Where to dine/enjoy nightlife for mom &daughter visiting SF?
My mom (in her 50's) and I (in my 20's) are visiting San Fran in a few weeks.
I was looking for moderately priced restaurants.. quaint and nice, no need for fancy pretentiousness. Also, I would love to go out with her at night for a drink..is there a good place to go where the age range is mixed so one of us won't feel awkward??
There are LOTs of places, depending on what area of SF you're going to be in.
For example I love La Ciccia and Beretta (not too far apart in Noe Valley and the Mission), but if you're around Fisherman's Warf or North Beach you may not want to come all the way accross town.
BTW if you are in North Beach it's usually fun to stop at Tosca's for a drink. Or Buena Vista Cafe near the Warf.
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
It's not a place to go for a drink, but one favorite activity for my mom and me is going for a nice afternoon tea which works great for lunch with tea sandwiches and pastries.. I would look into Lovejoy's which is also accessible by Muni light rail.
Lovejoy's Tea Room
1351 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
The Top of the Mark is where I keep saying I'll take visitors if I ever have any visitors who are civilized enough to enjoy it. Jazz, dancing, and an extensive martini menu with great views (if it's not fogged over). I imagine it's a great place for mom and daughter to relax.
If you like swing dancing Stompy Jones plays on thursdays at The Top of the Mark. Quite a fun band.
I keep thinking about Gitane. Is it "fancy pretentiousness" or "chic and fun"? I'm thinking the latter. Certainly not quaint. Quaint is in pretty short supply around here.
I'm also thinking the Americano might be a good bar for the two of you, especially on a warm evening (if you're lucky enough to experience one).