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Nov 26, 2010 10:29 AM

Christmas in the Castro?

Hi there,

Totally psyched to be moving to foodie nirvana (SF Bay) just before Christmas. My kids will be visiting from college and we have tickets for a concert in the Castro on Christmas eve. Wondering if anyone has any advice for restaurants (other than Chinese) that might be open that night? Through a little searching here on the CH boards I did locate Frances-- couldnt get anything on Open Table (waiting till 2p when they start answering phone). Wondering if anyone might have any other suggestions for dinner in that general vicinity?

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Poesia is good and right around the corner.

    4072 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

    1. Not sure what you meant by not finding anything on Open Table.

      1. Does it have to be fancy? The best food in the Castro isn't.

        There's a Thai House Express on Castro Street, and Kasa has great modern Indian food on 18th.

        Thai House Express
        901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        1. re: Windy

          Wolfe I meant I couldn't get a reservation at Frances on open table. Windy-- we do usually go to a more upscale place for the holiday but I will definitely try the Indian and Thai places you recommend another time. Thanks Robert -- I'll check if Poesia is open. What do you all think of Chapeau?

          1. re: goodeater

            Chapeau is wonderful. Many previous posts if you do a search.

            Many Italian restaurants are closed Christmas Eve in the city, as are Latin America restaurants.

          2. re: Windy

            What do you get at THE in the Castro? I used to order selectively from their Castro menu and eat quite well, but last time I was there they weren't making the dishes I liked any more.

            1. re: SteveG

              I'm stuck on the rice noodles with crab (chan pad poo).

              Pumpkin curry's not bad, and I like the beef salad with lime. There's also a duck soup that I haven't ordered in a while. Time to stop in...

          3. I've liked Eureka Lounge...

            1. check the SF Weekly or the Guardian most years one or both do a round-up of who (other than the obvious hotels) are open

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              1. re: hill food

                We have a reservation at Chapeau but Eureka looks pretty good too. I called and they said they would begin taking reservations next week once they work out their menu. Frances only had seating at the bar. Poesia isn't answering their phone.

                1. re: goodeater

                  No fair extending the Castro request to the Inner Richmond.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    not difficult to traverse but it is kind of a stretch. (I imagine residents of either might take some kind of offense)

                    1. re: wolfe

                      How about over the hill to Noe Valley?

                    2. re: goodeater

                      Try calling Poesia when they're open, 5:30 PST.

                      4072 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Poesia is closed Christmas Eve but not Christmas day.

                        4072 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114