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THE San Francisco Restaurant: One Night Only!

Hello San Franciscans,
I've got exactly one free night in my upcoming trip to your fair city. If there was ONE place you would NOT miss for dinner, where would it be? I live in NYC, so I'd love something local, that I can't get here (read: celebrity chefs are a dime a dozen).

Budget is modest; I don't need dirt cheap, but I can't spend El Bulli bucks.

Thanks!

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  1. I'd go for the Tadich Grill.

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    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Another vote for Tadich Grill!

      And another vote to skip Zuni Cafe. Face it Zuni, I'm just not that into you. It's not me, it's you ;)

      I'm also terribly fond of the cioppino at Rose Pistola, if that's your thing. They have bar that works for the single diner.

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      Tadich Grill
      240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Rose Pistola
      532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

      1. re: cosmogrrl

        Have you had Sotto Mare's cioppino to compare?

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        Sotto Mare
        552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. re: wolfe

        It's a Friday....but just me, so reservations shouldn't be a big issue. Hopefully.

      2. Mochica or La Mar for upscale Peruvian. Zuni or Canteen for Cal-whatever.

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        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Canteen
        817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Mochica
        937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
        Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I second Zuni Cafe... definitely California-centric cuisine. Their famed roast chicken is way too big for just one person though. Although, I thought it was just a really well made roast chicken... nothing unusual about it. Ricotta gnocchi blew me away though. Woo!

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          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        2. Cotogna, at the bar. Arrive early.

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          Cotogna
          490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. Zuni is the quintessential San Francisco California-cuisine restaurant. For a sense of local place in both atmosphere and cuisine it can't be beat. There are plenty of great choices on the menu besides the roast chicken.

            Michael

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102