Upscale casual near the Hotel Vitale
My wife and I are getting away from the kids, and we'll be in SF on Friday/Saturday March 14/15. We are staying at the Hotel Vitale on the Embaradero near the Ferry Building, and if we can walk to a cool place all the better! We like upscale casual (entrees $15-30), brewpub-type, innovative American menus. While we like a loud restaurant full of buzzing patrons, we're not so thrilled with having to scream over a band or DJ while we eat. Any suggestions for two parents looking to unwind? Thanks!
There is a brew-pub within walking distance: Gordon Biersch, but you can do far better food-wise. My favorites in the area include:
(more formal) Boulevard, Ozumo,
(more casual) Slanted Door, Globe, Piperade, and Kokkari.
Other places to check out include Sens, Cosmopolitian, Perbacco, and One Market.
21st Amendment's a nice brewpub but at last report the food was pretty average.
Thirsty Bear is a brewpub with Spanish tapas.
SF Brewing Co. in North Beach is nice. I'm not sure they have food.
Magnolia Pub has the best beer and good food but it's a schlep (though there's a bus that will take you right there).
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Thirsty Bear Brewing Co
661 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105
San Francisco Brewing Co
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107