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Dinner before Wicked at the Orpheum?

It has been forever since we have been in SF to eat. I have read the threads that came up with "Wicked" and "Orpheum", so I am aware of the Zuni and Heaven's Dog recommendations. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We are a group of 6 omnivores...!

Ken K

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  1. There is a pretty rich and varied selection of choices near union square. Is budget any sort of consideration?

    BTW, the show is awesome! Have a great time.

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    1. re: Brandon Nelson

      Do you have any names of restaurants you like to narrow it down and help the OP?

      Ken, have you gone yet?

      Since you mention you are omnivores, I'm going to mention a place high on my to try list. It is Brazilian which means meat, meat, meat ... and caipirinhas. I've been reading good things about Bossa Nova and it is only a few blocks from the theatre.

      Have any Chowhounds tried it?

    2. Stay away from Michale Mina's at the Westin St Francis, really overrated, lousy food.

      Morton's always has a good steak, and a really fun place with good food is Scala's nearby.

      Hope i spelled that correctly.

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      1. re: PYTHONCHARLY

        Thanks. I hadn't heard of Scala's. I used to work in SF in the late 80's and traveled there frequently into the early 2000's, but then college tuition for two kids hit us, so we have not traveled in a while!

      2. Fish and Farm is not that far away and is excellent and also reasonably priced.

        Absinthe is also terric and may be a bit closer.

        Hayes Street Grill is always reliable.

        1. Burmese Kitchen (formerly Larkin Express).

          I think some people are confusing the Orpheum, which is at 8th and Market, the east end of the Civic Center area, with the Curran, which is near Union Square.

          Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
          452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert is right, Scala's, Morton's and Michael Mina are all quite a hike to the Orpheum.

          2. We went to Miss Saigon before Wicked. Very reasonably priced, good food and close to the theater. I highly recommend the Crispy Fried Rice, I can't find it on their menu but believe me, it's absolutely delicious. The place isn't high on ambiance but if you're not out to be seen in a scene then it'll do you good.

            Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
            100 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. I went to Cav Wine Bar before Wicked - it was delicious! And then it's just a short walk down to the theatre.

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  We went to Zuni right before seeing Wicked and it is only about a ten minute walk from Zuni to the Orpheum. You can even eat in the bar if you like.

                  1. re: ucmewin

                    It's only about 1/2 mile and it only took me about 10 minutes from Cav and I wore heels!

              1. Would anyone change/add/subtract anything if the question was about lunch before Wicked?

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                1. re: vulber

                  Zuni includes the hamburger on their menu only at lunch. That addition would makes Zuni my luncheon choice.