Help me decide - Dinner in Financial District
My mom will be traveling with me to San Francisco next week. I have a hard time choosing where to eat for dinner next Thursday evening. We are staying at the Hilton Financial District (750 Kearny). I have already made a lunch reservation at the Slanted Door for that day.
Originally, I was going to take her to Kokkari; but then I found out she's going to Greece next month, so I cancelled the reservation.
I'm looking for a place that is casual to business casual, apps around $10; and entrees between $20-30. I read good things here about Bocadillos and Tadish Grill, but neither one takes reservations which makes me a bit uneasy (planning to eat ~8:30pm Thurs).
My other choices are:
Plouf (no prices on menu - will this place be within our budget?)
What's your thoughts and any other suggestions?
Although I am probably one of the only people I know who have not been to Tadich Grill, and plan rectify that very soon, I can tell you that both my wife and I were disappointed with Bocadillos. More with the selection, perhaps, than with the execution. It is probably the most disappointing tapas restaurant we have frequented. As I said, I have not been to Tadich, but would hope, and must reasonably believe from the posts I have read, it would be the choice, should I have to choose one of the two.
We love Slanted Door, and are confident you will be happy with that choice, although it is incredibly noisy.
I am a big fan of Perbacco, right next door to Tadich. It's popular and lively and has a reasonably priced menu with lots of choices. Tadich is very old San Francisco (primarily seafood) and extremely popular, too. It's much more touristy, if that makes a difference. I'd guess you might have a wait at 8:30 on a Thursday and the waiting area is kind of crowded with no seating. Incidentally, Kokkari is another of my favorites and, though the influences are Greek, it has a Mediteranean feel to it's menu and has a nice atmospher. Check out the menu online and see what you think.BTW, Plouf and B44 are well within your budget and are almost next door to each other. Both are good but I would put Perbacco and Kokkari in front of them.
Bocadillos is a lot more casual than it sounds like you're looking for. I think most restaurants in San Francisco are still below the $30 barrier for entrees so I wouldn't worry too much about menu shock. Appetizers are another story -- they seem to be well into the teens at a lot of places.
I think either Perbacco or Tadich will suit you -- although they're not at all alike. I wouldn't worry too much about a long wait at Tadich on a Thursday at 8:30 -- that's a work night and San Francisco goes to bed early. If drinking is part of your criteria, Tadich has a great old-fashioned bar with classic drinks but not much of a wine list. Perbacco leans more to fancy cocktails and has a much better wine list.