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May 10, 2011 04:00 PM

Looking for a Toddler friendly (or tolerant) restaurant near Union Square

Hello all. I will be going to San Francisco for the weekend and will be bringing a two year old in tow. My question is thus; are there any recommendations for restaurants for dinner that would be tolerant of a well behaved 2 year old. I would prefer something casual within walking distance from Union Square without sacrificing in the food department. Anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. If you are not going during the theatre rush Colibri could be a good choice.

    Colibri Mexican Bistro
    438 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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      1. re: DarrenB

        It's across the street from one of the theatres-I think the ACT- so if there is a show on that evening go after 7:45. If there is no show on you don't have to worry.

        1. re: DarrenB

          Check the SF Ballet, SF Opera, and SF Symphony schedules for your dining date. Maybe also the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium too. Your hotel may be able to assist you. Generally, curtain call is at 7, so if you eat on the later side, you will be fine.

          Out the Door in westfield is a smart suggestion - I've seen families there. The aisles are wide (stroller friendly), it's a bit noisy, but the restaurant is pretty spaced out. I've never been to Colibri myself.

          Out the Door
          845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. re: artemis

            Not sure what you mean by curtain call? But most of of the shows: Theatre, Ballet, Opera etc. begin @ 8PM. Great point that the hotel concierge should know what venues have shows and which are dark on the night the op might go.

      2. You didn't say what kind of food you wanted, but Out the Door is a good choice for a toddler: casual, good food, noisy enough so that if there's any toddler noise it'll blend in, and fast and friendly service.

        Out the Door
        845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Thanks for the recommendations with young children noisy is better. I will plan on trying them both. We are open to pretty much any type of food (my daughter had a very sophisticated tastes for a two year old) we just don’t want to get stuck at a “touristy” spot or relegated to a “family” restaurant. Just because a person has a young child doesn’t mean one has to give up one’s chowhound ways.

          Also is Urban Tavern any good it is close to were we will be staying so I am just curious.

          1. Opentable shows availability for Gitane. Go early, been there & seen a toddler. A little further is good Chinese at Great Eastern.

            A short cab ride away is Barbacco...casual, contemporary Italian. Next door is the upscale Perbacco...can be toddler friendly if you dine on the early side. These two are among SF's best.

            Great Eastern Restaurant
            649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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

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            1. re: ceekskat

              +1, great list. Chinese restaurants are great with kids that age.