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May 8, 2010 07:19 AM

Where to eat downtown and Half Moon... with a toddler?

Hi there!

My husband and I are coming to San Francisco for a visit with our 13-month old - love to eat good food but don't even know what the general attitude towards kids in nice restaurants is in SF. She's out all the time with us in Boston and NYC. Anyone have any advice on the following?

1) Toddler-friendly restaurants for lunch/dinner within a 1-1.5 mile walk from Union Square.
2) Recs on great foodie gifts to buy within the same general area.
3) Toddler-friendly restaurants for lunch/dinner in/around Half Moon.

Any advice greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

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  1. For numbers 1 and 2, I think you'd be pretty set with a combination of the food court at the Westfield Mall (my kid does fine at Out the Door) and the Ferry Building. If there are other restaurants in the area you really want to try, I'm sure if would be fine also, but those are the immediate ones that will have other toddlers running around. Generally, I think restaurants here, even high end ones are fairly toddler friendly, but that is also rather child dependent. Mine is high energy enough that I wouldn't take her to Michael Mina, but when she was a little younger, she did go to Ubuntu in Napa and they had soy crayons, high chair, etc.

    Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
    1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

    Out the Door
    1 Ferry Bldg Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. In the town of Half Moon Bay - Sushi on Main Street is really good, just off Main street despite the name. Barb's fish shack up the road in Princeton is your basic but solid fish spot, you can even order outside and sit on the picnic benches if the weather is nice.

      Most SF places are cool with kids, it helps going early.

      1. In Half Moon Bay, right on Main Street, try Chez Shea. It's a casual place, named after the owners' daughter. (The same owners as Cafe Gibraltar.) They have a a wide ranging menu, but everything is fresh and delicious. They have a rotisserie and roast their own chickens, so anything with chicken is great. There is a simple Kid's menu.

        Service is casual, you order at the register and then they bring your food to your table. There is a small back patio when the weather is nice.

        Cafe Gibraltar
        425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018

        Chez Shea
        408 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019