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Tracy0826 Jun 5th, 2008 07:02 AM

San Fransisco Restaurants?
I am visiting San Fran in July and am looking for a restaurant that is not too formal or stuffy... a place with delicous food, cool bar, lots of people, etc. Price doesn't matter. There are two of us in our early 30s. We'll be staying at Union Square. Any ideas??

Tracy0826 Jun 5th, 2008 07:10 AM

Ooops, I misspelled SAN FRANCISCO!! Sorry Californians!

beanweb24 Jun 5th, 2008 07:15 AM

Expensive: The Slanted Door
Moderate: Betelnut
Cheap: Magnolia Pub and Brewery

Tracy0826 Jun 5th, 2008 07:54 AM

Thanks! Any other ideas?!

Wellvis Jun 5th, 2008 08:56 AM

Check or for hundreds of recommendations, or do a search here for previous recommendations.
What type of food do you want to eat - Chinese, Italian, California Cuisine, Burmese, vegan, etc.?

dmlove Jun 5th, 2008 09:10 AM

I'd plan (definitely make reservations) lunch at The Slanted Door on a Saturday. Spend the morning wandering around the Embarcadero, Ferry Building and the Ferry Building Farmers Market (which closes at 2:00), then have lunch. Its a great spot, with great food. The ginger limeade cocktail is really really good.

otto Jun 5th, 2008 10:17 AM

bummed i missed out on slanted door when we were there in april. i enjoyed r & g lounge for the real deal chinese food. and e tutti qua, for delicious italian across from city lights. magnolia was o.k.

Tracy0826 Jun 5th, 2008 11:49 AM

Thanks! There isn't one type of cuisine we are interested in. Have heard lots of good things about Slanted Door. We'll be in Sonoma in the morning so def want to make a dinner reservation somewhere.

Bill44 Jun 5th, 2008 12:52 PM

Every time we go to SF we can't resist going to The Stinking Rose in North Beach. It is a garlic restaurant so if you don't like garlic forget it. Everything is prepared with garlic. Cerainly not stuffy and a fun place to go with really good food.

otto Jun 5th, 2008 01:09 PM

ha! the stinking rose is so fun! and actually a really enjoyable meal!

dmlove Jun 5th, 2008 01:54 PM

The Stinking Rose is definitely lively and fun, but IMHO the food is not memorable (I've been there, but honestly couldn't even tell you what I ate, other than that it had lots of garlic :).

dmlove Jun 5th, 2008 01:58 PM

Here's another option - SPQR, which is the sister restaurant to A16. SPQR is on Fillmore Street (an easy taxi ride from Union Square). The area is nice for wandering --- nice shops on Fillmore, lots of Victorian houses if you wander the east-west streets. SPQR doesn't take reservations, and we recently waited 1-1/2 for a table (on a Friday at 6:00), but there's a very nice new wine bar across the street to bide your time.

JayZee Jun 5th, 2008 02:22 PM

I second Betelnut. Great location on Union street with a lot of little shops & 30 somethings cruising the street in their topless BeeMers.

dovima Jun 6th, 2008 07:45 AM
Another Marina/Cow Hollow restaurant. I think it has the atmosphere you're seeking and the food is excellent. Pretty neighborhood, near Union and Steiner.

dmlove Jun 6th, 2008 08:22 AM

I like Betelnut as well. The first time I ate there, we were heading somewhere else, but some people were eating outside and their food looked so good -- we asked about the place, and they raved and invited us to taste their food! We declined, but stayed for dinner...It's a very lively place on a lively street in a very nice residential neighborhood. You'll enjoy walking around and shopping, as well as eating there.

Tracy0826 Jun 6th, 2008 12:44 PM

Thanks for all the info!! Any other ideas, keep 'em coming! =)

dmlove Jun 6th, 2008 12:59 PM

I'm having dinner at Foreign Cinema tonight -- I'll post later if it meets your criteria!

ECinSF Jun 6th, 2008 01:30 PM

Look at Medjool. Very cool place for the 30-something scene. Great food, roof bar, etc.

beanweb24 Jun 6th, 2008 01:31 PM

Foreign Cinema is another good suggestion. The scene is definitely very cool, especially for the age. Food was good - didn't enjoy as much as Betelnut (or Slanted Door, but really no comparison there) - but I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone.

dmlove Jun 6th, 2008 01:57 PM

scene is definitely very cool, <i>especially for the age.</i>

Which age I definitely am NOT :)

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