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Range, Prospect, or elsewhere?

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Upcoming (early Nov) trip to SF with only 2 nights for dinner out. Looking for a delicious mid-range place near/in downtown. Party of 4 and we like fresh, local fare. So far I have my eyes set on Prospect or Range. Any other recommendations or reviews on those two options?

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  1. You might look at Bar Tartine and Cotogna.

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    Bar Tartine
    561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cotogna
    490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. I'm a fan of Range. Fresh, local, as you say, prepared with care, excellent flavors, great cocktails, intimate space, elegant yet not stuffy. Don't know Prospect. As to Robert's recs below, I would also very much liked Bar Tartine, though I haven't been since they've changed chefs/menu. I don't know Cotogna.

      Does anyone know/like Locanda, right next door to Bar Tartine?

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      Bar Tartine
      561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Cotogna
      490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Locanda
      557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. Both are awesome, I especially like the desserts at Range. I would say that Range is more intimate, and perhaps a tiny bit cheaper that Prospect. Prospect is a lovely big modern space, closer to downtown.

        1. It is really tough to go wrong with Range, particularly if you like nice cocktails. Canteen near Union Square is also excellent.

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          1. re: SFDude

            Canteen is another favorite - really homey space, always interesting, inventive & delicious food.

            1. re: mariacarmen

              I'm a huge fan of "Canteen" as well.

              1. re: m00se1111

                Really disappointed with a recent meal I had at Prospect - second Canteen but Range is a good second...

                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  Can't go wrong with either canteen or range, I love both if cocktails are important than range might be more suitable but really both are solid. I haven't been to prospect but I think the chef there is stepping down, I don't know when though.