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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!

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  1. 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.

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    1. I haven't been there, but there has been some discussion on the board about Mexico DF:


      1. I second Perbacco, and what about Town Hall? It's been open a few years, but the food was good when I was there a few months ago.

        1. 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

          1. Hit up Ozumo just down for a drink at the cool bar which will be lively and then head over to either Town Hall or Salt House for dinner. Casual, southern bistro food (not a brew pub, but I didn't think you really wanted a brew pub) in lively atmosphere.

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            1. re: grubber4

              Salt House is a good suggestion, as is Thirsty Bear (though that is quite a hike). I was struggling coming up with casual brewpub-like places in the Embarcadero area.

              1. re: Paul H

                Thanks--these are great suggestions!

            2. San Francisco brewpubs, by and large, seem hard pressed to come up with outstanding brews, especially since the 20 Tank Brewery er, tanked. It's not a brewpub per se, but the Rogue Ales Public House in North Beach is the southernmost outpost of the great Oregon microbrewery and features about 15 of the Rogue Ales on tap plus others in bottles, as well as some very tasty food including Kobe burgers and fish and chips.


              Rogue Ales Public House
              673 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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              1. re: Xiao Yang

                You'll LOVE the hotel Vitale. Absolutely gorgeous. I stayed there not too long ago and really enjoyed it. The restaurant/bar there was pretty good too.

                You'll be really close to the Ferry building, which is just fantastic. It's sort of an indoor, upscale farmer's market with some fun restaurants too. There's also a lovely patisserie, Asian teahouse, wine tasting, and a great sushi place there, . One is a great seafood place too and, another is a trendy sort of burger joint that is very casual and quite good.

                For the brew pubs, I also recommend Slanted Door and Perbacco and Town Hall.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Doesn't delica r/f-1 haqve some maki-type stuff in their bentos?

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        It was delica r/f-1

                        I should have mentioned that it isn't really like a sushi bar, but more like a Japanese Deli. I got sushi when I was there.

              2. If the beer-food combo is important, I would consider BARTing to 19th Street in Oakland and going to Luka's. Great Belgian beer list with fantastic food to match. It would be short BART trip.

                1. The restaurant IN the hotel is yummy -- Americano.

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                  1. re: eateneverywhere

                    "Americano -- IN the hotel is yummy" There are contrasting opinions about that..