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Robert Thornton Feb 11, 2011 07:06 PM

I'm going to be in town for one night (a Wednesday in March) and eating solo. A few days before my 40th, so I feel like eating well. My favorites are high end seafood (e.g., La Bernardin, or Providence down my way in L.A.). I'm staying near Union Square. Extra points for good Loires, Champagne, or white Burgs by the glass. I'd very much appreciate any suggestions you might have. And again, I'm eating alone, so someplace where that won't be hugely awkward. Thanks.

  1. Windy Feb 12, 2011 09:50 AM

    If you like sushi and sake, go to Sebo in Hayes Valley and sit at the bar.

    There are a number of existing threads on solo dining that recommend where you can eat at the bar. But regardless, get away from Union Square.

    San Francisco isn't really a French wine kind of town, even at the high-end places.

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    517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      Robert Thornton Feb 12, 2011 12:39 PM

      "San Francisco isn't really a French wine kind of town, even at the high-end places."

      Really? Guess I've just been lucky, but Michael Mina has an incredibly deep French cellar, the Dining Room at the Ritz, too. Rubicon was legendary for it's French cellar before it closed. And places like Spruce, the Fifth Floor, La Folie, and the Slanted Door have really well chosen and varied French selections. I've always been impressed by the tasteful French (and German) selections in the places I've eaten, but again I don't get up there as much as I'd like so I guess I just have been lucky.

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        steve h. Feb 12, 2011 01:04 PM

        I'll second Robert's comments. You could make a strong case that Bay Area restaurants are eager to include European/South American wines in their cellars.

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          Windy Feb 12, 2011 06:26 PM

          My point was not that you couldn't find it here, but what you'd be missing by making that your focus.

          There are lots of high-end restaurants all over the country with expensive French wines. C'est la vie.

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            Robert Thornton Feb 12, 2011 08:18 PM

            Thanks for the tip, the food is my definite priority, but as I really enjoy French and German wines (not necessarily expensive ones, love Muscadet and Kabinett), bonus point for me if there's a good selection. But yes, I agreee, wouldn't want to miss any great food because of a focus on wine. But a place that has great seafood and a nice, inexpensive Chablis, Muscadet, or Sancerre by the glass, that would be heaven.

            Thanks for all the tips so far!

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        nocharge Feb 12, 2011 01:55 AM

        For high-end seafood, I'd go to Farallon or Waterbar.

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          goingoutagain Feb 12, 2011 07:56 AM

          I think Waterbar is soul-less and could be found (except for the view) in pretty much any US city. Haven't been to Farallon in a decade, but it's always been known more for decor than food.

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            nocharge Feb 12, 2011 02:10 PM

            I don't think either Waterbar or Farallon are quite at the level of Le Bernadin, but they are among the best seafood restaurants in San Francisco. In its heyday, Aqua would probably have been the place to go for high-end seafood but it's no longer around. Unlike you, I've been to Farallon many times in the last decade and the food is very good and the decor is really cool. As for Lafitte, it's not a seafood restaurant nor particularly high end. Pretty much any restaurant in San Francisco will have some seafood dishes on the menu and there are plenty that are way better than Lafitte.

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          goingoutagain Feb 11, 2011 08:06 PM

          I think Lafitte would be a great choice. It's on the water; seats around the counter of the open kitchen (I believe there is also a communal table, so you can be solo or meet neighbors). I like sitting at the counter and watching when I'm by myself. The menu varies but there is always seafood.

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          5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

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