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Apr 21, 2008 10:43 AM

Restaurant for Sat nite with 2 tween-age girls

We will be landing in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon in June with 2 twelve-year-old girls -- one eats and the other doesn't. Looking for a very good restaurant that will be suitable for 2 seniors and 2 tweens on a Saturday nite -- early (like 6 PM).

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  1. Any particular part of San Francisco? Price range?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      We'll be staying at Van Ness near Grant but we can take a cab. Any price range. Italian might be best as the non-eater can always eat pasta.

      1. re: Beulah

        There are quite a few good Italian restaurants in SF. My first thought was Scala's Bistro, which is right on Union Square, which the girls might like. But there are others that are more "neighborhoody" or hip/funky/cool if that's the way you want to go.

        1. re: Beulah

          Van Ness and Grant run parallel to each other and are about a mile apart.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yeah, I noticed that, but since she said they'd take a cab, I figured it was irrelevant.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I'm going to guess Van Ness and Geary and suggest going to Japantown for noodles or bento boxes or mochi ice cream.

              Lots of decent options, no reservations needed, and a very different scene from NoPa or Perbacco. The first time I came to San Francisco, my cousins were both under 10 and fussy, and Mifune at Japantown was our favorite meal.

          2. re: Beulah

            What about Nopa? It's a fun and busy place (though not Italian), and may be fun for the girls. I'd also suggest Delfina, which is in a young part of town (the Mission), and is Italian (though more California-Italian) and always has simple pasta on the menu as well as other things. You have enough time to get reservations at either.

            1. re: JasmineG

              I actually had a Mother/daughter dinner with some friends and their daughters and we went to NOPA. The girls loved it. We sat on the upper level right above the kitchen. The girls went crazy for the view of the kitchen.

        2. My suggestion would be Perbacco, contemporary Italian, with one caveat...loud. Restaurant is upscale but not necessarily high end with gracious service, good food & bustling enough to take tweenies. I was just thinking of perhaps taking my daughter there for her upcoming 12th.

          Other suggestions...

          Town Hall - our kids like it, we think it is okay
          Slanted Door - contemporary upscale Vietnamese in the Ferry Building Marketplace with views of the Bay Bridge. Upscale enough they should accommodate a request for simple noodles & the like. Just a thought.

          1. My daughter is 11 and she loves: Out the Door, Perbacco, Matterhorn (fondue), Park Chow and any Sushi. Out the door is great for it is in the Westfield Center just below Juicy Couture. It is less expensive than Slanted Door and keeps their active minds stimulated.

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            1. re: WineUnleashed

              Thank you all very much - should be able to find something satisfactory from all these choices!