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May 5, 2011 07:44 PM

One nite in SF - solo Request recs

Hey SF CHers,
Any recs for Fri nite in SF. Arriving on cruise ship. Looking for good restaurant bar or rest comfortable for one. Great food, great wines, good atmosphere a decent taxi drive from pier. Love classic french, northern Italian,but open to all quality experiences.
thanks for any/all sggestions and Ill returrn the favor when you visit Miami.

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  1. Rue Lepic, 900 Pine Street (between Mason & Pine) Nob Hill section of San Francisco.



    1. I'd try a seat at the bar at Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. Near your ship and very comfortable for solo diners. Wonderful cocktails and still interesting modern Vietnamese/California fare.

      You can stroll the Ferry Building pre and post dinner for a wonderful time.

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      1. re: cortez

        I have dined alone at SL a number of times and disagree that it is very good for a solo diner unless they have a large appetite. It is hard to order a number of dishes to get a feel for the place - which is better suited to groups when you can order appetizers to be shared.

        Instead, I would suggest SPQR with a number of fabulous small-plate options, Canteen, which does a great three-course meal, or Gitane, which also has more accessible serving sizes and a fabulous bar to boot!

        1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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

      2. Perbacco at the bar. great salumi, cheese, wines, and it's nice to sit there while the place is booming around you.

        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: mariacarmen

          I like the perbacco idea as well. Walkable from the Embarcadero.

          Another thought is to nosh your way along the waterfront, sampling dishes along the way, counter to counter. Maximizes your tourism and food variety in a series of places. For example,

          * Peruvian ceviche and a pisco sour at the bar at La Mer
          * oysters or clam chowder at Hog Island Oyster
          * wine tasting + app at the Ferry Building Wine Merchant
          * Slanted Door appetizer at the bar
          * further selection ofnFrench/Calif at the bar or kitchen counter at Boulevard

          You could linger at a favorite or keep moving!

          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: cortez

            On second thought, i like your idea better - Hog Island especially. We've been having such great weather, it would be a perfect time to sit outside and slurp oysters and crisp white wine, bayside.

          2. re: mariacarmen

            Or Barbacco. Same chef as Perbacco, some overlap in menu, lower prices.

            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          3. Wow! Great suggestion all. Much appreciated. Been to SL before. Really good but dont want to repeat and the walk idea I think is better with a posse. So leaning twd Hog Island or Barbaco - or both. Tks

            1. I would go to the bar at Perbacco.

              Boulevard and Ame work at the higher end. Slanted Door is fun if a bit overpriced for what it is. I forget if there is a bar at One Market, but I think so; the bar at NOPA is excellent though that is a bit of a cab ride.

              Piperade, and A16 (though I haven't been in a while) would also work.

              Slanted Door
              Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

              1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

              One Market Restaurant
              1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105