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Best neighborhood for restaurant hopping

I posed this same type of request for suggestions on the Los Angeles board a few months back and got some great feedback. My husband and I will be in SF for only one night (a Monday night) and are hoping to make the most of it. It would be great to hang out in a neighborhood that has several great restaurants all within walking distance of one another so that we could try a dish or two at each place. We love ethnic cuisines, but are open to anything really good with a nice upscale atmosphere (but not pretentious) that would also allow us to casually drop in without doing a whole formal dinner. A nice eat-at-the-bar type of place would work well. We are not into touristy places, but atmosphere is important and we're not looking for hole-in-the-walls during this visit.

We'll probably be staying in the financial district but are open to driving to other areas within the city.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  1. One option which is within walking distance of the Financial District is Belden Place or Belden Alley. http://www.belden-place.com/ Eight restaurants on one charming little block.

    1. The Mission. You could drop in at Bar Tartine, Delfina or Pizzeria Delfina, Bi-Rite Ice Cream amongst many others (Andalu, Limon, Dosa). You don't even have to drive, you can just take BART to 16th & Mission and walk up to Valencia for most of this.

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      1. re: JasmineG

        You could also add a taqueria or two, a curry at Pakwan, Foreign Cinema, a cocktail and maybe an appetizer at Range, salbute or other panuchos at Chichen Itza, etc.

        1. re: JasmineG

          A second on the Mission. It offers the best high to low and funky in-between options.

          1. re: JasmineG

            Fourth on the Mission. No other neighborhood has such a concentration of diverse good places to eat. And on a Monday night business might be slow enough at many of them that you could just walk right in.

            A16 and SPQR typically have hour-plus waits for walkins even on Mondays.

          2. You can go to Chestnut St. and hit A16, Laoila (?sp), Bistro Aix, Isa and a bunch of other spots.

            1. FYI many restaurants are closed on Monday night.

              1. I'll tout my neighborhood; Fillmore & Geary...

                Starting down at 1300 Fillmore for creamy grits and BBQ shrimp. Next door is Yoshi's, a great bar with sushi. Wander a bit more and you are next to Japantown with over 30 Asian restaurants. Up Fillmore a little more and you can go to SPQR for some fabulous Roman bites or Vivande for the best fettuccine in the city. We also boast Fresca for Peruvian food and a handful of other Italian joints or Elite Cafe for more haute Southern Food. I'm also fond of the new Kabuki Kitchen. In between it all is Jubili yogurt, Tango Gelato, and Bittersweet Cafe for incomparable chocolate treats. At the top of Fillmore is a Creperie for a different type of sweet.