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Aug 23, 2009 02:15 PM

Pretty garden restaurants with good food

Any recommendations. All cuisines. Thanks.

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  1. Blue Plate.

    Blue Plate
    3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. 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: rworange

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

          1. re: Beau711

            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

              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

                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

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


            1. Also Sociale, in Laurel Heights.

              3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118