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We are coming to SF and staying at the Argonaut due to a death in the family - we are
coming for the memorial next week. We need a dinner for Monday night close to there
and early - there's a 3 year old ;-( involved and not the most adventurous eaters :-(.
Is there hope for us and this group? There would be 7 total with the kid, I've only
eaten out with a chid twice so big martinis would be a plus too! A hui hou!

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  1. If you're intent on the wharf area, then either Scoma's or Aliotto's.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      I agree that either of these two restaurants (both as I recall have full bars) would be fine and the three year old would enjoy the Wharf If money is not an issue in your life I would also recommend the bar, the food and the view at McCormick and Kuleto's.

    2. Bistro Boudin is also a good option. The dining area on the second floor. Scoma's has a special 3 course meal for $21 until 3 pm. Since you are dining early that might be a good option.

      1. Thanks so far to you all! It's not that I personally am stuck with a desire to eat there
        the IL's and the SIL/ family are and it's only one night - thankfully - so it's better to
        keep peace. I'll keep these in mind, someone also mentioned Fisherman'a Grotto #9.
        As long as there is martinis life should be o.k.! Thanks again for your time!

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        1. re: manomin

          No. You do NOT want Fisherman's Grotto #9 unless you want to relive the 50's with a decor that hasn't changed since then. Miserable selection of wine too. Slightly better view than Alioto's ... but go to Alioto's instead. Actually Aliotos has a little private room that would fit your group and you still have a view.

        2. Here's the most comprehensive topic on where to eat and places to avoid at the Wharf:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/307917

          1. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned The Blue Mermaid, right there in the hotel. It seems to always be overlooked, but the few mentions by creditable hounds have been been positive. They have a full bar, and the4 kids can get a decent ice cream cone across the courtyard in the Cannery at Norman's.

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            1. re: Xiao Yang

              What 4 kids?
              "there's a 3 year old"

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                I think there's only one detailed report on Blue Mermaid, and that was from 2005, when they they had a chef who was trying to do something better than average:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40085...

              2. When we visit the City we always spend a week. Generally stay on lower Columbus and the three places we go every time we come are Yank Sing, Mama’s on Washington Square(usually many times) and Alioto’s for one dinner. Yeah, FW is the king of the tourist traps but I still chuckle when the guy jumps out at the tourists from behind the bush. I can’t seem to help myself though. Guess,even though I was born there I am now a tourist. I can remember my parents taking me to Alioto’s when I was about twelve, many moons ago in the late fifties if I remember correctly, and I still find the food quite good, no, not by Gary Danko or Quince standards, but good nonetheless. It is a comfortable room with a great view and the wait staff always seems to take real good care of us. I guess it is just a tradition for us and they make a mean cocktail.

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                1. re: AzDumpling

                  And Alioto's has great creme brullee ... I would say better than any fancy restaurant in the city ... lavadar-laced, yuzu-spiked creme burllee be damned ... this is creme brullee classic.

                  1. re: rworange

                    YYR