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Oct 30, 2009 07:07 PM

Pre-concert dinner in Nob Hill area

Looking for dinner suggestions for a group of 4 heading to Saturday night SFJazz at 8pm Nob Hill Masonic. Preferably no more than a short walk, and we absolutely must get out on time. Chinatown might be an option. Users of this board gave such great leads for a similar question near the Palace of Fine Arts.

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  1. Maybe if you reported back on where you went after the great leads last time, the generous Hounds here would have a better idea of what you like and give you more great leads. Just sayin' :-).

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    1. re: grayelf

      Before the concert at Palace of Fine Arts we went to Liverpool Lil's - easy walking distance, great burgers and fries, very good draft beer options, unpretentious pub atmosphere. Fish looked good too. Afterwards we stopped in at A16 for a drink.
      We're adventurous eaters, but that night we won't want to linger over a banquet or spend that much either. I was just glancing over the Nob Hill post, and Nob Hill Cafe looks good and close by.

      2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

      Liverpool Lil's
      2942 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA

      1. re: Kayde

        Is this the Nob Hill thread you were talking about? I've never eaten at Nob Hill Cafe but IIRC it gets somewhat mixed reviews, and doesn't take resos which could pose a problem if you're in a hurry.

        1. re: grayelf

          No, but thanks for calling it to my attention, as well as the critical point about resos. This is the thread I saw.

          I'm starting to wonder whether we should wander down to Chinatown.

          1. re: Kayde

            Maybe Nob Hill Grill instead? Bar Crudo moved. Canteen is awesome but tiny and will deffo get you out on time if you get the early seating (not sure when your jazz is) -- we are going tonight! Not that far away if I am reading my Google map right but straight up a killer hill...

    2. There are several options that should work: Venticello, Nob Hill Cafe, and The Big Four in the Huntington Hotel. The first two would be quicker and more informal.


      Big Four
      1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

      1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

      1. There are many great restaurants on Hyde st. that are within walking distance to the Nob Hill Masonic. My absolute favorite is 1550 Hyde (on Hyde at Pacific). Wondefully prepared seasonal food with an equally amazing wine selection. Reasonable prices to boot. There's a nice seafood restaurant across the street that is delicious too. They specialize in fish en papillote (sp?). Also great is Frascati, Luella and Zarzuela further up Hyde st. (but away from California st and the NH Masonic).

        Frascati Restaurant
        1901 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

        1550 Hyde
        1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        1. Thanks much, all of you, for suggesting this variety of convenient options. I'll see which the others fancy for Saturday, but would appreciate a chance to check the rest of them out another time.

          1. Haven't been in awhile but I've always like Zarzuela, best tapas/Spanish place in SF imo. Very home-like quality, i.e., not over-salted and subtle.

            The issue with most of Nob Hill places is parking. Unless you take public transpo or can walk, it's a bit of a hassle.

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            1. re: ML8000

              I would suggest the pre-theater dinner at Rue Saint Jacques at 1098 Jackson.
              Loved the prefixe and included a glass of wine that night.