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Need to eat before "Love, Janis" but prefer to skip Canteen, Cortez and Cafe de la Presse.

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    1. Sanraku on Sutter at Taylor. Good Japanese food, can be crowded but with two dining rooms it's not too bad. One block up Taylor at Bush is Sushi Rikka, also good Japanese, slightly more low key.

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      1. re: rabaja

        Sanraku is a favorite of mine in that area. Try the popoyaki (grilled squid).

      2. Second Tajine. Definitely give it a try if you haven't been. Sanraku has been hit or miss before when I've tried to hit it up before shows at ACT. The food is decent, but it does tend to fill up. Before the last show, my friend and I had a light dinner at Grand Cafe's bar and had good luck with the brandade brulee, the mussels and some very fresh oysters on the halfshell.

        a sante,

        1. I haven't been here for several years, but La Scene Cafe and Bar at the Warwick Hotel on Geary at Taylor has always offered reliable California-French food and some prix-fixes choices. Their specialty is quick service that will get you to the theater on time. Atmosphere is pleasant, quiet, European.



          1. Just throwing in Ryoko--it's a little place on Taylor, between Sutter and Post, and it's like eating sushi in an old speakeasy. (In fact, I think it might be an old speakeasy.) The sushi's not as great as Sanraku, but it's still very good, and the staff and atmosphere is wonderful.

            1. Ahh yes, I'd almost completely forgotten about Ryoko. I used to be a regular there when Shige was the head sushi chef. He was always very quick to point out what was the freshest on any given day and would often give us samples if it was something we hadn't had before. Between the stairway leading down from street level to the red vinyl booths, Ryoko is very unique. Plus, they are open quite late, certainly way past the 10pm closing of Sanraku. Good call MuppetGrrl!

              a sante,