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Last minute celebration restaurant? for today

majajam Oct 26, 2006 01:32 AM

Does anyone have a suggestion for a place to go for dinner tonight as a last minute celebration for 2 people? I'm looking for any style of food, but a place that is special (doesnt have to be super pricey or fancy, but tasty) where one could get in last minute, without a reservation in San Francisco.

Preferably a place where I could take tasty pictures of food with my new camera.

I'd really appreciate suggestions.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 01:35 AM

    You could call Incanto, they're usually not full on weeknights.



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      majajam RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 26, 2006 01:41 AM

      I feel tempted, but I went for my birthday (today) 2 years ago. They seem to have a lot more cool offal on the menu this time around. I might go, but I'm waiting for more suggestions still. Thanks Robert

    2. anna RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 01:47 AM

      You can call and see if you can get a table upstairs for Chouchou. www.chouchousf.com

      Matterhorn is another good celebratory type place. matterhorn.citysearch.com

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        Oakland Barb RE: anna Oct 26, 2006 01:50 AM

        What about the bar at Piperade? I think they also leave a few tables for walk-ins..

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        normalheightsfoodie RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 01:58 AM

        Slanted Door or JArdineaire

        Not fancy, but we like Tadich Grill too.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: normalheightsfoodie Oct 26, 2006 02:02 AM

          Slanted Door's usually booked solid.

          Do you really find it celebratory? To me it's sterile, noisy, and not very comfortable.

        2. susancinsf RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 02:11 AM

          the last time I needed a last minute celebration place I went to Boulevard and ate at the counter overlooking the kitchen (which is available without reservations)...it was lots of fun!

          I find Acme celebratory and it shouldn't be full...Jardiniere is also a possibility...or Piperade or Aziza...

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            himbeer RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 02:14 AM

            la folie seems to have more opentable spots than others of its caliber. pick polk, or hyde, or union, or chestnut street, areas with lots of restos in a row. or west portal.

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              anna RE: himbeer Oct 26, 2006 02:21 AM

              West Portal: Bursa and Roti are both great.

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              Joan Kureczka RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 03:55 PM

              Zuni always leaves a certain number of tables for walk ins.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Joan Kureczka Oct 26, 2006 03:59 PM

                Yeah, but at peak dinner hours you have to wait an hour or more to get one. And they're not in the nice, quiet upstairs section.

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                  Joan Kureczka RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 26, 2006 05:14 PM

                  Actually, while that is probably the case most of the time, we have twice walked in around 7 and gotten really nice upstairs tables within 20 minutes.

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                sfmags RE: majajam Oct 26, 2006 04:58 PM

                Call Nopa right at 2:00 and you should be able to secure a table

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