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Best small plates in SF?

candicew May 3, 2007 03:17 PM

Need help deciding on where to book a dinner while in the city for a long weekend. We are a small group of 30-something's looking for a small/shared plates place with great food(very important) but also fun atmosphere. Past favorite meals I've had while visiting were at Bar Crudo and Chez Nous. Thank you!

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  1. Scott M RE: candicew May 3, 2007 03:35 PM

    Pres a Vi



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      whiner RE: candicew May 3, 2007 07:54 PM


      1. dhoffman1421 RE: candicew May 4, 2007 08:31 AM

        Chez Nous. And quick before it closes...

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          jupiter RE: dhoffman1421 May 4, 2007 06:00 PM

          Chez nous is closing?

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            chaddict RE: jupiter May 4, 2007 06:11 PM

            Bought by the A16 folks...


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            P. Punko RE: dhoffman1421 May 5, 2007 03:09 PM

            Ate at Chez Nous last night- pretty good, not amazing, but a nice meal. I would be sad to see it go, as it could have become a nice option in that part of town.

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              Carrie 218 RE: P. Punko May 5, 2007 06:17 PM

              It DID become a nice option for this part of town - that is why those of us in the neighborhood are so sorry to see it go...

          3. Carrie 218 RE: candicew May 4, 2007 08:47 AM

            Zarzuela. Spanish Fly.

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              Meredith RE: candicew May 4, 2007 11:21 AM

              Maybe Pesce, it focuses on fish, much like Crudo.

              1. mynameisolivia RE: candicew May 4, 2007 12:02 PM

                As a native san franciscan, I have mixed feelings about "the Marina." But for out-of-towners...it really is a great part of the city. Small plates. Hands down. Terzo in the Marina. EXCELLENT small plates. wine selections to perfection. You'll feel extra classy. http://www.terzosf.com/

                For a more budget conscious, extremely crowded, fast paced with amazing food and drink options at Cha Cha Cha's (there is one on Haight Street and one in the Mission).

                And if your party can take a BART ride to the ever SO cute neighborhood of Rockridge (on the Pittsburg/Bay Point train) a MUST is A Cote http://www.acoterestaurant.com/

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                  dinnerout RE: candicew May 4, 2007 02:52 PM

                  I am a big fan of Isa in the Marina on Steiner between Chestnut and Lombard - they have a large covered patio with heaters outside. Food is great and the owners/chef couldn't be nicer.

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                    christineb RE: dinnerout May 4, 2007 03:08 PM

                    I second Isa...best foie gras dish in the city!

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                      chaddict RE: christineb May 4, 2007 03:57 PM

                      I had a near perfect meal here once.

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                      P. Punko RE: dinnerout May 5, 2007 03:10 PM

                      Had two really nice meals at Isa.

                    3. eatzalot RE: candicew May 5, 2007 01:03 PM

                      I for one don't claim to know the best small-plates venue in SF (haven't even tried all of them!) but --

                      What about Park Chow? (Just below the park.) My experiences there have been exactly as candicew described (though it's been a couple of years), fresh, lively, moderate in price; crowded but there are (unadvertised?) spaces upstairs we've used for events, one of them could hold a group of this size.

                      1. chef chicklet RE: candicew May 5, 2007 01:35 PM

                        candicew, I recommend Fresca, it was perfect for us as a group to share all the different and wonderful dishes and appetizers. There were around 12 of us, and we had probably that many if not more dishes, and the we doubled some dishers on the recommendation of the host,

                        Go there, and it is very reasonably priced too. It was an incredible dining experience!


                        1. goldensf RE: candicew May 5, 2007 08:43 PM

                          We've been loving Destino for small plates.
                          Especially the Ceviche sampler, with the different Chardonnays:



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