Old School and Historical SF Locale
We're in SF for a day and wanted to break up our typical long strolls around the city with a classic, historical place for a drink and food. Could be lunch, could be dinner, could be something in between (tea, late lunch).
We could land a comfortable seat or table. There might be a fireplace. We can take our time.
It has to be unique to San Francisco.
It could be in a hotel. Or not.
It could be old school with lots of dark wood. Or not.
It could be rustic and West coast. Or not.
Just classic, comfortable and cozy with great drinks and food.
The bar of the Big Four at the Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill near Grace Cathedral. Beautiful old paneled room, fireplace (one of very few that I'm aware of), good if somewhat pricey food (but aren't nearly all hotel bars) and drinks. Definitely comfortable, cozy and historic and I'm not aware of anything else in SF quite like it.
Tea in the Garden Court of the Sheraton Palace on Market St.
Tadich Grill. It's in the heart of the financial district and has been in operation since 1849! Certainly meets the "old school with lots of dark wood" requirement =).
We just had dinner at Tadich tonight. It was very good as usual. I'd vote for it as the most SF place in SF - wood panelled booths, lonnnnnng counter, old crusty waiters, etc.
Their crab/shrimp salad with house dressing is to die for. So's their tartar sauce, petrale sole, halibut, sand dabs....
They give you all the fresh sourdough you can eat as well.