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My boyfriend has some big shots from his company in town and we get to pick the spot. I really want to help him make a good impression. They are from Spain, but an international bunch. At the same time the food has to be "accessible" and not too different (someone had objections to pho, but another loves Japanese).

- They are staying in the Union Square area, so we want to stay within walking distance, maybe as far up as FiDI and slightly down into SOMA.

- Price range should probably be in the mid-range ($20-25 pp not including drinks).

- Probably about 8-10 in the party

- Good wine / drink list a plus

- I am open to anything, but really want to show them the sort of french or italian influenced / local / seasonal / clean flavors that we do so well. But, anything delicious will do.

I've only lived here for a few months and have limited personal experience so recommendations based on what you've personally experienced or think is so so helpful. Thanks so much!!!

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  1. Barbacco?

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    Barbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Ah, this sounds excellent. I've been meaning to check out Perbacco as well. Do you know how difficult it is to make a reservation for large parties?

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    2. $20-25 per/person for international big shots in the FiDi seems low. I haven't been to Barbacco but the location and price sounds right.

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      1. re: ML8000

        $20-$25 per person is low. VERY low, you can get out of Barbacco for that, but you'll be hungry and thirsty. You need to double that budget to have a chance in the FiDi. On that budget you could go to Henry's Hunan.

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        Barbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. re: Paul H

          Exactly! I think the price point makes it very challenging to find somewhere that works for us. I base the range because they ate at Osha last night. I think the price point can go up, but I don't want to make the presumption.

          1. re: Paul H

            She did specify $20-25 without drinks, so being thirsty doesn't figure into it.

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          1. I decided on suggesting

            Nopa
            Canteen
            Barbacco (thanks!)

            My original post was erased because I didn't realize you couldn't post even attributed quotes.

            Nopa

            - 2.5 miles from Union Square
            - Open until 1 am

            Notes: Marvelous experience here. It is open until 1 am, but you will have to catch a cab.

            More information: http://nopasf.com/press/
            http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-06-25...

            Canteen

            - 0.5 miles from Union Square
            - Open until 10 pm

            Notes: Have been here for brunch, but not dinner. Flavors fresh and impeccable. Technique on point. But very very small. Only 20 seats. Call first. (415) 928-8870

            Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

            Barbacco
            - 1.0 miles from Union Square
            - Opens until 10 pm

            Notes: Have not been here. Have been told that food is good but it is similar to a restaurant experience in SoHo.

            Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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            Canteen
            817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

            Nopa
            560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Barbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: jessijessi

              I wouldn't go to Canteen with a party larger than four.

              If you're expanding your range outside of walking distance from Union Square, there are lots of other choices. Assuming you're mentioning the closing time because the Spaniards like to eat late, maybe Globe (1am) or Bar Crudo (11pm).

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Bar Crudo is an excellent suggestion!

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                Bar Crudo
                655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117