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Nine restaurants on the list, which one would you choose?

Have one Saturday in SF coming up soon. The following restaurants are on my possibility list. They need to be able to accommodate an eater who will eat fish, but not shellfish or meat. Looking for creative, great food with good service, price range under 50-60$ a person before drinks. Suggestions of other places welcome.

The House
Kokkari
Range
Delfina
Bar Cudo
Spruce
Frascati
Maverick
Nopa

We will have a car so any part of the city is okay.

Thanks, and I promise I will report back.

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  1. Of those I'd choose Delfina or Frascati- very different experiences, but both great.
    Delfina is in the heart of a great food neighborhood of the mission, really interesting, delicious food, italian but with a California/fresh seasonal ingredients slant. Great service and the atmosphere is very homey & casual (though it's still expensive). Frascati is much more traditional- on Russian Hill, more traditional menu,very delicious food. Service is great, and setting is really classy and beautiful. You can't miss with either one. or, for that matter, the others on that list.

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    Delfina Restaurant
    3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Frascati Restaurant
    1901 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: balabanian

      I would choose Delfina too, but good luck getting a Saturday reservation on short notice.

      Suggest you start with OpenTable and see what's available.

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      Delfina Restaurant
      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. From that list I would say Nopa. They always have a fish entree. Good service, too, though I'm not sure "creative" would be the first word I'd use to describe the food. I think Ame should be on your list, as it fits your criteria (though perhaps just past the price range?).

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      Nopa
      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. Bar Crudo would be my choice. Creative, delicious, and fun.

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        Bar Crudo
        655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

        1. Great list with tough choices. I think I'd go with Frascati (for the neighborhood setting on Hyde Street and great food) or Delfina (also great food in and in the interesting Mission area). Range would also be among my top three on that list.

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          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Frascati Restaurant
          1901 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

          1. Bar Crudo would probably give the fish eater the most choice.

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            Bar Crudo
            655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Have not eaten at any on your list but Delfina (good but not my favorite) and Bar Crudo.
              I loved Bar Crudo and posted an article after eating there:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7133...

            2. Thanks for the feedback. Also, what places would a 21 year old prefer?

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              1. re: Bethwick

                Nopa or Maverick.

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                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

              2. The three of us ended up eating at Bar Crudo. We were seated in the upstairs which was mostly empty but allowed for conversation. I felt for the servers having to walk up those stairs.

                The best taste of the meal was the Tombo Tuna, followed by the spicy yellowfin, both excellent. Also enjoyed the cheese plate. Not as impressed with the 'cold and hot' plates.

                Bar Crudo seems to be a great neighborhood place, but I guess I wanted a more special/formal experience given one night out in SF. This is a point for me to remember when asking for or recommending places to out of towners.

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                1. re: Bethwick

                  I think you might have liked Kokkari. Some do not care for it much any more, but I enjoy the ambiance and the more formal feel (less of a neighborhood vibe). They also serve whole fish grilled or roasted.

                  1. re: myst

                    Just ate at Kokkari Sunday night and it was excellent as usual. Reports of its demise may be a bit premature.

                    1. re: zorrosf

                      just ate at kokkari a few days ago as well for a work occassion...place was packed from the beginning to end. Food was consistently very good - this is my go-to spot for out of towners. it's not the most creative place but it seems to always deliver no matter who I have visiting.

                      1. re: vis

                        Was back in SF last month and went to kokkari on a Sunday night, it was packed. We were seated in the front room. Loved the atmosphere and service. The best part of the meal was the appetizers, we had the zucchini cakes and spanakotiropita. I had the roasted lamb which was nothing that special I should have gotten the chops. My husband had the roasted whole fish, again good but nothing special. With that I still loved the vibe of this place so much I would go back.

                        Also ate at Piperade. Had a wonderful meal. Again great service (with a full house) and ambiance. Loved the stuffed piquillo peppers and mushroom tart as starters. I had the veal stew which was melt in your mouth goodness. My husband had halibut with a fennel foam, which was outstanding. Would rate Piperade ahead of Kokkari as a food destination and wish we had a place like this in Seattle!

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                        Piperade
                        1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

                        1. re: Bethwick

                          Thanks for the follow-up, Bethwick! I really need to get back to Piperade.

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                          Piperade
                          1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

                          1. re: Bethwick

                            The flavours at Piperade are wonderful I agree. The chops are definitley the way to go at Kokkari and its siter restaurant Evvia in Palo Alto. Another restaurant that sometimes has interesting flavour profiles is Foreign Cinema-they do some southern and eastern Mediterranean dishes that I dream about-particularly their curry fried chicken (and theei house made pop tarts at brunch are another very good thing-though not so mediterranean in nature.)

                            I am jealous of your Poppy-I wish we had a place like it in San Francisco!

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                            Kokkari Estiatorio
                            200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

                            Evvia Estiatorio
                            420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                    2. re: Bethwick

                      Given that you wanted a more special/lormal experience, then Spruce would have been the better choice.

                    3. In order, I'd try Delfina and then NOPA - both hard to get into. If those aren't available Range is always good. I think Maverick is just OK.

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                      Delfina Restaurant
                      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. NOPA + Kokkari are excellent for fish. Kokkari will be easier to score a table. Though NOPA's bar is fab - so worth going early - and waiting for a table. In addition, Farralon is excellent for seafood dishes.