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Aug 12, 2001 01:33 PM

restaurants near Opera House?

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Hello! I'm usually on the LA message board (since I live here), but there are so many great posts here I know someone can help me. I'm going to be in SF next weekend for the Opera and was wondering if anyone could suggest a good place to eat near the Opera House? Don't really have a preference for any type, just something decent. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Hayes Street Grill, Jardiniere, Go to SF CitySearch or SFGate and search, or browse the archives in Chowhound.

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    1. re: MarkB

      And don't forget Absinthe. As you suggested, a using the search engine on the Chowhound main page turns up lots of suggestions for the terms, "opera francisco".

    2. There have been some good posts on Absinthe and also on Citizen Cake here on the SF Bay boards. Try doing a search for those and see if they sound up your alley. Haven't tried either yet, but they are on my list of "to trys" Hayes and Vine is a nice wine bar with snacks if that is something you are interested in.
      Have a good trip to SF!

      1. Every year, just before the opera season starts, the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle presents a "complete" list of restaurants in the area.

        Here is last year's article. If you come back to San Francisco during this coming season, you should purchase your copy of the Sunday Chronicle in a L.A. bookstore/hotel, in this month, because the Web edition does not include maps/pictures.


        1. Around the opera house (the Civic Center area) there are many great dining choices. For pre-opera dinners I would suggest Zuni's or Bistro Clovis. I believe both can be found in San Francisco Chronicle's food section, go to You can also search for other restaurant in that area.
          Things that I ususally order from Zuni's (what they are famous for) Caser salad, shoe string fries, burgers, fresh oysters, roast chicken (though this take 50 minutes so you might not have time).
          Bistro Clovis is an undiscovered gem. It's a small French bistro that serves excellent yet very reasonably priced food. I remember having the best French soup there and also the pate was excellent.

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          1. re: Wendy Lai

            Thanks for mentioning Bistro Clovis. It's another place I've been many restaurants, so little time.

            Using the search engine on the Chowhound main page will turn up a boatload of posts - good and bad - for Zuni. Personally, I continue to be a Zuni fan, even though the service is uneven.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I'm also fond of Bistro Clovis, although I think I'd go for Absinthe myself.

              My sister and I were on the planning committee for an event that was held at the Ramada Plaza (8th and Market). In putting together a list of restaurants within walking distance she suggested calling it "From Absinthe to Zuni."

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                What do you recommend at Bistro Clovis?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  The onion soup is indeed excellent (though I loyally think not as good as my Mom doing Julia Child!).

                  I think they do traditional bistro food well: anything long-cooked/braised.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    Andrew Raskin

                    I remember some kind of escargot tart there that was yum. I also had a rabbit with a cream sauce that I would go back for.

                  2. re: Melanie Wong

                    we ate there a few months ago, and i recall an excellent duck confit, a wonderful sticky sweet tarte tatin, and a lovely, well priced selection of 3 french wines by the glass that they offered as a flight (i think that is a changing nightly feature there).

                    it was a very nice, very authentic french meal - a good choice at a notch below fringale in my book (though fringale is a much less traditional take on french bistro food, so it's not an exact comparison).