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Kid/Baby-Friendly Places in SF?

skywalkerswartz Nov 15, 2010 11:01 AM


Can anyone provide some ideas on kid- or baby-friendly places in San Francisco?

I've pored over the boards, and I've found the following related threads, but I haven't found one that gives a comprehensive look at restaurants in SF that are good for families/kids/babies:

Baby friendly East Bay: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698291
Kid friendly East Bay: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740278
Family friendly in Palo Alto: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706114
Kid friendly in Marin Coutny: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/674146
Family friendly near Embarcadero: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729790
Toddler friendly in Bernal Heights, etc: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680790

Although I'm looking to find out resources for families in general, here's my specific problem I'm trying to solve:

- Saturday night dinner (probably early, ~6 PM
)- Around a dozen people
- At least one toddler (~14 months old)
- Moderately priced (less than or not much over $30 a person, not including drinks)
- In SF (most of the dinner guests live in the City)
- Somewhat reasonable parking (since a few folks are driving from the Peninsula)
...thankfully everybody likes lots of different kinds of food

Thanks in advance for all your help! I'm a native San Franciscan who recently moved back after about a decade elsewhere, so Chowhound has been a great resource!

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  1. myst RE: skywalkerswartz Nov 15, 2010 02:06 PM

    Maybe Kokkari. I find that only a few small restaurants would be baby-unfriendly for such an early dinner.

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      ltsering RE: skywalkerswartz Nov 15, 2010 02:22 PM

      I'll say Park Chow. It's great for kids and they have a big upstairs section. Parking .... well that's a challenge but it's worth it.

      Park Chow
      1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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      1. re: ltsering
        ML8000 RE: ltsering Nov 15, 2010 04:49 PM

        A 2nd on PC. Very reasonable for what you get. The secret is park in GG Park just across Lincoln. It empties out at night.

      2. JasmineG RE: skywalkerswartz Nov 15, 2010 04:23 PM

        Not good for your specific question, but I've been to Slanted Door with a group including toddlers and babies, and the restaurant was great: high chairs, very easygoing about the kids, and it's noisy enough in there that the kids don't make a difference. Also not good for your specific question, but La Ciccia is great with kids, for a smaller group.

        For a big group A16 is good, and they have that glassed in room in the back, and have good options for a group. It might be hard to get a reservation for a party that big on a Saturday night, but it's worth trying.

        Slanted Door
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        La Ciccia
        291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

        2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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        1. re: JasmineG
          srr RE: JasmineG Nov 16, 2010 10:16 PM

          Actually, as much as I love La Ciccia, they don't even have high chairs. We used to live about 5 doors down and we stopped going there when our daughter got "functional" . I figure a restaurant that doesn't have high chairs, doesn't want kids. That said, they were always really nice, I just think they are sending a subtle message (in Noe Valley of all places!) that kids aren't really welcome.

          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          1. re: srr
            JasmineG RE: srr Nov 17, 2010 09:03 AM

            No high chair, but they had a booster seat when I went there with a toddler, and they were very welcoming.

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          bgbc RE: skywalkerswartz Nov 16, 2010 05:38 PM

          It's been a while, but Fattoush in Noe Valley was always very kid-accommodating. It's also at your price range and is closer to the Peninsula than somewhere north of Market. La Ciccia, same neighborhood, might be good too, if they have room.

          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          Fattoush Restaurant
          1361 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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