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butrfli1227 Sep 28, 2007 02:09 PM

I'm going to Napa one weekend in November, and we're spending the last night in San Francisco. I have never been before, and was looking for a good restaurant in an area where I could take in some sights too. What do you recommend?

  1. Dave MP Sep 28, 2007 02:41 PM

    San Francisco is pretty small, and there is ample transportation....so you should be able to see sights and then make it to dinner in practically any neighborhood with no problem....that said, if you definitely want to eat nearby the sites you want to see, it would be good to figure out which sights you want so see most, and then choose a restaurant based on that....also, where will you be staying? What kind of food are you looking for? What price range?

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    1. re: Dave MP
      butrfli1227 Oct 1, 2007 05:45 AM

      I did a little bit of research, and I was looking into the North Beach area. It seems like it's close to alot of things. I'm really up for any type of food, something in the moderate price range.

      Thanks!

      1. re: butrfli1227
        lexdevil Oct 1, 2007 08:29 AM

        North Beach is nice and central to a visit to the wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, etc. At the same time, it's just a short walk from downtown. If that's the end of the world you plan to explore, you need not limit yourself to dining in North Beach. Anyplace downtown (or even much of the south of Market area) will be equally convenient.

        So the question is still, what are you looking for? Moderate price, sure, but what would thrill you? Something quintessentially San Franciscan? Something you can't get at home? A trendy hipster scene or a funky dive with a lot of soul? Is this meal about having a "nice dinner" or great food? Give us direction.

        1. re: lexdevil
          Eat_Nopal Oct 1, 2007 01:49 PM

          "If that's the end of the world you plan to explore, you need not limit yourself to dining in North Beach."

          Fabulous.... actually that is a very gentle & subtle way of saying you probably don't want to use up your 1 dinner at any place in North Beach.

        2. re: butrfli1227
          daveena Oct 1, 2007 09:03 AM

          Also a good idea to define "moderate price range", which we tend to interpret as "entree between $15-$25".

          1. re: daveena
            butrfli1227 Oct 1, 2007 01:02 PM

            I definitely want great food. Something "San Franciscan" would be nice, funky would be good too. I'm looking for a place where entrees are around $20 - $30 or so.

            1. re: butrfli1227
              daveena Oct 1, 2007 02:03 PM

              "San Franciscan" + "funky" + "great food" in that price range = Canteen. It's walking distance from Union Square. Excellent California-style New American food in a divey, miniscule room on the ground floor of a former hotel/now dormitory.

              1. re: daveena
                Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2007 02:55 PM

                Good match.

                I wouldn't call Canteen divey. It's a former hotel coffee shop, somewhat redecorated but still has the typical counter and booths.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  daveena Oct 1, 2007 03:19 PM

                  Yeah, I guess divey isn't quite the right word - maybe "incongruently downscale " is more accurate. It does still look like a coffee shop, and the quality of the food that comes out of that teeny kitchen is kind of amazing.

                  1. re: daveena
                    Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2007 03:44 PM

                    Totally agree. The funky, on-the-cheap decorating job looks like the food would be amateurish, but it's as refined and polished as the chef used to turn out at Rubicon.

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