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Union Square Casual Dinner?

I'm taking my wife and 10 year-old son to check out the Christmas related doings in Union Square on Friday the 10th. I'd love to go have a casual meal within walking distance after but nothing really comes to mind.

For reference we live in Bernal Heights and eat out in the Mission all the time. When we're with kids we go to places like Henry's Hunan, Lucky River, Santaneca or Pastores (or occasionally La Ciccia or Beretta).

So we're pretty open – Asian, Latin, Italian, etc. Just trying to make it fairly easy and not too lengthy after a long work/school week. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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

Lucky River
700 Monterey Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127

Pastores Restaurant
3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. You could walk down Belden and see if any of the places appeal.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Not a bad idea. Le Central seems a bit much, and I haven't been to Plouf in ages as I don't work downtown anymore.

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      Plouf
      40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

      1. re: Calvinist

        Wexler's is another very casual option nearby.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Thanks, that sound good. Do you have any experience with any of the Japanese places in the area? I've seen a few down there but haven't had a chance to go in.

          1. re: Calvinist

            Katana-ya (for noodles) and Akiko's (for sushi) are great!

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            Akikos Restaurant
            431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

            1. re: sf415

              I would recommend Katana-ya too....I love their spicy miso ramen. It might be worth it to walk by and see what the wait times are....and hope you get lucky!

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              Katana-Ya
              430 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. re: carfeng

                Putting in a third for Katana-ya. My favorite is the kimchi miso ramen. If you're earlyish, say 6:30 or so, which is likely with a ten year old in tow, there could be no wait at all. But even when there's a line turnover is faster than you'd think. I often go before the theater and getting there at 6:45 to 7 for ramen I've never been stressed to make an 8pm curtain at ACT or the Marines. Later in the evening waits can get much longer esp. on weekends.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            I would not call Wexler's very casual at all. No white tablecloths, but it's still a nice (and not inexpensive) restaurant. I think that kids would be perfectly welcome there, though.

            I've always enjoyed my meals at Out the Door in the Westfield mall, as long as you don't need atmosphere. It's easy and you can get in and out pretty quickly, and it's not a long walk from the heart of Union Square.

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            Out the Door
            845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. We had a nice lunch at Sanraku (in the Metreon) a few days ago. It's casual, the food is good. The only things I would advise are to be aware that the portions are HUGE (one portion can easily serve two for most people) and you need to take care as it's easy to order way too much fried food if you go for tempura. Their noodles are really good, which should make your son happy.

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        Sanraku
        704 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        1. re: Euonymous

          Thanks everyone! I think Katana-ya is the one for us.