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Where to dine/enjoy nightlife for mom &daughter visiting SF?

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kpeep Jun 3, 2009 10:19 PM

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??
THANKS!!

  1. Paul H Jun 3, 2009 10:45 PM

    I think the 2 of you would like Fringale.

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      Calvinist Jun 4, 2009 12:43 PM

      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.

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      La Ciccia
      291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

      Tosca Cafe
      242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Buena Vista Cafe
      2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      Beretta
      1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        Calvinist Jun 4, 2009 12:48 PM

        If you're downtown, the Belden Alley restaurants, with outdoor seating, can be fun.

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        Belden Place
        44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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          katya Jun 5, 2009 10:30 AM

          I agree - Belden Alley seems perfect.

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          k
          kpeep Jun 5, 2009 08:49 AM

          We are staying in fisherman's warf

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          katya Jun 4, 2009 04:19 PM

          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.

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          Lovejoy's Tea Room
          1351 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

          1. Pei Jun 4, 2009 04:27 PM

            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.

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              skwid Jun 5, 2009 10:26 AM

              If you like swing dancing Stompy Jones plays on thursdays at The Top of the Mark. Quite a fun band.

              1. BernalKC Jun 5, 2009 11:41 AM

                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).

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