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Looking for a recommendation for a hip dinner spot near the Four Seasons in San Francisco

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elle7 Mar 18, 2010 06:39 PM

My friend is coming to visit and the two of us want to go out for a fun dinner. We would love a restaurant that is hip, has great good and a good wine list. I tried to do some searches, but several of the options sound more romantic than hip.

Ideally, we would like to be able to walk from the Four Seasons on Market Street. We are willing to walk up to 20 minutes to get to the restaurant.

Would love some suggestions!

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    MaddyK Mar 19, 2010 02:15 PM

    I second the RN74 rec. There are definitely some cute places within walking distance of where you are staying, but it all depends on what you want. Are you just looking to do dinner & drinks at one place? Or at night "out on the town?" if you want to bar hop I'd definitely recommend cabbing it to the Mission.

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    RN74
    301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      lamster Mar 19, 2010 01:07 PM

      My vote would be for Town Hall but another good option could be RN74?

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

      RN74
      301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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        kman23 Mar 19, 2010 12:46 PM

        5A5 Steak Lounge

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        5A5 Steak Lounge
        244 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          david de berkeley Mar 19, 2010 12:38 PM

          Hip and close:

          Gitane
          Orson
          Barbacco
          COCO500
          Salt House / Town Hall / Anchor & Hope

          As mentioned by Jasmine, the Mission has many, many hip restaurants. In addition to the ones mentioned:

          Mission Street Food (only on Thursday and Saturday)
          Range
          Lolo
          Limon
          Schmidt's
          Bar Bambino

          If you are wine drinkers, Bar Bambino or Delfina. If you drink cocktails, Range or Orson.

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          Salt House
          545 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

          Bar Bambino
          2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Limon Restaurant
          524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Anchor & Hope
          83 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

          Gitane Restaurant & Bar
          6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

          Mission Chinese Food
          2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Barbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Robert Lauriston Mar 19, 2010 11:46 AM

            In this weather, the outside tables on Belden might be fun.

            Barbacco. B Restaurant. Thirsty Bear.

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            B Restaurant & Bar
            720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Thirsty Bear Brewing Co
            661 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

            Barbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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              Giselle Mar 19, 2010 07:27 AM

              Walk anyway but west to Zuni. That walk is not healthy. Go north to Scala's on Powell, east to those already mentioned and also Town Hall or southeast to Orson or Fringale .

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              Zuni Cafe
              1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

              Fringale Restaurant
              570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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              1. re: Giselle
                susancinsf Mar 19, 2010 12:45 PM

                as has pointed out, definitions of 'hip' vary, but to me Scala's is the antithesis of hip. (and I would call most of the food there good but certainly not great)

              2. JasmineG Mar 18, 2010 11:18 PM

                Has anyone been to Farmer Brown recently? It's definitely hip, and I've enjoyed the food in the past, but I'm not sure how it is now, and I've never had wine there, only cocktails. Orson could work, it's definitely a fun environment, and is about a 15 minute walk from the Four Seasons (and that's an okay walk). But how about you take a 10 minute BART ride instead, and then walk from there? BART is about a minute from the Four Seasons, and if you ride to the Mission & 16th or 24th Stations, you have a lot more choice for what you're looking for. Then you could do Beretta, Maverick, Foriegn Cinema, Bar Tartine, Delfina, and others, and if you walked a little farther you could do Flour + Water. I love Zuni, but wouldn't call it hip, and I also would not do that walk. If location wasn't an issue, I'd say Nopa.

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                Bar Tartine
                561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Farmer Brown
                25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                1. re: JasmineG
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                  cvhound Mar 19, 2010 10:36 AM

                  We've eaten dinner at Farmer Brown 5-6 times now and have always enjoyed our dinners there. However, last weekend we had a terrible experience at brunch (our second or third time there for brunch), so we're hoping it was an isolated event.

                  The food on their buffet line last Saturday was luke warm and/or over cooked. We were served stale, luke warm coffee. The hostess refused to seat us in a booth and instead, sat us at a tiny table along a wall near the bathroom because according to her, "every table at FB is a great table!" We were basically ignored by our waiter throughout our meal (thank goodness for the awesome bussers) and almost all of the the booths remained unoccupied throughout our meal and were vacant when we left.

                  It will probably be a while before we return for dinner, which is a shame b/c I love their house made jalapeno pepper sauce.

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                  Farmer Brown
                  25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  Claudette Mar 18, 2010 07:30 PM

                  Zuni Cafe and Slanted Door are both within walking distance - walk very quickly through the sketchy parts of town, though.

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                  Slanted Door
                  Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                  Zuni Cafe
                  1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  1. re: Claudette
                    bbulkow Mar 18, 2010 10:13 PM

                    As the song goes, "what is hip", anyway?

                    According to Google, Zuni is 1.5 miles and 25 minutes. Not pleasant minutes, either.

                    Salt House is fairly hip, and only 10 minutes (0.5 miles) away. Actually around the corner.

                    Is Supperclub still hip? Dining on beds and all. The food was never a rave, but for hip ....

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                    Zuni Cafe
                    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                    Salt House
                    2 Shaw Aly, San Francisco, CA 94105

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