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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

The Ou tapa is an elevated, impressive version of the Spanish dish huevos rotos, or broken eggs. A striking sunny-side-up egg is graced with a mound of caviar and placed atop coins of sliced, fried potatoes, rich slices of Iberian ham and cream made from Idiazabal cheese. We're officially obsessed.

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