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Dec 8, 2008 07:04 PM

NYer coming to SF this weekend, solo dining

I am coming to SF for the weekend to get a feel for the city. I am a 36 yr old, single woman who may be making the move from NYC to SF this winter and want to find a couple spots for solo dining on Fri and Saturday night. I am looking for something upscale but not too ritzy in the city of SF - I won't have a car. (in NYC speak, looking for a Gramercy Tavern not a Per Se). I will be on my own so I'd love to find some delicious meals where I can eat at the bar without reservations. What are some notable SF nightlights that I should consider? Cuisine and price not an issue. I've never been to SF so I am clueless when it comes to fashionable eats. Thanks!

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  1. One of many threads with suggestions for the solo diner from search this board.

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    1. re: wolfe

      That's a really great thread for this query. Great recommendations there.

    2. Boulevard has excellent food, a view of the bay and a dinner bar for solo eaters. Aqua does a great dinner business at the bar and has a sophisticated grown-up clientele and excellent French-influenced seafood. Gary Danko, one of San Francisco's destination restaurants, serves the full menu at the bar - it's the best value for high end in the city. Spruce is out of the way, but has an ample bar for solos, an upscale sophisticated clientele, top notch food and unmatched people watching. Eating at the bar at The Slanted Door is always rewarding (and often the only way to eat here, it being so popular) another good view of the bay. There is a bar at Perbacco, one of the best casual Italian places downtown.

      For neighborhood places with good solo dining check out Fringale, 1550 Hyde, Piperade, Incanto, and SQPR.

      Slanted Door
      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

      1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

      Boulevard Restaurant
      1 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105

      Fringale Restaurant
      570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      Gary Danko
      800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

      1550 Hyde
      1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

      252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: Paul H

        Notice any differences at Fringale with John Marquez at the helm?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          The menu at Fringale changes slowly and the line cooks are the same, so the food is pretty much the same. However, John has added a few new dishes and they have been good. The black cod with tapenade is quite good.

      2. SF is very car-free friendly, the hills are easily negotiated. when looking for a place in the paper unlike other cities, decide what you can afford as it's listed by price and then decide if it's an area you'd consider.

        and every neighborhood has something good.

        downtown, I've always liked the Cafes Bastille and Claude.

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        1. re: hill food

          I meant places as in places to live.

          and wow what timing one of the few live mash-up bands is playing Saturday 12/13 at the DNA

          cortez - the Marina? burned kinda bad last major quake (I know a million years ago). Mission Creek was the other area (many years before filled in - gotta know where it was). I had friends and co-workers displaced so maybe I'm a 'fraidy cat.

          sorry I never felt the Marina was transit friendly. but lots of good food - heck it's SF, you really can't go wrong (ok you can if you try).

        2. I would recommend Zinnia. One nice thing is that pasta and fish can be ordered in half portion, allowing a single diner to sample variety of food.

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          1. re: foggy_town

            I thought of Zinnia, too. We had a very nice meal at the bar there last month.


            You can get half glasses of wine, too, which also gives a single diner more options.

            500 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Thanks for all of the help everyone. I am leaving for SF on Friday so I'll definitely check out these suggestions before then.

              1. re: lissa

                lissa: The list of Paul H. is wonderful. Many too choose from and very comfortable for a woman on her own.

                For me, I'd first figure out the neighborhood you want and choose accordingly:

                * Embarcadero: my choice if it's your first visit. See the Ferry Building and its array of markets . Restaurants: Slanted Door, Boulevard

                * Fillmore/Pacific Heights: very neighborhoody: Restaurant: SPQR

                * Ghirardelli Square: touristy but nice view of the bay. Restaurant: Gary Danko

                * Marina. Great place to live. Restaurant: A16.

                Let us know where you choose. Have fun!

          2. So where did you eat? If you do decide to move to SF it will help in making further recommendations to suit your tastes.