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Sep 22, 2009 06:50 PM

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

          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.