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Hipster dinner out for the Middle Aged!

OK I'm going to bare my soul...

I'm in my 40's, married and no longer hip! I want to go to dinner in SF with my friends. We'd like to find a good restaurant with some style and buzz, preferably somewhere we can walk around before/after and not break the bank. Can't get into Contigo, SPQR, Delfina. Suppenkuche won't take a reservation. Saturday night, about 50-60 per person including one bottle of wine. Having good veggie options is a plus, too.

So, any ideas?

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

Suppenkuche
525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Contigo
1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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  1. Can you specify how many people make up your table? I'd probably give a different answer for 4 people vs 8, for instance, based on how difficult it would be to get a large table at our "hip" restaurants here.

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    1. re: pane

      There are 4 of us. My friends live in the Oakland hills and would rather come over here for the eve.

      1. re: JojoSF

        On Open Table, Plouf, B44 (downtown) or Front Porch, Limon Rotisserie, and Locavore (Mission) have a 7:00 for 4. All are a bit smaller, it depends on what neighborhood you want to go to.

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        B44
        44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

        The Front Porch
        65 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Plouf
        40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

        Limon Rotisserie
        1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Locavore
        3215 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: Calvinist

          What do you like at Locavore? I want to love this place (because it's in my hood) but I just haven't had the right experience there yet.

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          Locavore
          3215 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. When I was your age Bix was hip. Anyone out there, is it still?
      In keeping with the Civil War Sesquicentennial it is of interest that Bix is only 300 feet away for a William Tecumseh Sherman plaque on Jackson and Montgomery.
      http://www.brightbill.net/cgi-bin/lm/...

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      Bix
      56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: wolfe

        I think Bix is a little too quiet/romantic for this eve. I like it, but usually we go as a couple.

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        Bix
        56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. re: JojoSF

          No, I wouldn't say Bix is hip.

          OK, looking on Open table for restaurants available on Saturday night for four, I'd say:

          If I were choosing in terms of restaurant scene, I'd pick Prospect or Gitane. Take a look at those menus to see if you could get by on your budget.

          If I were choosing in terms of neighborhood scenes (i.e. places that would have drifting crowds of bar and restaurant goers on Saturday night) I'd go for Tuba, Maverick or Local Mission Eatery (walkable to the Mission scene), Tipsy Pig maybe in the Marina (I haven't been there, no idea about the food). Comstock Saloon for North Beach, too.

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          Bix
          56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

          Gitane Restaurant & Bar
          6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

          Tipsy Pig
          2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

          Local Mission Eatery
          3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Comstock Saloon
          155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. re: pane

            Love Gitane -- if the times and budget work I would highly recomend it.

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            Gitane Restaurant & Bar
            6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

            1. re: pane

              I vote for Prospect. I took some work associates there from Portland recently (we are all over 50) and we agreed that it was a fabulous meal, with great cocktails, a young/hip vibe, but yet we could hold a conversation without shouting.

              It's easy to get to from Oakland (which is where I live) and street parking is possible, but I opted for the valet.

              1. re: pcdarnell

                I thought about this too but is it possible to leave within $50 to $60 pp including wine bottle?

        2. How about Mission Chinese Food? No reservations. Just try your luck with a walk-in.

          Plenty of bars in the Mission afterwards.

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          Mission Chinese Food
          2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: JojoSF

              Yes, but probably not an extensive selection. $8 corkage fee if you choose to BYOB.

              1. re: JojoSF

                Place link says beer/wine only. Yelpers describe it as cheap but decent.

            2. Commonwealth, Foreign Cinema, Bar Bambino

              Commonwealth - 2224 Mission St San Francisco, CA

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              Bar Bambino
              2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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

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              1. re: scarmoza

                Good choices Scarmoza. I would add Bar Agricole. Just ate there last night and had a great meal. Drinks are terrific.

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                Bar Agricole
                355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

                1. re: farmersdaughter

                  If I wasn't still miffed at the $15+ eggs & peas plate I had for brunch at Bar Agricole a few weekends back I would have recommended them. Reviews I've read indicate dinner is a much better time to go.

                  Also, I want to add Bar Crudo to the list.

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                  Bar Crudo
                  655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

              2. Barbacco would fit.

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                Barbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111