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Places to eat around Union Square?

sndypchez Sep 30, 2008 11:50 AM

Staying near Union Square this weekend. Need suggestions for good eats in the area. Any suggestions from cheap, pricey, fancy to casual are welcome. I just want suggestions for good food. Walking distance around that area would be ideal.


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    Beach Chick Sep 30, 2008 12:20 PM

    Just got back from SF and had lunch at Lefty O'Douls..I drank my lunch but the husband had the hand carved sandwich of pastrami for $6.49 and he said he was one of the best.
    This is one of my favorite places across from the St. Francis Hotel in Union Square on Geary street..the piano bar at night is a classic too.


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      DavidT Sep 30, 2008 02:53 PM

      This question gets asked quite frequently. Be sure to do a "Search this board" search for Union Square. You will find dozens of helpful comments & recommendations already here for you.

      If you are interested in Italian food, try Scala's Bistro on Powell near Sutter or Fino on Post near Taylor.

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        Giselle Sep 30, 2008 02:56 PM

        I second DavidT

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          wandasue Sep 30, 2008 03:07 PM

          Canteen - small place, excellent food!

          1. Windy Sep 30, 2008 09:26 PM

            We just had a fine dinner at farmerbrown, well-prepared soul food with better than average ingredients. We shared fried chicken (with collards and mac and cheese) and panfried catfish (with green beans and candied yams). I ordinarily hate leftovers, but we both took home little bits for tomorrow.

            Good drink scene too, serves late. Total for 2 was $50 with one cocktail and a lemonade, before tip.

            They have a $15 all you can eat brunch on Sundays with live music that I've been meaning to check out. The block's a little sketchy, but it's only 1 block from Powell and Market.

            Farmer Brown
            25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            1. re: Windy
              hill food Oct 1, 2008 02:48 AM

              c'mon you get MUCH sketchier than 25 Mason.

              I've always liked David's at 474 Geary and frankly one sandwich is more than enough for 2.

              good latkes.

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              ceekskat Oct 1, 2008 10:46 AM

              The bar at Campton Place hotel is a sophisticated little place that would be great for a drink or even a burger. What service!

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                Otts Oct 2, 2008 02:47 PM

                Anjou Restaurant on Campton Place would be my suggestion. It is small but charming and very French.

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                  meggie t Oct 2, 2008 05:54 PM

                  Anjou closed in August, although according to Eater SF, their phone message says they might be reopening 10/3. Be sure and call first.

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                    Glencora Oct 13, 2008 06:15 PM

                    I called today. The phone message now says that they have retired. Too bad.

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                  thebighitter Oct 2, 2008 06:40 PM

                  Kuleto's directly across from Union Square = excellent pasta. John's Grill just south of Union Square on Ellis St. = great steaks. Larkspur which is on the top floor of the mall on Market = great steaks also.

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                    lasiciliana Oct 3, 2008 09:29 AM

                    take the short walk to chinatown and get some authentic dim sum!
                    that's what we did and we enjoyed it!

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