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Aug 19, 2010 05:00 PM

Recommendation for Eating Alone in San Francisco

I will be in town on business this coming Monday. What would be a fun place to eat solo? Thanks for your help!

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  1. I will be staying near Union Square, but can take a taxi if need be.

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    1. San Francisco is remarkably friendly for solo dining and this is a question that is often asked here. Take a look at a few of the threads that this search will bring up,

      .... and come back with specific questions or advice on narrowing down the choices.

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      1. re: Paul H

        Thanks! Are any of these recommendations close to Union Square? It looked like Incanto might be. I will just have one night free for a dinner.

        1. re: dmlewis

          Incanto is about 4.5 miles from Union Square, which is most easily navigated by a taxi or the J/Church light rail line. Prospect, Boulevard, B44, Plouf, Bocadillos, Piperade, and Kokkari are all good solo dining venues that are closer to Union Sq.

          1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

          44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

          710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

          1. re: dmlewis

            I recently ate at Canteen which is really close to Union Square, really good food with a counter kinda like a diner. There were several solo diners there.

            1. re: Justin L

              Canteen is a VERY small place. Calling ahead for a reservation is highly recommended!

          2. re: Paul H

            Friendly, but still too many hosts repeat "Just one" which annoys some singles, particularly women. I have one finger up and you're increduous?. "Just one " is the first response to be unlearned when running the front desk.

            1. re: stanbee

              That's interesting, because my tendency is to say "just one" basically to get it out of the way. I guess you're suggesting to say "one" period. My concern is about whether I get treated like other customers or like a pariah.

          3. The counter at Tadich -- it's a fish house but plenty of other choices on the menu if you don't eat fish.