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San Francisco Restaurants near the Orchard Garden Hotel Intersection of Bush and Grant Streets.

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rjlebed Mar 31, 2011 09:37 AM

I will be staying that the Orchard Garden Hotel for 4 nights in May. Looking for breakfast and lunch restaurants outside the hotel. Would love some interesting holes in the wall or anything else that folks think might be fun. Thanks.

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    DavidT Mar 31, 2011 09:58 AM

    You are in a pretty good spot, as you are very close to the "restaurant row" in Belden Place and maybe a 5-minute walk from Union Square. I would suggest going to the upper right-hand corner of this page and doing searches for both those locations. Cafe Claude (in Claude Alley) is very close and is a good choice for French bistro fare. The Irish Bank is even closer and is a pub with good burgers, fish & chips, etc. My suggestion for breakfast would be Cafe de la Presse, which is virtually across the street from the Orchard Garden Hotel. For Asian food, there are also several places on Kearny worth trying, including the Banana Leaf (Thai) and a Japanese curry joint (sorry, can't remember the name). There is a nice wine bar on Grant (called Rouge & Blanc) that serves some food.

    http://www.belden-place.com/

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    Cafe Claude
    7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

    Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
    10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

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      Pandora Mar 31, 2011 10:06 AM

      Japanese curry is Muracci's. I'm not a big Banana Leaf fan - it's ok when you're working late, but the food is really not that great otherwise. Of course it depends how picky you are about Thai food.

      For breakfast, try Golden West.

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      Banana Leaf Restaurant
      182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

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        DavidT Mar 31, 2011 10:24 AM

        Be aware that Golden West (in Trinity Alley) is a takeaway place only and offers a VERY limited menu both in the morning and at lunch. That being said, the food there is VERY good!

        www.theauwest.com

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        Golden West
        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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        grayelf Mar 31, 2011 10:11 AM

        We stay nearby twice a year :-). Cafe de la presse is an old favourite. I like their eggs Benedict and oeufs au meurette are very savoury -- red wine reduction for breakfast, what's not to like. They also have lighter fare such as a basket of pastries.

        If you walk the other way, you'll hit Canteen which is great for breakfast (or lunch) on Saturday and Sunday. We also rather liked Cafe Bean for Dutch-themed breakfast though that was three years ago so YMMV.

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        Cafe Bean
        800 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        BN1 Mar 31, 2011 10:26 AM

        We have found Cafe de la Presse reliably good at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a hole in the wall breakfast at the corner of Bush & Powell by the other Orchard Hotel. For our walk from your hotel, we drop into the Stockton St. tunnel and walk up to North Beach for seafood lunch at Soto Mare on Green St. We like it better than Sam's or Tadich, which are much closer.

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          DavidT Mar 31, 2011 10:33 AM

          Swell, a couple of blocks west on Bush, is another option at lunch, if you are looking for seafood, much of which is served raw.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724448

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            rjlebed Mar 31, 2011 11:17 AM

            You guys are all my heros!! So glad to get this advice. I am often forced to default to the hotel restaurant and I just did not want to waste the opportunity for some yummy fare in SF! not going until May 14th so, if you want to supplement, please do so!!

            Thanks.

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              grayelf Mar 31, 2011 11:20 AM

              I wonder if Barbacco would suit for lunch. I've only been to Perbacco (next door) for dinner but it was pretty stellar. Bit further to walk and no California cable car right now to add to the fun.

              Oh and what about Wexler's? It's on my list for this trip and serves lunch. Both of these are a bit splurgy...

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              Wexler's
              568 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

              Barbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                Ruth Lafler Mar 31, 2011 12:58 PM

                Barbacco is fab and not particularly splurgy. One thing that's nice if you're solo is that they have a really extensive selection of wines by the glass, and you can even get a half glass (so nice when you have to go back to the office!).

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                Barbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2011 02:24 PM

                  I've found most of the food at Barbacco surprisingly inexpensive for the quality and portion size.

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                  Barbacco
                  230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  Pandora Mar 31, 2011 02:17 PM

                  I'd highly recommend not eating in your hotel's restaurant. I went there for a business lunch once and thought it was remarkably mediocre. Even just walking around should get you an interesting pastry or sandwich - particularly if you walk towards the financial district since there are plenty of places that only do breakfast and lunch.

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