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SF Great Dining at the Bar?

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I'm headed to SF on a short business trip solo, and my time will be a little unpredictable. Where can I get a really great meal without a reservation, perhaps sitting at the bar? Doesn't have to be fancy, just really terrific. Other suggestions for this kind of dining - without having to wait too long, and without a reservation also appreciated. Staying near Union Square (of course), but willing to hop a cab.

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    1. Give Prospect a shot.

      1. I would check out Tadich Grill. It's not only an SF favorite (with both locals and visitors), but it has a very large, lively bar that is the perfect place for single diners to eat! If you're a fan, I recommend either the ciopinno or the hangtown fry. Top either one off with an extra-spicy bloody mary! You can walk from Union Square (about 15 mins give or take), or catch the cable car!

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        Tadich Grill
        240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. If you want something a bit more adventurous, try Anchor and Hope, which is a short walk from where you'll be staying

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          1. re: chuckl

            Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

            1. re: chuckl

              Thanks Chuckl - Really, really liked Anchor and Hope - had a lovely light dinner at the bar - the food was terrific, the vibe was perfect, and the company turned out to be wonderful.
              great recommendation in every way!

              1. re: amy626

                i'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did, Amy