Visiting San Fran for 1st time
Hi - I'll be visiting SF for the first time, staying at Hotel Nikko. Any recs for special San Francisco eats? Hopefully in the mid-price range.
Hotel Nikko is located right near Union Square, so you are potentially within walking distance of many places and neighborhoods. You are also very close to dozens of buses, muni and BART so you can probably get around pretty easily. Look for threads about Union Square, there have been several in the past few months. But if you can, get out of Union Square and explore some other neighbrohoods.
Here's one link I found from a few months ago, someone was asking about where to eat when visiting SF:
In general, you'll get more responses if you are more specific. What type of food are you looking for? How far are you willing to travel? If you use the search feature of the site, you'll be able to find out a lot about the 'don't miss' places...then you can ask specific follow up questions. I have never been here in February, but I (like many chowhounds) always send visitors to the Ferry Building on Saturdays. I assume it's still a good place to go, even in February. So that's a start. Also, I haven't been there, but the restaurant that is currently at the very top of my list to try is Aziza. If that's in your price range, it sounds like it'd be worth a trip.
You have to try Gary Danko. I think its $61 for a three course meal. Great service, delicious food. What an experience!!
Gary Danko is just ok imho, but this is not a mid priced rest, so beware...
I always hit SLANTED DOOR in the ferry bldg. (ok, the orig place was great, its more touristy now, but let me tell you... there's a lot of stuff they're actually doing better now. Killer ambiance, food still awesome... so fresh. Gets slammed a lot on the board, but unjustified)... its one of the great places in town.
Want a mid priced place near u in Union Sq. Go to Kuleto's for good Italian food. Solid for years now, good ambiance, close by. Usually do a great duck dish, pastas are fine. They do a nice breakfast too.
Postrio (a wolfgang puck partnership) in the prescott hotel is excellent. Can eat in the cafe (cheaper) or the dining room. Also a place with more elaborate KILLER breakfast in a beautiful room. Kuleto's bkfst is simpler and less $
Have to agree with many others here that Slanted Door, while being a gorgeous space with gorgeous views, lacks somewhat in the food department. There's a wide-spread, IMO well-deserved, impression that it caters to a crowd primarily interested in "experience dining" and willing to pay higher prices to avoid eating in dingier, more authentically "Vietnamese" restaurants. I found the food over-priced and underwhelming. Nice space, though.
Try Nopa! It's a fairly new restaurant in the Western Addition neighborhood. It gives you a good feel of casual, yet inspired San Francisco dining and nightlife. They serve California Mediteranean cuisine (excellent wood fired oven) and has a nice bar scene. It would be about a ten minute cab ride from the Nikko, but it'll be refreshing to get out of the Downtown bustle. You can also walk down the street to Madrone Lounge, a nice neighborhood bar.
If you aren't squeamish try Tu Lan on 6th at Market....You will have a very non-touristy time and some good Vietnamese chow for very little $$
Taqueria Cancun on the same corner is good as well...