely lukewarm. Minus item #2: the sushi's only OK. We had a mix of nigiri & rolls. The nigiri wasn't bad, but wasn't anything to write home about. The rolls were decidedly mixed. The Muy Caliente roll (or whatever it was called - it was on the specials menu) was damn good. The spicy tuna was bland. The deep-fried salmon roll was awful. There was twice as much batter/fried material as salmon roll, and it was fried so hard on the outside it was tough to bite through. The tuna lover roll, made of albacore & regular tuna, with slices of fresh mango on top, was miraculous. So basically, just don't get anything fried. Review #16390 Yoyo Sushi

Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tempura
Mission 9/21/2006

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Neutral An unusual slice house in that the slices are made individually, and cooked from scratch, which means that they take 10-15 minutes. This can be annoying if you're starving for pizza, and gotta wait. They taste pretty good, though, which mostly makes up for it, but since each slice is sort of a miniature slice-shaped pizza, the crust:pie ratio can be a bit higher than you might like. Review #16389 Serrano's

Cuisine: Pizza
Mission 9/21/2006

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Positive Tasty! The salmon was cooked flawlessly and clearly quite fresh, the pork was a bit dry but remarkably tender, and the sweet potato/bacon hash (as reported elsewhere) was beyond glorious. Wines average $35/bottle and there's a reasonable one-page list. Appetizers were a bit more variable in quality - the duo of crab was unremarkable at best, while the mushroom risotto was pretty good.
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Soluna Cafe and Lounge

Cuisine: Californian
Civic Center 7/11/2006

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Positive Authentic! I love that they have East Coast Style - herbs, oil... that's what you put on a sub. None of this mayo & mustard crap. Good bread rolls, great meats. This place rocks. Now if only there were an authentic Philly-style sub place around here, that could do real Philly peppers... Review #13038 Gambino's New York Subs

Cuisine: Cheese Steaks, Deli
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Negative First, know that all they serve is chili. That's it. Second, know that their idea of spicy is clearly a joke. The most pepper indicators on the menu, and so far as I can tell it might have a faint hint of spice. Maybe. The fresh lime & cilantro is nice, but the chili is bland bland bland. At least, the pork/tomatillo one is really bland. Not bad, just boring. Review #13037 Chili Up

Cuisine: Southwestern
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Neutral It's cheap, which is nice for the FiDi, but I wasn't impressed with the food. The shawarma plate had all dark-meat chicken/turkey (which I'm just not a big fan of; I don't like the flavor) which was rather dry to boot, the hummus was bland and sort of runny, and it only came with 1 pita. Review #13036 Cafe Elena

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Positive It's a little hole-in-the-wall Colombian/Salvadorian spot where you order from a little window and sit at one of perhaps 12 tables. But the food is fantastic and dirt cheap. I've only had pupusas so far, but so tender and tasty! And thoroughly stuffed with whatever you choose. If only they were open late, this would be perfect drunk food. Review #13035 El Majahual

Cuisine: Central American
Mission 4/17/2006

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Positive One of the better deals around for lunch, I think. You get a great helping of curry & rice (to go) for about $6.50, and the green curry is pleasantly tasty and has more fire than anything Chili-Up offers. I have a feeling I got the dregs of the batch by showing up at 2, since my curry only had chicken (all very tender white meat), carrots, bamboo shoots (I think) and one small piece of basil. I'll have to stop by earlier and see if there's more to it. A bit oily as Thai curry goes, but yummy, fast, and cheap Review #13034 Crepe & Curry

Cuisine: Thai, French,
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Positive Great beer selection (they even have hand-pump casks much of the time), nice back patio for that outdoor dining experience which is especially nice when it's loud & crowded inside, and the pizza while not fabulous is certainly tasty. I recommend the Heartstopper, with bacon and gorgonzola among its many toppings. Review #13033 Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Berkeley 4/17/2006

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Negative First, I was disappointed that they only offer pita, not lavash. The woman behind the register claimed that it was because lavash broke apart too easily. huh? Since when does anyting fall apart more easily than pita, especially when it's stuffed to overflowing? If it weren't for the paper it was wrapped in, I wouldn't have had a sandwich; I would have had a pile of food. Second, perhaps this is just a matter of taste, but my "chicken shawarma" was nothing like any chicken shawarma I've ever encountered before. The sauce was strange (and very overly acidic and sour - quite off putting. It almost tasted like hollandaise sauce or something. Where's the tahini?), it was WAY over-spiced with the purple stuff (not sure quite what it is) to the point that I could hardly taste anything else, and the arrangement of ingredients was very poor - all spice and sauce at one end, chicken in the middle, and lettuce at the other, when it should be a mix all through. Not worth a return trip. Review #13032 Arabi

Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Neutral While it's a far cry from my beloved Sinbad's in San Mateo, it's a hell of a lot closer than San Mateo. The hot sauce is tasty, the ingredients in general look and taste good, but I have to warn away from the Kefta. It comes out of the fridge/freezer in creepy looking pre-formed rectangles that are vaguely green. That's just nasty, and not meat-looking at all. The chicken is much better, and the garlic sauce helps a bit, but it's still somewhat dry, and it's still stuck with only lettuce, tomato, and tahini, which really isn't as good as all the wonderment sinbads puts on theirs - like hummus, tabouli, etc. Review #13030 Oasis Grill

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Neutral The paninis come hot, which is nice, but they're nothing to write home about. I'd love to see a bit more veggie on top to give it some crispness and perhaps an interesting texture. Flavor is not bad, given the garlic sauce (I got the turkey one), but could use some pepper. And while it's just barely enough to eat to get a whole sandwich, they aren't worth the $6.75. Review #13029 il Massimo Lounge

Cuisine: Italian, Cafe
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Positive Can't rate the butcher, cuz I haven't tried it. But the little sandwich shop on the promenade... oh dear. So I got the pulled pork. At first, you see the half-roll and think, gee, that looks kinda small for $6. Then you see them fill it to about double its previous size with luscious, tender, juicy, porky goodness. This ain't pork for the faint of heart - not judging by the quantity of luscious grease that dripped out while I was munching - and especially considering that there's nothing on that sandwich but bread, pork, and some tasty, tangy, almost fruity BBQ sauce. This is not a healthy sandwich. In fact, it doesn't belong in the same room, perhaps not even the same building as the word healthy. But DAMN was it good. Review #13028 Golden Gate Meat Co

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Neutral Can't review the food, because I haven't eaten there yet. But I can review the bar & the atmosphere, cuz a bunch of us started out bar hopping there on Saturday. So apparently it's a small piece of the Marina that's been transplanted to the reasonably hardcore Mission (though it'd be way more impressive if it were up near 16th). It does look nice and reasonably swank inside - big space, 2 floors with the upper being more of a balcony around a large lower area. But far & away the best part is the roof deck bar, which has a fantastic view, and enough heat lamps (and a tent) to keep it passably warm for all the chicks in their 4" heels and skimpy outfits. But the drinks, while reasonably good, are overpriced, and the atmosphere is just a little too trendy. Oh, and it didn't help that the music on the roof repeated itself within the hour we were there. Needless to say, we moved on. Review #13027 Medjool

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas, Small Plates
Mission 4/17/2006

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Positive Is it authentic? Well, not being Vietnamese, I've no clue. But I can tell you that everything I've had there has been tasty, and in general the price is most definately right - pretty much everything that's not a special is less than $10. And in contrast to Cameo's review, the chicken in my coconut chicken was all nice tender white meat. And as far as I'm concerned, something that's yummy and cheap is good enough for me when I'm hungry. Know what I mean, Vern? Review #13026 Saigon Saigon

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Mission 4/17/2006

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Positive The prices are the same as their other locations, which is great. The best deal by far is the baby burrito for less than $5, which is plenty of food, especially if you're a purist and don't want sour cream or other junk in your burrito. Their horchata is significantly sweeter than the norm, which is too bad, but perhaps that was just today. Their salsas, while of the same basic varieties as the other locations, seemed less thoroughly blended and thus more uneven in texture. Their flavor was also weaker than their other locations, though they were still reasonably hot. I'd have to say it's probably the worst of the 3 Pancho Villa restaurants, but it's still a good burrito option in the FiDi. Review #13025 Pancho Villa Taqueria

Cuisine: Mexican
Embarcadero 4/17/2006

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Positive Best burrito around? Not at all. But the one to get here is most definately the Manchamanteles Burrito - it's a red mole sauce, and is (a) messy, and (b) truly delicious. The construction is often a bit loose, and I fully agree with Bruce that it'd be soooo much better if they'd grill the tortillas instead of steaming them (plus that way you get the tasty grill grease/fat residue cooked in - extra tasty!) but it's a good standby. Their salsas have good flavor as well. Review #13024 Picante Cocina Mexicana

Cuisine: Mexican
Berkeley 4/17/2006

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Positive A quaint little restaurant, really quite small actually. Nice dark furnishings with attractive art on the walls - a comfortable place to spend an evening. We both did the $25 early dinner 3-course prix fixe, which was a pretty good deal - pleasant fresh greens salad, absolutely marvelously grilled fish (Tilapia) for a main course, and the chocolate mousse dessert was quite good, though it had a bit too much whipped cream on top for my taste. The only complaints were that some of the wine was a bit over marked-up, and once the space filled up it got rather loud, such that hearing my dining companion became a bit difficult at times. But these are small nits, and the friendliness of the staff and quality of hte food made up for them nicely. Review #13023 SUMI

Cuisine: Fusion
Castro 4/17/2006

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Neutral The porter and red were nice and tasty, but their selection of brews was pretty skimpy when last I visited, which is not so great for a brewpub, and many reported that some of the others were downright bad. The food is reasonably good, though definately on the expensive side - think $9 for a plain burger, and an extra $1.50 to add bacon or avocado or anything else you might want. The space also tends to be very loud, very easily. Review #13022 21st Amendment

Cuisine: American (traditional), Pub Food
Pacific Bell Park/South Beach 4/17/2006

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Positive Sandwich was good, and quite large - lots & lots of tasty ham. Prices strike me as a bit high for it being a sandwich shop, and not a real deli with fresh-sliced meats & such, but the quality is good. I'll be interested to try the large selection of specialty sanwiches. Lots of them sound really good. Regular sandwiches are around $6, and specialties are $7. Review #12064 Working Girl's Cafe

Cuisine: Deli
Embarcadero 3/9/2006

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Neutral Really can't rate it that well, though the chocolate chunk scone was the best I've ever had, ever. Wonderfully cakey and not as overly buttery and sugary as they often are. As for the sandwich (an Italian) , to my mind it was overly simplistic (only lettuce as a veggie topping?), and the sourdough baguette roll was too hard. I know, they often are tough, but the sandwich shouldn't be so tough it cuts up your mouth. I mean, really. Review #12063 Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe

Cuisine: Bakeries, Deli
Embarcadero 3/9/2006

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Positive or truly authentic, indescribably wonderful Italian-style focaccia, there is none better in SF. From the soft, tender moistness of the middle to the perfect crispness of the crust, with the perfect dash of olive oil and light salt, it's amazing. And hugely filling. Have them cut it up for a wonderful snack food in nice stick-sized pieces. Be aware, they close when they sell out, and that's usually before 2pm. Review #12062 Liguria Bakery

Cuisine: Italian, Bakeries
North Beach 3/9/2006

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Positive Great selection of salads & sandwich options, and I love the pizza ovens for toasting. The food is all healthy and wonderful, but I have to lodge one complaint: I know focaccia. Liguria Bakery in North Beach is focaccia. What they claim to be focaccia is not. Don't get me wrong - it's tasty in a tender, thoroughly herbed sort of way, but it's not focaccia. It's herb bread. Review #12061 Focaccia Cafe & Bakery

Cuisine: Deli, Bakeries,
Embarcadero 3/9/2006

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Positive Nice bistro atmosphere with wood tables & lots of point lighting. Reasonably tasty burgers, cooked fresh to order (and to desired doneness) with plenty of options, and not bad prices for good beef with a hint of pepper - a cheeseburger comes to about $6 Review #12024 Bistro Burger

Cuisine: American
Downtown 3/7/2006

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Positive Very clean & shiny inside - it immediately made me think of Pancho Villa, both in cleanliness and in general layout. Large assortment of meats & selections. The mole chicken is reasonably tasty with a richly flavored sauce, but in my opinion the sauce is a bit thin. The chicken, however, was very good and high quality. The biggest disadvantage is that they don't seem to have a good salsa bar, and the 2 salsas they toss in with a take-out order leave a lot to be desired. They're rather bland. Review #12023 La Corneta Taqueria

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 3/7/2006

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Neutral So I'd heard this place was supposed to have the closest thing to authentic Japanese curry in the area. Having sampled it, it's reasonably close, but doesn't have the richness I came to expect when I was in Japan. Also, it's really oily. They've got a great selection of tasty-looking croquettes though, including crab cream and such, that I'll have to try. Review #12022 DELICA rf-1

Cuisine: Japanese,Deli
Embarcadero 3/7/2006

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Positive Cool atmosphere, nice looking bar. My g/f noticed the very artsy modern lighting hanging from the ceiling. Nicely divided up so that it's not too loud. Very helpful, friendly, chatty service was also wonderfully knowledgeable about their (significant) wine selection. Oenophiles will love the creativity and diversity of their wine list. The food was great - 2 plates/person + dessert turned out to be the perfect amount of food; just full enough without feeling burdened. The molten chocolate peanut butter & banana cake & ice cream dessert was beyond sublime. The only disappointment was the wild salmon dish - they use Scottish salmon, which is clearly either freshwater-only fish or not truly wild, because it was so mild in flavor as to be entirely overwhelmed by everything around it. When I order salmon, I want to taste some yummy salmon, and while the dish was still quite good, there was no salmon flavor to be found. Review #11381 Cortez

Cuisine: Tapas, Mediterranean
Downtown 2/2/2006

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Positive Small, busy yet fairly intimate restaurant that appears to crowd up around the bar pretty often. Very French service - knowlegeable, efficient, but definately not chatty. Direct & to the point, reserved even. Food was great - the lamb pot au feu was marvelous, possibly the best broth I've ever had. Just fantastically rich. Great selection of reasonably priced French wine as well. I recommend the Cahors - fantastic with food and a steal at $30! Review #11236 Fringale Restaurant

Cuisine: French, Basque
SoMa 1/27/2006

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Positive Very good food, though the broccoli soup was unexciting. Pecan creme caramel dessert was astoundingly good. Great old-school fancy restaurant atmosphere including a piano-based jazz combo, big chandliers, etc. Very friendly, helpful waitstaff. Pork shoulder and bacon & potato-wrapped Hake were alo highlights Review #11168 Moose's

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
North Beach 1/24/2006

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Negative The only good things about this joint are the fact that it's cheap, there's some good beer on tap, and um, they toasted the bun? Yeah. Crummy burger. The bun was ok, and toasted which was nice, and the veggies were of passable freshness, but the 'meat' itself was cooked to dry cruddy death, and was gristly to boot. The mushrooms in hot wing sauce were disappointing - the shrooms were barely warm on the outside (much less the inside) and the "spicy" wing sauce was pretty lame. It had something of a wing sauce flavor, but not much going for it. Onion rings were way too much bread over way too little onion. But then, that's what you get for a $3.5 burger, I guess. Review #11116 New Yorker's Buffalo Wings

Cuisine: American (Traditional), Hamburgers
Mission 1/19/2006

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Positive Reasonable selection of German beer, though not especially extensive. Really good food, especially the stuffed chicken. Wow! Generally a lot of food on the plates as well. Definately one of the odder spaces I've been in - a random mix of different types of tables & chairs, some brick areas, one waiting lounge area covered in velvet... Certainly unique. But tasty. Review #10706 Walzwerk

Cuisine: German
Mission 12/15/2005

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Positive It's passably good Indian food (though nothing to write home about), but you can get it with a huge selection on on-tap beer! Open late, too. Review #10646 Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House

Cuisine: Irish, Indian, pub food
North Beach 12/9/2005

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Positive Wonderfully flavorful food, and a great selection of interesting (mostly fruity) mixed drinks. Cool atmosphere, usually busy. Review #10643 Bissap Baobab

Cuisine: African
Mission 12/9/2005

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Positive I'll admit, I didn't actually 'eat' anything there, but the shakes are truly wonderful, and they've got a great, large, creative selection of them. And there's the 24 hour thing. Review #10625 Sparky's Diner

Cuisine: Diner
Upper Market/Church Street 12/7/2005

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Positive Nice, very drinkable selection of largely Italian wines by the glass, priced a bit high, but all the wines I sampled were not only drinkable, but in nearly all cases very good. Pizza is wonderful in a very Italian sort of way, with suprisingly acidic tomato sauce. The Wild Boar Salami is a must. In fact, all the food was very good, and the seats in back on the counter along the kitchen are great fun, allowing you to watch the chefs work their magic. Get a reservation though - it's often crowded. Review #10616 A16

Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
Marina 12/6/2005

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Positive Great, massive, tasty shawerma and falafel sandwiches, also with platter options. Simple menu, and while you can dine in, it's definately a Mediterranean fast-food sort of place. But damn good. Review #10502 Ali Baba's Cave

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Mission 11/30/2005

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Positive Great, massive, tasty shawerma and falafel sandwiches, also with platter options. Simple menu, and while it's a dine-in sort of place (including a small cushion seating area), it's definately a Mediterranean fast-food sort of place. But damn good. Review #10501 Ali Baba's Cave

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lower Haight 11/30/2005

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Positive Cosy little space (seating for maybe 40 at most) with a big brick wall along one side, 2 flat screens on the other, and a big pizza oven at the back. They do Chicago-style deep dish 'stuffed' pizza (similar to Zachary's) with a sweet, tangy tomato sauce, rich flaky crust (go for the whole wheat - trust me on this!), and really flavorful ingredients, especially their sausage. They do thin crust as well, but the stuffed is the specialty and the reason to go. They also offer salad, 4 beers on tap, and a nice selection of largely Italian wines. Don't go if you're in a rush, though - the stuffed pizza takes 30 minutes to cook. Review #10493 Patxi's Chicago Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza,
Hayes Valley 11/30/2005

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Neutral A comfortable sort of place, with a comfortable sort of menu. The spaghetti and meat balls was nothing to write home about, but certainly wasn't the horribly bland sort of stuff you occasionally find. My dining companion said the fish of the day was good, but it's notably more expensive than the regular menu items. Their buffalo wings were quite tasty. Review #9500 Chow

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Upper Market/Church Street 10/5/2005

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Positive This is actually a wine bar, only serving a selection of appetizers appropriate to their current wine list. But what a wine bar! Small, intimate, very romantic, with a mixture of small tables and comfy couches, with helpful, knowledgeable staff. Prices are reasonable, and pours are significant! They also have a rotating gallery of local art, featuring a new artist every month. Review #9247 Hotel Biron

Cuisine: French (Bistro)
Hayes Valley 9/14/2005

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Positive Often a big line, but it moves quickly, and the mexican chocolate is fantastic! They also do all the cone details - chocolate dipping, etc. Yum! Review #9168 Mitchells Ice Cream

Cuisine: Ice Cream, Dessert
Mission 9/7/2005

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Positive Lots of great, fancy cocktails. Good, large wine list (though there isn't much under $40), though the sommelier was suprisingly uninformed - he hadn't had 3 of the bottles I inquired about. Good, but not astounding food which realistically ought to have been better considering the price. All very well prepared, just didn't have that standout quality I associate with high-end food. But it was all quite good, and very swank - great upscale date atmosphere. In the future, I'll stick to the bar half. Review #9167 Absinthe

Cuisine: French, Brasseries
Hayes Valley 9/7/2005

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Positive Reservations or a list? Not so much. You wait in line at the door until there's space. Then someone takes your order while barely paying attention to you. Then this fantastically yummy food shows up. Seriously, this was some of the best Chinese food I've had. Great flavor, and not overpoweringly cloying sauces. Skip the soup though - the wonton soup had the most bland, uninspired broth I've encountered. It might as well have been water with hot oil in it. Review #9105 House of Nanking

Cuisine: Chinese
Chinatown 8/31/2005

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Neutral Tasty if relatively unusually flavored sauce, accompanied by an overabundance of cheese, heavy crust, and lots of grease. Not bad drunk food. Big, filling slices. Review #9095 Cable Car Pizza

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza,
Mission 8/30/2005

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Positive Deep fried items tend to be a little greasy and heavy on the batter, but the curries are quite good, and the 2 full dinner options, one vegetarian for $14 and one non for $16 are a great deal, with enough food for 2 meals - 2 appetizers, raita, mango chutney, 2 curries, rice, naan, dessert, and coffee/tea. They also deliver. The naan is light and crispy, and definately not the overly thick bready stuff you sometimes find. It's also not over buttered/gheed either, which is nice. Review #9011 Essence of India

Cuisine: Indian
Mission 8/26/2005

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Neutral Yet another dirt cheap Thai place downtown, with the usual selection of items, bright, clean, and open late. The green curry was a little on the greasy side, but the chicken appeared to be all of good quality, and was cut into very small little chunks (almost ground) which was interesting. Large Thai iced tea. Review #8812 Bangkok Noodles

Cuisine: Thai, Noodle Shops
Downtown 8/18/2005

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Positive It's always a good sign when you walk into a Japanese restaurant or sushi bar, and the first thing you notice is that nearly all the customers are Japanese. That impression was proved correct. It's a little hole-in-the-wall space with a sushi bar and a few tables, and a menu that's half sushi, half basics (some noodles, tempura, that sort of thing). My first suggestion is that whatever the day's specials are, try them. Toro was listed as a special, and it ranked up there on par with the best I've ever had - the fish just melted in the mouth, and had a magnificently rich flavor halfway between tuna and butter. Prices are reasonable for sushi (most nigiri runs $4.25). My only complaint was that the tempura had too much batter. It was light and crisp, but there was a bit more on my veggie tempura appetizer, and on the spider roll crab, than there should have been. But it was neither greasy, nor thick and heavy. Review #8811 Sakana

Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Downtown 8/18/2005

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Positive It's an Italian market that also makes sandwiches. The sandwiches have fantastic meat, but don't ask for veggies - they ain't got any. Great selection of Italian food, though - sausages and ravioli and whatnot. Review #8741 Lucca Ravioli Co.

Cuisine: Deli, Italian
Mission 8/15/2005

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Positive Very tasty! The decor is very, well, Castro I guess. Pink tinted front window, lots of pink lighting, and lots of shiny white plastic walls, ceiling, and furniture. But the food was all really good - it's tapas style, and quite reasonably priced. (The most expensive plates are $11) The food also comes out very quickly. The mojitos are not as good as those at Le Colonial, but they are tasty - just a bit heavy on the club soda.
Full review here. Review #8603
Lime

Cuisine: Californian, American (Traditional)
Upper Market/Church Street 8/10/2005

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Neutral The Niman Ranch beef is great, but the bun is just a basic large hamburger bun which is very disappointing. You also get stuck with fries with everything.
Full review here. Review #8087
Burger Joint

Cuisine: Hamburgers
Mission 7/22/2005

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Positive Worth a walk to get there, but best as take-out because it's a small and very popular place to try and sit. I recommend walking a couple blocks over to Dolores Park. The croissants are fantastic. Review #8073 Tartine Bakery

Cuisine: Bakeries
Mission 7/21/2005

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Positive Simply outstanding. Great staff, rich, savory, wonderful food. Very reasonable prices. Small but interesting and well selected wine list with nothing more than $38. The ravioli is truly a brilliant start, and the salmon, contrary to other reports, is hardly overwhelming but in fact absurdly good. The only disadvantage to the aphrodisiac dessert is that you've probably eaten so much by then that you'll be unable to move from the couch for a good while afterward. I find this makes it rather less effective.
Full review here. Review #7944
YaYa

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Polk St./Van Ness 7/18/2005

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Neutral Almost good enough for a positive, but not quite. Carne Asada burrito was tasty, and the steak was not at all fatty or gristly, which is rare and fantastic, but the small quantity of meat in the burrito was entirely overwhelmed by the comparatively large quantities of beans & rice. This was very disappointing. The salsa (of which I think they only have one kind) is fantastic though. Horchata was pretty good. Nicely toasted tortilla on the burrito. They also have a couple beers on tap. Review #7672 Papalote

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 7/7/2005

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Neutral Reasonable burgers, but at only 1/3lb, and formed reasonably wide to fill the large buns, they cook through too quickly and you can't get a real medium-rare patty. Buns are pretty cheap; they don't add anything to the burger, though aren't so white-bread as to detract. Onion rings were good. Shakes were of uneven consistency, and tended a bit on the runny side. Good flavor though. Review #7671 Bill's Place

Cuisine: Hamburgers
Outer Richmond 7/7/2005

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Neutral Food was reasonably good, but not spectacular. Very small and unexceptional, though appropriate, wine list. Nifty ambiance though. Review #7176 Firecracker

Cuisine: Chinese
Mission 6/17/2005

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Positive The burger was tasty, they've got beer on tap, and they've got sweet potato fries, and there's really nothing better in the french-fry world. So addictive! Review #6597 Taylor's Automatic Refresher

Cuisine: American (Traditional), Hamburgers
Embarcadero 5/25/2005

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Positive Great beer selection, including most everything Rogue makes as well as a number of other local and foreign beers. Good pub food - on the upper end for pub food prices, but generally good. Great burgers, including hormone-free American 'Kobe' beef for a little extra. Open til midnight, and they serve food late. Review #6596 Rogue Ales Public House

Cuisine: Pub Food, Hamburgers
North Beach 5/25/2005

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Positive Fantastically wonderful Italian food, and the portions are sized such that you actually can eat a 'real' Italian meal - appetizer, pasta course, and second course. Don't expect just one to be enough, unless you've a very small stomach. Also, the patio out back is much better than the restaurant - often somewhat quieter and more relaxed and intimate, unless there happens to be a huge party there. Great fresh seasonal ingredients.
Full review here. Review #6502
Delfina

Cuisine: Italian
Mission 5/19/2005

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Positive Unique, very modern industrial space with appropriately modern, abstract art, complete with DJ spinning mellow techno. The wine list was the most disappointing element - it's very short and mostly French, and they clearly tried to keep the prices down (average bottle $25) to encourage diners to have wine, but the bottles could have been better for the same prices had they not gone overseas for them. The ravioli, halibut, and steak were all fantastic though the steak was slightly overcooked.
Full review here. Review #6214
Triptych

Cuisine: Fusion
SoMa 5/9/2005

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Negative Very overpriced burritos that just aren't all that. If you want a burrito, go to the Mission. Review #6018 Zona Rosa

Cuisine: Mexican, Burritos
Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley 5/6/2005

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Positive An authentic Irish pub, especially considering the bartenders. Live music on Wednesdays. Good, if not fantastic, pub food. Review #6017 The Liberties Bar & Restaurant

Cuisine: Irish, Eclectic
Mission 5/6/2005

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Positive The food is quite good, though on the pricey end of bar food. The lamb chops are fantastic, but I guarantee you'll want more than they give you. Great burger. Good beer selection, and well poured. Review #6016 The Bell Tower

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Polk St./Van Ness 5/6/2005

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Positive Hearty, authentic German food what you're looking for? You'll get it here. Not an intimate atmosphere by any stretch, but more of a rollicking German sausage & ale house, and a great selection of German beer both on tap and in bottle. Try the smoke beer if they've still got some!
Full review here. Review #5961
Suppenkuche

Cuisine: German
Hayes Valley 5/4/2005

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Neutral Among the best of the chain fast food burger places, but you're in San Francisco. Why would you want to go to a fast food burger place when there's infinitely better food in any given direction, and probably within a block or two? Review #5148 In-n-out

Cuisine: Hamburgers
Fishermans Wharf 4/7/2005

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Positive Reasonably good (but not fantastic) sushi for reasonable prices, and open until passably late for a sushi place - usually 10 or 10:30. Review #5113 Sushi Rock

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Polk St./Van Ness 4/6/2005

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Negative Way way overpriced for food that is only average at best. You're paying for the belly dancing entertainment, and given that there are a bunch of other Mediterranean restaurants in SF that have belly dancing with better food and better prices, there's no reason to waste your money on it here. Review #5112 Pasha's

Cuisine: Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Polk St./Van Ness 4/6/2005

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Positive Late night like no other in SF. Reasonably priced. And all the crazy greasy you're drunk and trying to avoid that hangover and just want GRUB type food you could ever ask for. And the food (especially the authentic Portugese stuff) is actually suprisingly good. Awesome, authentic crazy-ass diner atmosphere. Review #5111 Grub Stake

Cuisine: American, Portugese
Polk St./Van Ness 4/6/2005

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Neutral Big crepes, but served like an ice cream cone which is a bit odd to me, and I've had better. The crepe itself is too thick, unlike at better creperies. Review #5110 Sophie's Crepes

Cuisine: Dessert, Crepes
North Beach 4/6/2005

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Positive Fantastic food! Really great flavors, and very well made. They work well with large groups too. Review #5107 Maykedah

Cuisine: Persian
North Beach 4/6/2005

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Positive Not the best Italian food in NB by any means, but they're open damn late, and the portions are huge. Actually, the open late bit is the only real reason they get a positive, just because there's so much better Italian food around there. It's also a tourist mecca. Review #5108 Calzone's Pizza Cucina

Cuisine: Italian
North Beach 4/6/2005

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Positive I've never eaten there, but they're one of the better bars in the area. Owned by a bunch of bartenders, they know how to make a drink right. Any tough cocktails you've always liked but are often afraid to order for fear the bar will blow it? Get 'em here. Crazy crowded on weekends. Review #5109 Amante

Cuisine: American
North Beach 4/6/2005

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Neutral It's biggest advantage is that you can get yourself full of sushi for only about $20-30, which is a great deal. The sushi, however, certainly isn't the greatest, freshest, or most flavorful. It's not actively bad, mind you, but it's certainly not fantastic either. But it is cheap. Review #5106 We Be Sushi

Cuisine: Sushi
Mission 4/6/2005

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Positive Wonderful, wonderful food. Brilliant spicing, flawless cooking, and a very creative and inventive chef makes for a fantastic meal. Reasonably priced wine list also, with some very tasty selections. Very helpful and friendly wait staff.
Full review here. Review #5105
Saha

Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Fusion
Downtown 4/6/2005

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Positive Not the best crepes in the world, but they're LARGE for the price. It's no Ti Couz, indeed, but you'll spend 1/3 the money and be quite satisfied with the results. Review #4506 Crepevine

Cuisine: Crepes, Salad, American
Inner Sunset 3/10/2005

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Positive Good for the view and atmosphere, and fun for the small dance floor. Reasonably good drinks, but not the best bartenders in the city. Review #4505 Starlight Room Harry Denton's

Cuisine: American, light fair
Downtown 3/10/2005

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Neutral A better bar than restaurant. Good selection of tequilas and margaritas, though a tad pricy. The food is pretty good, but there's better Tex/Mex out there. Review #3987 Left at Albuquerque

Cuisine: American (Traditional), Eclectic, International, Mexican, Seafood
Cow Hollow 2/25/2005

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Neutral A large space, so it's pretty good for groups, but the food is no better than average. Live jazz occasionally. Review #3986 Bocce Cafe

Cuisine: Italian
North Beach 2/25/2005

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Positive Fantastic food, great desserts, and an amazingly reasonably priced wine list - average around $25! Most definately worth it. Doesn't hurt that I live across the street, either.
Full review here. Review #3738
Tao Cafe

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Mission 2/16/2005

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Neutral Basic burritos. No salsa selection. Very strongly flavored carnitas, which can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. Review #3629 Taqueria Altena

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 2/10/2005

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Positive Great shawerma! And when you ask for spicy, they give you spicy. Damn. Review #3630 Truly Mediterranean

Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Mission 2/10/2005

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Positive I'm actually not the biggest fan of Ghirardelli chocolate, but the ice cream sundaes are truly enormous, and very tasty. I recommend splitting one. Review #3628 Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Cuisine: Ice Cream
Fishermans Wharf 2/10/2005

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Positive Lots of fantastic beer on tap, and a nice selection of cask conditioned ale which is hard to find in SF. The food is fine, but nothing to really write home about. Mesmerizing murals. Review #3627 Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Cuisine: Organic Pub Food
Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley 2/10/2005

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Positive Very tasty food, though the portions are often truly 'small plates' tapas. Also some nice beers on tap. Review #3626 Ramblas

Cuisine: Spanish,Tapas
Mission 2/10/2005

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Positive Unbelievably fresh oysters of wonderful quality and intriguing variety (some fun baked options). Also occasional specials such as seared scallops which are utterly fantastic. Great clam chowder as well (which is not full of potato starch like you might be used to, but full of clams instead), and the grilled cheese is something to behold. Review #3323 Hog Island Oyster Company

Cuisine: Oysters, Seafood,American (Traditional),
Embarcadero 1/31/2005

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Neutral It was reasonably tasty, and in a very attractive location, but far, far overpriced considering how simple and inexpensive the food would be to make. Review #3156 Greens

Cuisine: Vegetarian
Marina 1/26/2005

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Positive My God it was good. Fantastically, astoundingly, marvelously good. And the fact that you basically create your own tasting menu with as many dishes as you like is brilliant. Enormous wine list (that is, unfortunately, tilted toward more expensive wines, and with a very significant markup). But oh the food... So good. I only wish I could afford to eat there every month. Easily comparable to Masa's and the French Laundry.
Full review here. Review #3155
GARY DANKO

Cuisine: American (New)
Fishermans Wharf 1/26/2005

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Positive A very quiet, middle-of-a-nice-hotel atmosphere, but the food was very very good. Flawlessly cooked salmon. Disappointing wine list, though.
Full review here. Review #3154
Pacific

Cuisine: Californian, French (New)
Downtown 1/26/2005

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Positive It's good. Damn good. I can't say if it's better or worse than Zachary's or Patxi's, but it's good. Interestingly different from the others with a corn meal crust. The only downsides were that the wine by the glass we picked wasn't all that great, and it was REALLY LOUD, but that may have simply been due to the presence of a large party.
Full review here. Review #2970
Little Star Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
Western Addition 1/14/2005

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Positive Funky atmosphere, fantastic food, and an intriguing and fairly reasonable wine list that's quite well matched to the food offerings. The pumpkin curry is wonderful.
Full review here. Review #2744
Osha Thai Noodle

Cuisine: Thai
Mission 1/4/2005

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Neutral Nice wine selection at fairly resonable prices, especially for an SF restaurant. Many by the glass, or half bottle, and some passable flights (though most of the wines in the flights are far from spectacular). The food was not much better than average, and not worth the price. They also had some really poorly chosen entree/veggie selections that detracted severely from the dishes.
Full review here. Review #2743
First Crush

Cuisine: American (New), French
Downtown 1/4/2005

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Positive Very good food, especially the vegetable samosas, which didn't have the usual potato mash, but were stuffed with small chunks of vegetables instead. Also nearly half an entire page of naan types. They use an enormous amount of butter in some of the dishes, though, so beware. Very reasonably priced. Review #2529 Raja Cuisine of India

Cuisine: Indian, Pizza
Lower Haight 12/16/2004

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Negative Way, way too much oil & grease. Not much meat on the bone either. Review #2528 Shalimar

Cuisine: Indian
Polk St./Van Ness 12/16/2004

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Neutral A plus because of all the really funky stuff you can get (the 4-mushroom pizza is quite good), but it is a bit overpriced for pizza. And being a chain in a city with so many other, vastly superior pizza joints... I just can't recommend it. Review #2527 California Pizza Kitchen

Cuisine: Californian, Pizza
Civic Center 12/16/2004

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Positive It's fairly good NY-style pizza, though Marcello's on Castro is better. Handy when you're on Haight and want food though. Perhaps when waiting for a movie at the Red Vic. Review #2526 Escape From NY Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
Castro 12/16/2004

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Neutral It's not really Mexican, and the margaritas always seem watered down (aka, they don't seem to get you drunk). They give you a lot of food, but it's really only average at best. Chain restaurant - what do you expect? Review #2525 Chevy's Fresh Mex

Cuisine: Tex-mex, Mexican
Embarcadero 12/16/2004

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Positive Reliably good. Though, last time I was there, they'd run out of duck. But there's plenty of other goodness to go around. Great curry. Review #2524 Siam Dish Thai Restaurant

Cuisine: Thai
Glen Park 12/16/2004

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Positive Sushi was good - very fresh! Toro was of perfect texture, but had less flavor than I'd hoped for. At the higher end of sushi prices in SF. Great crab cream croquettes. Ordinary miso soup. Review #2523 Juban

Cuisine: Japanese
Japantown 12/16/2004

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Positive Yum! Great cheesesteaks with lots of options, and all Niman ranch beef. Reasonable prices. They also offer vegetarian versions of everything, which is cool. Review #1884 Jay's Cheese Steak

Cuisine: Cheese Steaks
Mission 11/16/2004

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Neutral Food is very overpriced for its average quality. Beer is good, but you might as well get it at any other bar. Review #1882 Gordon Biersch

Cuisine: Pub Food
Pacific Bell Park/South Beach 11/16/2004

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Positive Very good, very flavorful thin-crust pizza. Review #1362 Tommaso's

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
North Beach 11/2/2004

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Neutral Generally good food, but a little uneven (on a plate of beef cubes, some were perfect, some were overcooked). Good wine list appropriate to the style of food. A bit loud, and a bit overpriced.
Full review here. Review #1361
Slanted Door, The

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Embarcadero 11/2/2004

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Neutral Like other NBP places, too much cheese, but they're open until nearly 3 on weekends, which is a plus Review #1360 North Beach Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
North Beach 11/2/2004

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Neutral Too much cheese - overwhelms the rest of the pie. Review #1359 North Beach Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
North Beach 11/2/2004

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Positive The gnocchi appetizer is the best in the city, bar none. The wine selection is entirely small Italian wineries, huge, and they know all the wines (and are perfectly happy to recommend the perfect one for your meal). Wonderfully romantic, and very small - get a reservation! A reputation for brusqueness, but if you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you. My favorite SF Italian.
Full review here. Review #1358
Da Flora

Cuisine: Italian
North Beach 11/2/2004

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Positive Food was very good. Mojitos were fantastic. Good service (though they recommend the most expensive items). Good rum selection. Review #1094 Le Colonial

Cuisine: French (New) ,Vietnamese
Downtown 10/6/2004

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Positive Nice wine selection (though overpriced), very tasty food. Steak was fantastic. Medium-loud.
Full review here. Review #1093
Eos Restaurant & Wine Bar

Cuisine: Californian ,Asian Fusion
Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley 10/6/2004

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Positive Carnitas good here too, though last time it was a bit disappointing. Enormous and cheap, though. Review #1091 El Farolito

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 10/6/2004

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Positive Wow. No burrito quite like this in SF. No rice in these, but man is the meat good, and there's a lot of it. Get the carnitas. Agua frescas are all pretty bad, though. Review #1090 La Taqueria

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 10/6/2004

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Positive All about the focaccia sandwiches. So good! Can be really slow sometimes. Review #760 Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

Cuisine: Italian
North Beach 9/8/2004

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Positive A better breakfast you won't find. Check out the bread varieties for the french toast. Review #729 Mama's on Washington Square

Cuisine: Bakeries, Coffee Shops/Diners
North Beach 8/11/2004

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Positive Tasty food, loud. Review #728 Luna Park

Cuisine: Hamburgers, American (Traditional)
Mission 8/11/2004

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Positive Dirt cheap, realiable Thai food until 2am. Review #727 King of Thai

Cuisine: Thai
Inner Richmond 8/11/2004

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Positive Wine dinner is a fantastic deal. Food is quite good, and wine list is enormous. Review #726 Indigo

Cuisine: American (New)
Civic Center 8/11/2004

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Positive Fantastic food; amazing chocolate bread pudding; great wine list; really friendly & helpful staff.
Full review here. Review #725
Frascati

Cuisine: Californian ,Mediterranean
Russian Hill 8/11/2004

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Positive Great food, good prices, wacky green atmosphere. Review #724 Basil Thai Restaurant & Bar

Cuisine: Thai
SoMa 8/11/2004

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Negative Way, way too much oil & grease. Not much meat on the bone either. Review #723 Shalimar Gardens

Cuisine: Pakistani ,Indian
Tenderloin 8/11/2004

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Positive The food is filling and very hearty; the booze is dirt cheap. Ain't what I'd call healthy, but it's suprisingly tasty. The bison stew is really good. Great for a pre-movie dinner. Review #722 Tommy's Joynt

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Downtown 8/11/2004

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Neutral Loud. Very loud. Especially when the drunk crowd rolls in around 1 or 2am. Review #622 Steps of Rome

Cuisine: Italian
North Beach 6/9/2004

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Neutral Same as the rest - food is ok at best, and they market to big groups. Review #621 Buca di Beppo

Cuisine: Italian
SoMa 6/9/2004

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Positive Pretty tasty, I have to admit. Review #620 Barney's Gourmet Hamburger

Cuisine: Hamburgers
Marina 6/9/2004

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Positive Perfect Sicilian-style pizza (focaccia crust), by the slice, and open LATE. Beer too. Review #619 Golden Boy Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
North Beach 6/9/2004

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Neutral Pizza ain't bad, but not fantastic either. Slices are good for the Coronet lines. Open late. Review #617 Nizario's Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
Inner Richmond 6/9/2004

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Positive Lots of tasty shareable dishes, and a fair wine selection. Huge, with nice ambiance.
Full review here. Review #616
Kokkari Estiatorio

Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Downtown 6/9/2004

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Positive Best salmon sushi I've possibly ever had. Review #436 Ace Wasabi's

Cuisine: Japanese ,Sushi
Marina 5/6/2004

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Positive The biscuits. Wow. And the live blues from a stage 20 feet away is great. Such great food. Review #433 Biscuits and Blues

Cuisine: Southern
Downtown 5/6/2004

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Positive Best NY-style pizza in SF; perfect sauce, right amount of cheese, oregano shakers, and open late! Review #258 Marcello's

Cuisine: pizza
Castro 4/29/2004

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Neutral Yummy crepes, but overpriced. Review #244 Ti Couz

Cuisine: French, Dessert
Mission 4/29/2004

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Positive Really good food, but often very crowded. Review #243 Thep Phanom Thai Cuisine

Cuisine: Thai
Lower Haight 4/29/2004

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Positive Good sushi, and the rest of the menu is good too. Review #242 Ten-Ichi

Cuisine: Japanese ,Sushi
Pacific Heights 4/29/2004

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Positive Really good, unique Al Pastor. Everything else is average. Cheap. Review #241 Taqueria Cancun

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 4/29/2004

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Positive Pretty good sushi, but not the best. Nice late hours though - til 10:30. Review #240 Sushi Groove

Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Russian Hill 4/29/2004

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Positive best steak I've had in SF - hot buttered goodness. Good for big groups too. Review #239 Ruth's Chris Steak House

Cuisine: Steakhouses
Polk St./Van Ness 4/29/2004

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Positive Fantastic Basque food, great (and VERY reasonable) wine list, good atmosphere. Great place.
Full review here. Review #238
Piperade

Cuisine: Spanish
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Positive Great food, cool trendy atmosphere, ok prices for Opera District, GREAT waiters. Review #237 paul k

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Hayes Valley 4/29/2004

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Positive Really great burritos (and they come in a baby size, which is actually a reasonable size for a meal), a large selection of quality fresh ingredients, and the best salsa bar in the city. Review #236 Pancho Villa Taqueria

Cuisine: Mexican
Mission 4/29/2004

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Negative Really cheap, but food isn't that great. Plain spices, oily, low quality meats. Review #235 Naan 'n Curry

Cuisine: Pakistani ,Indian
North Beach 4/29/2004

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Positive Damn good burgers. Atmosphere of a burger joint. Review #234 Mo's

Cuisine: Hamburgers, Coffee Shops/Diners
North Beach 4/29/2004

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Positive Mostly noodles, but very inexpensive for Japanese, and quite good. Review #233 Mifune

Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle Shops
Japantown 4/29/2004

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Positive Best food I've had in SF (vs Aqua, Boulevard, Hawthorn), sauces are astounding, but crazy expensive. Review #232 Masa's

Cuisine: French (New)
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Positive Cool room, and really great food. Owner has an interestingly forceful personality. Review #231 Marnee Thai

Cuisine: Thai
Outer Sunset 4/29/2004

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Positive My fave Mediterranean in SF - great food, great spiced wine, bellydancing, and all dirt cheap! The best deal is if you have fewer than 6 people; once you've got 6 you get a different menu that isn't as cost-effective. Review #230 Kan Zaman

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley 4/29/2004

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Positive Amazingly huge scotch selection - best in SF? Review #229 Irish Bank, The

Cuisine: pub food, Irish
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Positive Food is great with wonderful spices, but the naan is often disappointing - too thin, overdone, oily Review #228 Indian Oven

Cuisine: Indian
Lower Haight 4/29/2004

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Positive Generally very good food, great wine list (though by-the-glass is pricey), great romantic atmosphere.
Full review here. Review #227
Iluna Basque

Cuisine: French, Spanish
North Beach 4/29/2004

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Neutral Nice ambiance, good steak, but Ruth's Chris is better, and very expensive. Review #225 Harris' Restaurant

Cuisine: Steakhouses
Polk St./Van Ness 4/29/2004

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Positive Great scotch selection, good beers, and the fish & chips are the best I've had here. Review #223 Edinburgh Castle Pub

Cuisine: pub food
Tenderloin 4/29/2004

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Positive Big lines and no reservations, but 3 meals worth of food for the price of one, and it's tasty. Review #222 Cheesecake Factory, The

Cuisine: American (Traditional), Dessert
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Neutral Food is ok, sangria isn't bad, and all the girls like it, but it's always overcrowded. Review #221 Cha Cha Cha

Cuisine: Caribbean, Tapas
Mission 4/29/2004

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Neutral Food is ok, sangria isn't bad, and all the girls like it, but it's always overcrowded. Review #220 Cha Cha Cha

Cuisine: Caribbean, Tapas
Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley 4/29/2004

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Neutral Food is generally pretty good, but not spectacular, and it's romantic, but you pay for the view. Review #219 Carnelian Room

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Positive Tasty, inexpensive Brazilian food, with dancing twice a week - fun atmosphere. Review #218 Canto do Brasil

Cuisine: Brazilian
Hayes Valley 4/29/2004

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Positive Wonderful. Great atmosphere, great food, reasonable prices for a very fancy SF restaurant. Review #216 BOULEVARD

Cuisine: American (New)
Embarcadero 4/29/2004

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Positive Food was great, and the bartender totally got the price wrong on a 30-year Scotch, which was cool. Review #214 BIX

Cuisine: American (Traditional)
Downtown 4/29/2004

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Positive Amazingly fantastic, but definately for a price. Big wine markups too. Tasting menus are wonderful.
Full review here. Review #213
AQUA

Cuisine: Californian, French, Basque, Seafood
Downtown 4/29/2004

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