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Jul 26, 2007 11:48 AM

Where to eat on a Saturday Night for 20 somethings?

Hi guys!
my friends and i are visiting San Francisco and are completely overwhelmed by all the restaurants!

Where would one suggest a group of 23-25 year olds go eat dinner? Price isn't too big of a concern, as long as its under 30$ a dish it'd be fine.

Somewhere cool and exciting would be great =) Or somewhere that serves soem nice alcoholic libations =P

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  1. Hi, Clayfu,
    I would definitely head for the Mission. I particularly like Foreign Cinema, but there are lots of good options in the area.

    1. I concur--the mission is a great place to visit for 20 somethings. I'm thinking Little Star pizza or Range. You should get a reservation at Range if you want to go there, though.

      1. Other fun places in the Mission for a group-
        Last Supper Club
        Foreign Cinema- agreed
        Bar Bambino- new, nice patio in back

        Just up the street from Bar Bambino- very hidden is Pinks, fun for dancing.

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        1. re: Lori SF

          I'd give a vote to the Mission as well simply for the transportation options (BART ( or bus lines so you don't have to drive. There are so many food options that if one is too busy you can find another one a block away. Plus, it's wildly popular with folks your age.

          Ti Couz Creperie
          3108 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Last Supper Club (CLOSED
          )1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Velvet Cantina
          3349 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2351 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Cha Cha Cha
          2327 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2522 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Bissap Baobab
          2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

            cha cha cha has a parking lot right next to it =)

            how's the crowd at medjool???

            1. re: kinipela

              The crowd is what you would expect at a trendy hot-spot, it's the food that sucks.

              1. re: kinipela

                Cha Cha Cha's food is pretty bad, too...

              2. re: 5 and Dime Eater

                5 and dime Eater that is a perfect list for the 20 something.... any one of those places they should have lots of fun.

                cha cha cha is better on Haight food wise.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  Thanks Lori. Just to be clear for clayfu - many of those places don't have great or 'houndy food but do have good 'scenes' and are otherwise near (other) bars. Ti Couz might be my favorite of the batch.

                  My experience - that I can remember - is that it's mostly about the company and the quality of the cocktails. Good food is important but when you're with a group of friends it may be secondary.

                  Here's one more:

                  Luna Park
                  694 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

            2. So the Mission is an "area" of restaurants and activities?
              Any particular restaurants ya'll like? (i'll do some research on the noted suggestions =) )

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              1. re: clayfu

                The Mission is a district within San Francisco like the Castro, North Beach, the Sunset, etc. My friends (also 20-somethings) go there fairly often to go bar hopping.

                1. re: adrienne156

                  Oh, and Fussy's recommendation for the Marina is also a great one. I've never been to Betelnut, but the bars out there are fun.

                  1. re: adrienne156

                    how far is Mission from the financial district? (clay/kearney)

                    1. re: clayfu

                      A short (10-15 min on a weekend night?) cab ride. I'm not totally sure as I tend to drive in from the east bay... But, definitely NOT walking distance.

                      1. re: clayfu

                        Are you ok with public transportation? It's an easy, quick ride on BART to 16th/Mission. Walk straight up to Valencia and everything's on your left.

                        1. re: Frosty Melon

                          yeah i dont mind taking public trans, something i am wholely unfamiliar with in San Diego/LA but i have survived NYC on many the occasion =P.

                          Thanks for the Transportation advice, my gf has this insane idea that SF is only 7 miles SQ so she thinks everything is close and in walking distance ><

                          1. re: clayfu

                            It is 7 SQ by 7 SQ, so 49 SQ. You can actual walk quite a bit of the city during the daytime but there are areas you want to be careful in at night - just aware is all. Definitely recommend Nopa - good call dinnerout! Mamacita would also be a fun spot, it's in the Marina and as others have recommended there are a lot of young fun bars in that area that you could walk to, and it's a very safe neighborhood. Another recommendation - Salt House has a really fun scene and is next door to a club. Osha Thai on Union also has a great scene. Have a great trip!

                2. Even though the food has gone slightly downhill, I'd say betelnut has the atmosphere you're looking for. Great drinks, full of twenty somethings and close to lots of popular bars. This is in the part of SF known as the Marina.


                  Luna Park and Slow Club both have good food and a great atmosphere with full bar. They are in the Mission, well Slow Club I guess is in Potrero Hills which is near the mission.


                  Aziza serves great food and is a fun place, but in the richmond district which is kind of far from downtown.


                  Foreign Cinema and Limon are great options as well, two of my favorites in SF.

                  Have Fun!!!

                  2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

                  Luna Park
                  694 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110