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Sep 27, 2006 12:10 AM

Civic Center SF dinner

We are going to a concert at the Bill Graham on a Tuesday night. I'd like something in walking distance. Not too expensive and not too loud. We'll eat anything and prefer spicy-cocktails a plus; if not, wine and beer a must.

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    1. re: Jeff

      I second Soluna Cafe. Good presentation. Good risotto.

      1. re: Jeff

        I work at the court next door to Soluna and I can't recommend it. The service is pretty awful. The food confuses me. They throw one hundred awesome ingredients on each dish and somehow it all manages to taste mediocre. I don't know how they do that.

        1. re: HilaryAnn

          That's the Wolfgang Puck approach. Keep adding delicious ingredients until you've got too many.

        1. re: rootlesscosmo

          i've had some really amazing fish at hayes street grill. I'll second that.

        2. Soluna looks interesting. What if we are willing to walk a little further afield. Any reports on the new Wesfield (sp?) Center on 5th?

          With a 7:30 show, could we do Zuni at 5 or 5:30?

          Any ceviche suggestions in the area?

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          1. re: exboonie

            Destino is within walking distance and I believe from posts here that they have ceviche.
            I wouldn't walk to the new Westfield Center from Civic Center. The blocks are very unsavory. I always forget that, and how LONG the walk is. I walked from 9th and Market to the Warfield, when it was still fairly light out, with two friends, and felt very uncomfortable - much more so than I do heading to a restaurant in the Tenderloin. But of course everyone's feeling of what is unsavory is different.

            1. re: Meredith

              You could always hop on MUNI at Powell (right under Westfield Center) and ride one stop to Civic Center.

          2. Has anyone been to Laurel's Cuban on Oak street?

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            1. re: exboonie

              Yep, but not for about a year and never at show time, although I always thought it was a great location for a show. Except with mucking with their lunch menu, it's not a place that changes much.

              1. re: rworange

                Hate to be doubley negative in one thread, but I'd skip Laurel's. I've tried it twice, neither time was great. There are other, better places nearby.

                Paul K next door to Laurel's is great. Zuni is always a solid choice.

            2. It's not very good, but Trader Vic's does have inexpensive happy hour drinks and is right near there.