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Jun 4, 2009 10:54 AM

SF party of one?

I will be in SF for about a week and I am looking for some places that progressive food and are more conducive to eating a meal alone. I would prefer something with bar seating in front of an open kitchen, like Momofuku in NYC or Le Pigeon in Portland. Any suggestions on where I might be able to find this in SF? thanks.

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  1. HI bawmis,
    My buddy and CHOW editor cohort loves eating alone at Pizzetta211. It's not progressive food like Chang, it's more of a homey but yummy trattoria with pizza. But it's got a great vibe and as it's tiny, really only good for eating alone at!

    Also try Bar Bambino - has a great bar to eat at. It's also more centrally located and near an underground stop.

    1. This question gets asked often on this board. The usual responses include Boulevard, Gary Danko and the Slanted Door. The Tadich Grill also has a long counter with seating that is great for dining solo, but that is a very traditional seafood house, not "progressive" in the least.

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      1. re: DavidT

        i know it might not be the most original question, but I am really most curious about finding places with open kitchens by the bar (beyond the sushi counter variety)....I am more interested in seeing the action than i am self conscious about looking lonely.

        1. re: bawmis

          Range on Valencia at 19th St is small and you can watch the bartenders make their artisan cocktails, as well as see a view of the open kitchen depending on where you sit at the bar. (There's also a window into the kitchen along the wall to the back dining area.) Small space, very friendly, great food and cocktails. Was voted one Michelin star recently. Go earlier than later for a seat at the bar.

      2. Bar Jules you can sit right in front of the "kitchen". Menu changes daily, more like Le Pigeon than Momofuku with straight forward California cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner

        SPQR and A16 you can watch pizza being done or pasta being flipped in pans.

        Pizzetta 211 is a personal favorite, but it is a little out there and if you are going to go out to this district you might as well make a day of it and explore all that it has to offer.

        I would attach links but this option is not working for me!

        1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

        1. I love the counter at Boulevard--the one in the center of the restaurant, not the front bar. The seats are comfortable and there is lots of action. If you go, try to get a seat near where the expeditor stands--it's near the center of the counter. The food is great, too!

          The counter at A16 gets too warm for me because of it's proximity to the wood fired pizza oven.

          1. I'm amazed that there have been five responses and no one has mentioned Canteen. It's a tiny place, great for one person, and the counter is right near the open kitchen (when you make your reservation, ask for a seat nearest the kitchen). Boulevard and A16 are also great, you just have to be at the right place at the bar for it. I wouldn't recommend Slanted Door for a solo dinner of this type, it's great for a drink and a bite, but I think that Slanted Door is best when you can share items.

            817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109