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Paella in S. F recommendations

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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  1. 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

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

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

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      B44
      44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

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

      Zarzuela
      2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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

      1. re: junesix

        I don't believe Bocadillos serves paella.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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. 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

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

          2. Patio Espanol

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

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            1. re: Concetta

              How is Patio EspaƱol 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).

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                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.

            2. 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.