Here's a place for a grown-up dinner. St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant is a long, lean space that opened in May 2012. It's a good fit for the restaurant-rich Mission District, and its name honors St. Vincent, patron saint of wine and vinegar makers. The wine list is a key attraction, and the menu is California-centric. Entrees $24-$30. Besides the tables, there are 25 first-come, first-served seats at the stainless steel bar.
Info: St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant, 1270 Valencia St., San Francisco; (415) 285-1200
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