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Rintaro

$$$$(415) 517-8539
Hours:WEDNESDAY5:30PM to 10:00PM

Stepping into Rintaro always feels like we’ve left the city completely. The tiled, string light-filled courtyard is surrounded by plants, and the high-ceilinged wooden interior reminds us of a day spa we'd gladly move into. But it’s not just the space that keeps us coming back—the food at this Mission izakaya is last-meal-in-the-city worthy. Exhibit A: the juicy, crispy-skinned yakitori with a dipping sauce that gets rich and creamy after you mix in the raw egg yolk. Or the hand-rolled udon with lingcod fishcake that soaks up the dashi broth like a sponge. It all makes for a pretty delicious escape, which you should enjoy while sipping on barley tea or umeshu. Get here with your parents, a group of friends, or someone you want to impress.

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