Looking for three suggestions - dinner w/parents, romantic Berkeley bar, and Union Square weekday breakfast
My parents and I are meeting up in SF in a couple weeks to have a little family trip. They are in their 60s and have never visited the city. They love food, beer and wine but nothing that is too "yuppie" or expensive. I've only been to SF a couple times - I loved Nopa, Delfina and Anchor & Hope but they all might be a little bit (just a little bit) too pricey and precious for my parents' tastes.
Can anyone suggest some places for dinners that have great Italian, American, or seafood (no Asian, Indian, Mexican, please) that have great food, entrees in the general ballpark of $15 to $25, not too much of a pain in the butt wait/scene, and decent sized portions (there's nothing my dad hates more than tiny portions!)
Also looking for two other suggestions for this trip:
- a romantic wine or whiskey bar in Berkeley
- a great place for a Union Square-area Friday breakfast... with little to no wait. No 15+ minute waits please. Any ideas?
For italian I can suggest Pazzia. My husband took his parents there for lunch and they really enjoyed it. Good food, good portions and in that dollar range and I think you can get seated quickly. Nearby is also Zero Zero which Bauer just gave 3stars! It's focus is on pizza but I believe they have no pizza options as well. Another place, my husband was thinking of taking his parents but they had not started lunch service then. I've been, casual atmosphere and awesome pizza.
A non-italian option that is a little more than your price range but I think the parents would enjoy would be town hall and kokkari. Generous portions, lively atmosphere and in general an older crowd. We've taken our in laws there and they've enjoyed it immensely.
For union square brunch options, I would recommend Cafe De La Presse or Canteen. They both open early so if you get there early enough, I doubt there's a wait.
For romantic wine or whiskey bar in Berkeley, nothing comes to my head but if you're up for heading to Oakland there's a new wine bar near Jack London worth checking out, Encuentro Café & Wine Bar. And ofcourse, close to Berkeley but in Rockridge, a great french bar/restaurant, A Cote, is definitely worth a visit.
200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Cafe De La Presse
352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105
337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Look up Sotto Mare in North Beach. It's a great deal, $19 for your choice of fresh fish simply prepared (and a LOT of it). I think it's one of the best deals in the city. The $27 cioppino looks expensive for an entree, but is enough to feed two hungry people.
The place is lively, casual, has been there forever, and has friendly service. I also love the restaurants you've mentioned but would take parent-type people to Sotto Mare before any of those precisely for the reasons you've mentioned.
552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133