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Six of us will be in SF this weekend on a bachelor party. I'm looking for recs on dinner (two nights) in the city. Price is no object, just whoever the hounds think is doing the best right now. I havent been to the city in a while, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also, any recs on the best/freshest seafood spot for lunch. I recall hearing about a place on the wharf that seated only like 20, and always had a wait, but i cant recall the name---I'm sure that this detailed description really narrows down the spot.

Thanks so much for any help, again, it is very much appreciated. cheers.

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  1. The seafood place sounds like Swan Oyster Depot, which only has a lunch counter. It's not on the wharf, though.

    It's kind of short notice to get reservations for the top places, and I assume you don't want to go the tasting menu route or for food that's too fussy. Jeanty at Jacks is often recommended for bachelor groups, especially with its proximity to North Beach.

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    Swan Oyster Depot
    1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      thanks, swan is exactly the place....i should have specified, fussy or fancy is perfect, we actually would like a tasting menu.

    2. What exactly is the question? The best food? Period? (Question mark?) Ritz Carlton Dining Room, Coi (by reputation, I've never been) or La Folie.

      That said, I don't think any of those restaurants are likely to be what you are looking for. For awesome food in a relaxed setting I would check out:

      (casual, young, trendy)
      Laiola
      A16
      Delfina
      nopa

      (business/country club casual, top notch food)
      Boulevard
      Ame

      1. I'm with Ruth: ths weekend leaves NO time to get reservations in the "top" spots (whatever that may mean).

        >>> any recs on the best/freshest seafood spot for lunch <<<
        Also, consider Hog Island Oyster Bar in the Ferry Building.

        >>> Price is no object, just whoever the hounds think is doing the best right now. <<<

        In addition to whiner's suggestions (all very good by the way), you might want to consider Quince, Chapeau!, CoCo 500, Incanto, and . . . and . . . and . . . .

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        Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
        1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

        Chapeau!
        126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        Hog Island Oyster Bar
        Ferry Building,, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Quince Restaurant
        470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Coco500
        598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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        1. re: zin1953

          Oh, geez!

          I missed the *this* weekend part. Call Slanted Door at *exactly* 5:30 and speak with the hostess, she'll set something up for you.

          Also, I was impressed with Plumpjack Cafe last time I went there. Not specatcular, but really suitable to a wide variety of palates.

            1. re: whiner

              I did a quick look on OpenTable yesterday and there were actually quite a few good places that had some availability. My choice of the ones I saw would be Aziza.

            2. re: zin1953

              I would think Incanto would be perfect for the bunch of dudes into something unusual, provided they like meat. Not the most happening 'hood, but a quick cab ride away from everything else.