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San Francisco dinning with children

I will be in SF this Saturday. We have out of town guests and an expense account. Two couples, four kids (3-11). Please give us suggestions. Any kind of food. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I recommend Foreign Cinema. They have pretty good kids menu. Check out what movie they will be playing.


    1. I don't think there are many places nowadays that are not kid-friendly, as long as the kids are ok ordering from the regular menu. My friends and I have seen kids at places that we didn't think would have kids, like Masa and Cafe Jacqueline. Two places that my friends with kids really like are Chouchou and Tangerine. The staff at both places are great at accomodating kids as well as very friendly. But they also have great wine and food to satisfy the adults.

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      1. re: anna

        We took our young children to many nice restaurants, but I would NEVER have taken them to such a special place as Masa: This is a very sophisticated dining experience and definitely NOT for the toddler set! A little consideration for other diners shelling out big bucks for what might be their "big blow-out meal of the year" is in order here.

        1. re: pikawicca

          Several years ago, Gourmet magazine had an article about a guy that took his 2 1/2 year old to Masa's. They had a great time and the staff was lovely. His main point was that restaurants like Masa's are accustomed to catering to demanding rich people and that a child is more or less the same.

          1. re: chaddict

            The staff might be able to cope, but if I'm paying hundreds of dollars for dinner, I certainly do NOT want to put up with wailing, rambling, inquisitive young'uns. We love them, and they have their place, but it's not in a top-tier restaurant.

            1. re: pikawicca

              I know what you're saying and I definitely get annoy when kids get loud at nice restaurants, well, at any restaurants. However, there are kids, even toddlers, who are very well behave and can manage dining at the finest restaurants. I wasn't the most well-behaved kid growing up. But when we went to nice places, and my parents took us to quiet a few high end places, us kids knew how to behave. By all means, don't bring kids to fancy restaurants if they're not going to behave. That's really inconsiderate. But if you have well mannered kids, there is no reason why they cannot dine at "top-tier" restaurants.

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        Park Chalet - 1000 Great Hwy (415) 386-8439
        Park Chow - 1240 Ninth Ave. (415) 665-9912
        The Blue Plate - 3218 Mission St. (415) 282-6777

        Check out "The Poop":

        But honestly, with an expense account, I'd go to fancier places.

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        1. re: larochelle

          I was thinking that when I saw the expense account part. But....getting reservations for 8 for THIS saturday may be difficult at higher-endd places....

          1. re: anna

            How about Yank Sing? I always think Asian restaurants are more kid friendly and noisy. What do you all think? Also, you probably would be able to get in... Their prices are high I think but great with kids. They have a fountain thing that my daughter loves to play around. Lots of space to run and explore. Also, dim sum is always fun for children. Okay, that is sounding like a sales pitch. HA!

            1. re: abe1329

              This is a great idea -- the kids would love it, and the other diners wouldn't be bothered at all. It's chaos already!

        2. puccini and pinetti its got good food and both kids and adults seem to love it. http://www.pucciniandpinetti.com/

          1. Yo! We've got reservations for 6:30 Saturday at the Forgein Cinema. One look at the oyster menu and it was settled.
            Will report back. Thanks for the suggestions.

            1. I agree that children shouldn't be off limits in nice restaurants but you really have to be considerate of other folks paying good money for their meals. We took our daughter to Firefly at 5:30PM on a Saturday and I got uncomfortable because she was a bit noisy and evev though it's Noe Valley (kid central) it just didn't feel right. Firefly is too small and intimate for babies and toddlers. They are very welcoming to families but I don't think it's a great spot for kids.

              1. I definitely feel most comfortable taking my son to noisy pub style places (like Luka's) and Asian restaurants (where families are the norm). That being said, my son had his fifth birthday at the Dining Room, and they did a super job. Yes, it was a three hour dinner, but you're given a pretty decent amount of real estate at the Ritz, so my son could orbit the table without disturbing others. Also, because they're a hotel restaurant, I think they're pretty adept at serving all comers. They were especially nice about offering my son items from the other restaurants that might suit him better. If you ever need to take a young child for a super swank meal, it's worth checking with the Dining Room to see if this is still possible.

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                1. re: lexdevil

                  5 years old and nowhere to go but down after DRRC! Wow!

                  I don't mind so much, but I know that if we were splurging on a once-in-a-lifetime dinner (for us) like DRRC, my husband would be pretty upset if he heard more than a little peep of a child nearby. Some people are just more sensitive to it than others. Usually I tell him to chill out, but if you're throwing down an unprecedented amount of cash in a place like that, I would be pretty upset that something was detracting from the experience.

                2. Quite a few kids at Delfina last night, from infants to teenagers. Since it's a loud place, you didn't really notice the squawks from the little ones. Great food, too.

                  1. Just a few other places for your child-friendly dining list:

                    Bar Tartine
                    Cafe at Chez Panisse
                    Chez Nous
                    Citizen Cake