Coming from LA - Restaurant recommendations near Hotel Nikko
Coming up to San Francisco from Los Angeles for my birthday weekend. We're staying at Hotel Nikko near Union Square and are only in town from late Friday through Sunday afternoon. This is a special birthday for me (50th) so I'd love to get some restaurant recommendations from those in the know. We'd like to stay fairly close to the hotel but would be willing to travel if there's a place we shouldn't miss. Not into super-fancy, less is more - into seafood, Italian, steaks, etc.
We've previously been to Sear's Fine Food for breakfast, any other great breakfast spots near Union Square?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Perbacco for Italian - it's on California, near Tadich.
Alfred's Steakhouse - it's walkable from your hotel
Yank Sing is very expensive dim sum.
A cable car on Powell will get you to Chinatown - Gold Mountain on Broadway is good dim sum.
And a cable car will get you to North Beach - Rose Pistola for Italian, on Columbus.
Take the cabel car to Fisherman's Wharf, and eat at Scoma's (seafood). They do not take reservations.
I had lunch at the hotel's restaurant - Anzu. They serve Asian fusion dishes. Whatever you do, do not go to the dim sum/Chinese restaurant that is in the vicinity of the hotel. My friend went there and you basically pay a lot of money for mediocre chinese food. I would try Chinatown or go to Yank Sing (near the financial district) for dim sum.
After you mentoned Sears and I looked at your profile, you might enjoy Tadich for seafood or Harris Restaurant for steak. Harris isn't walking distance, but not much of a cab ride.
As for breakfast, on Saturday morning you really should go to Ferry Plaza and have breakfast from one of the many vendor booths. I've always liked Hayes Street Grill's breakfast.
Canteen and Dotties are two Union Square standard recs. However, Dotties is moving soon, so it depends on when you are planning to visit.
Have a happy 50th.