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My husband and I are spending a couple of days in SF (save for a quick trip out to Modesto for a wedding) and I would love help planning those meals (as well as suggestions for cool bars to grab an afternoon drink/snack).

Last time we were in town we ate/drank at:
XYZ (in our hotel)
Town Hall
Salt House
A16
Cliff House
Bourbon & Branch

We loved everything except for Town Hall, and the Cliff House was more view than food (although a great view at that). We don't really have a budget although I would prefer not to go absolutely crazy--Salt House and A16 had very fair price points, for example. We would like to stay away from Indian food as well as most Asian (unless you have a can't be missed Japanese, Chinese, or Thai place--husband is picky). If we are going to do pizza we would only like to do it once (we have great pizza in Phx and also just ate at Mozza in LA). We LOVE fresh seafood. Aside from those caveats, please help me plan! We will be staying at the Westin St. Francis and will have a car.

Here are some places I am thinking of visiting--keeping in mind that we want to see the Embarcadero, Haight Ashbury, Union Square area, and *possibly* the Presidio (breakfast?). Please let me know if some of these places are worth a stop for a drink but dinner elsewhere, or if some are better for lunch than dinner, or if you would scrap any completely, etc:

Boulevard (thinking lunch--really want to go here)
Waterbar
Swan Oyster Depot
Perbacco
Range
Delfina
Canteen
SPQR
Spruce
Flour + Water
Magnolia (or is there somewhere better in Haight Ashbury?)
Ame
Acquerello
Zuni
Foreign Cinema

Thank you!

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Acquerello Restaurant
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Salt House
2 Shaw Aly, San Francisco, CA 94105

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  1. If I had only one dinner and no budget constraints, from your list I'd pick Acquerello which is probably among my top three favorites in the City. If you didn't want to spend at that level, SPQR, Perbacco and Delfina would be the three I'd pick from for dinner. Many of the restaurants you named are not open for lunch. Zuni is open (though not on Monday) but I went there for lunch for the first time last week and, though I had a nice meal, the lunch menu seemed kind of sparce to me. Swan is open for lunch but be advised that it is a tiny place with only 12 or so hard stools and there generally is a line outside and IMHO it's not worth the wait. Perbacco and Spruce are open for lunch and both are excellent.

    In the Presidio, the only place open for breakfast that I know of is La Terasse. I have only eaten lunch there so really can't recommend it. The Presidio Social Club is open for lunch and is kind of a fun place but I've only been to dinner there. If you do go to the Presidio, The Disney Family Museum is a wonderful place to visit.

    Canteen is supposed to have a wonderful brunch, but only on the weekends. I've only been for dinner.

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    Zuni Cafe
    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

    Acquerello Restaurant
    1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

    SPQR
    1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

    Presidio Social Club
    563 Ruger St., San Francisco, CA 94129

    2 Replies
    1. re: bobpantzer

      Thanks for the recs--Acquerello does look wonderful but I ended up making a Friday night res at Perbacco. We are hoping to meetup afterward with a friend nearby--perhaps at Rickhouse since it is back toward the hotel, unless there is a better place nearby that we are missing?

      If we visit the Presidio, I am thinking of stopping by the Ferry Building Farmer's Market on the way to grab a makeshift breakfast...

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Rickhouse Bar
      246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA

      1. re: HerculesRockefeller

        I agree Rickhouse is a good place for cocktails but i can be a bit of madhouse. I love the cocktails at Thermidor and it's got a nice vibe for catching up with friends. It's likely not open as late as Rickhouse, so it depends on when your perbacco (great choice!) reservations are.

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        Rickhouse Bar
        246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA

        Thermidor
        8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. You have a few good ones there, especially Acquerello (Although quite expensive) and Swan Oyster Depot. I would just like to add a few for consideration...

      For Breakfast:

      Dottie's True Blue Cafe or Red Door Cafe

      Lunch:

      The Sycamore - American dishes such as the mix 'n match sliders created with
      a choice of beer battered Rock Cod, seasoned ground lamb, crispy fried chicken or ground beef. A favorite on the bar snack menu are the Pork Belly Donuts with Maple Makers Mark Glaze 11:30am - 12am; Daily

      Anchor Oyster Bar (Similar to like Swan)

      Lavash: Persian dishes.

      Kokkari Estiatorio: Greek, Mediterranean

      The House - (I know you are a little ify on Chineese/Japanese but this is really good Asian Fusion if you would like to consider)

      Dinner:
      Acquerello
      Blue Plate Cafe: Classic American and rustic Mediterranean dishes

      Great bars:

      Broken Record (awesome bar with really good comfort style food)
      Barrique (wine bar, I think open til 10pm)
      The Sycamore

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      1. re: OenoV

        Ooh, Barrique looks great but I think a little north of where we are planning to be. Dottie's looks awesome--if we don't end up picking up breakfast at the farmer's market, we will be here for sure! I am glad that you would recommend Swan--I think we are going to try to stop by on our way into town Friday around 11ish...I am guessing it's busier on the weekend, or is it just busy all the time?

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        Barrique
        461 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. re: HerculesRockefeller

          11 on Friday is a good time for Swan. They're busy Saturdays, but as long as you go off hours (not 12-2) it's not much of a line. Closed Sunday.

          If you want to snack near Swan, Bob's Donuts is a block away, and Tajine (inexpensive Moroccan on the same block at Bob's) is a wonderful stop.

      2. Canteen
        Delfina
        Range
        Foreign Cinema
        In that order, for me. (sadly, i've not yet been to Spruce, SPQR, Ame, or Acquerello)
        Love Swan Oyster. Get there by 11:00 or you'll be in line for hours and hours.
        As for a bar, i'm going to agree with oenoV - Sycamore, because I like their food and it's very casual hipster vibe without being annoying. But it's only beer & wine.
        If you're going to do asian, try Lers Ros for Thai. really incredibly good. check the boards for what to order.

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

        Foreign Cinema
        2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

        3 Replies
        1. re: mariacarmen

          Thanks for the tip about Swan--we are going to try to go @ 11 on Friday. I originally made a reservation at Foreign Cinema for dinner Friday night but ended up switching it to Perbacco. Still thinking of FC for brunch...

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Foreign Cinema
          2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. re: HerculesRockefeller

            FC for brunch is very good. As for Rickhouse, just be warned, it'll be a madhouse, and by that time full of sloppy Financial District types. yuck. But I can't say that I know of other bars nearby that would be any better. i've heard good things about Gitane, tho, which is a restaurant nearby that supposedly has a full bar and cool vibe. it may just be full too, it's Friday night after all...

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            Gitane Restaurant & Bar
            6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

            Rickhouse Bar
            246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: mariacarmen

              Yes--Gitane! I would love to stop in there for a drink, I think the atmosphere looks really fun. Thanks for the warning about Rickhouse--we will probably check it out anyway but we will at least be prepared for the crowd!

        2. Thanks for everyone's suggestions so far...I would still love to hear a good lunch spot in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood--I've heard good things about Magnolia, but am I missing something better?

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          1. re: HerculesRockefeller

            Haight Ashbury isn't a great food destination.

            Generally your food options are better nearby in the Lower Haight (Memphis Minnie's, Palmyra, Rosamunde, Three Twins), on Divisadero/Panhandle (Nopalito, Little Star Pizza), and Inner Sunset (Lime Tree, the Gyro place on Fulton, many others).

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            Little Star Pizza
            846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117