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Nov 11, 2009 02:05 PM

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.

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  1. check out garibaldi''s a decent neighborhood spot that draws a nice crowd and that will likely be able to seat you on short's 8 blocks to fillmore/pac heights...not quite walking but close.

    1. You can check for possibilities but just recommended One Market replying to another post (for a steak dinner) and it fits your criteria and has some good energy.

      One Market Restaurant
      1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. Maybe Firefly in Noe Valley?

        Firefly Restaurant
        4288 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        1. What about La Ciccia? The food is excellent, the service is terrific (and charming), it's not crazy loud, and it's in Noe Valley--perfect for an after-dinner walk.

          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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          1. re: Pistou

            I love La Ciccia, but it's fairly noisy and the tables are quite close to each other.

            La Ciccia
            291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          2. 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

            Acquerello Restaurant
            1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

            Amarena Restaurant
            2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

            1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108