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foodie, mid-priced & great atmosphere dinner recommendations in city?

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  • MeliC Oct 7, 2011 09:12 AM
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My former roommate and I are meeting up in November to celebrate her birthday. We lived in SF more years ago than I want to admit. We're now mid-30s, and I'm looking for recommendations for an interesting foodie dinner destination that won't break the bank, won't force romance down our throats, or make us feel ancient. We're staying by Lower Nob Hill, but as former residents we know the city well and are willing to go to almost any neighborhood. We don't want to hop across the bay, however, given time constraints. Thanks in advance!

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  1. La Ciccia!

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

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      +1 on La Ciccia for your specific requests. Menu is interesting (Sardinian) as are the wines, the atmosphere is lively and the service is delightful. It's a neighbourhood joint that punches well above its weight class.

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

    2. Barbacco or its more upscale but still great value neighbor, Perbacco.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. Perbacco

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. SPQR : convivial ambience (somewhat loud, but quieter at the chef's counter), very good service, food,wine list, features a variety of fresh made pastas specifically matched to equally fresh ingredients.

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          SPQR
          1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          1. second La Ciccia or maybe Nopa. I guess it depends on what you mean by interesting. For Lower Nob Hill maybe walk over to Lers Ros (though I would say this is cheaper than mid-priced) and use the extra budget for drinks at Bourbon & Branch afterward.

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

            Nopa
            560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Bourbon & Branch
            501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: selectiveomnivore

              I'll second Nopa as another possibility.

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              Nopa
              560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            2. Thanks, all. Great leads. I'll dig around their sites to explore menus & reservation availability.