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SteveG Jun 22, 2011 12:44 PM

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

  1. Windy Dec 3, 2011 04:16 PM

    As we discovered last night looking for anything open after midnight, Playground serves Korean food until 2 on the weekends. Complete with boy/girl bands projected on the wall and private karaoke rooms upstairs (and happily, insulated).

    I'd eaten there before; food is decent rather than stellar, but full menu, lots of pickles and spicy stuff. Fried chicken, mandoo, spicy pork were the highlights. Skip the seafood pancake. Very reasonable prices,; it came to $25 each with drinks, tax, and tip.

    Across Geary, we spotted at least 3 more Korean restaurants on Fillmore open just before 2 a.m. including the one on the SW corner.

    Play Ground
    1705 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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    1. re: Windy
      Radical347 Dec 17, 2011 12:21 AM

      ...none of the three of which are too good, sadly.

    2. k
      Kim Cooper Aug 27, 2011 05:44 PM

      With all these restaurants open late, why isn't Jardinaire open later? We had reservations last night at 10:30 and we put a little note on it that we were at the concert at Davies and might be a bit late. They indicated they were flexible on their website. We even called the concert venue and asked how late the concert went before we made those reservations.... they said 10:30. So we figured we'd be a few minutes late. Well, the concert didn't get out until 11:00.
      We got served dinner, and they were very nice, and the food was fabulous, but at the end it was clear that they were annoyed to be there that late. (bill came to $122)
      Are any of those other ones you all mentioned within walking distance of the Opera Houses?

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      1. re: Kim Cooper
        Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2011 06:32 PM

        Absinthe is open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday.

        Boxing Room is open until midnight Sun.-Wed., 1am Thurs.-Sat.

        Sauce is open until midnight daily.

        Boxing Room
        399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. re: Kim Cooper
          Windy Aug 28, 2011 12:28 AM

          Zuni also serves until midnight on the weekends. Not my favorite, but late night is a fine time to be there.

          Glad the food was great. I went for one of Jardiniere's Monday night bargain dinners recently (the lobster bake) and really enjoyed it. Even if the decor reminded me of 1995 Cypress Club.

          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. re: Kim Cooper
            bbulkow Aug 28, 2011 01:25 AM

            You're not complaining that they seated you more than 30 minutes after the last seating, right? In my book that's pretty good service!

            1. re: bbulkow
              Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2011 09:22 AM

              Jardiniere's opentable page says, "Hours are extended to accommodate neighborhood performances."

              1. re: bbulkow
                Kim Cooper Aug 28, 2011 09:51 PM

                No, I'm not complaining. I was just surprised that their regular hours aren't later. They were really very nice, and the waiter was trying not to let us know he wasn't pleased to be held late -- but you can just tell. Do waiters still think women don't tip as well? Maybe he was concerned about it? I've read WaiterRant, so I tip okay. In cash.

            2. n
              nocharge Aug 25, 2011 06:36 PM

              Ryoko's. Last call for food 1:30am, alcohol 1:45am, seven days a week according to their website.

              1. Robert Lauriston Aug 25, 2011 05:43 PM

                Criolla Kitchen (old Baghdad Cafe space) is open until midnight Friday and 2:30am Saturday.

                Bar Agricole, kitchen 11pm Thurs.-Sat., 10pm Sun.-Wed.
                Bar Crudo, Tues.-Sat. 11pm, Sun. 10pm
                Flour + Water, midnight Fri.-Sat., 11pm Sun.-Thurs.
                Heaven's Dog, 1am Mon.-Sat., 9pm Sun.
                Hog & Rocks, kitchen midnight daily
                Lers Ros, midnight daily
                Nopa, 1am daily
                Oola, 1am Tues.-Sat., midnight Sun.-Mon.
                Scala's Bistro, midnight Thurs.-Sat., 11pm Sun.-Wed.
                Thai House Express on Larkin, midnight daily
                Yuet Lee, 3am Wed.-Mon. (closed Tues.)
                Zuni, midnight Fri.-Sat., 11pm Sun. & Tues.-Thurs. (closed Mon.)

                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

                Bar Crudo
                655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

                Scala's Bistro
                432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                Oola Restaurant & Bar
                860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                Heaven's Dog
                1148 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

                Bar Agricole
                355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

                Criolla Kitchen
                2295 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Robert Lauriston Aug 26, 2011 08:31 AM

                  Whoops, Criolla Kitchen extended their hours, 2am daily, "soon to be 24 hours."

                  Criolla Kitchen
                  2295 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Windy Aug 26, 2011 09:21 AM

                    Sounds like they inherited the old hours from the business license. Now to find a chef who wants to work those hours.

                2. m
                  margieco Aug 25, 2011 03:45 PM

                  Heaven's dog has a late night menu (open until 1 a.m.). I don't know how late they serve the late night menu.

                  1. c
                    chocomel Aug 24, 2011 07:18 PM

                    Comstock saloon until midnight.

                    1. Windy Aug 23, 2011 08:50 AM

                      Locanda serves the full menu until midnight or 1.

                      557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                        Waterboy Aug 23, 2011 08:48 AM

                        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!

                        1. m
                          ML8000 Jun 22, 2011 05:31 PM

                          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
                            vulber Jun 22, 2011 10:47 PM

                            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
                              Windy Jun 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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

                              1. re: Windy
                                vulber Jun 23, 2011 06:48 AM

                                yes but they serve the bar menu until 2am

                                1. re: vulber
                                  Windy Jun 23, 2011 10:21 AM

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

                                  1. re: Windy
                                    vulber Jun 23, 2011 02:48 PM

                                    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
                                      Windy Jun 23, 2011 06:49 PM

                                      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.

                          2. Windy Jun 22, 2011 05:11 PM

                            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
                              bigwheel042 Jun 24, 2011 01:57 AM

                              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
                                Windy Jun 24, 2011 07:03 AM

                                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. bbulkow Jun 22, 2011 02:30 PM


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                              1. re: bbulkow
                                ML8000 Aug 27, 2011 06:10 PM

                                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
                                  Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2011 06:28 PM

                                  The longtime chef Jason Tallent left in January.

                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                    ML8000 Aug 27, 2011 06:44 PM

                                    So has anyone been since January?

                                  2. re: ML8000
                                    nocharge Aug 27, 2011 07:06 PM

                                    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.

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