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Oct 9, 2010 05:25 PM

Looking for three suggestions - dinner w/parents, romantic Berkeley bar, and Union Square weekday breakfast

Hey all,

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?

Thank you!

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  1. does anyone have any suggestions at all? thanks!

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    1. re: violet42

      Okay - how about the sake factory tasting/tour in West Berkeley?

    2. 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.

      Kokkari Estiatorio
      200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

      A Cote
      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

      Pazzia Restaurant
      337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      Zero Zero
      826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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      1. re: lucymom

        Second on Cafe de la Presse for weekday breakfast (although I haven't been for years). Canteen however, only does breakfast on weekends.

      2. Not sure about your definition of romantic, but the bar at Five in the Shattuck hotel has a glamorous vibe (for Berkeley),

        1. Scala restaurant at the Sir Francis Drake has a very good breakfast and is very comfy with big booths. Also a big fan of Cafe de la Presse. Both take reservations.

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          1. re: sfgirl22

            I second the Scala recommendation - I had brunch there on a Sunday two weeks ago and the atmosphere was very pleasant and my french toast was fantastic. Reservations can be made on OpenTable, too, if I remember correctly.

          2. In Berkeley, the wine list at Locada de Eva is top notch. You can sit at the bar. And it's a lovely location.