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Belden Lane in SF

Any recommendations for a restaurant on Belden Lane in SF? I've heard about Belden Ln. being a really good time, but I don't know which restaurant to choose. Thanks!

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  1. Belden Lane is nice for a warm evening since it's a lot of alfresco dining. It feels very European with all the tables crammed in the pedestrian-only block. The only place I have eaten at is Cafe Claude, and that's been a couple of years, but it was good food and has a nice bistro ambience. Sorry I can't be more specific. It's also a good choice for lunch if you are in the Financial District. For july 14th (French Bastille Day) they have a big, crazy street party--fun if you like crowds.

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    1. re: cafecreme

      FWIW, Cafe Claude is not on Belden Alley, it's on Claude Lane...

    2. I've only tried Plouf and Cafe Bastille. Loved Plouf, have been back twice. Cafe Bastille...all I have to say is, there's a reason why it's more empty than the rest...

      1. I've had some very nice dinners at Plouf and B44. I have only been to Cafe Bastille once and don't remember what I had, but I remember that I thought it was nice and not bad.

        1. I had a nice dinner at B44 about a month ago. Nice ambiance, good service. The food is Catalan/Spanish. I'd suggest you avoid the mainstream tourist dishes such as Paella Valenciana and try the more uncommon ones. Trust the wait staff

          1. I have tried Cafe Bastille, Plouf and B44. B44 was my favorite and Plouf my least fave. I thought that Plouf was overpriced and boring and the mussels wern't that good. My friends and I tried 4 different kinds and all were unmemorable. B44 was fun and the service wasn't too snooty as most of the places there can be.

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            1. re: foiegirl

              B44 is the best bet for quality cuisine and service on Belden. Plus, the Catalan food is authentic, as the owner is from Catalunya.

            2. Just in case you don't have it, here's the link for Belden Lane with restaurants and menus. Searching on Chowhound should give you a little more info on the restaurants you might be interested in. Hope you report back on what you chose.

              1. Probably Plouf and B44 are your best bets on Belden Lane. But I think Belden Taverna is pretty nice too. I thought the food there was fresh and satisfying. It might not be totally innovative, but tasty. http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...

                1. I used to work a block away from Belden Lane (until two months ago). I think that B44 is the safest choice -- the paellas are tasty and the atmosphere is fun and not-so corporate. I've had to send mussels back at Ploof, so I stopped eating there -- which was a shame, because I love seafood. Brindisi is the newest restaurant and I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Italian food there.

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                  1. re: bjr26

                    If you want mussels, I have found that Cafe Bastille beats Plouf, however, only in that one category. So go to Bastille and get the mussels and drinks and then move on somewhere else. B44 on the other hand is good all around, especially the fish cheeks.

                  2. Cafe Tiramisu gets my vote. It's good both inside and out of doors.