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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.

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        Osha Thai
        819 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Barbacco
        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.

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            Barbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: ...tm...

              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!

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              Barbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              1. re: ...tm...

                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.

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                Barbacco
                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.

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                Perbacco
                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!

                2. I stayed at the Harbor Court Hotel a couple of years ago, IIRC it was during the week and we arrived late. Both Ozumo and Chaya Brasserie were open late around 10:30 or so and were doing a brisk business. Ozumo does take out. Not sure if the food gets good reviews or not, but I thought I'd throw that option out there. My first choice would be Perbacco

                  P.S. let us know what you end up doing. I sometimes arrive late to SF and am always looking for late night eats.

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                  Chaya Brasserie
                  132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

                  Ozumo Restaurant
                  161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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                  1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                    Most of the major restaurants in that area will do take-out but will close at 10 unless it's Thu-Fri-Sat, in which case they close later. Places like Osha (Thai), or Ozumo (Japanese) are not bad options if you have a craving for Thai, Japanese, etc. For the ones that will officially do take-out (including Osha and Ozumo), Perbacco is by far the best, but there is nothing wrong with a place like Osha in case Thai is what you want.

                  2. Thanks again for all of the information. We just returned from a fantastic trip. The first night our flight landed at 7:30 and we were at the Embarcadero BART station by 8:30. We dropped off our stuff in the hotel, and since everyone was very hungry we walked down to Sens.

                    I have to say at first I got a little vibe from the maitre'd. Maybe the disheveled hippie traveler family didn't quite fit Sens' image. But we were seated and after that the service was quite good, friendly and professional. The kids devoured the bread and I tried the accompanying hummus. It was very mild with strong sesame flavor. It did not seem especially authentic compared to hummus I've had in the Middle East, but was good. We split the sausage flatbread and the "mezze plate." The flatbread was tasty. The mezze plate was generally good. I liked the charcuterie, but it was nothing special. The duck confit had some strangely dried bits My kids split the tabil chicken. The chicken was cooked very well and had good flavor. I really liked the preserved lemon sauce. My wife had the manti, which she had not had before. We both thought that these were the best dish of the evening, with very good texture and balance of flavor. I chose the ribeye, simply because I had a meat hunger. It was reasonably well executed, tender and cooked to the requested temperature (a tiny hair above rare). So, we had a good meal, not especially memorable, but very relaxed, tasty, and enjoyable. Not wanting to drink too much after such a long day, I had a glass of house red. I slept like a baby and woke refreshed to have a marvelous morning at the Ferry Building.

                    A couple of nights later, we found ourselves at the hotel without dinner plans but looking for a quick and very early meal since we had evening plans. So we called Barbacco and although they were fully booked according to OpenTable, they found a four top that we could use as long as we vacated by 7 (this was just after 5). We walked the couple of blocks down there. We had the arancini, which were quite good. The contrast between the crunchy exterior and the succulent shortrib filling was interesting and the flavors of the shortribs was strong enough without overwhelming the dish. We also tried some of the salumi. I thought the mortadella was quite interesting. It was very soft, much softer than what one would have in Italy, but was seasoned very much like one would find there. Great pork flavor. For our mains, my kids shared the chicken thighs and a plate of plain noodles, my wife had the lasagna alla Bolognese, and I had the paccheri con ragu di maiale. With the parmigiano reggiano it was kind of a strange mix of northern/southern Italian, but it was quite good. I would have preferred some more herbal flavors to the ragu and maybe some heat. If I am fortunate enough to visit Barbacco again, I would defer to the lure of the lasagna. While it is quite a bit thicker than Italian lasagna, it was really excellent. The Bolognese had wonderful balance and the dish hung together in taste and texture. The chicken thighs was also a memorable dish. The chicken was of very high quality with good chicken flavor, wonderful garlic flavor surrounded each piece. We had a couple of glasses of their privately sources Sangiovese, which I would definitely order again. As an aside, it was fun to peruse the wine list (which was very well thought out) on the iPad at the table. My kids topped things off with some decent gelato and we left as a very happy bunch. If I lived in San Francisco I think Barbacco would be on my regular list of eateries.

                    Thanks again! You are all fortunate to live in such a great city (and a great food city)!

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                    Barbacco
                    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                    1. re: stuffed

                      Nice report, glad your arrival dinner worked out. And I didn't know Sens had manti so thanks for that tidbit.

                      1. re: stuffed

                        It looks Barbacco blocks everything before 9:00 from OpenTable.

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                        Barbacco
                        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          That's interesting because when we called to see how busy they were at 5PM they referred us immediately to OpenTable.