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Eloping on a Monday- best place for dinner after? Kikkara?

tokyomonamour Aug 12, 2009 06:50 AM

We are eloping on a Monday afternoon @ City Hall and need a place to eat early dinner with a very romantic and interesting-exotic atmosphere. Good lighting, good drinks. Someone mentioned Kikkara as a good place to go. My first thought was Gitane but it is closed on Mondays... Also, will it be too chilly to eat outside near the water? We will be coming from TX's 105 degree days, so 60 degrees is cold to us right now.

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    Joan Kureczka Aug 12, 2009 07:31 AM

    Aziza is open on Mondays and is better than Gitane, IMO, based on the dinner I had at Gitane last night. And it certainly has the interesting-exotic atmosphere you are looking for. Cocktails are better at Aziza too.

    Whether you can eat somplace near the water is open to debate. Most days it will be too cold for you, and there aren't really that many places of the caliber you are seeking that have outdoor seating -- especially near the water.

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    1. re: Joan Kureczka
      artemis Aug 12, 2009 11:02 AM

      agreed. aziza would be perfect for this. romantic, delicious, and if you're in one of the booths it can feel like you're the only ones there. if you let them know i'm sure they'd also do something special for you. and since aziza's at 25th and geary, it's just down geary to 48th ave to get to the ocean, maybe have a cocktail at the cliff house overlooking the water.

      eating outdoors at night in sf is dicey. sometimes you get lucky, but usually it is cold, especially given the weather you are used to. and if you want to eat outside near the water, that means wind chill. i think it is far more likely than not that you will be uncomfortably cold eating outside.

    2. bbulkow Aug 12, 2009 08:47 AM

      Weather is highly variable this time of year. Yesterday's high was 65, the day before was 85. The general rule is dress for 65, plan for 65, hope for 85.

      1. Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2009 09:00 AM

        You mean Kokkari, the upscale Greek place? I'd recommend Aziza over Kokkari. La Folie's also open.

        Weather aside, I can't think of anyplace good to eat outside by the water.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2009 11:38 AM

          Actually, I do know a pretty good place to eat outside by the water, Horizons in Sausalito. Pretty romantic when there's a full moon. Pretty inconvenient from SF city hall, though.

          Horizons Restaurant
          558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            farmersdaughter Aug 12, 2009 02:12 PM

            La Mar Cebicheria has a heated patio outside by the bay with nice views of docks and boats and the bay bridge (not ocean/waves). The floor is also heated which is a nice touch. I ate out there on a normal chilly night with no jacket on. I love the food there - the ceviches are excellent as are the pisco sours and it would be a fun place for a dinner like this.

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              Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2009 06:37 PM

              That is a hot tip, thanks.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston
              susancinsf Aug 12, 2009 06:49 PM

              adding a link to Kokkari (but I'd also choose Aziza over Kokkari. neither has water views, but Aziza feels more romantic and has better food, imo. Kokkari seems almost corporate to me, though I am not sure that is its intent).

              Haven't made it to La Mar but based on this report and the report that they have a patio, I'd give it strong consideration for an occaison like this. (it is pricey, but for a wedding dinner....)

              5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

              La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
              Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                susancinsf Aug 12, 2009 06:50 PM

                Kokkari link, sorry...

                5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

                Kokkari Estiatorio
                200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

                La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
                Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                celeryroot Aug 12, 2009 08:56 PM

                I would go to the Cliff House . Great view........Romantic....Have a drink in Bistro or eat there.
                Below by window is lovely at sunset...early on Monday should not be a parking problem,
                I have only eaten in bistro since new crew......hamburger and salad were great. Friends say it is very good. I wish you the best.

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                1. re: celeryroot
                  Robert Lauriston Aug 13, 2009 10:48 AM

                  One caveat, if it's a foggy evening, there's little or no view.

                  1. re: celeryroot
                    saffrongold Aug 13, 2009 06:48 PM

                    Make sure that chef Marrone cooks for the Bistro section of the Cliff House. The night I went he was only cooking for the Sutro part. The Cliff House is in no way exotic, but you'll get a view weather permitting. I say get ye to Aziza.

                    1. re: saffrongold
                      rworange Aug 16, 2009 11:00 PM

                      Chef Marrone has nothing to do with the Bistro, only Sutro's.

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