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Nice, late-night dinner near SFO?

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A friend from out-of-town is attending a conference near SFO, and I'm taking her out to dinner Wednesday night. Unfortunately, she won't be free until 8/8:30, and it seems like a lot of places in that area close early. I've looked through old posts on these boards, but most of the late-night restaurants that are recommended seem to be the hole-in-the-wall type, which isn't really my friend's thing, or chain places, which aren't really my thing. I was hoping that we could go up to San Francisco, but she doesn't have a lot of time, so I'm looking for something within a 15-20 minute drive. The ideal place wouldn't kick us out until 10 or 11, would have a nice, relaxing atmosphere, and would have good food for $10-$30 an entree. I know that's a lot to ask, but can anyone help me out with a suggestion?

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  1. Consider McCormick & Kuleto's in Burlingame - I have to believe they serve dinner until at least 10pm (if not, there is a lounge area) and it is a close, easy drive to the airport. I haven't been there in a few years but always found the food to be consistent, and it is definitely several notches above a hole-in-the-wall.

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    1. Steelhead's kitchen is open till 10pm. Good food.

      http://www.steelheadbrewery.com/b-men...

      Il Fornaio in Burlingame is open till 11pm.

      1. I agree that Steelhead's not bad. May not be as "formal" as you'd like, but it is a nice higher end brewery. I just went to Kuleto's recently and you're not missing much, so I wouldn't go with that one. I haven't been to the Straits Cafe that just opened up on Burlingame Ave., but I do like their food at some of their other locations. And there's always Il Fornaio near Burlingame Ave. as well, which has a nice atmosphere and reliable food.

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        1. re: VirgoBlue

          Steelhead's a couple of cuts above the usual brewpub. The food is quite good, and the booths and overstuffed chairs give it a very relaxing atmosphere when it's not too crowded, which it probably won't be that late on a Wednesday. Even has a half-decent selection of wines by the glass.

          Their cask-conditioned Bombay IPA on hand pump (not always available) is arguably the best beer in the Bay Area. Worth a drive.