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LA coming into SF for the weekend...where to go?

Just made last minute plans to come to SF! Will be there Sat night - Tues morning.

Have not been there in years, and certainly never to appreciate the food. But this time, I'd like to do it right. Been quickly looking over posts and friend recs, and I've come up wit the following list. I'll be traveling with a friend staying at the Clift hotel (wherever that is) and looking for fun, energetic, good meals. All over the board really with types of food....

*Townhall
*A16
*Delfina
Mo's (for burgers)
Myth
Rivoli
Bacar?

*I have reservations at already

Also, where in the city can I grab lunch and a beer with a good view or just a fun place during the day?

Would appreciate any advice or rec's. Thanks!!!

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  1. Salt House is getting better feedback than Townhall. It's the same owners, but they seem to be more passionate about the newer Salt House. Same nieghborhood.

    Gorden Biersch has good beer and a good view, decent food for a brewery, but the beer is their strong suit.

    The view from the Cliff House is good and you can take it in from the bar area. Kind of touristy, but a fun place to check out if you're making the rounds.

    1. Lunch and a beer -- go to Hog Island in the Ferry Building, and sit outside and look at the view while you eat your oysters and drink your beer.

      1. I'm a huge fan of Bacar, especially if you're into wine. They have an amazing list of wines by the glass. I forget the number, but it's astronomical.
        Perbacco would also be a great choice. If you looking for a spot for brunch, try Absinthe (be sure to get a side of potatoes) or Foreign Cinema.

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        1. re: christineb

          Have you been to Bacar since the major upheaval in the past couple of months? If so, hope you will report.

          1. re: rworange

            Yeah, new chef and mostly new kitchen staff started May 1, no reports here yet.

        2. For lunch and a beer with a view, try Crossroads at Delancy St off Brannan. There is an outdoor patio. If you go to Ferry building area $$$ just turn right -south -and its a beautiful walk along the Embarcadero. There are other places along the way but I was thinking of a less expensive, more relaxing place for lunch after doing all the trendy places you will for dinner. (Another good place for dinner is Scala on Powell St is just around the block from the Clift and is excellent but also $$$)

          1. Thanks everyone for your feedback. I'm heading out now and will report when I get back!