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Dinner suggestions for diverse visiting friends in SF near BART route

I am going into Oakland for a conference in October, and plan to meet up with a diverse set of friends (people from Texas, Japan, India etc) for dinner in SF. We'll need to take BART to get in, so it would be great if hounds have suggestions for mid-range dinner places (Mexican or other Latino, Thai, or SE Asian - definitely not Indian or Japanese) with pleasant atmosphere, easy to get to from a station. Preferably a place that takes reservations, or will be possible to get seating without a long wait, around 7 pm on a Friday night.

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  1. I haven't been there lately, but friends recently raved about the food at Platanos in the Mission district. It's four blocks from the 16th and Mission BART station, at the corner of 18th and Guerrero. They take reservations and serve Mexican small plates.

    It's a little pricier, but people also like Limon, a Peruvian place on Valencia near 16th. That's about a block from the 16th Street station. They also take reservations.

      1. There's a passel of Latino restaurants of various stripes that are accessible from BART 16th Street and 24th Street Mission stations. Be aware that the area can be quite "colorful" at night, especially near the 16th street station. Salvadoran and other non-Mexican latino food tend to be strengths here, and probably worth some focused research.

        I just hope your Texas friends aren't among those that come here and complain that you can't get good Tex-Mex food in California (duh...)

        1. I second Limon...but Thristy Bear and Maya both near Moscone could work (2-3 blks from Market).

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          1. re: ML8000

            Maya's a branch of a New York restaurant.

            Recent reports on Thirsty Bear have been mixed.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              And both are close to BART and Latin. The OP didn't say the diners are from NYC. I agree however about TB. It's location and huge size (always can get in) makes it an easy choice however.

          2. To the list of "Latino" places in the Mission, add Panchita's #3. It's a little off the radar, and should be easier to get a reservation for a large group on a Friday night than Limon or Plantanos. The food is excellent "white tablecloth" Mexican/Salvadoran. Here's a recent report: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...