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Special birthday dinner spot w/out pretense

gforce Jan 9, 2010 06:43 PM

Will be in SF at the end of the month for my mom's 60th birthday and am looking for a special place that gets it especially right in terms of good food, wine list and atmosphere, without being overpriced or pretentious. We're staying in Union Sq, but can easily get to other parts of the city. And we'll also be going to B44 for a dinner and Chez Panisse Cafe for a lunch. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    vulber Jan 9, 2010 07:46 PM

    If your mom can handle the noise, NOPA.

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      nocharge Jan 9, 2010 08:02 PM

      Here are a few suggestions:
      Ame (East-West Asian Californian)
      Chez Papa Resto (Provencal)
      Perbacco (Italian)
      Piperade (Basque)
      Town Hall (American)
      Zuni Cafe (Mediterranean)

      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

      Town Hall Restaurant
      342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

      Ame Restaurant
      689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Chez Papa Resto
      4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        mt_belly Jan 10, 2010 03:20 PM

        I second Town Hall. You might also try Le Charm or Presidio Social Club.

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          Ruth Lafler Jan 10, 2010 05:16 PM

          Town Hall is also very loud.

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          abstractpoet Jan 10, 2010 03:57 PM

          How about La Ciccia?

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          1. re: abstractpoet
            Kristine Jan 11, 2010 11:46 AM

            I second La Ciccia, Lorena and Massimiliano are very charming, I'm sure they will make your mother feel special, not to mention the food is fantastic.

            I must say though the space is small so not good if you have a large group,
            and it can get a little noisy.

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            gforce Jan 14, 2010 04:10 PM

            Many thanks, all! I'm excited to check out your recs :)

            1. rworange Jan 15, 2010 07:39 PM

              A favorite of mine is 1550 Hyde. Good California cuisine and reasonable wine list. It is right on the cable car line so you could hop a car from Union Square. It is more of a neighborhood place than a tourist destination.

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