Where should I eat by myself tonight?
In town for a conference, staying at the Westin at 3rd and Mkt. Would like to be able to walk. Was originally planning on eating at the sashimi bar at Ame tonight, but ended up going last night with a friend (I'll post my review at some point when I get back).
I've already eaten at Lers Ros, had lunch at Jai Yun today and have a reservation for Canteen tomorrow night.
I'm thinking of walking back up to chinatown and going to Z and Y , but am open to other suggestions as I'd like to make more of an evening out of it, maybe going to someplace more lively where I can sit at the bar.
Cost is not an issue, would like some variety and can get good Mexican at home. Perhaps Italian? Food is more of a priority than atmosphere.
If you want Italian, you could eat at the bar at Perbecco, which is an easy walk from your hotel. I had a fun meal at the bar there a few weeks ago with a friend, and there were a few solo diners there.
These would require shortish trips by streetcar, but how about Zuni or Incanto (further out but nice neighborhood feel, especially if you've been trapped downtown the whole time)?
I also used to really like Quince, although I haven't been to the new location.
A short BART ride away is Delfina/Delfina Pizzeria with dessert at Bi-rite creamery.
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133
I think it is still worth going. I find it less exciting than Incanto, but sometimes that isn't a bad thing. My sister went yesterday and gave a thumbs up on the mint tagliatelle and the roast chicken (sounds incredibly boring, I know. but everyone who orders it loves it--or maybe it is the olive oil mashed potatoes that come with). There is usually space available at the bar, I think. You could call in advance just in case.
There is also Pizzeria Delfina right next door. No reservations, single diners can eat at the bar over the kitchen and they always have a bunch of non pizza choices if that isn't your thing. For the pizzeria, I recommend (if offered) anything with cauliflower, the fried seafood specials, and their panna pies.
TWO's a nice place to eat at the bar, and it's nearby. (Also closing at the end of the year, when its lease is up.)
22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105
We just had a nice dinner at Zinnia (the old Scott Howard location on Jackson) last week - nice bar there, and nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed the food. We also stopped by at Quince that same Friday night and they were pretty full. Not sure about the solo diner/bar scene there.
Ended up taking Bart to The Mission and went to Delfina and Bi-rite creamery.
Got seated right away at the food bar and had an excellent server who helped me pair wines with each course. Started with a salad of mixed bitter greens, shaved parmesan and walnuts which was excellent. Followed that with a 1/2 order of papardelle with with pork ragu then a slow roasted pork shoulder with farro and roasted peppers. All in all an excellent meal with friendly people to talk with.
Walked over to Bi-rite and had salted caramel and vanilla with some other goodies in it.
Thanks for the suggestions, turned out to be a fun evening with great food.