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Mar 7, 2009 03:13 PM

Did we select well for San Francisco?

First time visitor to San Francisco. We especially like oriental, seafood and italian. We have chosen Slanted Door, Yang Sing, Betelnut, and Pesce Seafood. We will also visit the Ferry Marketplace during the open market. Did we select well or have we left a must experience off our list? We wish to eat well but not over spend.

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    1. Here are some other places to look at, to see if they pique your interest. Many of them are in different neighborhoods of SF, so you can get a better feel of the city.

      For Italian, there's Delfina, A16, Incanto, and Quince.
      For seafood, people have also said good things about Nettie's Crabshack and Bar Crudo.
      For Japanese-French seafood that is a splurge, there's Ame.

      The Asian places that you've chosen are rather fusiony but generally known for decent food, which is ok if that is what you're looking for. (Although, honestly, I am really not a fan of Betelnut.) You will pay significantly more for the upscale surroundings. I assume you are going to Yank Sing for dim sum brunch.

      San Francisco has a lot of very good, more down to earth places for all sorts of Asian food. If that is what you want to explore, please ask or check out the board.

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      1. re: sfbing

        Sorry, here are links:

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

        2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Bar Crudo
        655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

        Quince Restaurant
        470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Ame Restaurant
        689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

        Nettie's Crab Shack
        2032 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

        1. re: sfbing

          Concur on others' thoughts on Betelnut; just "okay" when there is far better in the city.

          For seafood, I would put Bar Crudo, Anchor & Hope, or Ame above Pesce.

        2. I really love Yank Sing but, just a warning to everyone: The last 2 times there, I was alone and in a hurry so just got food from their to go area. I recommend that you avoid this part. I left most of the Chinese Chicken salad (chicken was like shaved pieces) potstickers were almost cold and flavorless. Even if alone, I'll dine in regular restaurant next time.

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          1. re: walker

            Yank Sing's to go area has never been as good as what come out of the regular kitchen.

          2. Slanted Door is great; I always take out-of-towners there.

            I think Yank Sing is a bit overpriced and I prefer Ton Kaing -- this debate has been gong on forever on this and every other board. (note: I haven't been to Ton Kaing in a while.)

            Betelnut is nice -- a bit of a "scene". Not spectacular, but nice.

            Pesce is a very nice 'neighborhood'-y place. Well priced, good vibe. Not the type of place I would go well out of my way to go to, but I live only a couple of blocks away, so I go there.

            For Italian I like A16, Delfina, La Ciccia (Sardinian). Quince is a little more pricy.

            Agree that Ame is awesome, though deffinitely up there in price.

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            1. re: whiner

              Tthe OP said in another thread that entrees up to $50pp were acceptable.

              So Ame and Quince totally fit under that. Actually most places in SF should fit under that.

            2. Slanted Door and Yank Sing are excellent choices.

              For Italian, check out Incanto and Perbacco.

              If you want to move upscale from Pesce (a nice neighborhood place) consider Ame or Aqua (both about 2x more expensive than Pesce)

              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: Paul H

                Another vote for Slanted Door! I just posted my thoughts in this thread.