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SF: Great Restaurants With Bar Dining?

I'm an East Coast hound headed to San Francisco for business next week, and I'll have a chance to eat alone one night. Can anybody recommend a great restaurant there with good dining at the bar (or other good accomodations for eating alone)? I'll be staying near Union Square, but I'd be delighted to go anywhere in town. Thanks!

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  1. Perbacco, a great new Italian restaurant, has dining at the bar.

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    1. re: Laura2

      Right next door to Perbacco (on the 200 block of California Street) is Tadich Grill, a classic old-school SF seafood restaurant. Dining at the long bar there is encouraged & recommended.

      1. re: DavidT

        I will second this suggestion, with the addition that the long bar at Tadich is for eating, not drinking. And the eating is very good--try the petrale or the sand dabs.

        1. re: Michael Rodriguez

          And I will "third" the recommendation.

          I have been eating at Tadich Grill for the past 55 years and it is not only a San Francisco landmark, but it is one of the best restaurants with bar dining anywhere in the City. If you would like to partake of some San Francisco prepared seafood, Tadich Grill is a good choice. They are respected among locals of long-standing for their Dungeness crab, sanddabs, crab, prawn or shrimp salads, cioppino and poached salmon.

          Tadich Grill is a family business which has been in continuous operation since 1849, during the California Gold Rush days. If you have only one night out on the town, and want to dine at a classic 19th century bar, Tadich Grill is ... hands down ... your best choice.

          Good luck and Welcome to San Francisco!

    2. Cortez is a few blocks from Union Square on Geary.
      Small plates...nice bar menu...great Bar. Unique new drinks
      from fresh ingredients, as well as the return of some old classics
      like the Negroni. We had a great experience there over New Years weekend.

      Bruce

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      1. re: bbirch

        Cortez is currently closed for some plumbing repairs

      2. A few suggestions:
        2 (located at 22 Hawthorne Lane, near the corner of Howard and New Montgomery); small plates and a good bar. Sometimes has a grumpy bar tender though.

        Spoon - on Polk Street in Russian Hill. Great food; they might have a beer/wine only license though.

        Lulu, Zuppa and Coco 500 all come to mind (all are South of Market, near 4th and Bryant/Brannan).

        You really shouldn't have any trouble finding something good.

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        1. re: embarcadero1

          Spoon has been Tablespoon for at least 2 years, and has had a full bar license for about 6 months. Boulevard is a great choice if you like to eat at the pass, not bar.

        2. I enjoy eating at the counters over looking the cooking line at Boulevard and at Lark Creek Steak, both fairly close to Union Square. Of the two, Boulevard has better food, and is more expensive.

          1. Perbacco's bar is often pretty mobbed on weeknights. Nice bar for solo dining when it's quiet.

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