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3 nights in SF, where to eat?

  • lux Sep 12, 2010 09:59 PM
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My husband and I will be spending 3 nights at Hotel Kabuki in SF in early January, and we need recommendations for some great places to eat. We are adventurous, willing to spend some money, and we like a wide variety of cuisines - any ideas?
Thanks!!

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  1. You'll do yourself a favor by being a bit more specific about what you're looking for in terms of cuisine, atmosphere and location...it's helpful to know what you're looking for.

    But I can tell you that for me, right now Commonwealth is a place I can't wait to get back to. It's one heck of a restaurant with great service, an interesting menu with impeccable execution. I haven't had a better dinner in a loooong time. SF casual dress code, but you can still spend a bunch if you indulge.

    Also, if you will be here over a weekend, I'd recommend the brunch (Sat & Sun 11-2:30) at Nopa.

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    Nopa
    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    1. http://www.commonwealthsf.com/

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      1. re: Absonot

        thank you! we really want to treat ourselves and have an experience - be it fine or funky. We love Indian, Ethiopean, Senagalese, and Middle Eastern food especially - but we enjoy Italian, Californian and Japanese too. Although we aren't vegetarian, we plan on eating at Greens - my husband has never been. Does that help? The places we've been in SF are Indian Oven, Baobab, Fog City, Houston's, and Nirvana.

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        Indian Oven Restaurant
        233 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: lux

          I think you'd love Aziza.

          Also, you will be staying near Kiss Seafood, highly recommended Japanese -- 5-6 small courses selected by the chef is best (the 'omakase' option on the menu).

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          Kiss Seafood
          1700 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          1. re: lux

            given that you mentioned indian, i recommend amber. it is a cut above the other indian restaurants in san francisco.

            udupi palace is also very good for southern indian food (vegetarian) - but it is not an elegant place -- great food and an okay atmosphere.

            i know a lot of people like aziza, but i honestly don't have any idea why. i must have been there on a couple of off-nights, because the food was kind of plain. very good cocktails though.

            there is a very small japanese restaurant on post street (it can be hard to find) called kappa, on post street. they do not serve sushi but serve other homecooked japanese dishes, omakase style. you would need to make reservations in advance to go there.

        2. Lux, your hotel is across the street from Bush-tei a Japanese-French fusion restaurant. I found it pricey but a neat experience in dining. It's on 1625 Post Street. During my visit to SF last month, I found a French restaurant, Rue Lepic on 900 Pine Street,/Corner of Mason in Nob Hill. It's has reasonable prices and the food is excellent! I had the chef's menu. Have fun in one of my favorite cities...bring rain gear in January!

          1. Are you trying to stay near your hotel? Because I think you shouldn't restrict yourself to Japantown. That said, Japantown is very close to Fillmore Street area with lots of great restaurants, including SPQR for Italian, Dosa for Indian (beautiful bar), and Out the Door (casual version of Vietnamese's Slanted Door at the Ferry Building). Also, one of my favorite frozen yogurt spot on Filmore is Fraiche.

            South of Fillmore and Geary are huge restaurants 1300 Fillmore for Southern-style cuisine and Yoshi's for fancy Japanese.

            Also, I think izakayas are very hip right now in the city. One of my favorite is Nombe in the Mission District. Very casual and great for pre-dinner snacks and drink or late-night snacks and drinks.

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            Slanted Door
            Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

            SPQR
            1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

            Out the Door
            1 Ferry Bldg Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Nombe
            2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: singleguychef

              In your hotel's neighborhood - Baker & Banker for dinner, Pizzeria Delfina for lunch
              Make a reservation two months in advance - Frances

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              Pizzeria Delfina
              2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

              Baker & Banker
              1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

            2. For a true San Francisco experience...try Bix on Gold Street. It's a classic speakeasy joint with jazz, great cocktails and excellent food. It never disappoints. Very romantic. http://www.bixrestaurant.com/index.html

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              Bix
              56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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              1. re: sparklegypsy

                Swan Oyster depot on Polk St....old school, family owned seafood place. Expect long lines as it only seats about 20...worth the wait...one of my fav go to spots...get there early

                Frances---book now. Awesome place, BUT small and tables are really close together...some people can't get over that.

                From what i hear these days Greens has kinda gone downhill. I don't think i would waste your time or money on it.

                My fav sushi... http://www.sfariake.com/

                In your neighbourhood head over to the Fat Angel for a glass of wine...fatangelsf.com

                Breakfast/brunch... http://www.frenchsoulfood.com/

                Incanto, i like this place even though i think Chris's food network show kinda suck ass ;) sorry Chris...love you...not the show ...plus i think you don't see the real Chris on there...anyway...great place if you love pork and offal.

                soo many great places...soo little time :

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                Fat Angel
                1740 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                1. re: mapleleafgirl

                  I agree about Green's. If you must go, go at lunch when you can enjoy the view.

              2. If I were staying in Japantown, I would be sure to go to San Wang (Sam Wong, San Wong, whatever). Funky Chinese-Korean...not fancy, very cheap and incredibly good. Best to have a crowd, tho.

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                San Wang Restaurant
                1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                1. re: OldTimer

                  these are great - will travel around for the experience. Been to Sam Wong's before, thanks for reminding me!