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I have to say I've been over and over the San Francisco board for days now, and I gotta start out by giving you guys serious props. I admire how thorough and passionate the discussions are on this board. I can't wait to try some of this great chow.

Now, the details: my wife and I are in-town, staying at the Westin St. Francis, this coming monday, May 26th. It's short notice, I know, so reservations might be tough. For all I've looked over your board, I just can't make up my mind.

We'll have a car, but prefer to use public transportation. We have reservations at Bourbon and Branch at 9 pm. Should we be looking for something in that part of town?

Price-wise, we'd prefer something moderate-expensive.

Our criteria: style of cuisine doesn't matter much that much. We love 'American' bistros, latin restaurants, red sauce Italian joints, places that specialize in local fare.

Most of all we prefer places low on pretense, with great drinks/wine/beer. Low key places where the staff and other diners interact easily. Nothing too stuffy.

To give you a better idea of what might work, here are some of the places I've looked at that have looked intriguing: Firefly, Delfina, Salt House, Bacco, Canteen, First Crush--but never having been to any of these places, I can't judge.

What do you think? Can you direct me to a great meal?

Thanks, in advance everybody.

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  1. Delfina.You won't be disappointed. A res will be tough, but they take walk-ins and have full service at the bar. No full bar, but good beer/wine. For dessert may I suggest they Bi-Rite Creamery down the street. The Mission is a great neighborhood to explore post-meal.

    1. If you can get in to Delfina, you'll probably enjoy it. Range is also nearby. I've never been a huge fan of First Crush or Salt House. They just don't seem that "special" for a one-time thing. There's also Luella and Frascati up on Russian Hill. My hands-down favorite, though, is The Richmond out on Balboa. The staff is very personable, and the head chef, John, charming.

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      Delfina Restaurant
      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Range
      842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Frascati Restaurant
      1901 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

      Luella
      1896 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        The Richmond Restaurant
        615 Balboa, San Francisco, CA 94118

      2. I'm a Boston Hound, too and spent a week in SF last March. Our "new" favorite place was Bar Crudo. Maybe too downscale price-wise for you, but each dish was wonderful. If you sit at the bar, there's lots of interaction with other bar sitters. We had some great conversations with people who lived just around the corner. They have quite a ecclectic beer selection and a few interesting wines.