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Hyde Street Bistro vs. 1550 Hyde

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My boyfriend is taking me out to dinner on Thursday to make up for all the time he spent watching football this past year. I want to stay within our neighborhood so I narrowed it down to these 2 restaurants. Which one has better seafood options? How about the desserts? Also are they both fairly casual?

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Hyde Street Bistro
1521 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94109

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. I haven't been to Hyde Street Bistro, but will chime in to say that 1550 Hyde is very casual, and I had some of the best sardines ever there.

    1. I haven't been to the Hyde Street Bistro in several years, but the meals I have had there have been memorable. NEED reservations!

      1. if you want seafood in that neighborhood go to the Hyde St Seafood. Other great restaurants are Zarzuela on Union. I would say they all 3 are casual. I say 1550 if you're only choosing from those two, but if you want seafood go with my rec...if you want alternative and good go to Zarzuela (great tapas place...guy is from Spain)

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        1. re: roddyTdF

          I'm a fan of Zarzuela but I think their seafood menu is semi-limited. Between 1550 and HSB...I don't think you can go wrong with either but I'd pick 1550.

          That said, for seafood in that part of town I'd consider Pesce since they specialize in it.

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          Pesce
          2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        2. Of the 2, I've only been to 1550 Hyde. It is a very casual atmosphere. But there ain't nuthin' casual about the food. completely delicious. Went with a group of 4, and all were thrilled with the meal.

          1. Definitely 1550. I live three blocks away, and I must say - this is the only restaurant in the neighborhood that deserves its reputation. You won't be disappointed!

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            1550 Hyde
            1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

            1. Thanks for all your recommendations. We ended up going to 1550 Hyde and I definitely wasn't disappointed. It's a great casual spot but as escargot3 said, the food isn't casual at all.
              I got the beet salad which I thoroughly enjoyed and the ono fish for my entree. It's a "meatier" fish that was well cooked. The menu changes so I don't remember what side I had with the fish, just that I ate everything on my plate. My boyfriend ordered the bruschetta with mushrooms. cheese and caramelized onions and the Kobe beef brisket with spatzle. He loved the spatzle but thought the brisket was a little too dry for his taste. He wished he had ordered the chicken. We split the banana bread pudding with a scoop of three twins vanilla ice cream. It was a great end to the meal. Oh, the service was excellent too. Our waitress was completely unobtrusive yet was always there when we needed her. We brought a bottle of wine with us and the total bill was just over $100 + tip.

              I like Zarzuela and Pesce too but wanted to try something new. Hopefully I'll have a chance to go to Hyde Street Bistro as well.