Help! Need a first date restaurant for Saturday
I have a date with a very promising person on Saturday.
I'm looking for a restaurant that is
1. In San Francisco
2. Quiet enough for normal conversation without raised voices
3. Enough space between tables that we will feel like we have some privacy for conversation
4. Not Asian food
5. Not so popular that we won't be able to get a reservation on a Saturday night on such short notice
6. Ideally, in a location that lends itself to a nice walk after dinner
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
check out garibaldi's...it's a decent neighborhood spot that draws a nice crowd and that will likely be able to seat you on short notice...it's 8 blocks to fillmore/pac heights...not quite walking but close.
Check out a recent thread on quiet Italian restaurants.... most of those recommendations will work for this request, as well (except for Acquerello... that would be way too high end for a first date).
A few suggestions from that post:
Ideale (a little loud, but in North Beach so great walking afterwards)
Venticello (maybe a bit subdued for a first date)
Others could be Fino (Italian, near Union Square), Le Charm (French, South of Market), Allegro (Italian on Russian Hill, might be a little expensive, and the neighborhod is quiet, but you could take a nearby cable car to downtown or the Wharf after dinner, or a quick taxi to North Beach).
1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109
2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
re: Robert Lauriston
no, I haven't. almost mentioned that, though given its longevity I'd be surprised if it has changed that much. (it wasn't new when hubby and I had first date there, and we just celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary). I do keep hoping to see a recent report.
my trips into the city are fairly limited these days, and when I do get to the neighborhood I choose La Ciccia (which is one of my favorites anywhere overall though I agree with you that it is noisy, particularly on Saturday night, and tables are closer together than Bacco, so it wouldn't be my recommendation for OP. Besides, the immediate neighborhood near Bacco is perhaps more interesting for walking after dinner than La Ciccia, though both are residential).
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
I second Firefly, but I'm hesitant to recommend Garibaldi's. The last time I was there it was really loud, and the clientele leaned towards the older crowd.
Besides Firefly, how about Beretta (they have a couple of corner tables that provide a little more privacy), Bar Tartine, or Cafe Kati?
1963 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
How about 1300 on Fillmore? They have a nice lounge with cozy chairs, and quiet, chic dining room. Great service, fantastic food that sparks conversation.
After dinner there is Yoshi's, Rassela's, or Sheba's for sit down jazz or just walk right up Fillmore into Pac Heights.