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Pretty garden restaurants with good food

Beau711 Aug 23, 2009 02:15 PM

Any recommendations. All cuisines. Thanks.

  1. Paul H Aug 25, 2009 05:26 PM

    How about sea (or bay)-side dining? Le Garage in Sausalito has a nice outdoor eating area overlooking the harbor. San Francisco is too crowded and cold to have many garden dining opportunities, but if you open it up dining outside, there are a lot more opportunties.

    1. mariacarmen Aug 25, 2009 04:32 PM

      Also Sociale, in Laurel Heights.

      3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118

      1. chefj Aug 25, 2009 04:11 PM

        Marche aux Fleurs in Ross has a pretty patio, good food and Ross is lovely.


        1. rworange Aug 24, 2009 09:39 AM

          Where in the Bay Area?

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          1. re: rworange
            Beau711 Aug 25, 2009 07:02 AM

            We have a car so anywhere would be okay that's not a long long drive

            1. re: Beau711
              rworange Aug 25, 2009 09:23 AM

              Well, yes, but if you are in San Jose, driving to Healdsburg would be out ... I'm guessing.

              My favorite outdoor patios of this summer have been at Brix in Napa and The Fremont Diner in Sonoma.

              But looking at your profile and lots of Manhattan posts would I be correct in assuming that you will be visiting and staying in the city of SF and would prefer to dine within the city?

              In that case, maybe Chez Spencer.

              SF isn't such a pretty garden patio place. Here's a article from the SF Chronicle, but even there most of the places mentioned are not in SF and those that are and mentioned ... well, they are not so much garden patio places.


              I'd say in SF the combo of pretty patio AND good food is as rare as view and good food ... though the latter may be improving somewhat

              1. re: rworange
                Frosty Melon Aug 25, 2009 03:07 PM

                The garden patio at Arlequin (Absinthe's neighboring cafe) is cute and the food I've had is decent.


                I used to love eating in Metro Cafe's (on Divisadero) outdoor garden, but that was before they changed concepts (twice) and then became Metro Cafe again. I'd bet they still use the garden but can't say for sure.

                1. re: Frosty Melon
                  vulber Aug 25, 2009 04:48 PM

                  They still do use the garden for brunch. The also kept the brunch menu mostly the same as it was for Kathmandu, except it wasn't as good when I went back recently. But maybe it's my fault for not ordering that incredible spinach goat cheese omelet.

                  Their garden is great for brunch, the only thing is that it's also how their neighbors get to their own place, so it's not uncommon to see a random stranger smoking on the adjacent brick patio.

            2. re: rworange
              Joel Aug 25, 2009 03:44 PM

              For most of this summer, it's been quite cold in SF (in the city itself) at dinnertime. Too cold for me to eat outside. However, there are warmer microclimates within easy driving range. That's why there are so few options within SF itself. So hard to explain our weather to people from other areas.
              We usually expect the warmest weather in late September or early October.

            3. Robert Lauriston Aug 23, 2009 02:47 PM

              Rivoli has a nice garden, but it's on the other side of a window. Are you looking for patio dining?

              Rivoli Restaurant
              1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Beau711 Aug 25, 2009 07:01 AM

                Patio dining would be okay too.

              2. mariacarmen Aug 23, 2009 02:35 PM

                Blue Plate.

                Blue Plate
                3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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