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Jul 28, 2009 01:12 PM

looking for new, exciting sf dinner

hi --
i'm going to sf for dinner on saturday and want to try something new w/ great buzz (somewhere i can in w/ reservation!) any type of cuisine , any price!

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  1. New, hot but probably no reservations, which I believe would probably be hard to get on such short notice at a hot,new restaurant.

    Tony's Pizza Napoletana
    1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. 54 Mint does not take reservations. I know I want to go. Any reports on how long the wait is there?

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      1. re: BernalKC

        I made reservations there for dinner last Friday--they're not on but I called and made a reservation for two persons. The food, incidentally, was delicious. Great pasta. I don't think there would have been a wait had I not had reservations but we went at 6:15PM.

        1. re: bobpantzer


          54 Mint
          54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. Fairly new & exciting is Gitane...opentable has some openings.

        1. Flour + Water is next on my list. But the review in Sunday's Chronicle was so good it may not be easy to get in.

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          1. re: neu

            It wasn't easy to get in before the Chronicle's review either. Try to go on the early side, I loved my meal there. I was expecting the pizza to be great but what really got my attention was the pasta.

            1. re: Frosty Melon

              I agree - the pasta was magnificent, while the pizza was just very good. I'll come back for the pasta, I prefer Gialina for the pizza. I have to say my first visit here was a disappointment overall, though. The much talked-about decor looked cheap and unifinished rather than simple and rustic. And my salad was gritty.

              The service was very odd. Friendly, but odd. We definitely felt rushed -- had to send the server away 3 times explaining that we hadn't figured out what we wanted yet...there were 6 of us, so it took time figuring out if we were going to share, what to share, etc. Also, they took my plate (and only my plate) away at the start of the meal, so I had no plate when the anipasti came. And they took a dining companion's wine glass after he had just taken the last sip -- and there was still a lot of wine in the bottle. Guess no more wine for him.

              The wine list is all Italian/Sicilian and priced well, good variety. They have a "causal wine service" here, which means that the bartender opens it and it's then put onto your table for you to pour amongst yourselves.

              And if you come around sunset, be aware that you could be stuck saring into the sun if you face the door, which they leave open. The same dining companion who lost his wine glass had to squint through his entire meal. Poor guy. Needless to say, he did not like the place too much.

              1. re: Absonot

                I had a similar experience to your dining companions. Well, similar in that I was underwhelmed.
                Our service was good; we sat at the bar. Our timing of the food was wacky; pizza before salad, salad at same time as main. Oh well. We were hungry so the timing didn't matter that much to us.
                What mattered was the food, and it just wasn't very good.
                We had a pizza with eggplante, capers, olives and something else. No cheese. The sauce wasn't good enough to hold the pizza without cheese and the toppings just rolled off the pizza. We brought the leftovers home and they sat in the fridge because it didn't seem worth it to eat it.
                The salad had fresh fruit ut the greens were pretty difficult to eat. There was cheese in the description but not enough to add flavor to the dish.
                Probably the worst part though was the pork belly. Only a small corner of it was prepared correctly; the rest just tasted like unrendered fat.

                I was disappointed we didn't try a pasta because they looked good. While I'm convinced we just ordered incorrectly to showcase this restaurant properly, I won't be hurrying back any time soon.

                1. re: margieco


                  Flour + Water
                  2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. Where did you go and how was it?