(Photography by Sarah Chorey)

First Taste: Serving the Flavors of Spain, Barcino Is Already Among the Year's Best


Let's be real: Hot restaurant openings are a dime a dozen in San Francisco, and it can be tough to sort through the hype and determine which new spot is worth your precious time and money. No worries here: Barcino is one of the best restaurants we've tried so far in 2017.

Brought to us by the Absinthe Group (most recently, the makers of the also-wonderful Bellota), Barcino dishes a taste of Barcelona in the form of elevated, memorable tapas. The various small plates deliver both elegance and comfort; the service is friendly; and the space is warm and simple with floor-to-ceiling windows and cascading plants.

Walk-ins are welcome, but the current wait for dinner is upwards of an hour. So make a reservation—Barcino is hot. // 399 Grove St. (Hayes Valley,) barcinosf.com

Barcino pulls together a thoughtful raw bar menu of fish, carpaccio, and octopus. The yellowfin tuna is a well-balanced bite with a smooth whip of avocado, shavings of fennel escabeche, and a sprinkling of esplette pepper.

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