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Hello everyone. I'm planning a trip to SF from May 25th to the 28th, so I need restaurant recommendations for 3 dinners and 3 lunches. In terms of food, we eat and enjoy everything so I'm not concerned about that. Typically, we like less flashy and more intimate restaurants but they don't have to be tiny. We'd like to mix our options---some fancy (price not really a factor) with some hole-in-the-wall ethnic places unique to SF. And, I'm looking to you all for your expertise! Thanks in advance and I'd be happy to reciprocate if anyone's coming to Philly soon. We have a great restaurant scene here!

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  1. Hey ivyleigh, you have a treat in store if this is your first trip (heck, even if it's your 7th!) to the Bay Area -- we love to gastrotour there. But ya gotta give the awesome local 'Hounds a bit more to go on as they get requests like yours at least daily... and there are about 5000 restos at your disposal.

    It's good that you mentioned you are coming midweek as that will save people suggesting places that are only around on weekends but there is lots more that will help such as: Where are you staying? Will you have a car? Willing to take transit, walk? What are places you don't need recs on ie. that are well-covered in Philadelphia? You will get better responses if you add a bit more 411 on your situation.

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    1. re: grayelf

      Sure! Sorry for being vague but I also didn't want to pigeon hole our Itinerary! We're truly adventurous, both in terms of food (obviously it needs to be good--that's the only requirement) and price. We'd like a well-rounded trip so I was hoping people could give us some names of places they'd never pass up if they were coming to SF to visit and we can take on the research from there.

      We're staying in Union Square and are willing to travel in the city, either by cab or muni. Francis, Delfina, Zuni, La Taqueria, Ferry Building Farmer's Market, are a few of the places I've started to check out. I hope that gives a vibe...

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      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

      La Taqueria
      2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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