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looking for something hip and new but not tooo noisy in s.f.
and yummy!
ideas?

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  1. Idea for hip and new: Lafitte if you can get a reservation for the tent-like structure outside that has nice views of the Bay. (Inside the actual building, it can get loud and I think it's a little too spartan for a romantic date.)

    Other ideas: La Mar and Ozumo are reasonably hip, but they are not exactly new.

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    1. re: nocharge

      How's the food at Lafitte?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        It varies a bit since they change the menu everyday, although some dishes tend to recur from time to time. (Their website has an archive of previous menus so it's easy to get a feel for what they serve.) I've never had a dish there that I disliked or found uninteresting, although I've had some that I would classify as "nothing special." I have also had a number of dishes that I really liked including their charcuterie plate and a few of the Iberico pork variations. Serving sizes are often on the small side. It's a pity that the bar is so small (six seats) since this place could have been a great place for an after-work drink and an appetizer.

        1. re: nocharge

          Thank you, the website has fleshed out quite a bit since I looked at it last week. Have you been there for lunch and/or dinner?

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          Lafitte
          5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I've been there for dinner a bunch of times. Haven't been for lunch.

            1. re: nocharge

              A couple of more general comments:

              The open kitchen is very prominent in the indoor space and if you are into that, there is a counter that provides about seven front-row seats.

              Service has come a long way since the early days but is still not flawless. Usually, when it's less than flawless, it's just a matter of timing and coordination as you would expect with a new place. It seems like it is well enough staffed that it should be able to keep up on a busy night except, perhaps, for the tiny bar.

    2. Herbivore

      Lers Ros after drink at Bourbon and Branch

      Giordano Brothers in North Beach, yum sandwiches and atmosphere...EDIT sports bar, with heavy Pittsburgh tones...all in one sandwiches, etc...something different

      1. where was the first date?