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Hi guys. We are spending 5 nts in SF. Concierge at our hotel told us to look into the following restaurants and he will start booking. We are pretty low-key for the most part (no French Laundry) and love every kind of cuisine. Would like one or 2 nice dinners (Chex Panisse?) but prefer mostly great local places. What do you think of these and also, what is your fave sit-down mexican? Can be a hole in the wall, just great food. Thanks so much.

Range
Quince *
Nopa
Gary Danko
Piperade
Conduit
Slanted Door
Louella
Bong-Su
Burma Superstar
Chez Panisse

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  1. + range - excellent choice
    quince - great place - relatively formal
    + nopa - great neighborhood spot
    gary danko - i'm kinda over it
    piperade - great food, service can be nutty
    conduit - haven't been
    slanted door - great views and good food in a noisy room
    luella - prety good neighborhood spot
    bong su - big and just OK
    burma superstar - excellent, but usually a wait
    +chez panisse - i'd never tell someone to not go there

    sit down mexican isn't a strong suit in SF...for taquerias for lunch, try la taqueria and taqueria san jose in the mission district.

    my choices noted by "+" and i'd throw in the following to the mix:

    + delfina
    + bar crudo
    + zuni
    + sebo

    1. No stellar sit-down Mexican in SF. Look for reports on El Delfin and Chava's.

      Gary Danko and Quince are priced similar to Chez Panisse. Gary Danko's food doesn't have much local character.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Poc Chuc is sit down Mexican, and I think it is the answer to the best sit down Mexican in SF question. El Delfin, which is nearby, isn't bad either. Both are BART accesssible.

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        Poc Chuc
        2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. re: susancinsf

          Good call, Poc-Chuc is great Yucatecan. The seating could be improved.

      2. I would definitely add Bar Tartine and Incanto to this list.

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        1. re: jsgjewels

          You guys (and gals) seriously rock. You let me know when you come to NY and I will HOOK YOU UP!