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Jan 16, 2011 07:43 PM

Need a restaurant AFTER a show at Curran theater in Union Square on a Friday night

Hi everyone,
Looking for a little help...going to see Next To Normal at the Curran Theater in Union Square at 8 p.m. on a Friday night in February...the show should be over at about 10:30. Where is a fun place my boyfriend and I can go for dinner after (with good food!)? Nothing tooooooo expensive, but somewhere with good drinks and good fun food preferably with an interesting menu...nothing too stuffy.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!


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  1. Scala's on Powell stays open late on weekends (I think until 11 pm, which is actually late for the neighborhood). It's California-Italian, with a fritto misto, some pastas, fish, etc. (I had a very good ricotta ravioli on my last visit.

    1. Does it need to be walking distance?

      If you want something yummy and affordable in that area at that time of night, you may not get much in the way of atmosphere. Shalimar and Pakwan (both on Jones at O'Farrell) are definitely worth a trip if you like eating bold (read: less-than-refined) Pakistani food served under fluorescent lights. I know at least Shalimar is open till 12; not sure about Pakwan.
      On the nicer ($30pp) end of places within walking distance is Gitane (closes at 12)... very cool exotic yet familiarly French take on Spanish, Moroccan, and Basque cuisine.

      If you are willing to drive to your dinner destination, I think Nopa would be exactly what you're looking for (kitchen's open till 1). Divisadero and Hayes.

      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Gitane Restaurant & Bar
      6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

      1. Scala's is open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.

        Gitane's kitchen is open until midnight and the bar's open until 1am.

        No alcohol at Shalimar or Pakwan, is there?

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

        Gitane Restaurant & Bar
        6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Is there anything you all could recommend that would fall in the American cuisine (even a great burger, etc.) with fun, interesting appetizers and good drinks (not just wine)?


            1. re: chattys82

              There is Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in Macy's, they are open late on Friday and Saturday and have a full bar.

              You might also try Grand Cafe in the Hotel Monaco on Geary at Taylor. It's menu is french but they do offer a burger and other apps on the bar menu. The bar at Hotel Adagio a block or so further up Geary has a nice bar menu as well.

              Colibri Mexican Bistro is right across the street from the Curran, if you like your cocktails to feature good tequila.

              But, I would definitely walk over to Gitane, their cocktails and bar staff are incredible and while the menu might sound a little exotic, you can find some nice dishes and the decor is not to be missed.

              Colibri Mexican Bistro
              438 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

              Gitane Restaurant & Bar
              6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

                1. re: pamf

                  Double-check hours for the Grand Cafe... last time a friend and I tried to have an after-theatre drink there, they turned out the lights on us at about 10:30 pm. (They actually turned the lights ON, turning the lights up full and starting to clean up around us -- as well as a table who had literally just been served their drinks. Not very hospitable.)

                  This was mid-week, though, so weekend hours might be more theatre-friendly.

                  1. re: waldrons

                    Grand Cafe's kitchen closes at 11 Friday and Saturday, 10 other nights.


                  2. re: pamf

                    So, Colibri is really good? I've looked it up on yelp, tripadvisor, etc. and it seems to get great reviews!

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Shalimar and Pakwan are both BYOB (discretely).

                3. Zuni Cafe is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
                  Take the "F" up Market.

                  1. pawkan is BYOB (and would strongly recommend over shalimar, assuming the TL location is as good as the mission location).

                    katana-ya is open until 1am

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                    1. re: vulber

                      The Pakwan in the Mission has a liquor license (required for BYOB in California), the one in the Tenderloin does not.