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First time in San Fran

Going to San Francisco end of August. Staying in the financial district.
Would like to get some suggestions for places to...
a) take advantage of fresh seafood (including sushi places or not)
b) Restaurants with amazing food in a COMFORTABLE atmosphere (nothing too stuffy or snooty please)
c) Any good Shanghai restaurants in china town (looking for some fresh siu lung bao--> steamed pork dumplings mmmmm)
d) DESSERTS DESSERTS DESSERTS including bakeries, and ice cream !!!!! i have a crazy sweet tooth

Thanks!!! If anyone is coming up to montreal id be happy to help them out!

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  1. Bocadillos in the FiDi for a casual, small plates dinner

    Tartine Bakery for desserts

    http://www.bunrab.com/yummychow/Revie...

    1. I'd go to Taddich Grill for seafood, sand dabs, cioppino; and Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown for egg custard tarts, coconut macaroons. Dim sum at Gold Mountain.

      1. a) take advantage of fresh seafood (including sushi places or not)
        The best fresh seafood in SF is Hog Island Oyster Bar in the Ferry building. Another off-the-beaten-path place you can have a fine seafood meal is Pesce (on Polk), here's a review from last fall:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        b) Restaurants with amazing food in a COMFORTABLE atmosphere (nothing too stuffy or snooty please
        )Could you please expand a bit on what you regard as amazing food, and stuffy/snooty? Generally the most amazing food is found in the more formal places, c.f. The French Laundry. Also some guidance on budget would be helpful in crafting recommendations.

        c) Any good Shanghai restaurants in china town (looking for some fresh siu lung bao--> steamed pork dumplings mmmmm)
        There are no good Shanghai restaurants in Chinatown.

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        1. re: Paul H

          Re the amazing food in comfortable atmosphere. Im just thinking of some places i love here in montreal which are known for excellent cuisine, expensive yes but you pay for what you get. One of my favorites here Au pied du cochon is very well known but the environment is quite boisterous and relaxed. You can go in formal attire but also in jeans if you like and no one will turn their nose up at you. Me and my boyfriend look quite young despite our age and sometimes feel a bit of discrimation when we go to places which are extremely formal.
          Thanks for your other suggestions

          1. re: Stephkwong

            As Ruth notes below, San Francisco is not a stuffy place, and few restaurants require (and less enforce) a jacket rule these days.

            If you can go $200 USD for a meal for two, consider Quince (Cal-Ital), Myth (French-Cal-modern), Winterland (slightly avant garde), and Boulevard (American).

        2. Yank Sing for dim sum in the financial district.

          Isa's for comfortable amazing food.

          1. For dim sum, I'd recommend Ton Kiang in the Richmond district. Less oily than Yank Sing. Definitely a long wait on a weekend, unless you get there early.

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            1. re: melinna

              Yank Sing oily? Expensive, yes. Oily, no. Ton Kiang is not worth either the trip out to the outer Richmond or the wait. You can do much better.

              If you're in the Financial district probably the most accessible Shanghainese dumplings are at Shanghai in Oakland Chinatown -- just a 15 minute BART ride to 12th St. station and a five minute walk to Shanghai on Webster near 9th.

              You'll find SF to be a very casual city, and I wouldn't worry about being snubbed anywhere (especially after the dot-com boom when the city's restaurants were filled with affluent 20 somethings).