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Favorite Marina District Restaurants for dinner or breakfast?

Will be coming in from out of town in October...staying near Steiner & Lombard. Would appreciate suggestions for dinner and breakfast restaurants. Good seafood is a plus, but completely open to any and all ideas. Thank you!

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  1. Isa is phenomenal.

    I haven't been to Tipsy Pig yet, but I know they serve brunch and it might be a little calmer then, the food reports mostly seem good.

    I personally think that All-Star Donuts have the best donuts in the city.

    Have heard mixed reviews about Izzy's, some say it's the most affordable quality steak you can get, others say you get what you pay for.

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    1. re: vulber

      For some reason, whenever we go to Isa we only ever get fish or vegetarian dishes. I think we did it the first time and loved it so much that we haven't gone for any of the poultry or meat dishes on the menu since. So as you asked for good seafood, I would definitely second Isa. This place makes me willing to brave Marina parking.

      1. re: Meredith

        The salmon tartare is spectacular

        1. re: vulber

          I love the roast chicken at Isa. Very crisp skin

    2. I know you didn't specify lunch, but Pacific Catch (Chestnut and Fillmore) is good for a seafood lunch.

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      1. re: saffrongold

        Is Pacific Catch a dinner destination as well?

        1. re: watercolor

          I have lived in the Mrina for the past five or so years and have never been to Pacific Catch but I have to say it's the tiniest, most crowded restaurant I've ever seen. It's not the kind of place that I'd like to have dinner but people obviously love it. take a look at it and see what you think.

          1. re: watercolor

            Watercolor, Although P.C. is open til 10, I don't think of it for dinner because it's very casual. I eat the poke salad or poke wasabi bowl when I go, and the grilled vegetable du jour is also good.

        2. breakfast - Judy's Cafe

          http://www.chow.com/places/26511

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          Judy's Cafe
          2268 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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          1. re: rworange

            I've actually eaten at Judy's - forgot about it until you mentioned it. Thanks!

          2. A16 is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The pizza is phenomenal and I love their starters (especially the burrata) - the main courses can be hit or miss so I usually stick with some burrata and perhaps a meat plate and a pizza.

            1. Your coordinates put you on the border between Cow Hollow and the Marina District. You might want to tilt the other direction and try breakfast at Rose's Cafe @ Union & Steiner. I've not actually sat down and had breakfast there but have often picked up a pastry to go.

              I have purchased a donut from time to time from All Star on Chestnut street, but only because it's close by and/or easy to double park. I wouldn't recommend it.

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              Rose's Cafe
              2298 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Rose's is a perfecft suggestion for brunch. There's also Circa, on Chestnut and Fillmore that has bottomless mimosas for weekend brunch. A bit club-like, but fun. For a casual breakfast, don't miss the Grove on Chesnut between Avila and Scott. And if you're treking up the hill to Pac Heights, check out Jackson Fillmore (on Jackson and Fillmore streets), a small family owned Italian restaurant that is out of this world. Enjoy! Great dining neighborhood.

              2. Breakfast: Judy's Cafe, Rose's Cafe, Home Plate and Baywatch are all good. Rose's is on the other side of Lombard, so technically in Cow Hollow. My favorite there is the sausage and poached egg on polenta with spicey tomato sauce.

                Dinner: Agree with Isa. Tipsy Pig is really good but noisy. I like Izzy's and go often--good value. The pepper steak medallions with Izzy's potatoes and creamed spinach is my favorite. Lailoa, next to Pacific Catch is great for tapas. Cafe Maritime on Lombard has good seafood and is reasonably priced. Dragon Well for Chinese and Mamacita for unusual Mexican dishes are also good choices. For Italian, there is Parma or walk up to Union Street where Capannina is my favorite. The Blue Barn, with limited seating, has great sandwiches for lunch. If you like Spanish food, Allegria on Lombard near Webster is a nice, reasonably priced option For Thai, Yukol Palace is my favorite. Tlhat's all I can think of right now. You're obviously going to have all sorts of options. Just thought of Terzo, accross the street from Rose's Cafe on Steiner and owned by the same people. It's Italian with small plates and, now, some large ones. A bit more expensive than the others but it's excellent.

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                1. re: bobpantzer

                  Reporting back to say we ended up at Capannina on Union last night for dinner. Four of us agreed that Capannina was one of the best dining experiences ever - thank you for suggesting it. Will post a more detailed review soon.

                  Rose Cafe for breakfast - mixed bag. Probably would not go back: burned bacon and a missing order of scrambled eggs, with a long wait for their arrival.

                  1. re: watercolor

                    Glad you liked Capannina. Sorry about your experience at Rose's--that's never happened to us but maybe it's because we've always been there on a Sunday morning, exactly at 8:00 when they open. I do see the gang of people waiting on the street later in the morning and I expect they just get slammed and can't handle it.

                2. Here's another thought for seafood: Get on the 22 Fillmore bus at the corner of Lombard and Fillmore and go to Woodhouse Fish Company on Fillmore at Bush or Pine. Then, walk back down the hill and catch the terrific views of the bay, bridge, etc.

                  1. Nettie's Crab Shack, just a few blocks away on Union Street, is another seafood option. Kind of Noisy but most San Francisco restaurants seem to be these days.

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                    1. re: bobpantzer

                      Pls tell us more about what you like at Nettie's. It hasn't been mentioned much here.

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                      Nettie's Crab Shack
                      2032 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Frankly, I've been there only once. I had the cioppino and liked it a lot. I do think I prefer Tadich's, though. Can't remember what my wife had. Haven't been back, not because we didn't like the food, but because it was so difficult to hear each other in there. They are doing weekend BBQ's during the summer months that sound tasty. They have some outside seating but there are no umbrellas so if it's sunny, that's a problem for me. Otherwise that would be a good option for less noise.

                    2. After dinner, unless you can't pass up the restaurant's dessert menu, go to Fillmore and Union to grab ice cream at Michaeli's. It looks like an ordinary liquor store, and you'll wonder why there's a huge line out side of it, then you'll realize that they serve Mitchell's ice cream, so you don't have to go to the other side of town to get it.

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                      1. re: vulber

                        Kitty Corner from Michael's is the new Pacific Puffs. Has anyone tried the cream puffs there?

                      2. Thank you all for the suggestions - will report back in late October.

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                        1. re: watercolor

                          Late entry but if you want sushi, Ace Wasabi. My wife can't wait to go back and use her bingo prize.
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6507...

                          1. re: wolfe

                            link

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                            Ace Wasabi's Rock N Roll Sushi
                            3339 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

                            1. re: wolfe

                              Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I posted a review of our dinner here:
                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/661968