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Sunday night dinner in SF with "scene"?

A friend who's living out of the country will be in SF for one day, this Sunday. I need a place for dinner on that mostly-quiet evening that will have at least a semblance of a bar and dinner "scene" as well as, of course, good food. A wide range of ages is also a must. I'm thinking that NOPA might be the best bet. What say you?

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  1. Or Zuni, the original of which Nopa is more or less a knockoff. It has about as diverse a crowd as anyplace in the city.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I went to Zuni in February on an "off" night (Tuesday) and the bar was very quiet. I'm thinking Sunday night would be even quieter and that Nopa might have more in that respect. Any opinions about that?

      1. re: Mick Ruthven

        Zuni's usually packed on Sundays.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          >Zuni's usually packed on Sundays.

          Thanks! Does anyone know about Nopa on Sunday evenings?

        2. re: Mick Ruthven

          Blame the recession. Attendance at all sorts of things is quirky right now.

          Consider scanning OpenTable for the timeslots you're interested in. No res available, packed house. Not a perfect metric, but an indicator

          1. re: bbulkow

            Restaurants that show no openings at a particular time on OpenTable often have tables available if you phone.

      2. How about Bar Tartine? Certainly great food, and right in the middle of a sceneinsta area.

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        1. re: Paul H

          Bar Tartine's definitely a happening place, but not a wide range of ages when I've been there. Amost everybody looks to be 25-35.

        2. Later in the evening Globe always has a lively scene and on Sunday's the chef does a "farmer" menu- 4 courses for $39. Local ingredients always well put together and delicious.

          1. We did go to Nopa last night (my first time there) and liked it a lot. Diverse crowd, very good bar, and quite good food (we only had apps; the housemade fennel sausage with lentils was great). It did remind me a bit of Zuni, but they also are different. The bar is longer and with stools, and there's also a communal table. We walked in about 5:45 with no reservations and were told we'd have a table at 6:15 (dining room opens at 6), which did happen. Very friendly and competent staff all around.