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Jan 27, 2011 03:30 PM


I'm staying at the Stanford Court this Friday and Saturday and have $40.00 budget for dinner each night. Wondering what's close by that's really good. I like all cuisines but would rather not go Mexican as I get a lot of that at home in LA. Thanks!

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  1. Maybe go down California Street to Barbacco.

    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. What do you consider close? Will you walk, bus, cab? Off Nob Hill would be my rec. North Beach is nearby. I like Belden Alley/Place (can never remember) with all the cafes there. Union Square is down the south side of the hill. That will give you some searches to do anyway. SF is a pretty small city (VERY small compared to LA) so no much is all that far away.

      1. The Stanford Court is at the top of Nob Hill, which is very, very steep. But it's also close to North Beach, Chinatown, the Union Square area, and the Tenderloin.

        Here's a meta-thread with lots of good info:

        Assuming you're solo, my list of notable reasonably close-by dinner places would have to include Canteen, L'Osteria del Forno, Tadich Grill, and Zuni Cafe. There are lots of other options, but you can't go wrong at any of those, and they're all uniquely SF.

        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Tadich Grill
        240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        L'Osteria del Forno
        519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          Link didn't work.

          817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        2. Barbacco, Bocadillos, B44, Ideale, and L'Osteria are in your price range.

          L'Osteria del Forno
          519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

          1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Nob Hill Cafe atop Nob Hill, couple doors from Grace Cathedral, is recommended highly by neighborhood residents. .. very small, but good for watching folks waiting outside for a table if you score a window table.

            Nob Hill Cafe
            1152 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              Is that where "The Twins" go or went. They're still alive, aren't they?

              1. re: c oliver

                Very much still alive. Last month we sat next to them at Uncle Vito's on Powell. It was amusing to watch them engage with everyone in the restaurant and wave through the windows at passersby. Unfortunately, the pizza was terrible. Maybe they were slumming.

                1. re: c oliver

                  They're stil alive! I see them at Nob Hill occasionally. They apparently order the same thing each and every time. Can't remember what it is that they order though. And they sit at the same table every time, in the bay window. Yes, they get special treatment, but they're local celebs, and they do attract a crowd.

                  Both the locals and the tourists enjoy their presence. Well most do anyway. I certainly do.
                  These are the twins FYI:

                  I live very close to this place, it's quite good. You can order a glass of wine while you wait for a table. If they have the pear, prosciuitto, gorgonzola pizza on special order it, it's wonderful. But I think I'd recommend Tadich first. Walk down and cab back up. More SF than Nob Hill Cafe.

                  If you're dining alone, and in the Italian mood, you can also try Venticello a block past Nob Hill Cafe. A bit pricier, but they have a bar, perfect for the solo diner

                  1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

                2. re: Stephanie Wong

                  I second Nob Hill Cafe. Get there early or be prepared to wait...they don't take reservations.

                  1. re: Stephanie Wong

                    It may be a good local place, but the locale is lacking in better options. I've been unimpressed. YMMV.