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Mar 24, 2009 11:02 AM

Best quiet, pretty reasonable place

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. 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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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks for your well thought out reply.


    2. 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

      1. 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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        1. re: carfeng

          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.

          1. re: BernalKC

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

            1. re: raghu813

              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

              1. re: BernalKC

                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).

        2. 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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          1. re: mlutsky

            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. 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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