Parents from the South - Contemporary Options in the Marina or North Beach?
I have parents-in-law visiting from the east coast and they happen to be here on their anniversary. They will be staying for a night or tow in the hilton by fisherman's wharf and are looking for a nice place to go out and eat - preferably within walking distance (lets just limit it to North Beach or the Marina).
I'm looking for a nice, reasonably stylish place to send them but it should still be a reasonable value (i've heard complaints about city prices before...). I was thinking of sending them to Greens in the Marina (fantastic view, still the same food as always(?), california themed) but would like to consider more contemporary options. Europeanish is probably preferred.
One thing that won't work is being served a $8 apricot as dessert.....
I don't spend a lot of time in the Marina and North Beach, so what are some nice suggestions in these neighborhoods?
pack 'em in a cab. seriously. even North Beach is a hike, and Marina? same distance and even bleaker.
good luck. just too easy to slap the tourist trap label on anyplace in that 'hood.
Rose Pistola? if they're a bit dowdy-ish Fior d'Italia?
Suppenkuche? (my folks are complete "I don't trust anything" and they liked that) and Tadich and Sam's...
I'd forget the Southern thing, SF doesn't do it well easily and what really is the point?
I am dealing with the Fussy-Pants firsthand these days.
none of those are adventurous, just safe-ish.
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Well, first of all, Russian Hill is the closest neighborhood to the Hilton, really.
It is a bit uphill, but I believe Amarena (Italian) is almost criminally underrated. Very simple, but what they do, they do well.
In the Marina, A16 and Bistro Aix come to mind... for an anniversary, Bistro Aix might be perfect.
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