2010 Best of San Francisco Restaurants

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

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Another year in San Francisco restaurant reviews is history! Over 130 reviews! We are recapping the more memorable restaurants and meals that we’ve had in 2010. This was a banner year for new restaurants, one of the best on record, even though we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. Established restaurants intelligently expanded their empires at the time when real estate and human resource costs moderated.

New restaurants that deserve a visit:

Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco – Excellent service and top-notch meat

Baker and Banker – Underrated

Baume, Palo Alto – Fun and Excellent Food

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Benu – Sophisticated food for hard-core foodies

Bourbon Steak – Excellent steakhouse, one of the best in San Francisco

Cotogna – Casual Italian with excellent rotisserie items

Frances – Deserves all the accolades they get

Marlowe – One of the best burgers in the city

Michael Mina – Better than ever, in a beautiful setting

Osteria Coppa, San Mateo – Top-notch pizza and pasta on the Peninsula

Prospect – Boulevard 2.0

25 Lusk – Sexy and very good food

Twist, Las Vegas – A must visit When You Go to Sin City

Una Pizza Napoletana – Authentic Naples pizza

Wayfare Tavern – Comfort food in a beautiful setting

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Oldies, below the radar, that we reviewed in 2010, who also deserve a visit:

Bottega – Yountville – Order the right items and you will believe

Champagne Seafood, San Mateo – High-end Cantonese food done right

Chapeau! – Warm, charming, and excellent food

Crouching Tiger – Redwood City – One of the nicest looking Chinese restaurants locally

Delfina – As good as ever

Donato Enoteca – The Peninsula now has a decent Italian restaurant

French Laundry, Yountville – Still the best restaurant in California

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland stoneware bibimbab

Pyung Chang, Oakland – The best Korean restaurant, we have encountered locally

Sakae Sushi, Burlingame – Japanese sushi fresh and inventive – Sister restaurant Yuzu in San Mateo is even a better deal

San Tung – Dumplings, chicken wings, noodles, and always a line

Slanted Door – Still lives up to the hype

Sunny Shanghai, San Bruno – Under the radar, super cheap, Shanghai Chinese food

The House – Also underrated, excellent food and outrageous sauces

The Kitchen Dim Sum, Millbrae – Better dim sum than San Francisco?

The Village Pub – Woodside – A couple miles from 280 and the world the way, with food to match.

Cheap eats all foodies can afford:

Cheeseboard Collective, Berkeley – Lines every day and pizza that rocks

Gioia, Berkeley – A taste of New York style pizza in Berzerkeley

Mack’s Smoke barbecue, San Carlos – Solid BBQ in an inconspicuous venue

Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers – Cheap and stellar burgers

Prather Ranch San Francisco Hamburger Cheddar Cheese

Prather Ranch Burger – Brave the lines and get this beast

Rolli Roti Porchetta Sandwitch – Legendary and worth the wait

Tartine Bakery Bread – Order ahead for the best bread in San Francisco

The Original Falafel’s Drive-In, San Jose – Stop here anytime your in the South Bay

Taste In, Burlingame – Family Style low key Mediterranean food

International Restaurants we reviewed this year and would fly back for:

Fu 1039, Shanghai – Transports you to old-school Shanghai

Yangs Fry dumplings, Shanghai – Legendary dumplings we still dream about

Jade Garden, Shanghai and Beijing – Excellent Chinese food

Jia Jia Tang Bao, Shanghai – Xiao Long Bao or THE reference Shanghai steamed dumplings

Lung King Heen, Hong Kong – Inventive dim sum that earns its three Michelin stars

Conrad hotel Nicolinis Sunday brunch, Hong Kong – Simply the best buffet we have ever been to

Araxi, Whistler, BC – Sexy, excellent food, the best venue

Kirin Mandarin, Vancouver, BC – Top-notch Chinese food, better than the Bay Area

Sea Harbour, Richmond, BC – Better dim sum than we have down here

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