Unless you possess super dexterous fingers and an uncanny ability to sniff out freshly-released slots on Resy, eating at Ernest will probably mean sucking it up and booking a dinner at 9:15pm. The Mission restaurant is a tough reservation to snag, but for good reason - everything on the menu is phenomenal. Ernest focuses on seasonal dishes made with local ingredients, and the menu has some clear Asian influences, like in the aged beef and bone marrow dumplings, or duck with stone fruit vindaloo. You’ll also see a great raw bar section with super-fresh seafood, a fantastic beef tartare made out of neat layers of sushi rice and salty ikura, and an uni “carbonara” that easily cracks the top three on our very official list of Best SF Pastas. Whether you order the chef’s pick menu ($95) or a la carte, there will be a lot of food - this is a meal you might have to be rolled home from (likely straight into bed), but it’s one you’ll remember for a while.
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