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Jul 18, 2010 01:43 PM

Need Ideas- SF in December

Hey chowhounds! I've already searched this site a lot, but still looking for a few more ideas and solid recommendations. We'll be in San Francisco for a week in December. Staying in Lower Pacific Heights (I think) at Sutter and Gough. We're seeing The Black Crowes most of those nights at The Fillmore, so we need ideas for early dining that is a short Muni or cab ride from that area. I'm thinking Hayes Valley and the Castro would be about the right distance, but we'd go farther or in another direction for something really worthwhile.

We often like to have several appetizers and a few cocktails for dinner, so early bird dinners and happy hours will work. We like having dinner at the bar, too, so we get in and out faster. We like seafood, French bistro food, casual Italian, Mediteranean and Latin. Probably will not do Thai or Indian, might do Japanese as long as they have some beef or chicken or cooked fish, since my partner does not eat sushi.

We like classic or specialty cocktails when they are crafted with care and quality ingredients, so also seeking ideas for good lounges or bars near the Fillmore. We really liked the dark basement at La Trappe last year, but that might be a bit far from our hotel this year. Also disappointed that Jeanty at Jack's is gone, craving that tomato soup and his ribeye with bernaise! Any ideas for replacements?

How about good bakeries with croissants for breakfast?

Already on our list of possibilities are:
1300 on Fillmore
Bistro Central Parc
Bruno's Pizzeria
Alamo Square Seafood Grill
Woodhouse Fish Co
Chow (Castro)

thanks for your time!

La Trappe
800 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Bistro Central Parc
560 Central Ave, San Francisco, CA 94117

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  1. I think this is a little early to be planning for December -- the restaurant scene changes pretty quickly: chefs come and go, places go downhill (and very occasionally uphill), new places open up. I suggest you continue to monitor the board and repost your question in October.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Completely concur with Ruth - I live in this neighborhood and at least you can confirm the ability to get a great croissant at La Boulange on Fillmore, but anywhere else needs to be re-confirmed in late October as things change too quickly around here.

      By fall, Citizen Cake will have re-opened on Fillmore and there will hopefully be some decent reviews worthy of a visit. SPQR is a great Fillmore hot-spot but has been having its ups-and-downs. A year ago I hated Yoshi's but I had a surprisingly great meal there recently and 1300 Fillmore is beyond mediocre but could change by winter.

      Come back in a few months and check back in.

      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

    2. You might want to do a "Search this board" search for Fillmore Street. A good number of restaurant suggestions and recommendations should turn up. Most of them will be on (or just off) the 6-10 blocks of Fillmore Street north of Geary Blvd, which is where the Fillmore concert hall is located.

      Restaurants worth a look include:

      Dosa (Indian)
      SPQR (Roman/Italian)
      Florio (Ameri-French bistro)
      Woodhouse Fish
      Fresca (Peruvian)
      Harry's (good burgers)
      Delfina Pizza (on California St. off Fillmore)
      Out The Door (Vietnamese, on Bush Street off Fillmore)

      Fresca Restaurant
      2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Florio Bar & Cafe
      1915 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Woodhouse Fish Company
      1914 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: DavidT

        Thanks for the suggestions! I'll ask again in the fall.

        1. re: mwest9

          I had dinner last nite at Florio and was very pleased.

          Florio Bar & Cafe
          1915 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115