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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
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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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  1. 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

      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

    2. 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

        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

      2. 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

          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. 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

          1. 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. 5A5 Steak Lounge

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

              1. 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

                1. 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