Rec walking distance to Orpheum
Looks like rRN74 is a bit of a hike (?worth it).
Not interested in Absinthe,Jardinie or Zuni. Fallback may be gyro place (can't remember name) , on small street down from the library. Would like something more upscale where I could get in tonight or any really good ethnic. Have I overlooked something?
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Not on the level of some of the ones you mentioned, but Indigo would be an easy spot and you should be able to get in no problem.
Also look at Mint Plaza... there's 54 Mint (Italian), Chez Papa Resto (French) and Thermador (a throwback American place).
Chez Papa Resto
4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103
54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103
RN74 is all the way by the Embarcadero station (Oprheum is by the Civic Center station).
I concur with csp1, Heaven's Dog (dinner only on the weekend) is your best bet close to the Orpheum.
Brenda's Soul Food is near there if you're gonna be around during the day.
1148 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105