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My Wife and I are staying at the Hyatt Embarcadero M-F 4/4-4/6. Seeking walking distance tips/.

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AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 10:25 AM

We are staying at the Hyatt @ Embarcadero Mon/Tue/Wed week of 4/4 on business. We are from
San Diego.

Any recommendations within walking distance. Looking to cap dinners at $100 for both of us.

Not really into hot and trendy...more into high quality...ethnic....healthy....

Lunch and DInner recos welcomed.

Thanks!!!!!!

  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    You should consider jumping on BART for dinner.

    Tuesday you can graze the Ferry Plaza farmers market.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/40208
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702104

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      AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 11:05 AM

      Thanks Robert. Some good tips. I love grazing!

    2. Ruth Lafler Apr 3, 2011 10:57 AM

      You don't have to jump on BART for dinner. For lunch/casual dinner, Barbacco is a short walk. Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building has a prix fixe dinner each night. Cotogna is walkable. Chinatown is a reasonable walk -- people will tell you the better Chinese food is elsewhere, but there are certainly enough good restaurants in Chinatown for a meal or two (Great Eastern for Cantonese seafood, Z&Y for Sichuan).

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      Great Eastern Restaurant
      649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Z & Y
      655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Il Cane Rosso
      1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Cotogna
      490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 11:08 AM

        Thanks Ruth. Nice looking suggestions. FYI, my wife is Cantonese. We have some pretty good places down here, but I'm up for it.

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          martyl9 Apr 3, 2011 11:12 AM

          Isn't Boulevard near by, south of Mission?

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            Ruth Lafler Apr 3, 2011 11:15 AM

            Boulevard is way more than $50/person. There are quite a few excellent restaurants in that area, but not many you can get out of for $100/couple unless you're willing to forego wine.

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              Robert Lauriston Apr 3, 2011 11:16 AM

              You'd have to order pretty carefully not to spend over $50 a head at Boulevard.

          2. Civil Bear Apr 3, 2011 11:15 AM

            Just so you know, the best thing about the that particular Hyatt is that you have access to all forms of public transportation, including cable cars, street cars, trolleys, BART and the ferry, right outside your door.

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              AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 11:20 AM

              Thanks, that is good know. We have no problem with MT. We moved to San Diego from New York!

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                c oliver Apr 3, 2011 11:31 AM

                California Street cable car is shut down for several months AFAIK.

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                Sailing77 Apr 3, 2011 11:25 AM

                Hi,

                My favorite restaurant within walking distance of your hotel is Kokkari.

                http://www.kokkari.com/home/

                It meets all of your criteria.

                Have fun!

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                  AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 11:30 AM

                  This looks like a sure thing to me. My mouth watered just by looking at the menu. We love Mediterranean. Thanks,.

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                    AlabacaZurn Apr 5, 2011 09:01 AM

                    I want to report that we went to Kokkari last night and were blown away. We know Greek food and this was stellar. Excellent atmosphere as well.

                    Every dish was superb..the Beet salad, the squid stuffed with feta, the smelts..the soups were divine.

                    Thanks again!

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                      Sailing77 Apr 5, 2011 11:40 AM

                      Glad it worked out! Thanks for the report.

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                    nocharge Apr 3, 2011 03:51 PM

                    There are numerous good restaurants within walking distance. At most of them, you could get away with $50 per person but also easily spend more. Here are a few suggestions:

                    Have dim sum at Yank Sing for lunch one day. Not cheap, but high quality. The Spear St. location is 1.5 blocks from the hotel.

                    Dinner at Perbacco for Italian. Here are a couple of articles:
                    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/travel/30choice-san-francisco.html
                    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d663b000-5e...

                    La Mar for Peruvian. Nice space overlooking the Bay close to the hotel.

                    Prospect. A more contemporary sister restaurant to Boulevard three blocks from the hotel.

                    Cotogna is another good suggestion and it's walkable, but good luck getting a table! Maybe if you are able to get there early enough.

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                      AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 05:28 PM

                      Thanks, The Peruvian looks very nice. Thanks for the links, too.

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                        AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 05:34 PM

                        Cotogna looks amazing. Maybe since we are will be trying on a monday or tues it will be easier to get a table.

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                        Cotogna
                        490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                          AlabacaZurn Apr 6, 2011 08:43 AM

                          We did Perbacco. It lived up to all the hype. It was an extremely enjoyable experience from every standpoint....service...food....atmosphere. Loved it. Our back ups were Cotogna, Il Cane Rosso, and Ozumo.

                          Thanks again!

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                          Perbacco
                          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                          Ozumo
                          2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

                          Il Cane Rosso
                          1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

                          Cotogna
                          490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                            Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2011 10:05 AM

                            Thanks for reporting back, and so promptly! I'm curious, though, whether Perbacco and Kokkari met your $100/couple cap, as I generally think of them as being more expensive than that.

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                            Perbacco
                            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                              AlabacaZurn Apr 6, 2011 10:18 AM

                              Yes, Kokkari was just under, and Perbacco was just over. We have a good system. My wife is only 95 lbs and can she does not drink. So it is always drinks for one.

                              We always go heavy on appetizers and order just one entree. We always leave stuffed. Last night was the stuffed rabbit leg with a side of brussel sprouts.

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                              Perbacco
                              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                                Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2011 10:42 AM

                                That is indeed a good system -- cutting the alcohol bill in half (or probably more than in half, since you probably don't drink as much as you would have if she was drinking, too) certainly helps keep the bill down.

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                          janeyoc Apr 3, 2011 05:01 PM

                          We always stay the the Hyatt and upgrading to the Club level is definately worth the extra money. There is a good breakfast spread with lox and the happy hour was good. The best part is the view from the club lounge which is the top floor. One night we brought in a bottle of wine at happy hour and enjoyed the view. Also the rooms on the club level have been rennovated and much nicer than the reg rooms.

                          We had a really good meal at Bix and enjoyed the live jazz music. Very close by.

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                          Bix
                          56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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                            AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 05:32 PM

                            Thanks for the tip. I'm always up for the upgrade!

                          2. Morton the Mousse Apr 3, 2011 06:38 PM

                            For more casual lunch options, my go-tos in the area are Il Cane Rosso (great CAl-Italian Sandwiches) and Out the Door (Vietnamese) in the Ferry Building and Mixt Greens (delicious, big salads).

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                            Mixt Greens
                            114 Sansome St Ste 120, San Francisco, CA 94104

                            Out the Door
                            1 Ferry Bldg Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

                            Il Cane Rosso
                            1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

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                              AlabacaZurn Apr 3, 2011 09:12 PM

                              I've read about Out the Door. A few SD bloggers have covered it.

                              I assume you meant Cali-Italian?

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                              Out the Door
                              845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                                Civil Bear Apr 5, 2011 12:43 PM

                                Out the Door is run by Slanted Door, which is Cal-Vietnamese.

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                                Slanted Door
                                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                Out the Door
                                845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                              2. re: Morton the Mousse
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                                AlabacaZurn Apr 6, 2011 08:55 AM

                                Hitting the Ferry building for a blow out lunch today...

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                                  Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2011 10:06 AM

                                  Have fun! I'll note that if you want to pick up bread and cheese and other yummies, you can eat them at the wine bar (presuming you're willing to drink some wine!).

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                                    AlabacaZurn Apr 6, 2011 02:13 PM

                                    Oh, its ON! Have to fly tonight so can't over do it.

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                                      Sailing77 Apr 6, 2011 02:32 PM

                                      "Have to fly tonight so can't over do it."

                                      Smart thinking. If you have to operate a plane tonight you will definitely not want to over do it. ;-)

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                                        AlabacaZurn Apr 6, 2011 04:23 PM

                                        No, I will leave the flying to the pilots...don't want to be as drunk as they are anyway.

                                        So...Organic Hot Dog...Rock crab salad sandwich... 1/2 portion grass fed brisket beef sandwich...Turkish pistachio and cinnamon gelato...

                                        Blissful.. comatose.

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