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mhknyc May 13, 2011 11:59 PM

I will be in San Francisco beginning tomorrow for a few days for a conference, and my Saturday evening plans just fell through. I'm a pretty adventurous diner without a companion for dinner tomorrow evening -- any suggestions for solo dining where I could get a last minute reservation (staying at the Intercontinental near the Moscone Center and willing to stray a little bit but not super far)? Sorry if this is a commonly asked question -- I'm of course frazzled last minute and looking for suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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    margieco May 14, 2011 09:33 AM

    2 places come to my mind. Not for the adventurous side but for solid food, interesting interpretations, close-ish to your hotel and both have the best seats in the house at a bar overlooking the kitchen.

    - Canteen is one of my favorites. A pretty small menu, reservations on open table (not great for walk-ins) but the chef is remarkable. Straight up hill from your hotel -- maybe a 20 minute walk?
    - Citizen's band is relatively new. Also a small-ish menu. Doesn't have the same refinement as Canteen but really good food and in a neighborhood with some fun bars (City beer store for beer, terroir for wine and bloodhound for cocktails).

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    Canteen
    817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Citizen’s Band
    1198 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      lmnopm May 14, 2011 09:44 AM

      I'd consider the bar at Barbacco.

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      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        mariacarmen May 14, 2011 10:29 AM

        those were going to be my two suggestions - Canteen and Barbacco.

        If you wanted something a little more adventurous I'd suggest La Ciccia (Sardinian food) and get the bottarga or, if they have it, the cured tuna heart. It'd be cab ride for you, but i think you can get a seat at their small bar without a reservation. though I'd call first.

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        La Ciccia
        291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

        Barbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. re: lmnopm
          alanbarnes May 14, 2011 07:09 PM

          This may be too late (it's Saturday and nearly dinnertime) Barbacco is a good recommendation. The bar next door at Perbacco is also a viable option for walk-ins. Canteen is a possibility, but it's a tough reservation to get at the last minute unless they have an odd single seat available.

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Barbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            lmnopm May 15, 2011 08:43 PM

            OP, What was the verdict?

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              mhknyc May 15, 2011 09:01 PM

              Thanks to everyone for your suggestions -- unfortunately my flight was delayed and I got in very late and ended up going to The Chieftain Irish Pub simply because it was directly across the street from my hotel and I didn't want to do room service. Had a surprisingly great lamb burger with caramelized onions and blue cheese and a nice cold Guinness!

              On a separate note, had a FABULOUS dim sum today at Yank Sing!

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              Yank Sing
              49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

              Chieftain Irish Pub
              198 5th St, San Francisco, CA

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                mariacarmen May 16, 2011 09:28 PM

                Well, good for you! and good to know about the lamb burger.

      2. bbulkow May 14, 2011 12:13 AM

        What do you like? There's a lot of threads about solo dining, and if you're willing to eat on the early side you can eat just about anywhere as a walk in.

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