San Francisco - Places to Eat

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    Nov 26, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    I'm heading to San Francisco over the weekend and will be doing all the typical touristy stuff as it's my first visit. However, I don't want to end up eating at tourist trap restaurants, so what are some good places to check out for great food and drinks. I'll be staying close to Union Square.
  • rock924228

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    Nov 26, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    Dottie's True Blue Cafe.....get there early before they open at 7:15 am....so you don't have to wait for the next seating.......you'll go back for breakfast the next day......
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    Nov 26, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
    There are many Italian restaurants in North Beach. However, one I really like is "Volare" on Columbus just north of Union. Excellent food, reasonable prices, good wine, and a superb wait staff.

    Also, when in the Castro, go to "All Seasons Sushi" on Castro between 18th and 19th. The wait staff makes it fun, the food is fresh. Try the poke - it's the best around the City.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Nov 26, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    Also on Castro between 18th and 19th, Nirvana does nice Asian fusion -- and I seem to remember their drinks being pretty good too.
  • mustangd

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    Nov 26, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    its been a few years, but if "basta pasta" is still open, count on a good meal. for breakfast, i always enjoyed "emmas". both simple places, no fanfare, just good fresh tasting food. if you find yourself down at fishermans wharf, and hungry for lunch, go upstaris to "castagnolas", a simple room with a cafeteria line, excellent seafood chowder and salad, and you can get a window seat over looking the harbor, a nice quick cheap lunch spot with a view.
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    Squat and Gobble in Haigh/Ashberry is an awesome place to eat! Plus, there is a hilarious-old-lady there (ran into here twice)... great place for a vacationer to drop in and see real San Francisco...

    I have only been to SF twice.. which makes me an expert. :-)
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Nov 26, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    I love this place for breakfast:

    Ti Couz
    3108 16th St
    (at Valencia St)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Neighborhood: Mission

    (415) 252-7373

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    Nov 26, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    Absinthe (in the Civic Center area)

    Grand Hotel Cafe (near Union Square)

    By the way, do a search on OpenTable. Almost all the restaurants that pop up are great.
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    Nov 26, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Lived in SF for the last four years, before moving back to NY a few months ago..
    Woodward Gardens is amazing,
    The Pork Store
    Absinthe
    Delphina
    Flour & Water
    Basil

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    Nov 26, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    Depends on your budget and your interests.

    Asian food is great in SF, but I see from your profile you go to or work in Sydney? SF doesn't have the great lakhsa like Sydney, but lots of other stuff.

    If you like dim sum, check out Yank Sing in Rincon Center. Also others out in the Richmond District, but not close to Union Square.

    Sociale is excellent food, not too far from USquare.
    Farallon, near Union Square
    Boulevard. Somewhat touristy, but also many locals. Great food. $$$$
    Jardiniere if you want really $$$$
    B44 on Belden Place. Catalan. Interesting pedestrian-only street
    also Plouf on Belden Place. French.

    R&G lounge. Excellent Chinese. Very local. Few gui lo.
    Butterfly on the Embarcadero
    E&O Trading Company

    Next door to Absinthe is Arlequin Bistro. Nothing fancy, but you can get a bottle of wine at the attached wine store and have it with your dinner. Tres California. And about 25% of the price of what you'll pay at Absinthe.

    Tadich Grill. Major institution, certainly touristy, but sometimes you gotta do tourist. It is famous, after all.

    and probably about 3,000 other places just for starters.
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    Nov 26, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    The Majestic? In the castro.. was good.
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    Nov 26, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    depends on what kind of food you want.
    if you are staying in union square you are going to have to get out of the area for some truly good food.. but some places IN the area that are nice:
    - Tropisueno Mexican Kitchen. slightly expensive mexican place. good food and drinks though. it's right by the Sony Metreon in the alley that is by the Jewish meuseum and beside Beard Papa's
    - Osha Thai (the original location). great thai, good prices. Geary and Leavenworth.

    the mission is a great place for food.
    - Sunflower is on Valencia and 16th. my favorite restaurant in the city, by far. Vietnamese. good prices
    - Papalote. fresh-mex. 24th street between Valencia and Guerrero.

    great burgers:
    - Burgermeister. few locations: church/market is probably the easiest to get to. kinda expensive though
    - Urbun Burger. Valencia in between 16th and 17th. better priced

    those are just some to think about. again, it depends on what kind of food you want.
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    Nov 26, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    MarsInAries saiddepends on what kind of food you want.
    if you are staying in union square you are going to have to get out of the area for some truly good food.. but some places IN the area that are nice:
    - Tropisueno Mexican Kitchen. slightly expensive mexican place. good food and drinks though. it's right by the Sony Metreon in the alley that is by the Jewish meuseum and beside Beard Papa's
    - Osha Thai (the original location). great thai, good prices. Geary and Leavenworth.

    the mission is a great place for food.
    - Sunflower is on Valencia and 16th. my favorite restaurant in the city, by far. Vietnamese. good prices
    - Papalote. fresh-mex. 24th street between Valencia and Guerrero.

    great burgers:
    - Burgermeister. few locations: church/market is probably the easiest to get to. kinda expensive though
    - Urbun Burger. Valencia in between 16th and 17th. better priced

    those are just some to think about. again, it depends on what kind of food you want.


    Hey, those are some good tips. Places I haven't tried yet.
    And I second the recommendation for Osha Thai. The one at Embarcadero isn't too bad.
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    Nov 26, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    Oh, yeah. I forgot -

    Henry's Hunan on 2nd and Natoma.

    They smoke their own meat. Very unusual. Worth checking out. Definitely not touristy, and you won't find this food elsewhere.
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    Nov 26, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    For Breakfast and Lunch - I like this one when I meet friends in the city:

    Park Chow Restaurant
    1240 9th Avenue between Lincoln and Irving
    San Francisco, CA 94122

    Public Transit:
    N Judah Street Car drops you half a block away at 9th and Irving

    They have really great portions and the price is reasonable. Most local hang out here as well.

    Enjoy.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Nov 26, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    Just North of SF by just under an hour is Yountville - where you'll find one of the finest dining experiences in the world
    The French Laundry

    Worth the trip. But good luck getting a table last minute. Catch as catch can.

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    Nov 26, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    'The pork store' for breakfast
  • delthespaz

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    Nov 26, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Go to yelp and enter your hotel address.

    http://www.yelp.com/
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    Nov 27, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    Honey Honey on Post is great brekkie/lunch http://www.honeyhoneycafeandcrepery.com/
    And a great name.
  • fitartistsf

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    Nov 27, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    For the best Italian in SF.... "Ernestos" on 25th and Clement, in the Koreatown area, surprisingly. Used to eat there whenever there was something to celebrate, birthday, new job, family in town.... the Veal Saltimboca is exceptionally good, with a fine Merlot......
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    Nov 27, 2010 8:19 AM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendations guys! I checked out Absinthe today and thought the food was really good and refined. Would be even better if you enjoy wines as they have an impressive list but I don't drink.
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    Nov 29, 2010 9:04 AM GMT
    If you like Japanese noodle soup, I would definitely check out Katana-ya. It's right near Union Square on Geary/Mason. My favorite is the chicken soba.

    @MarsinAries It's funny you mention Osha. I live right across the street from there and my old roommate works there too, lol! It's pretty decent, but I like Lers Ros more (Larkin/Ellis) OMG it's so delicious. icon_biggrin.gif

    Back to the OP: and if I were you I would definitely check out one of the specialty gelato/ice cream places in the city. Either Bi-rite Creamery near Dolores Park, Humphry Slocombe in the Mission, or Holy Gelato in the Sunset. Honey Lavender, Golden Beet, Blueberry Cabernet, omg the list goes on icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 30, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    - Starbelly

    - Ragazza

    - Perbacco

    - Nopa and Nopa lito

    - Delfina

    - Zuni Cafe

    - Slanted Door

    - Foreign Cinema

    - Rose's Cafe

    - Waterbar

    - Eureka