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Our schedule just opened up for this Saturday night, which I am finding out is last minute for SF. Calling directly & via Open-Table, NO availability (for desired time of 7-ish, give or take an hour) at: La Ciccia, A16, SPQR.

Seeking a place we've never been before, but other places we've liked a lot: Incanto, Perbacco, Delfina.

Is there any hope?

Or is our best bet Oliveto in Oakland? Will be coming from San Jose with our own car, so transportation isn't a problem. We liked the downstairs cafe a lot but have never dined upstairs.

Thanks Hounds!


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

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. Barbacco still has 6:45 and 7:15.

    Oliveto's great.

    Oliveto Cafe
    5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Barbacco question: seating is either at the bar, or communal tables? Any 2 tops? Or we will have to be social?

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. re: SanJoseHound

        There are some two-tops. You could ask if they could hold you one.

    2. Locanda has a 6:30 table open at the moment.

      557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. Italian roulette, no reservations, L'Osteria Del Forno


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        1. re: wolfe

          Along the lines of L'Osteria (that is, very good Italian but not what I'd call a destination restaurant), Bella Trattoria in the Inner Richmond.

          Or Ristorante Ideale in North Beach.

          1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        2. Milano (1448 Pacific) is quite qood and quite reliable.


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          1. re: DavidT

            Parking can be pretty rough around there.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              i believe you can pay to park in the walgreens a couple blocks away?

          2. if you don't mind that it's extremely expensive for what you get, i think farina is great. i personally prefer it to perbacco, incanto, a16, and probably cotogna, though i might well be alone with this preference. reservations shouldn't be a problem.

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            1. re: Dustin_E

              I've been curious about Farina. The prices are bizarrely high (pastas $24-32, secondi $32-36) for the location, but maybe that means they're doing something right.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                well, considering what you get, i feel it might be the most expensive restaurant i've been to in the bay area -- it feels very much like una pizza napolitano in this way.

                sure, french laundry, manresa and quince cost a lot, but they give you a gazillion things, and eating there on rare occasion is enough, at least for me. farina costs a lot, but ideally i'd eat there every week. (which i won't.)