Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Sep 24, 2010 01:08 PM

Great local-produce, farmer-driven (organic?) restaurant walking distance from convention center?

NH hound in SF on business - taking a bunch of folks out to dinner on a Monday night. Looking for a great restaurant with a focus on local, farmer-centered ingredients (and even organic if possible), not too far from convention center. Any thoughts?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. A little over 1/2 mile to Fish & Farm which has local, organic as it's theme.

    1. Coco500 is three blocks away. Big focus on local seafood, local produce etc.
      Marlowe is super-seasonal, mostly local produce and meats.

      598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      2 Replies
      1. re: originalfig

        Thanks for the great tip to visit Marlowe. A food-loving group, some local & some from other side of country. Memory a bit faded now, but we were all very impressed. Room temp odd (no A/C), support beam blocked view of eachother, but service was knowledgable and involved. Sensitive to the season -- lots of root veggies. Two great uses of brussel sprouts, fantastic vegetarian dish (polenta server called "bowl of decadence" and he wasn't far off). All very pleased, and no one even got the burger. Would highly recommend.

        330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. re: pilletsh

          Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the report back! Funny about the temperature-- sounds like you were here on one of the two weeks a year when A/C is actually needed (we spend most of the summer in scarves and sweaters, chasing away the chill.)

          I will have to try the polenta - love it in general and I'll eat most anything that can aptly be labeled "a bowl of decadence".

      2. LA Chowhound going to be at the Palace hotel for a convention next week-

        are any of these walking distance?

        any other suggestions?

        2 Replies
        1. re: msmd310

          Yes, all of them. But I think you'll find local/seasonal to be the norm in SF.

          1. re: msmd310

            Exactly as Ruth says...If you are staying at the Palace, then pretty much all of downtown is your oyster, there are a ton of amazing restaurant options-- and most of the smart ones will have local, seasonal ingredients.

            If you're looking for more suggestions, specifics on what you are looking for-- price, atmosphere, cuisine, etc., would be helpful to narrow down a pretty vast field.