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Weekday lunch, outdoor seating and easy parking

Is this impossible to find? Any type food. We are not picky, but would like a memorable lunch. Will be in S.F. for a few days and would like a nice lunch after checking out of our hotel and before heading back on the road. Location not an issue. Just need outdoor seating (for the dog) and easy parking......

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  1. Which way are you heading? That combination is easier to find outside of SF proper.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      We will ultimately be heading east on 80. But time is not an issue. We can go to 101 in either direction and then find our way back to 80.

      1. re: parisbully

        Riva Cucina in Berkeley. They're just a few blocks off 80.

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        Riva Cucina
        800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Also in Berkeley, Paisan, but call them about the dog and the patio ( don't know whether the patio is only accessible through the restaurant). And in Emeryville, Bucci's (call here as well).

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          Bucci's
          6121 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Paisan
          2514 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

          1. re: ernie in berkeley

            Oh yeah, Sea Salt has a patio in that complex as well. They're both accessible through the parking lot in the rear.

            Over on Fourth St., O Chame and Zut have patios.

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            Sea Salt
            2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

            O Chame
            1830 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            Zut
            1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    2. Piccino Cafe in appropriately enough Dogpatch, about 1 mile south of the ball park off 3rd Street. They have a few outdoor tables, and parking is easy and free. I think their coffee bar (with superb Blue Bottle espresso) may even sell dog biscuits. Or get a scoop at Mr and Mrs. Miscellaneous while you're in the neighborhood.

      Runner up: Skool on the Potrero Hill/SOMA boundary has a gorgeous outdoor patio, great fish, and easy parking. I think your dog would need to stay in the car, but you'd be very close.

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      Piccino Restaurant & Coffee Bar
      1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      Skool
      1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      1. re: Windy

        I think that's a great idea! What better place to take your dog than Dogpatch, plus that area is a little more sheltered and sunny than many parts of the city.

        1. re: Windy

          Easy parking in the Dogpatch? That would be a first for me!

          1. re: Civil Bear

            I usually don't have a problem, but I am usually there during the day.

        2. Zuni Cafe has outdoor (sidewalk) seating, valet parking if you need it (probably won't) and is very dog friendly. Food is pretty good, drinks, too. I confess to being a little jealous of the folk who walk over to Market Street with their doggies and grab an outside table there.

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          1. re: steve h.

            Zuni's sidewalk tables are great if the weather is nice, but it can get fairly windy there.

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              In that area I'd be more tempted to take a picnic onto Octavia Green in Hayes Valley. You can get espresso from Blue Bottle or Ritual, crazy ice cream frozen to order at Bitten, sandwiches at Boulangerie or Arlequin, kebabs from the Kebab place on Laguna and Hayes, fruit from Nabila's, and sit at the picnic tables by the sculptures.

              Easy parking, lots of chairs and tables, very dog friendly, and I think a little pleasanter than Market Street.

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              Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk
              315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Hayes & Kebab
              406 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go
              384 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. re: Windy

                If it's picnic weather. That's not terribly likely in that neighborhood this time of year.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Tell that to the many people siting in the park every day this past week.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Howdy Robert,

                "Zuni's sidewalk tables are great if the weather is nice, but it can get fairly windy there."

                Weather happens. It's not unique to Market Street. There is no canyon effect there like you can experience down in the FiDi. Having said that, the location is good for food, doggies, parking and a quick escape from Dodge (the City). I know you're a Zuni fan. This place just might fit the OP's luncheon requirements.

                --sth

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                1. re: steve h.

                  Thank you all for the great ideas. Will have to do some research now. I did call Riva Cucina and the dog is OK.

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                  Riva Cucina
                  800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

            2. Slow Club in Potrero has a few tables outside and fairly easy parking. Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar both have large (dog friendly) outside patios and views of the water. Axis cafe has a great large outdoor patio and is dog friendly.

              Piccino (as mentioned below) has a few outdoor tables. But since they've moved around the corner their outdoor spaces aren't as nice as they were before (IMO).

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              Slow Club
              2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Epic Roasthouse
              369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

              Piccino Restaurant & Coffee Bar
              1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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              1. re: margieco

                parking all around the Slow Club is impossible during the day.
                but parking around Dogpatch has always been easy for me. I really enjoy Piccino.

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                Slow Club
                2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Piccino Restaurant & Coffee Bar
                1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                1. re: escargot3

                  Interesting. We went there for a lunch a few weeks ago and didn't have a problem. Perhaps we just got lucky.

              2. Another Berkeley idea: T-Rex BBQ has outdoor tables and is a short hop off I-80.

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                T-Rex Barbeque
                1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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                1. re: ernie in berkeley

                  Yeah, I just asked last night and dogs are welcome in the ground-level patio.

                2. Park Chalet is dog and parking friendly...but the weather can be cold and the food is okay to good....and it's on far side of the Avenues. However when the weather is good...it's great.

                  Not easy parking but my favorite outdoor location is South Park. Get something to go from Caffe Centro, Butler and Chef or South Park Cafe and sit in the park.

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                  South Park Cafe
                  108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  Caffe Centro
                  102 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  1. Slow in Berkeley might be a good option. I've enjoyed all my meals there. Parking on University Ave. is metered during the week but you will definitely be able to find a spot within a block. They have a beautiful rose-filled patio out back that is very dog friendly (you enter through the gate to the right of the restaurant). And then you can grab some chocolates at Chocolatier Bleu and a pretzel croissant at Oktoberfeast before heading back down University to 80.

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                    SLOW
                    1966 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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                    1. re: Mola

                      Nice tip on Slow. Didn't know they had a back patio. I never seem to be walking by there at the right time for a meal, this gives a little incentive.

                      1. re: ML8000

                        You really should check this board occasionally for pearls. ;-)
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