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Jan 26, 2010 11:33 PM

Restaurants close to Hotel Palomar (4th & Market)

My wife is in SF next week for meetings/conference and is staying at the Hotel Palomar. What are good options for 2-3 good dinners close by ? Not looking for high-end or hole in the wall but something in between. Main focus should be on good food (open to everything) and that it is not necessary to walk too far. (a few blocks are fine but not 30 minutes)

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  1. Chez Papa Resto is a great French Bistro that is a little over a block away.
    Also less than two blocks away is Ame (East-West Asian Californian), but it's somewhat more high-end in terms of price. Fantastic food, though.
    If your wife is willing to venture 6-7 (not that short) blocks away, either walking or by a short cab ride, there is
    Tadich Grill (old-fashioned seafood), which is a San Francisco institution.
    Perbacco (Italian).
    Town Hall (American).

    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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

    1. 54 Mint (Italian) is right next door to Chez Papa Resto, recommended earlier. If she likes Indian Food, Amber India is about half a block away--excellent Indian in a very nice setting.

      The restaurants in Belden Alley are about seven blocks away--Tiramisu, Plouf, Brindisi, Cafe Bastille, Sam's Grill (similar to Tadich, but much closer), B52, and maybe a couple of others.

      Cafe de la Presse is about six blocks away, as is Scala's Bistro in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

      Ducca, italian in the Westin on Third Street is one long block away. Luce, also Italian, in the Intercontinental is about three blocks away.

      Lots of choices.

      1. I forgot, there's also Lark Creek Steak and Straits Cafe, both on the fourth floor of Westfield Center, just around the corner. Out the Door (Vietnamese) is in the basement of Westfield Center.

        1. Fifth Floor Restaurant is inside the Palomar, on the 5th floor. On the pricey side and recent changes (remodel and several chef changes) but supposedly it is stable. Even if you don't have dinner there, I heard the in-house breakfast and/or room service was very good because it comes from the same restaurant.

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          1. re: ML8000

            We stayed at the Kimpton before (not for business reasons) and liked the bar at Fifth Floor and would consider the restaurant for dinner if we would pay by ourself but the restaurant might be too pricey if you have just a smaller travel account from your company

            1. re: honkman

              I would recommend the Fifth Floor, but due to budget constraints try Hana Zen (Japanese) at Cyril Magnin, few blocks from your hotel. Last summer I had lunch at Sidewalk Cafe Bar & Lounge at the Sports Club on Market Street. It's inside the lobby of a health club..great salads and healthy stuff. Prices are real reasonable, most the folks are in work out gear. Down the block on Howard Street is Becca di Beppo; serves family style Italian. Kind of loud...helps if you go with a bunch of folks.

              1. re: joisey al

                Hana Zen sounds interesting. Bucca di Beppo is also in San Diego and horrible italian-americanized food.

                1. re: honkman

                  I see your point about Bucca and they are all over the country. Here's another recom. Sam's Grill off Belden Place. It's been around for a while. Old school seafood restaurant.

          2. Flytrap is really good - sort of nouveau Mediterranean.

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