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Paella in S. F recommendations

QuincyFats May 7, 2008 04:21 PM

I have a friend visiting from Boston this weekend who wants to paella for dinner. Suggestions on the best paella place(s) in San Francisco would be greatly appreciated.

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    OldTimer May 8, 2008 04:37 PM

    Sadly, over the years I have found paella in the Bay Area so mediocre I started cooking it myself. Have heard good things about b44 and Zarzuela.

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      Concetta May 8, 2008 09:08 AM

      Patio Espanol

      Spanish Cultural Center
      2850 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

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      1. re: Concetta
        Robert Lauriston May 8, 2008 09:17 AM

        How is Patio Español these days? I stopped going because the tapas went downhill. I was never pleased by their paella (tried it repeatedly because people who hadn't been there before always insisted on ordering it).

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          Concetta May 8, 2008 10:05 AM

          I haven't been for a while, but always liked their paella (different strokes I guess). The last time I was there, I had an incredible green peppercorn steak entree that continues to linger on my mind.

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        doxxie lover May 8, 2008 03:38 AM

        We love the Paella at Palamino. Its a staple on their menu and always really delicious. Plus, it's a lovely dining room overlooking the Embarcadero and the Bay and Bay Bridge.

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        1. re: doxxie lover
          QuincyFats May 8, 2008 08:06 AM

          Palamino's? The last place I would have considered for paella. Thanks for the tip, I think I will check it out.

        2. Chuckles the Clone May 7, 2008 06:37 PM

          Boston is a lot closer to Spain than we are. I haven't had anything terribly memorable
          here since the reasonably good all-paella place on 16th closed about 8 years ago. If I
          had a visitor who really wanted some, I'd take them either to the Picaro or Ramblas,
          both within a block of 16th and Valencia. Both are pretty OK and it's a good general
          neighborhood to take a tourist to.

          1. Robert Lauriston May 7, 2008 05:05 PM

            I haven't had any great paella in a restaurant here. B44 and Thirsty Bear do a decent job, though I prefer B44's arros negra.

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              danielmaung May 7, 2008 04:45 PM

              I had a pretty good paella at B44 in Belden Lane , but that was over a year ago.

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              1. re: danielmaung
                junesix May 8, 2008 04:16 PM

                Better: Alegrias, Zarzuela
                Good/Mediocre: B44, Picaro

                Alegrias and Zarzuela both do great paella. B44 is pretty good as well. Picaro is OK.

                44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

                Alegrias Food From Spain
                2018 Lombard, San Francisco, CA 94123

                2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                Picaro Cafe
                3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                1. re: junesix
                  Robert Lauriston May 8, 2008 04:46 PM

                  I don't believe Bocadillos serves paella.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    junesix May 8, 2008 04:52 PM

                    Could've sworn I had one there but on a glance, I'm not seeing it in the menus. I'll edit my post.

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