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The Best Restaurants in The Mission

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on October 27, 2017

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The Mission District is one of the most diverse, hip, and fascinating parts of San Francisco. From iconic, cheap burritos to high-end experiences, it's also one heck of a fantastic place to go out to eat. Check out our picks and make a beeline to this artistic, inspiring haven.

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Precious but not pretentious. Elegant but not exaggerated. Californios offers a spirited approach to Mexican cuisine with their adventurous tasting menu. Indulge in fun, offbeat flavors while relishing this ultra-intimate dining experience.

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Tasting menu--changes seasonally

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This comfy space takes inspiration from around the globe for heart-warming dishes that all have a signature California touch. You'll also want to stop in for the everyday happy hour where $5 drinks and snacks are perfect after a hard day at work.

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Thai wings, popped elote, Mission Statement

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Pretend the sun always shines in San Francisco as you unwind on this breezy roof deck restaurant, margarita in hand. The lengthy cocktail list alone warrants a visit, but you should also try the guacamole and pollo frito topped with spicy peppers.

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Empanada de carne, choripan, chicharrones de carne, Margaritas, La Avenida cocktail, sangria

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It's impossible not to smile when surrounded by Lolo's whimsical decor. That quirky ambiance sets the tone for inventive, shareable Mexican dishes featuring local ingredients. Come with a group so you can try everything.

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Fried brussels sprouts, ceviche, carnitas tacos

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Lazy Bear is not a restaurant, it's a new dinner party every night. Guests share cocktails on sofas, sit at communal tables and mingle in the kitchen with the chefs. The food is creative, the flavors are familiar and the experience is one-of-a-kind.

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Nightly tasting menu

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Eat, drink, & be merry at this fun Lao Isan spot. Bright oilcloths and folding chairs set a street market scene for spice-centric, flavor-packed food that's best enjoyed with a group of friends and followed by a tiki cocktail from the upstairs bar.

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Minced pork salad, BBQ pork chop, Isaan herbed pork sausage, papaya salad (sample both versions), chicken and rice

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Housing a well-rounded menu and communal tables, Heirloom Cafe offers seasonal dishes that pair well with an incredible selection of imported and domestic wines. A fusion of European and local fare will appease oenophiles and omnivores alike.

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Housemade gnocchi, Liberty duck breast and confit, Vanilla buttermilk panna cotta

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Either you need a solid base for a fun-filled night or want to continue the party with boozy brunch the next morning, Beretta's got you covered. Innovative Mediterranean fare, strong drinks, and a like-minded crowd equal a guaranteed good time.

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Bruschetta, squid ink with calamari risotto, gnocchi with porcini, margherita

Manufactory, brought to you by the talented people behind Tartine Bakery, is a food lover's three-in-one dreamscape. The Bakery/California café/Ice cream store mashup set in an airy, industrial chic loft is the quintessential West Coast fantasy.

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Any of the pastries (breakfast), porchetta sandwich and farro salad (lunch), grain porridge and roasted chicken (dinner)

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Gigantic portions abound at this infamous taqueria that caters to the late-night crowd. Known for cheap eats, Taqueria El Farolito stays packed with hungry locals looking to close their night out with with oversized burritos, tortas, and tacos.

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Carne asada burrito, super quesadilla suiza

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For the past 15 years, La Torta Gorda has been living up to its hilarious name. The size of their sandwiches is legendary, and while they serve other food, you should order the place's namesake. Besides being fat, these tortas are mouthwatering.

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Rajas con queso, Mega Cubana, carne asada

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Foreign Cinema is known for unique dining experiences. Classics movies & foreign films are screened nightly in the romantic courtyard strung with fairy lights. That ambience and the globally-inspired menu make for an unforgettable event, every time.

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Organic pop tarts, bavette, balsamic friend eggs

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