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Dinner in the Mission District?

Hey all,

Will be traveling to San Francisco in a couple weeks. Have most reservations and recommendations in place, (thanks to you SF Chowhounds).

Any Mission District restaurant recommendations for dinner? Any type of food is great - price not a problem.

Many thanks in advance. Kat

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  1. Bar Bambino is a cute new place getting a lot of good mentions. It is just around the corner from 16th Street & Mission BART station.

    Delfina and its sister restaurant Pizzeria Delfina next door are a standard recommendation that can be quite difficult to get into. That said, they are a good bet for interesting and imaginatively cooked Italian cuisine.

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    Delfina Restaurant
    3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Bar Bambino
    2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Pizzeria Delfina
    3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: grishnackh

      Delfina and Bar Bambino both look great, but I'm already doing Italian one night. I will definitely try Delfina next time I'm in town - many thanks for your time and great suggestions!

      1. re: bernalman

        Thanks for the recs bernalman. I've heard great thinks about Range, and I like the idea of a neighborhood restaurant, tried and true, which Range seems to be. I will try and beg for a reservation! :)

        1. re: sbkat

          Range is on Open Table and not too awful to get a reservation at..although be aware that if you book through OT they will ask for a credit card to hold the reservation.

          1. re: susancinsf

            range seems pretty pricey. what are some highlight dishes to get there?

            thanks

            1. re: inmandarin

              If they have the halibut in the little Staub pot then order that. I think that have an entree presented in the little pot frequently. Also, the cocktails are some of the best in SF. It's definitely not super expensive considering the quality of the food, but the entrees are above the $18 range. It does get rather loud though.

        2. re: bernalman

          I'd also second Foreign Cinema. We took an English friend there last week, and it was the perfect choice. The room is lovely, especially with the big fireplace and tables not too crowded together, the service was friendly and flawless and the food very good. FC and Zuni, in my mind, offer the best fruites de mer in the city. We were also able to find some excellent wines at not exorbitant prices and especially loved the Rolly Gassman pinot blanc.

        3. My favorites are Range, Pizzeria Delfina, and Delfina; I also like Slow Club a lot.

          I don't think Slow Club takes reservations, except for large parties. Pizzeria Delfina does not, so you will wait in line if you're there during prime hours. Delfina and Range you will have to reserve.

          Of the four, Delfina, Slow Club and Range are all around the same price range. Pizzeria Delfina is more casual and less expensive. The food at each of them ranges from very good to great, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Delfina.

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          Slow Club
          2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: pane

            Hi Pane,

            Range gets my vote - great vibe, good, solid reviews from fellow Chowhounds, and I was lucky enough to snag a reservation during my stay. Woo hoo! Many thanks for your great suggestions all.

          2. The Blue Plate on Mission a couple of blocks south of Cezar Chavez. It's small and popular so you would want to make reservations.

            For good Spanish tapas, try Esperanto (did I spell that right?) on 22nd between Misson and Valencia.

            For upscale, pseudo Chinese there is Firecracker on Valencia near 21st Street.

            If you are up for a raucous good time try Cha Cha Cha - a bar/restaurant on Mission around 19th or 20th Streets.

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            1. re: JockY

              it's Esperpento.

              blue plate is (deservedly) popular, but i've never had a problem with walk-ins. at least in small groups.

              1. re: JockY

                Hey Jock,

                Blue Plate looks great, but we're going to be looking for a Sunday meal, and it appears they are closed on Sundays according to their site - perhaps that is no longer the case? The menu looks great - apps especially, which is a way I love to eat; I can order a couple for a meal, although the mac and cheese is strongly tugging at my comfort food heart strings..... Tapas... well, we've had the best abroad, so I'd have to pass on that.

                1. re: sbkat

                  If Blueplate is closed you might consider the Front Porch as a similar type place in the same area.

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                  The Front Porch
                  65 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                2. re: JockY

                  I love Firecracker but have not been there in about 3 years, so can't say how it is lately.

                  I have been to Delfina 4 times; twice were ok and twice blew me away. I had marrow risotto there and one of my DC tasted it and said "I want this to be my last meal" it was that good. And I just had this unbelievable lamb on Sunday night, I just wish there were more of it, it was sort of a small portion, but it was incredible. What a sauce!

                  1. re: atjsfo

                    I was at Firecracker three months ago and had an all-around excellent meal. None of the five people at our table failed to clean their plates.

                    I can also sympathize with Delfina being uneven. One evening there I was served both the wrong bottle of champagne and a completely petrified [and miniscule] portion of duck.

                3. Wow! Not one recommendation for a Mexican/Latin American restaurant in the Mission!!!!

                  How about El Delfin, especially for the shrimp dishes.

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                  El Delfin
                  3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Hi Ruth,
                    Do you know if El Delfin is open for lunch? I grew up in LA/So Cal and now live in Santa Barbara, where I can still get get great Mexican, but I could eat it every day! Many thanks - Kat

                    1. re: sbkat

                      They are open for lunch, but not on Tuesdays. For a quick and cheap lunch, I would also suggest Torta Gorda on 24th for good tortas in a 1950's soda fountain.

                      1. re: pane

                        Oooh, yumba, I love a good torta. Thanks again Pane.