With several visits to Range under her belt, mariacarmen offers a few tips on what to order and what to avoid at the Valencia Street stalwart. Its chicken is the tastiest among Range’s peer restaurants, even better than the much-discussed Zuni chicken, mariacarmen says. The “rich and yummy” beef cheek cannelloni that arrived alongside the bavette was the highlight of a recent dinner. A few dishes fell short: Flounder with favas was dull as dishwater, and an asparagus salad with fromage blanc lacked spark.

And a word to the wise: Seating in the hallway space made our reporter feel like an afterthought—consider requesting a table in the main dining area.

Range [Mission District]
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco

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