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Good eats around Union Square

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I am staying at a hotel on Union Square and looking for good spots to eat within walking distance. I particularly like good Chinese, Italian, Pizza, Mexican or whatever. Any great bars to visit?

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  1. Maybe these will help-


    Best Italian-
    Scala's Bistro
    432 Powell St

    230 California St.

    Cortez - nice upscale bar and good food
    Tunnel Top- 601 Bush Street -more divey neighborhood type of bar, good cocktails
    Bar Drake - in the lobby of Sir Francis Drake Hotel-more classic, lobby swanky style, great cocktails in the on Powell St at Post, close to Scala's Bistro
    Hidden Vine- Wine Bar
    620 Post St

    1. Chinese - Hunan Homes (622 Jackson) (simple but good -- not so touristy that no locals eat there, but not so authentic as to put off visitors)
      Mexican - Colibri (Geary between Mason and Taylor) (not Tex-Mex style, but more what you'd find in Mexico -- although in a trendy atmosphere. Tableside prep of guacamole, also great small plates like chicken tinga tostadas)
      Italian - Scala's (a more contemporary style, not red-sauce Italian-American)
      Italian - Fino (624 Post St.) (more traditional Italian-American, with house-made pastas and veal dishes)
      Pizza - Uncle Vito's (Bush and Powell) (basic American pizzeria)

      A fun atmosphere can be found on Belden Lane, with 7 different restaurants (French, Italian, Spanish, American) (between Bush and Pine, Kearny and Montgomery)

      Hope that helps!


      1. My favorite Union Square restaurants are Bar Crudo, Farmerbrown and Colibri. Fish & Farm just opened up but I haven't tried it yet.
        As for bars, I'm a fan of Rye, Cantina, the Ambassador and Bourbon & Branch (a speakeasy that requires a reservation)