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Last minute Saturday night dinner in SF for 4?

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jenikap Oct 21, 2010 11:03 PM

My cousin just called to say he's in town Saturday night. No reservations to be had. Just moved from Dc so don't know the lay of the land yet. Recommendations for a great, stylish meal with no reservation during prime time in SF?

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    skwid RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 08:51 AM

    Use opentable.com to help narrow your search. Perbacco has a 6:00 and 9:00 reservation. Ame at the St. Regis has availablility at 7:00. There seem to be plenty of 7:00 p.m. reservations available.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      jenikap RE: skwid Oct 22, 2010 08:56 AM

      Thank skid. I posted after 45 minutes trolling opentable. Perbacco (can't do 9:00) is an option and I'm not keen on hotel restaurants no matter how stunning. But you like Perbacco? Not too corporate? Couldn't find another 7:00 res for my life. Another option I found is Zare at Fly Trap (6:00). Any thoughts?

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      Zare at Fly Trap
      606 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        bobpantzer RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 09:50 AM

        I think Perbacco is terrific and not too corporate. Zare at Fly Trap is also excellent and a bit different cuisine. Sort of depends on what time you want to dine. Both are good choices.

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        Zare at Fly Trap
        606 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          skwid RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

          Jenikap, yes, I really like Perbacco. I've been several times and never been disappointed. The Salumi is house made and very good and the pasta's are likewise very good. The star (IMHO) is the slow roasted meats (pork sugo's and such).

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            Robert Lauriston RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 11:17 AM

            Restaurants often have available tables that Opentable doesn't show, it's worth calling.

            Bar Jules, Coi, Delfina, Gary Danko, and Incanto take reservations but not through Opentable.

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            Delfina Restaurant
            3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Gary Danko
            800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

            Bar Jules
            609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              johnq RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 22, 2010 05:00 PM

              Coi is on OpenTable.

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              johnq RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 04:58 PM

              I don't know what the hotel restaurant scene is like in DC, but there are some excellent hotel restaurants here, including Ame, Campton Place and the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton. Fifth Floor (Palomar) used to be quite good, but recently lost its chef, but I assume it will be back in the mix soon. Michael Mina's flagship restaurant used to be located at the St. Francis on Union Square, but recently moved. He replaced it with Bourbon Steak, which recently opened. This is an off the top of my head list, so I probably missed some.

              If you're interested in fine dining in SF you really can't afford to ignore hotel restaurants. Ame and the Dining Room at the Ritz are generally identified as top 10 restaurants in the city, and the others are all quite good to excellent.

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              Fifth Floor Restaurant
              12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

              Campton Place
              340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

          2. Frosty Melon RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 09:41 AM

            Not sure what part of town is doable, but Slow Club is available at 7 pm. Anchor & Hope is available at 6:45.

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            Slow Club
            2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Anchor & Hope
            83 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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              Nate650 RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 03:24 PM

              Scoma's. Any particular style or price range?

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                Calvinist RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 05:03 PM

                Acquerello has a 6:00. Upscale, Northern Italian with excelent tasting menu and superior wine list.

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                Acquerello Restaurant
                1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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                  Calvinist RE: jenikap Oct 22, 2010 05:14 PM

                  Two with 7:00: Scala's Bistro -- haven't been for years but it's a Downtown / Union Square Italian that used to be pretty good. And Woodwards Garden -- this is the opposite of Scala's. Small, not downtown, but with nice atmosphere and food.

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                  Scala's Bistro
                  432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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