San Francisco Restaurant Recommendation

Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:27 AM
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San Francisco Restaurant Recommendation

Looking for San Francisco Restaurant Recommendation

To help with offering suggestions, I wish I could state what kind of food, or location Id prefer, but generally were pretty much open for any suggestions. Well be in town on Labor Day, and after dinner will be making our way to the airport to return home. Were simply looking for a fun way to end our holiday weekend before heading home. Generally, were looking for fun dining fun, good food, someplace typical for San Francisco cuisine, and different from what we have or can find at home. I guess if I had to select a type of food, then perhaps Italian or Seafood, but I don't want to limit my options. Good Sourdough bread would be a plus. Need a restaurant where the dress code is casual or casual dress, nothing too formal as were flying home after dinner. Maybe something with a view could be nice, but not required. I see that the Cliff House has great ocean views. I wonder what other restaurants might have views of the ocean, bay, or city. Again, although a restaurant with a view is appealing, its not necessary.

Wow! There is certainly a large quantity of restaurant choices to choose from, which is why Ive come to you for help. What is your favorite, and why? If youre a local, and were to have guest in from out of town, where would you, or do you, take them to experience a good, fun, popular San Francisco restaurant to top off their holiday weekend before heading home? We appreciate any and all suggestions. Thank you.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:00 AM
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As you have noticed, there is a huge amount of restaurant choices in SF.

To help narrow things down a bit:

1) Will you have a car or will you be depending on the hotel shuttle?

2) Where are you going to be during the early part of the day? We don't want to suggest a restaurant clear across town and cost you unnecessary travel time. Union Square area? Fisherman's Wharf? Embarcadero? None of these?

3) For the better restaurants, you will have to make reservations for the Labor Day weekend.

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Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:34 AM
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San Francisco has so many wonderful restaurants that it would be impossible to answer the question. You will get many opinions.

I think Delfina is really quintessential San Francisco, but I could go on and on.

Why don't you go to and read about the top ten restaurants and others and see if something hits you?

If you tell us about your location and transportation situation that might narrow it down - but taking a taxi is always easy, so location should not matter that much.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:43 AM
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My advice is book NOW because I already got shut out of Slanted Door and Delfina for the Saturday night of Labor Day weekend as well as the Saturday before.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Thank you for your replies, and I appreciate your help. Yes, we will have a car and therefore able to drive to where we need to be. I agree that reservations may be required and anxious to book. As to what we will be doing earlier in the day, I am still working on that, and don't know at this time. However, where ever we dine, I figure on being there around 6 pm. Hoping that from where ever we dine, this will allow time for making our way to SFO airport after dinner in time for our 11 pm flight. Hope this helps you to help me. I realize it's difficult to make a recommendation based on the general information I've provided. I wish I can be more specific. I know there are hundreds of great choices, and it's not possible to make one recommendation when there are many good suggestions. I don't want to limit my options by stating I only want a particular type of food, or in a specific neighborhoood. Anyhow, any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated. I thank you for taking your time to post your recommendations.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:39 AM
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I like this group of restaurants on an alleyway in the financial district.

I've also had fun meals (while touristy) down around Fisherman's Wharf.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:07 PM
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I take out-of-towners to Sinbad... don't know about parking, though... it's on the right side of the ferry building

The food is very good, and the view of Bay Bridge, and the ferries.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:45 PM
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How about Italian Seafood? I took a quick look at Open Table and there are not many restaurants with availability even at 6:00 on Labor Day--something like over 230 with no availability. But Pesce a lovely Italian Seafood restaurant does have tables available.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Italian - Kuleto's at Union Square is very good. Old restaurant that still has it. Great feel of SF. Open Table for reservations.

Seafood - McCormick and Kuleto's at Ghiradelli Square. Very good seafood and fantastic view of SF bay. Again, Open Table for reservations.

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Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:59 PM
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I don't know where you live so it's difficult to find something that you can't find at home, as is one of your criteria. But I'd have to guess you have nothing at home like:

Foreign Cinema
Chez Spencer

Any of these would make for a memorable final dinner in SF.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:18 AM
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Farallon gets my vote for seafood. A very fun restaurant in Union Square with great food, ambiance and service.

Boulevard is also very good for dinner, down by the Embarcadero area. ***kim***
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:26 AM
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Wow, thank you for all the responses. All these restaurants look wonderful, great choices. Thanks for sharing.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 01:02 PM
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Two places that are mentioned frequently on this board for "quintessential SF-type" restos, are Tadich Grill (no reservations, no dress code, excellent fish and sourdough) and Aziza (Moroccan-Californian). You will definitely need a reservation for Aziza, but (alas) no sourdough!
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Aug 9th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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Oh my goodness! FainaAgain?! Sinbad's?! That is the worst restaurant. Nice view of the Bay Bridge - but otherwise it's like a time-warp to 1974 (macrame plant-hangers, old tablecloths and all). And the life-size Sinbad dummy at the entrance - with the fake chest hair?

I've always thought that place could make a fortune if they dumped some money into it.

On the bright side - and it won't be open by the time the top poster will be visiting - further down the Embarcadero (walking distance from Ferry Plaza) is a new restaurant complex being built by Pat Kuleto. Should be nice and have wonderful views when it's done. It's rumored to be two restaurants - one fancy and one more low-key.
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