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Weekend trip to SF

jakeineburg Apr 12, 2011 01:26 PM

We are going to be in SF late April and I need to find out where to eat. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


  1. CarrieWas218 Apr 12, 2011 02:11 PM

    McDonalds, Jack-in-the-Box, or Burger King.

    Seriously - offering up what neighborhood you are going to be in, a budget, or type of food you like will get you far more suggestions. Your question is way too generic for any specific guidance.

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    1. re: CarrieWas218
      artemis Apr 12, 2011 02:18 PM

      As will a demonstration that you've done some research on the Board and have some specific questions about some of the restaurants you've seen mentioned in that research.

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        jakeineburg Apr 12, 2011 04:40 PM

        We're going to be staying down by Fisherman's Wharf, I don't have a particular food that I don't like. And budget isn't necessarily an issue.

        1. re: jakeineburg
          CarrieWas218 Apr 13, 2011 07:48 AM

          Although you are staying by the Wharf, most of us on the board would recommend you do whatever you can to avoid Wharf-centric food. Travel away from the Wharf for better eats and don't get mired into eating somewhere down there because it is convenient.

          It is a know tourist trap with mediocre eats...

      2. cosmogrrl Apr 12, 2011 03:04 PM

        There are a ton of restaurants in SF. And there's a lot of info here on the boards about them. So with out any info I'll tell you where I take my out of town friends, but keep in mind some of these are in my neighborhood so they're neighborhood specific, meaning we can walk to them. Also these places aren't really on the map for many as they aren't the trendyist of spots. At least this way my faves get a nice shout out.

        Sotto Mare - yummy Italian influenced fresh seafood. No reservations, fun atmosphere, great sand dabs. In North Beach.

        Rue St. Jacques - Yummy French food with a daily menu. Good Prix Fixe menu for $35 and lovely service. Romantic and delicious on Nob Hill on the cable car line

        Rose Pistola - Best Cioppino IMHO. Also have other kinds of fish, pasta, pizza and meats. Nice atmosphere. North Beach. Reservations recommended

        Chez Maman - tiny counter top only place with excellent simple french fare. Great mussels, and the eggs "en coccotte" are delicious. Potrero Hill, also try the sister restaurants Chez Papa one in Potrero Hill and one in Mint Plaza.

        For a quick snack if you're downtown shopping, go to Daily Grill on Geary between 3-6 PM for cheap appetizers and drink specials.

        Those are a few of my favorite things ;) Unless your in the heart of the touristy areas, it's very hard to go wrong here. Many places are better than others, I suggest you follow your nose.

        Chez Papa
        1401 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94107

        Rose Pistola
        532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

        Chez Maman
        1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Rue St Jacques
        1098 Jackson, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Sotto Mare
        552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Daily Grill
        347 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: cosmogrrl
          wolfe Apr 12, 2011 03:43 PM

          Visiting 101, not the highway.

          1. re: cosmogrrl
            jakeineburg Apr 12, 2011 04:40 PM

            Thank you :-)

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            mlutsky Apr 12, 2011 10:00 PM

            Welcome in advance to SF. I appreciate that sometimes you want a quick recommendation without reading 10 blogs. Chowhound can be a foodie encyclopedia but it's also a community. I second the bid for Chez Maman. It's fun to grab a cookie at Baked next door during the day. My favorites and wishlist are always changing but here's where I would go these days...

            Perbacco, Park Chow, Citizen Band, 25 Lusk, Foreign Cinema, Flour + Water, Universal Cafe, Wayfare Tavern, Delfina, and Kokkari!

            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Delfina Restaurant
            3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Park Chow
            1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

            Foreign Cinema
            2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

            Chez Maman
            1453 18th, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Wayfare Tavern
            558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. c oliver Apr 13, 2011 08:31 AM

              Hi, OP. I see this is your first post on CH. I don't know if you've noticed it or not but at the bottom of this thread is a list of a bunch of other similar threads, a couple even specific weekend visit. I find those cross-references really helpful when I travel. I used that 'technique' very successfully on a recent trip to Seattle. Not trying to do CH101 but thought I'd offer that :)

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                whiner Apr 13, 2011 09:16 AM

                Ame (Japanese/Italian fusion) and Perbacco (Northern Italian) are my favorite restaurants in the city. Ame is considerably more expensive.

                Other favorites are Delfina (Northern Italian), NOPA (New American often with Mediterranean themes), and La Folie (high end Provencal French in a more relaxed atmosphere than you would expect).

                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                La Folie
                2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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