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Dec 16, 2009 12:06 PM

Leisurely holiday lunch in San Francisco

We have an unexpected day in San Francisco without the kids. Any recommendations for great long, relaxing lunches in the city? We used to live in the city but moved to the east bay a few years ago and haven't kept up much with new places in SF since then. Restaurants we love include Luella, Firefly, Aziza, etc. We can go anywhere in the city so any suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. Zuni's my first choice in SF for a leisurely lunch. Most places I like close for a while in the middle of the afternoon or aren't open for lunch at all.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Zuni's an old favorite. Good idea! We were hoping to try a place we hadn't been to already, but this is a great call.

      Any more recently opened spots that might be open for lunch?

    2. Just had a wonderful leisurely lunch at Absinthe last Wednesday. Got there a little early and sat in the bar area by the window. Food and cocktails all excellent.

      1. Belden Place is good for festivity factor and we've spent many long hours at B44. Maybe not everyone's favorite on this board, but my old office had lots of great long lunches there.

        1. Tadich or Sam's Grill for old school. The cioppino is good at Tadich. Not sure about the wine but those places always seemed like a place to have beer.

          1. B44 closes between 3 and 5:30.

            Sam's Grill is fun. Good all-California wine list. After lunch you can stagger around the corner to the Occidental for brandy and cigars.

            I don't think Tadich is as nice a place to linger, though depends on where you get seated.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              We've had lunches that went from 12:30 to 5:30 - B44 won't kick you out. and I agree - Sam's Grill is fun.