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Where to eat in Nob Hill Area on a Sunday night?

Jummy Sep 20, 2011 11:37 PM

Hello Chowhounders! We are from out of town and will be in the Nob Hill Area on a Sunday night. Can someone please recommend a good restaurant for dinner? Somewhere casual and trendy and fun preferably. Thank you!

  1. w
    whiner Sep 21, 2011 02:58 AM

    "Nob Hill" is a tough area to give a recommendation on like this, because it is a serious hill and many people won't want to walk from one part of it to another. That said, while not trendy nor the best Italian in the city, I enjoy Ristorante Milano. Technically, it is on the Russian Hill side of Pacific. (Pacific is the street that divides Russian Hill and Nob Hill.) http://www.milanosf.com/

    Personally, if you want casual and trendy, I would cab it and go to NOPA. Great food and NO ONE has ever accused it of being anything other than casual and trendy. http://nopasf.com/

    Ristorante Milano
    1448 Pacific, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: whiner
      mjlewis Sep 22, 2011 04:55 PM

      huh, Milano is one of the only places in San Francisco that my wife and I both disliked enough to never go back there -- and it's one of a very few Italian places within walking distance from our apartment and I love Italian food.

      My suggestions would be Leopold's (http://www.leopoldssf.com/) or Luella (http://www.luellasf.com/) which is not as formal as the web site looks. But yeah, if you want "casual and trendy", I can't think of anything within walking distance for dinner.

      1. re: mjlewis
        whiner Sep 23, 2011 05:58 AM

        I agree that both Leopold's and Luella are better than Milano. Though obviously we disagree on Milano, overall.

        I was just trying to think of places on Nob Hill. As I said, if you want fun, casual, trendy, great food, you're going to have to take a cab. (Though, in its own way, Leopold's may work. They don't take reservations, though, and may be a hike depending upon where in Nob Hill you are located.)

        1. re: whiner
          Jummy Sep 24, 2011 10:20 PM

          Thank you for the recommendation on Nopa. We did go there two year ago (the last time we were in San Francisco) and loved it. I believe we are having Italian food on Saturday so would like to try a different cuisine on Sunday. Thank you for your suggestions!

          560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        2. re: mjlewis
          stanbee Sep 28, 2011 09:59 PM

          had some good old school NE style dishes there, including- dare I say, veal-but long ago. Maybe the quaity has slipped.

      2. Paul H Sep 23, 2011 07:31 AM

        It would really help if you could be more specific about your location. Chinatown, North Beach, Jackson Square, Union Square and Polk street are all reasonably close depending on where you start out from on Nob Hill.

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        1. re: Paul H
          Jummy Sep 24, 2011 10:17 PM

          We will be coming from the Huntington Hotel on California between Taylor and Market Street.

          1. re: Jummy
            mjlewis Sep 24, 2011 10:27 PM

            oh, you're not walking to Leopold's then.

            Things that are close to you that are very good (or at least have very good buzz right now, not that I've been to any of them yet): Sons and Daughters, Canteen, Millenium.

            1. re: mjlewis
              Jummy Sep 28, 2011 09:24 PM

              Thank you mj, I'll check out all of these restaurants as well!

            2. re: Jummy
              Paul H Sep 25, 2011 02:21 PM

              If you want to take it easy and stay in the hotel, the Big 4 restaurant there is perfectly acceptable, though it probably fails on the casual, trendy and fun part. :-).

          2. steve h. Sep 23, 2011 02:25 PM

            Take the "California" cable car (it's seldom crowded) downhill from Nob Hill to the end of the line (Market St. near the Embarcadero) and walk the two flat blocks to Boulevard. It's a very good restaurant - one Michelin star. Pricey, appropriately trendy, San Francisco casual but well worth it. Last I looked, it's open on Sunday nights. Reverse your tracks after the meal and take the cable car back to Nob Hill. The food and the transportation could make for a nice evening. Reservations at Boulevard are a good idea.

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            1. re: steve h.
              bbulkow Sep 23, 2011 10:49 PM

              Boulevard seemed "trendy" in the early 90's. Now it seems "timeless".

              1. re: bbulkow
                nocharge Sep 24, 2011 12:31 AM


                I think your "trendy to timeless" is a very good succinct description of how Boulevard has evolved since the early 90's. Totally agree. I like Boulevard, but now it's more of a slightly stuffy classic destination restaurant rather than the trendiest place in town. Won't hesitate to go there for a second if the circumstances call for that kind of place.

                1. re: nocharge
                  steve h. Sep 24, 2011 02:42 PM

                  I'm liking the "trendy to timeless" thing. Stuffy? No, not in my book.

                  1. re: steve h.
                    Jummy Sep 24, 2011 10:21 PM

                    Thank you, Steve h. I will check it out!

              2. re: steve h.
                Nopa Sep 28, 2011 10:00 PM

                I disagree with Boulevard. The last couple of times I've been there have been disappointing. The meals were average and expensive. Service was also not up to par with the prices. I bet you'll feel cheated after your meal.

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                rebeccakinney Sep 23, 2011 02:44 PM

                I really like Nob Hill Grille on Hyde & Pine. It's one of those restaurants that offers a wide variety without the food suffering from being "all over the map." If you go, try the bone marrow, the housemade burrata, the pasta bolognese, or the babyback ribs. http://www.nobhillgrille.com/

                Nob Hill Grille Restaurant
                969 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                1. re: rebeccakinney
                  Jummy Sep 24, 2011 10:22 PM

                  Nob HIll Grille sounds interesting! Thank you for the suggestion!

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