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Oct 27, 2009 09:08 AM

solo dinner recommendations

I'll be in San Francisco for about a week in Nov. with several group dinners at mediocre restaurants and would love recommendations for some good places to get some solo dinners to recover/eat fantastic food. I'm staying at the InterContinental, but am willing to venture outside that area. No Italian please, but otherwise I'm open to cuisine. I wouldn't mind one expensive (around $100ish) meal, but would like to keep the rest in the $50-75 range. I'm going to a Thursday night 49ers game. Are there any good restaurants for a solo dinner around the stadium if I sneak out of the game early?

BTW, how bad is the Stinking Rose?

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  1. Boulevard. Maybe the new La Folie Lounge?

    The 49ers play in the middle of nowhere.

    La Folie
    2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks much! I should have looked up the location of the stadium before asking. Just found out my company is taking us on a shuttle so I guess I won't be sneaking out early.

      PS Sorry for the double posting. I received an error message and didn't think the original message posted.

    2. Hmm. Could be fun to sit at the counter at Kiss Seafood. You get to watch the man work as you sup on his most excellent 5 course meal....

      1. Seriously. you say no Italian and then inquire about one of the worst tourist traps in the city. What's that about?

        Zuni is good. Canteen. 1550 Hyde

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        1. re: rworange

          I have to go to Stinking Rose. It is one of the "mediocre group dinners" I have to attend. Trust me, it's so not my choice. I love Italian, but both of my group dinners are at Italian restaurants so on the nights I'm on my own, I'd prefer something else. Thanks much for the recommendations.

          Stinking Rose
          325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. re: cookiegirl

            Here's some past but old reports about The Stinking Rose

            I doubt anything changed so hopefully if you read those you can cull something good out of them or find out what to avoid

            If you look at the upper right corner of the SR webpage, you will see other restaurants owned by the group. The menus are pretty similar.

            They do a good job with mussels, but no so much with the sizzling iron shrimp or crab, so stick to the mussels.

            Avoid the fresh fish. Often it is hit and miss. There are cooks in the kitchen following corporate instructions. It is likely the fish will be overdone and the veggies too al dente

            This group has a steakhouse and all their restaurants seem to do a good job on beef, so that prime rib might be a good choice.

            For the most part anything that sounds complicated should be avoided.

        2. Bad. Really really bad. If you're going there for one of the "mediocre group dinners" then by all means find a way to escape halfway through ordering. You won't regret it.

          SF is really a great solo dining town, especially at any restaurant with bar seating. Boulevard, Zuni, Canteen, and 1550 Hyde would all be great in helping you recover from horrible group meals. If you want more Asian/fusion try Ame for your "closer to $100" meal, or Ryoko's if you're looking for an underground, late night, rock n' roll sushi vibe. If you're one of those few who really relish a meal alone, three hour meals at the Dining Room at the Ritz, Coi or La Folie could be very entertaining.

          1. Consider Tadich Grill in SF's financial district., a classic old-school San Francisco seafood restaurant. Many solos, including women, eat at the counter.

            Tadich Grill
            240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111