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Union Square dinners; Moscone Center lunches?

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I thought I was only attending one day of a big convention in SF next month, but plans have changed...now I'll be there for at least three...and in Berkeley for two days after that. Berkeley eats are planned (actually one night we'll be going back to the city to meet up with family and friends). but now I have to think about those three days in SF. I will be with a lot of friends who seem to think I know Bay Area restaurants even though I haven't lived in the area for 30 years. So....hounds, help me out. I am looking for places that we can go to as a group of around four to six at the last minute without reservations...since the groups at these things tend to form adhoc.... or at least places we could call at 4 and get a table for six later the same evening (if that's even possible?). Any ethnic is fine, and price is an issue...,,nothing too upscale. Ideas? We'll all be in various hotels around Union Square and the Embarcardero...and walking distance or easily accesible by public transit is preferred.

Also, if the Moscone Center is true to form, the food inside is probably not worth the money....so any ideas for quick and inexpensive lunches in the area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Moscone lunch suggestions:

    Pazzia: Italian on 3rd between Folsom and Howard.
    Cha Am: Thai on the corner of Folsom and 3rd.
    Mo’s: burger place on the second floor of the Yerba Buena complex, off Folsom.

    All three have good food, are relatively inexpensive, within easy walking distance of Moscone, and you shouldn’t have trouble getting in for lunch.

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

    1. Be sure to go to the upper right hand corner of this page and do a search for Union Suqare. You will find many, many helpful answers already here for you, as the questions you are asking have been asked many times before on this board.

      Scala's Bistro, on Powell Street just north on Union Square, is a reliable spot for dining.

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

      1. From when I worked near Moscone. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617896

        Whole Foods at 4th and Harrison is very convenient and has good sandwiches. Zuppa has a great happy hour. On Third, check out Ruchi on 3rd and Bryant. The market inside the Metreon closed, but Firewood is still good. And don't forget the Blue Bottle Cafe for a Kyoto iced coffee and chocolate cookie. Zero Zero just opened near Lulu.

        Generally walk in any direction away from Union Square for dinner--toward the Tenderloin, toward Chinatown and North Beach, even toward the Embarcadero.

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        Zuppa
        564 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Ruchi
        474 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Zero Zero
        826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107