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Need restaurant recommendation in SF for family dinner (includes 2 kids)

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I'm new to the bay area and we have family coming into town this weekend. We're going to do the touristy thing in the city and take everyone around and i need a good recommendation for lunch and dinner.

Here's some of the parameters.
* There are 8 of us, including 2 kids (not crazy toddlers but probably wouldn't work at Wayfare Tavern as an example), so fancy restaurant is probably out. We're looking for something a little more casual.
* I'm open to go into any neighborhood, we'll try and go early like 5-ish so hopefully we can get in.
* Ideally a place that has some SF character vs a non-descript kind of place.

So start shooting out your best ideas! Thanks!

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Wayfare Tavern
558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Indicating budget and preferred food styles will probably get you more responses.

    I'll throw out ideas like Tadich Grill (getting there at 5:00 should be an easier time to get a table), almost anything on Belden Place, any Chinese restaurant in Chinatown and any Japanese restaurant in J-Town (although I prefer Takara).

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    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Belden Place
    44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

    1. Great Eastern in Chinatown. For dinner, Opentable shows early availability at Coco500, DOSA on Fillmore, Betelnut. You can call Thirsty Bear, Town Hall, or 54 Mint (have a charming basement area which may be available) as they may not accept parties of large size on OT.

      1. My family has done well at Poc Chuc - and you could probably do without a reservation but call ahead because there is only one place that fits 8. It is where we often take family., Nopalito is a different vibe but SF bent Mexican.

        How old are your kids. My family has done very well at most places - with 9, 7 and 2 yrs old. My boys loved Marlowe and Incanto. Both had other kid diners there especially early. They can take large tables, but 8 is difficult without a reservation at most SF restaurants.

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        Poc Chuc
        2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. I'd suggest Mo's in North Beach. Casual. Kid friendly, Best burgers in San Francisco, but their other dishes are good, too, and great value. Relatively close to some nice "touristy things" like Coit Tower.
          http://www.mosgrill.com/north_beach/h...

          1. La Corneta has good Mexican food and a great family atmosphere. Kids love it.
            2731 Mission Street
            San Francisco, CA 94110
            (Between 23rd & 24th, One block from BART Station)

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            La Corneta
            1147 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

            1. For next time: Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant in North Beach, Hillstone (formerly Houston's) and Patxi's Pizza (Marina or Hayes Valley) are all good for kids and have yummy food to boot.

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              Sodini's
              510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

              1. I was in a similar situation a few weeks ago - out of towners with kids. We ended up at the Clement Street Bar & Grill. The food is very good and the service excellent. The server was very good with kids and brought them crayons. The adults would have liked something more exotic but everyone liked their food.