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Short Visit to San Francisco - How are these choices?

My wife and I will be visiting San Fran but only have 2 nights (Thu-Fri) and 1 full day. We are looking for medium priced (around $75 pp w/wine) dinners that are somewhat unique to SF. We're from the Chicago area and love ethnic foods, but are open to suggestions. We like relatively informal places (i.e. not dressy), but not TOO loud or crowded. We also want places that take reservations. From the posts I've read, among the places I'm thinking of:
Betelnut
Delfina
Limon
Aziza
Zuni Cafe
Yank Sing for Dim Sum
We're staying near Union Square but as long as we can take public transportation without too much difficuly, location in the city is no problem. What do you hounds think?

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  1. Personally, I would skip Betelnut. The food is average at best and it's completely overpriced. Everything else looks great - Delfina is my favorite.

    1. I've been to all of those choices except for Aziza, and I'd highly recommend them all, with the exception (as lettuce said) of Betelnut. It's not that I dislike the place, the food is fine, but it's nothing exciting, and your other options are all much better. Great choices. If I had to pick your one lunch and two dinners, amongst that group it would be Delfina and Limon for dinner and Zuni for lunch -- however, Delfina and Limon are in the same area of town, so if you want to see a little more of the city, you might move one of those dinners to Aziza.

      1. I would go to Bar Tartine, just had a really lovely dinner there and the atmosphere is very San Francisco- casual, simple rustic elegant..these are the folks that have the Tartine Bakery. Located in the Mission. I think Limon has slipped not as good as it was a year ago.

        I agree with the others on Betelnut. Zuni is a great spot for lunch. Bar Crudo might be more interesting, early evening sit at the Bar nice seafood dishes that are beautiful and near Union Square you do not have anything like this in Chicago.

        Have not been to Aziza for a long time but was not impressed last time I was there too loud and hard food was ok.

        Dosa -good Indian in the Mission.

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        1. re: Lori SF

          Aziza dropped the loud music a couple of years ago. No belly dancing any more, either. Both good things in my book.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            thankfully! It still reminds of the dot com days.

          2. re: Lori SF

            I had a very tasty meal at Bar Tartine the last time I was in the Bay Area.

          3. I don't think Limon is that good. The sangria and ceviche are quite good but the entrees are are never to my liking. It's also very loud.

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            1. re: Mmmonica

              I'd second that. We were sort of disappointed with Limon. It was a while ago but I remember everything except the ceviche being sort of salty and uninteresting.

            2. I think Betelnut is a fun place to go for the small plates (appetizers) and the house made beer. I consider it a lunch/early afternoon snack place. Have never had dinner there. Have taken a number of friends and they've always enjoyed the apps.