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Jul 23, 2008 04:50 PM

In town from LA for 1 Night Only!

Hi everyone,

I am coming up on Wednesday for a quickie trip and it also happens to be my birthday. I love all food and want to know where I should make a reservation. I don't want to do anything too fancy and if it is next to some good places for after-dinner drinks that is a big plus. I will be staying at the W in Union Square but am open to going anywhere for a fabulous meal.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Orson

    Do NOT eat at the W restaurants. Really a rip-off price-wise.

    While I wouldn't eat at the restaurant, you might enjoy dropping by the cocktail lounge at Seasons. They have great bar snacks and it is pleasant sipping champagne there. Ok, it is fancy, but they treat you sooo nice.

    The W is really in SOMA rather than Union Square. It is near the Moscone Center, so here are restaurants in that area. Clicking on most of these will get a link to the website and Chowhound reports

    Bong Su, a contemporary Vientnamese restaurant with great reports on the cocktails is about one block from W.

    Others in that list that might be birthday-appropriate - Two, Lulu, Oola, AME, Azie, Thirsty Bear (kind of casual), Pazzia, Chez Papa

    Happy birthday and hope you report back on what you select.

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    1. re: rworange

      To that list I'd add Luce (high-end modern Italian at the new Intercontinental) and Salt House (more casual, but lively and fun). For drinks, I agree with rworange that Seasons will pamper you and make you feel special (and keep refilling your dish of house-made wasabi peas). But another suggestion would be the bar at the top of the Marriott. Fab view, if nothing else.

      Salt House
      545 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Luce - InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
      888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. TWO is right around the corner from the W, Lulu and Oola are a couple of big blocks away. All three are good for either dinner or drinks.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks for the help everyone. A friend of mine actually recommended Range. He said it is worth the cab ride to the Mission so I made a reservation. Do you guys agree?

        1. re: BrookieStyles

          I can't comment personally on Range but it's well-represented on "best of" lists. I think the question you asked was so broad that the people who responded felt they had to narrow it somehow and did so by focusing on places near your hotel. Otherwise, you question is just too open-ended, especially since you didn't give us much detail to work with (likes, dislikes, age, etc.). Happy birthday, BTW.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Sorry for being obtuse. I really do enjoy all types of food and just want to go somewhere that is representative of great SF cuisine. Some of my best meals have been in SF at Michael Mina, Aqua, Quince, Fleur de Lys, Manresa etc.

            The only thing I am not looking for this time around is FINE dining. We want to let loose a little.

            Thanks for the birthday wishes. I will be sure to report back on Range!


            1. re: BrookieStyles

              I haven't been to Range, but you should do a few searches about it on this board. I seem to remember reports saying that, while the food is good, it's not a let loose kind of place, so you might want to check that (I could be remembering wrong!) and see if it still seems like what you want for this birthday. I hope you have a great trip!

              842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      2. I tried to reply to Jasmine but it would not come up. Anyway, I hear the food at Range is excellent and you can always "let loose" at the millions of bars/clubs on Mission and Valencia area. People like Medjool on Mission at 21st. and if you like salsa to usually live music, there's Rocapulco on Mission a bit past Cesar Chavez.