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Recommendations for Casual Restaurants Near Market & 4th?

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We will be spending 8/27 - 8/29 at the Palomar Hotel at Market & 4th. We will have a car since we are coming from Sonoma County to visit museum exhibits, etc. , but would rather not try to find parking in the evening. Looking for casual restaurants that are walkable from the hotel. Any cuisine works for us. Recommendations?

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  1. B Restaurant is pretty close in Yerba Buena. They have a pretty good burger and also dollar oysters at happy hour. Samovar Tea Lounge is also in that area. For a good takeout sandwich at lunch, The Sentinel is pretty close by. If you feel like splurging a bit, the Fifth Floor is also right in your hotel.

    B Restaurant & Bar
    720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Samovar Tea Lounge
    730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Fifth Floor Restaurant
    12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

    The Sentinel
    55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    1. Take a 7-10 block walk and go to Perbacco. Thank me later.

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. Chez Papa Resto at Mint Plaza is good and not very far.

        Chez Papa Resto
        4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Lots of good eats in that area...for casual yet still good:
          Zero Zero

          Pazzia Restaurant
          337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Zero Zero
          826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          1. Le Charm is close by

            Le Charm French Bistro
            315 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94107

            1. Your hotel is right on top of the Powell St Bart/Muni station, which means you're in walking distance to most of the city. For example, you can hop on BART, heading towards Millbrae/Daly City/SFO, ride 3 stops, get off at 24th St., and walk 20 feet to El Farolito for an al pastor super burrito. $3.50 round trip, plus about a block's worth of walking. Possibly more casual than you're looking for, though if you''d like an authentic San Francisco experience, this certainly qualifies.

              Or, heading the other direction, you can take BART two stops to Embarcadero, then walk two blocks to Tadich Grill. Another authentic San Francisco experience. Try the sand dabs.

              You can cover almost the entire city fairly easily, so it's kind of difficult to make recommendations without more information about what you're interested in. For what it's worth, I definitely recommend the bar at the Fifth Floor, which is in your hotel. Excellent cocktails. The restaurant is also quite good, but probably doesn't qualify as "casual."

              Tadich Grill
              240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              El Farolito Bar
              2777 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Fifth Floor Restaurant
              12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

              1. Marlowe is a few blocks south of your hotel on Townsend near 4th. It's a friendly casual place with good food. They're famous for their burger. Also try the bone marrow and brussel spout chips.

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                1. re: linjudy

                  Marlowe may be "a few blocks south" but it's almost 1 mile from Market & 4th.

                  1. re: nocharge

                    It's also not a particularly pleasant walk.

                2. Annabella's is right downstairs. Not ground-breaking cuisine but always reliable.

                  My boss and a few others went to Thermidor (in the Old Mint, on 5th and Mission) the other night and raved about it. That's a reasonable walk, tho don't go any further down Mission on foot....

                  I would also recommend Lulu's on Folsom just off 4th.

                  8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  1. re: rednails

                    I think it's telling, yet sad, that every one of these recommendations is south of Market. Are there any decent eats closer to Union Square? (That's a rhetorical question.)

                    1. re: peterme

                      I have not been to either Scala's or Kuleto's in years, so hesitate to recommend them. I was at the Daily Grill about 2 years ago, but it's not that special, just OK. I was last at Max's about 5 years ago, ditto. I don't think I've been anywhere else closer to Union Square.

                      221 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

                      Daily Grill
                      347 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

                      1. re: peterme

                        Outisde of the places inside department stores like Burger Bar, there aren't really many restaurants, period, between Union Square and Market/4th. The space in those blocks, especially near Stockton, is oriented toward shopping rather than eating.

                        There are a couple of decent Thai places closer to Powell, plus Market and 4th isn't all that far from the good ethnic eats in the Tenderloin.

                    2. Scala is always good. Union Square

                      Frontera Grill, Basement Macy's for slow Cal -Mex fast food. The Chipotle Chicken Torta for me. Very casual.

                      Pazzia nr SFMoma: pizza and pasta. Haven't been for a while but the rep is still good.

                      Lots of fast food in the basement food court at Westgate and above. For dessert: Beard papa.

                      Pazzia Restaurant
                      337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                      34893 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA 94560

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                      1. re: stanbee

                        I was at Pazzia last August. Nothing special, decent food, but even further away from Union Square.....

                        Pazzia Restaurant
                        337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                      2. I like Little Delhi that's near you for Indian / Pakistani. I really enjoy their Butter Chicken.

                        Also, there's a Pearl's, a burger joint that always pleases when I take people from out of town. It's going to be quite a few blocks away, but still well within walking distance. Just remember to go up to post and then go over or else you'll go through a pretty seedy part of town.

                        Wow, I just realized how old this thread is.

                        Little Delhi
                        83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102