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Looking for a classic SF dining experience on Friday night somewhere reasonably close to the Palace Hotel on Montgomery. It will need to be sometime after 9:30 or so.

We are not wedded to any one idea - someplace with good cioppino would be good. Otherwise we were thinking a fairly high end Chinese place (something like the defunct China Moon - actually I never went, but I love the Tropp cookbooks). Price is not really a consideration, but nothing too overly dressy as we will not have formal clothes.

Was considering Sotto Mare, but they seem to close reasonably early - even on Friday. Also considering Scoma's.

Most important considerations are very good food, excellent service, quiet atmosphere if possible (just really hate screaming at my dining companion).

We are willing to walk a fair distance or cab it, but will not have a car, so would prefer to stay reasonably central. Are also open to non-high end dining if people have any really great suggstions.

Sorry, know this might be a little too vague -done a lot of research on this, but nothing is really speaking to me as yet - hence the post.

Thanks for any ideas

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Sotto Mare
552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Tadich Grill for cioppino it's about 10-15 minutes' walk away.

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    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Unfortunately Tadich's closes at 9:30 p.m.

      1. re: DandySF

        Oops :-(

    2. The FiDi has a lot of good food options. Perbacco is an easy walk from the Palace. Very good Italian food, nice wine selection. Next door is Barbacco. It's a little more relaxed. I like it a lot.

      A tad higher on the food chain is Boulevard: French-influenced, wonderful service.

      Tadich is a place I visit a lot for late lunch (after 2 p.m. to avoid the transients). It's old school and I like that. I've never had dinner there so I don't know how late they are open. Oysters and martinis are outstanding there. Fish can be very good. Ask your waiter for advice, he won't steer you wrong. I sit at the bar. This is about as classic as it gets in the city.

      There's so much more but this should get you started.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      1. re: steve h.

        Tadich closes at 9:30.

      2. I like Belden Place which is an alley that has some really good restaurants.

        http://www.belden-place.com/

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        Belden Place
        44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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        1. re: c oliver

          Hi c,
          Shouldn't you be dancing a tango somewhere?

          1. re: steve h.

            Back home. Tango = Argentina; samba = Brazil. Gotta post soon.

          2. re: c oliver

            Thanks. Belden Place could be interesting as could Tadich. I would love to go there, but I think it closes too early. Anyone know if that is the last seating....or how late you can really walk in and be ok? Some places 9:30 means last seating and some places 9:30 means we want you out of here......

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            Belden Place
            44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          3. Globe is always open late and you can always get a decent meal. I'd almost call it a classic in the sense it hits the SF-mid-range neighbor-y place on the mark.

            1. Classic SF plus open late equals Zuni. It's not really walking distance, but a short cab ride or a quick hop on the streetcar will get you there painlessly.

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              Zuni Cafe
              1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Late dinner at Zuni works for me. Taking the "F" up and down Market is as easy as it gets.

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Second on Zuni. Try the roasted chicken and bread salad. : ) Enjoy SF.

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                  Zuni Cafe
                  1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  1. re: mamachef

                    Zuni's roast chicken & bread salad - the ULTIMATE SF experience!

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                    Zuni Cafe
                    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102