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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?

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sauce
131 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Boxing Room
399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Globe.

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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: Robert Lauriston

          So has anyone been since January?

        2. re: ML8000

          Haven't been there lately, but they have a current Groupon deal in case you want to check up on them.
          http://www.groupon.com/deals/globe-sa...
          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.

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

        Namu
        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?

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          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.

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            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.)

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          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.

          2. 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. Locanda serves the full menu until midnight or 1.

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              Locanda
              557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. Comstock saloon until midnight.

                1. 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. 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.)

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                    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

                    Nopa
                    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

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

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                      Criolla Kitchen
                      2295 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                    2. Ryoko's. Last call for food 1:30am, alcohol 1:45am, seven days a week according to their website.
                      http://www.ryokos.com/

                      1. 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

                          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.

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                          Boxing Room
                          399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                          1. re: Kim Cooper

                            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.

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                            Zuni Cafe
                            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                            1. re: Kim Cooper

                              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

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

                                1. re: bbulkow

                                  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. 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.

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                                Play Ground
                                1705 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                                1. re: Windy

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