Lone Female Diner Wanting 2 Great Dinners! Lers Ros?
I have 2 nights: I would like ethnic one night (Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese) and the other night---anything; but, hopefully somewhere with great oysters! . Where I live there is a lack of ethnic food and just good quality food in general! I always go to Zuni; but, realize that there is so much more out there! I'm dying to go to Lers Ros; but, since I will be by myself I'm not sure I will get the full experience. Requirements: great food, good wine, a restaurant where I won't feel too ridiculous eating by myself and hopefully an area where a cab is easy to catch. I'm staying in the Wharf area--I know, super touristy. Not my choice! I've already been to Slanted Door, Boulevard, Danko, Yank Sing, Bix, Chapeau.............that's all I can remember. My only caveat is that I don't want any type of Mexican food because I live on the Mexican border. Thank you!
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if price isn't an issue, kappa in japantown is great for one person, as all seats are a bar (save one table for 3 in the back.) saison also has a great bar seating in front of their wood-burning fireplace, but is very expensive.
cotogna and farina also have nice seating for one at their bar. at farina i'd recommend their pansotti pasta, and and a fish dish, if you have a decent-sized appetite.
Really? Do you like Kappa over Kiss? I much prefer Kiss. And you can sit alone at the bar there too, and watch him make everything. I was disapponited in Kappa.
Comfort eating alone is as much in your mind as anything else. I have no qualms about dining solo anywhere.
I had a nice solo meal not long ago at Ame, which I'd also recommend.
Other places I might recommend: Lolo's, Ino Sushi, La Folie, Aziza, Chotto, Bar Crudo, Izakaya Sozai...
i do actually like kappa more than kiss, but i can certainly see how one might disagree. kappa serves a lot of items prepared earlier that day (maybe the day before?) but kiss feels too sterile and petite for me. i like ino more than either kiss or kappa, but ino is less of an interesting-place-to-go-one-time, and may be a bit of an acquired taste. but kiss would also be a great suggestion for the op.
i've also had pretty uniformly good experience dining solo anywhere. quince in particular i had a surprisingly nice time sitting at a table solo -- the waiters become your friends :-)
but my favorite place to eat alone is actually the bar at harris' -- live jazz every night.
Yes, that is exactly what irked me about kappa. Too many things prepared earlier. They felt unfresh, and even some things that should have been hot were room temp.
The space is great though. I wanted to take over the restaurant and cook there myself.
Kiss is a little sterile, and the chef is quiet and doesn't really talk to you. But it's just a jewel of a meal that he makes there. Made the more fantastic since his little pristine sushi and sashimi courses are also perfect delicious bites.
Never been to Harris'. And I do like live jazz. hmmm.
As a solo diner I like to sit at dining counters if they're available to increase the possibility of conversation. So if that's your thing, I might recommend Sebo (top notch sushi), Incanto (Cal-Italian always interesting food and friendly), Pizza Delfina (my favorite pizza with great sides and wine, the one in the Mission), Bar Agricole (food is tasting really great now with cocktail list to match, however, bar seating is literally at the bar). I always love Absinthe for their cocktails and fine oysters (there are lots of places in town to have good oysters). If you're dying to go to Lers Ros you should. The food won't disappoint but you may have to leave the leftovers behind! If you go to LR, I would also recommend a visit to Bourbon and Branch right around the corner. An intriguing place to have a before or after dinner drink. These are all neighborhood joints that will give you more of a feel for the food and people here than some of the restaurants in the wharf/financial district.
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LaMar has bar dining and a lively atmosphere, and it's one of my favorites whenever I'm in town. It's upscale Peruvian - lots of ceviches.
No one in SF cares if you dine alone. Some places are more fun--seats with backs at a bar near the kitchen, being the best options.
The food at Lers Ros is the same no matter how many people you eat with; just a matter of how much you can order. Avoid the lunch specials, which are Americanized. I'm fond of the catfish salad with green apples and pork belly appetizer.
Not entirely sure about your "ethnic" divisions--Japanese is ethnic but Italian isn't? Or is it a matter of atmosphere and clientele?
Bars at restaurants with good food and good scenes: Commonwealth, Skool, Bar Tartine, Locanda, La Folie Lounge, Incanto, SPQR, Yamo (Burmese dive with 10 seats)
Cabs are easy if you call the dispatcher.
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I've eaten at Lers Ros twice as a single diner, and the difficulty in trying different dishes is significant. I wouldn't put it in the same kind of only-one-meal realm. Some obvious choices you haven't mentioned are Zuni Cafe and Gary Danko and maybe RN74.
For price no object, I'd really suggest Saison - especially the real chef's table. It's four bar seats *in* the kitchen, so you can enjoy the company of the chefs.
The incanto idea is good - they have a chalkboard of smaller dishes, and a fun bar area. You have to really like meat though. Great wine.
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Re LR, I dunno. Often when I travel and I'm trying to get as many tastes in in a short time I will do just that---taste several dishes, finishing none. Or maybe you can get app/half portions. It certainly allows one to scratch an itch and note whether to return another time for the fuller experience.
Ace Wasabi's in the Marina District is a terrific spot for solo diners. Very friendly locals hangout and dine at the sake bar nightly.