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Jun 22, 2011 12:44 PM

Late Night Dining Options

It's been a while since this was discussed.

I recently discovered that Sauce, on Gough, serves their menu until 1 AM or so at their bar. The club sandwich sliders were tasty, the tempura fried shallot rings were genius (bite-sized, great flavor, perfectly crisp and non-greasy exterior), and the "peas and carrots" salad was a nice riff on fresh spring veggies.

A new addition to Hayes Valley from the Absinthe Group, The Boxing Room, also serves until 1 AM.

Zuni serves until about midnight, NoPa serves until about 1.

Where else can one get a good to great meal, well after the normal witching hour? Any reports on the new incarnation of Baghdad Cafe?

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

131 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Boxing Room
399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: bbulkow

      Any one have a report on Globe since the chef change...and M Bauer panning it? It's been a real stand up for late night dining, just wondering about reports.

      1. re: ML8000

        The longtime chef Jason Tallent left in January.

        1. re: ML8000

          Haven't been there lately, but they have a current Groupon deal in case you want to check up on them.

          Usually a sign that the restaurant is not exactly packing them in.

      2. Namu's open until midnight on the weekend. Pasion on Irving until 11.

        Thai House Express on Geary is midnight every day.

        And of course El Zocalo until 2 or 3, and Grubstake until 4.

        Thai House Express
        901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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        1. re: Windy

          I want to like Grubstake for the Portuguese items on the menu, but most of their fare is pretty bad - I had a particularly awful caesar salad the last time I visited. From now on El Zocalo is my pick for truly late night fare.

          It's Tops is open very late as well but again...yuck. Not a fan.

          Aren't at least a few of the Korean restaurants in the Richmond open very late on weekends? To Hyang appears to have cut its hours back to midnight...did Brothers do the same?

          El Zocalo Restaurant
          1633 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

          1. re: bigwheel042

            To Hyang is often not open as late as its posted hours. They were closed before 11 last time we drove out there on a Saturday.

            Grubstake is fine for Portuguese, burgers, and eggs.

            To Hyang
            3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

        2. Tommy's Joynt (2 a.m.)

          Taqueria Cancun (m-th 1 a.m. fri/sat 2 a.m. sun 1:30 a.m.)

          El Farolito Taqueria 3 a.m. (4 a.m. on weekends)

          It's Tops Coffee Shop (w-sat 3 a.m., sun 11 p.m.)

          Taqueria Cancun
          2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Farolito Taqueria
          2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Tommy's Joynt
          1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          1. re: ML8000

            cancun is 1:45 sun-thurs, 2:45 fri-sat

            love nopa for late night eats.

            if that extra hour between 1 and 2 is important and you want somewhere nice, absinthe (on weekends)

            1. re: vulber

              Absinthe's kitchen closes at midnight. Only drinks after that.

              1. re: Windy

                yes but they serve the bar menu until 2am

                1. re: vulber

                  I didn't realize that. What's good after midnight?

                  1. re: Windy

                    i've only been there once past midnight, and we had some pretty amazing fries and desserts (not sure when they cut off dessert, but most restaurants will continue to serve it at least 30 min. after the main kitchen closes down), and i've heard spectacular things about their french onion soup, which is listed ont eh bar menu. i bet the burger is delicious too

                    1. re: vulber

                      Will have to check it out. I've had the onion soup for dinner, and it was good, but not exceptional. They do have great fries.

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            1. Arrived at Sauce 11:15 PM last night, located at 131 Gough. Very good indeed - convivial too. On your recommendation we stopped in after SFO Airport pickup. Bar area w/tables open and fairly busy but not overcrowded. Neighborhood not upscale but not bad. Parking readily available within a block.

              Horseradish encrusted shrimp very good. Crispy shallot rings w/aoili, ditto.

              Hanger steak & eggs w/potatoes rang my bell! Finished @ midnight; happy, well fed, and on our way home. With bottle o'sparkling water, $51 + tip. Kitchen still serving 'til 1:00 am.

              On a Monday, they were one of the very few still open....a godsend!