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Best quiet, pretty reasonable place

raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 11:02 AM

Beloved newphew and his new wife will be in SF for a Sunday night dinner. Would like to take them somewhere special that is inexpensive to moderate. Ideally, the food will be acceptable - not necessarily great - but the restaurant will have a nice "feel" to it. Any neighborhood is OK. The clientele should be mixed to younger. Any ideas?

And thanks for the help.


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 11:24 AM

    In descending order of how nice the atmosphere is, Maykadeh (Persian), Helmand Palace (Afghan), Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese), or Angkor Borei are the least expensive nice and quiet places I know in SF. All are open for dinner Sundays.

    Angkor-Borei Restaurant
    3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Bodega Bistro
    607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Maykadeh Persian Cuisine
    470 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Helmand Palace
    2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      raghu813 RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 24, 2009 02:53 PM

      Thanks for your well thought out reply.


    2. scarmoza RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 02:10 PM

      Le P'tit Laurent would be my choice. Their 3 course, "Prix Fixed Neighborhood Menu" is one of the nicer bargains in the City, IMHO. The atmosphere is very cozy, French, and neighborly. Not so quiet but not uncomfortably noisy either.

      Le P'tit Laurent
      699 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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        carfeng RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 03:34 PM

        Some other suggestions (all are open for Sunday dinner, some have multiple locations, and all should have a young-ish crowd):

        995 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Pizzeria Delfina
        3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Pizzeria Delfina
        2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

        Dosa on Fillmore
        1700 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          BernalKC RE: carfeng Mar 24, 2009 03:41 PM

          I love all those places, but raghu813 wanted "quiet" and all of those are "loud". Maybe Spork if you are seated out back woudl be OK, but you can't usually count on that.

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            raghu813 RE: BernalKC Mar 24, 2009 04:49 PM

            Thanks for the warning about noise, BernalKC. I definitely want a quiet place - and, best of all worlds, - an attractive place.

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              BernalKC RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 05:02 PM

              Unfortunately, combining "quiet" with "young clientele" might leave you with an empty set. Le P'tit Laurent actually sounds like a winner to me, based on 2nd hard reports. Maybe Gitane too?

              Gitane Restaurant & Bar
              6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                susancinsf RE: BernalKC Mar 25, 2009 01:06 PM

                unless you get one of the two or three tiny tables off to the side, and even then maybe not, Le P'tit Laurent does not fit the quiet definition. It is very small and cramped and can get very noisy when full (which it usually is).

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          mlutsky RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 08:55 PM

          I recommend Firefly in Noe Valley. My niece was visiting and we had an excellent meal here, quiet, and sweet service. The $35 Prix Fixe is Sun-Thur.


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            Cary RE: mlutsky Mar 25, 2009 12:34 PM

            Babies in strollers and kids would definitely fit the "younger clientele" qualifier. =D To be fair, I like Firefly's food, but it's not the most calm of places because of families dining there at times.

          2. EmoryJ RE: raghu813 Mar 24, 2009 08:58 PM

            How about Cafe Michelangelo in North Beach, followed by a stroll for good coffee and pastries and a cold Anchor at Specs?

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              Robert Lauriston RE: EmoryJ Mar 25, 2009 08:41 AM

              Cafe Michelangelo can be noisy.

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              shnoodle RE: raghu813 Mar 25, 2009 10:25 AM

              I highly recommend La Mediterranee on Fillmore. I just took nephews and a niece in their 20s from of town and they all loved it. The food's very good, we were able to talk easily, and it's reasonable. It's an easy, attractive, comfortable place and it's not boring. It's pretty much a neighborhood place - not a "destination" - and it caters to a wide range of ages. If you go, I hope you enjoy it!

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                Robert Lauriston RE: shnoodle Mar 26, 2009 11:28 AM

                I haven't been to that branch, but that little chain serves the worst Middle Eastern food I've had in the area.

                Nice, Middle Eastern, open Sunday, maybe Bursa Kebab or Troya.

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                lihsiawang RE: raghu813 Mar 25, 2009 01:12 PM

                Chenery Park in Glen Park is very nice for actually talking with friends. They have family nights, good food, and theyr'e near the A=BART

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