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Apr 3, 2011 08:37 PM

Late evening takeout near Hyatt Embarcadero

We ( me, spouse, 12 & 8 year olds) will be getting to the Hyatt at the Embarcadero about 9PM on a weeknight, taking the BART from SFO. I expect that the kids will be tired from school in the morning followed by several hours of travel. I'd like to be able to get everyone settled in the hotel and then run out for some takeout nearby. We enjoy all sorts of food- burgers, sandwiches, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, various Mexican cuisines, barbecue, Italian- so any suggestions are most appreciated.

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  1. Do a search on this board on "airport" or "sfo" for a recent thread on this topic.

    Suggest you eat in the airport before taking half an hour to ride into town, when most restaurants will be closed. There are lots of good options including a food court in the International Terminal where BART is.

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    1. re: Windy

      This is a good idea. It's probably going to be better than ordering to-go, and probably a time saver too.

      Globe Restaurant is close to the Embarcadero and open late. Don't know about take-out. You can get a nice meal however.

      1. re: ML8000

        Globe does take-out as do the vast majority of restaurants in SF. Most restaurateurs will happily take money from people who will pay full price for food without occupying the dining room to consume it. The few restaurants that won't do take-out are often run by chefs who fears that take-out dishes, less than optimally plated and possibly lukewarm, won't do justice to their cooking skills. The traditional way to deal with restaurants that won't do take-out is to inform the server that you will officially eat it there but that the moment the food comes, you will have it wrapped up as leftovers. Any sensible place will recognize that they really have no choice and will let you have the food to go.

    2. There's really not much of anything walking distance from the Hyatt Embarcadero that's open late. I suggest you call the concierge and ask them for a list of places that will deliver. Then check back here for recommendations off that list.

      1. The embarcadero is horrible for late night take-out food. Since you're bringing kids, within 2 blocks of the hotel, there are:

        - Oasis grill across the street closes at 930pm weeknight.

        - Osha Thai in in 4 embarcadero center closes at 11pm.

        - Barbacco closes at 10pm, though sadly does not include their lunch sandwiched that would've been perfect for you and your kids.

        - Gott's roadside closes at 10pm. Burger on the ferry building if your kids have the energy.

        Osha Thai
        819 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: chocomel

          Osha Thai is probably the best bet after Oasis closes. There are a zillion choices during the day but the neighborhood is pretty dead at night.

          The Hyatt estimates cab fare from SFO at $40-45, so just $8-13 more than four BART tickets. Four shuttle seats would be $64.

        2. Not necessarily food related, but with kids in tow, you might want to consider taking a shuttle to the hotel.

          While a BART ride will be $8.00, it will take almost an hour-and-a-half (if not more, with the tykes) and hauling luggage will make it that much slower. Most hotels offer shuttles in the $15 to $20 range which could get you to the hotel considerably faster and giving you a better opportunity to grab a bite to eat.

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            As you probably noted when you projected a 9 pm arrival to the hotel, BART takes just 32 minutes from SFO to Embarcadero. The longest you'll have to wait for one is 20 minutes and they generally run on time.
            Barbacco is quite close and tasty. I wouldn't have thought of them for takeout before I stopped by earlier in the week and they had a sandwich board outside advertising their take-out capabilities. Don't forget the brussels sprouts!! That and the lardo bruschetta were my favorites.

            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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              However, getting to the BART debarkation station from various terminals can often take an additional half-hour, if hauling luggage AND children, giving my hour-and-a-half estimate.

              Traveling alone, I have often timed my BART trips and found them slow and cumbersome. For a single traveler, they are convenient enough, but for a family of four, that is a lot of waiting and walking if everyone is hungry.

              And I concur on the Brussels sprouts from Barbacco - great choice!

              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                Oh, I read that as 9 pm at the airport, which I extrapolated as after 10 at the hotel. Yeah, Barbacco does take out, and it's an easy walk up California Street. You can even look at their menu online and call ahead so you can just walk in the door and walk out.

                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            2. Here's the deal: There is a liquor store across the street on Drumm that closes very late and that appears to have a bit of a following. I've never tried their food, but I believe it's eastern Mediterranean. There is a Taco Bell next door that probably closes around 10 and two Subways, including one on Market that is supposed to be 24x7.

              Now for the good stuff: Perbacco is one of the best Italian restaurants in SF and they do take-out. They are open until 10 (closed on Sundays) and are located 2.5 fairly short blocks from your hotel. Very likely, your kids would appreciate a take-out order (or two) of their tajarin pasta dish.

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              1. re: nocharge

                Many thanks to all of you for your thoughtful replies. We come into San Francisco a couple of times per year but usually stay between Nob Hill and Union Square and take the BART to the Powell line to get to our hotel. This time my conference is at the Hyatt, and with the BART station right there I think we will be OK taking the BART. It's exciting for the kids. I think we will get to the hotel 8:30-9.

                I'm from Tuscany originally, so Perbacco sounds pretty good, although the menu is a little bit across the Italian map. In my hometown a popular dish is pappardelle al ragu di maiale, so the tagliolini dish is sort of the Piemonte version. I am sure we will truly savour the dish from Perbacco after our day of travel.

                I will update next week after the trip.

                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. re: stuffed

                  Hmmm. OSHA is practically in the hotel. If tired I would just opt for that. Not the cheapest or most authentic Thai, but pretty tasty and fast.

                  1. re: stuffed

                    Try Sens that is in the same building as the Hyatt. Hopefully the kids won't be too tired to sit at the restaurant... very cushy booth seats if they end up leaning on mom and dad.

                    They have a nice small plates menu that the kids would enjoy. Really like their Lamb Meatball Sliders and Pork Ribs. I'm sure you can opt for take out too.

                    They close at 10pm.

                    1. re: Keesey

                      Sounds like another great option-thanks!