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Impossible Quest? Quiet Sat. Eve in Mission

Fine Jul 1, 2010 07:43 PM

Three of us attending 5 PM Marsh pergormance would love to be able to walk to dinner and eat well while hearing each other's conversation.

Was hoping to try Gracias Madre, but it may be too noisy.

Thoughts, please?

Gracias Madre
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

  1. BernalKC Jul 2, 2010 03:50 PM

    What about Foreign Cinema? It can get loud, but not *that* loud.

    Heirloom Cafe looks intriguing, though I have not been there myself.

    And if you're looking for a taste of the Mission, maybe Regalito or Panchita's #3 would fit the nice + quiet + close to the Marsh bill?

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    1. re: BernalKC
      CarrieWas218 Jul 2, 2010 06:33 PM

      I really like Foreign Cinema, but I think it is one of the louder restaurants in the Mission. Range would be quieter.

      Foreign Cinema
      2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        bbulkow Jul 3, 2010 10:00 AM

        The tables upstairs are reasonable to my ears, but FC and the Marsh are a long walk apart.

        What about Waltzwerk? That would go well with a Marsh performance, never seems too loud in there.

        Ti Couz would be my second choice. Tables are a little close together, but the room acoustics are OK.

        Third would be Sunflower, which is also never loud.

        I'd also think of the Slow Club. I haven't been in enough to know how loud on a friday. And Universal Cafe, which might not be too far a walk.

        Each has its own vibe, so fully depends what kind of night you want to have. None of those places are super high end, not in the category of Range, but each has its charm.

        1. re: bbulkow
          rotiprata Jul 3, 2010 11:49 AM

          Distance between FC and the Marsh = 0.2 mile. A stroll relative to Walzwerk (1 mile). No opinion on who has better entrees :).

          1. re: rotiprata
            bbulkow Jul 5, 2010 11:32 AM

            Whoa! My mistake. I was thinking of intersection for the arts (maybe Marsh used to do shows there?). FC for sure, and not a lot of backups.

            Dosa. The place on the corner that changes hands a lot at the corner of 22nd and Val - now Garcon - any reports? That room has a lot of heavy hanging fabrics, should be moderately quiet. Often-recommended Limon isn't that far - how's the noise there?

            Limon Restaurant
            524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. re: bbulkow
              Windy Jul 5, 2010 01:48 PM

              Garcon is very noisy. A better similar choice would be La Provence on 22nd and Guerrero.

              Limon is at 16th street, not near 22nd and Valencia. Limon Rotisserie is at 21st but way over on S. Van Ness. They're both pretty loud.

              La Provence
              1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Limon Restaurant
              524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Limon Rotisserie
              1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: Windy
                Fine Jul 7, 2010 07:49 PM

                Thinking of trying Tuba.

                Went to Troya the other evening and kind of liked the food but found it surprisingly mild in seasoning--at least both the falafel and a great-sounding, pleasant-tasting salad with black lentils and bulgur.

                Tuba is silent on the "provenance" of its ingredients though.

                I'll be getting my Sonoma lamb fix at Ciccia soon after anyway!

                349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

              2. re: bbulkow
                ML8000 Jul 7, 2010 09:24 PM

                I'd park half way between Universal Cafe and the Marsh and go to Universal. I find it a loud in Slow Club.

                1. re: ML8000
                  Windy Jul 8, 2010 02:56 PM

                  Universal Cafe isn't near the Marsh (Valencia and 22nd).

                  1. re: Windy
                    ML8000 Jul 8, 2010 03:33 PM

                    It's about 7 blocks away...hence the park half way suggestion.

                    1. re: ML8000
                      TopoTail Jul 8, 2010 03:51 PM

                      In a similar vein (something of a hike from the Marsh) the back, quasi outdoors area at Bar Bambino is a place where one can actually have a conversation.

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

      2. CarrieWas218 Jul 2, 2010 03:14 PM

        Nombe would be perfect for you. I think Gracias Madres is always too loud.

        Gracias Madre
        2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Windy Jul 1, 2010 08:48 PM

          This Saturday will be pretty deserted, especially any neighborhood place.

          Walking distance to the Marsh and not too loud: Udupi Palace (S. Indian Vegetarian), Tuba (Turkish), Lotus Garden (Vietnamese), Noeteca, or Yo's Sushi.

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