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Lazy Bear res for January? [San Francisco]

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OliverB Dec 15, 2011 10:32 AM

I am really hoping to be able to score reservations for Lazy Bear while in town and wondering if anyone has any info on whether there will be any dinners planned for late January?

Do they only do Friday and Saturday meals?

If so, I'm hoping something will be scheduled for the weekend of the 28th...

I will be in town from Jan 20 - Feb 02 and hope I'll have a chance to try it out.

I've posted on their Facebook but any help or info would be appreciated!

Thanks so much

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    OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Has anyone eaten at Lazy Bear before, and if so, could you please provide feedback?

    I'm not even certain if we'll have a chance to get a seating when we're in town and there's been no updates for any dinners in January as of yet, but I'm surprised that I've found no trace of mention of this "restaurant" on the forum archives, and I have to admit that I've been intrigued by the photos I've seen on Facebook and elsewhere. It truly looks like an amazingly exceptional and unique culinary experience, yet I'd really like to get some direct feedback and opinions from CH.

    Has anyone dined at/with Lazy Bear in the past, and if so... thoughts please?

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      Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 10:53 AM

      I've never heard of it except for your posts here. From their blog, it looks like they typically announce events 2-4 weeks ahead. Get on their mailing list, follow their blog and Facebook page, send them an email telling them when you'll be in town and that you're eager to try their food.

      http://www.lazybearsf.com/

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        Paul H RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 12:18 PM

        I've had two dinners at Lazy Bear events. The food is both creative and delicious. You can get a good idea of what the experience is like by reading the chef's blog: http://www.eatfoo.com/ . Go for the food, not the atmosphere. Venues are "unfinished" and service is at communal tables. I'd recommend a Lazy Bear dinner to anyone (except those with strong aversions or allergies - the menu is Prix Fixe only).

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          OliverB RE: Paul H Jan 2, 2012 01:32 PM

          Thanks to both of you!

          The photos on their Facebook page really knock me out, I hope we can get in on a seating... what would the dinner be comparable to in terms of local Bay Area dining, Paul?

          Cheers!

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            OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 03:16 PM

            So I just found out theyre doing dinner on the 27/28... I have late night res at Nopa one night that I can't cancel because of earlier evening plans, and dinner at Canteen the next night.

            Should I swap a dinner at Canteen for Lazy Bear, knowing that I won't get another chance to eat at either on my trip? Have you been to both places, Paul?

            Is Lazy Bear worth knocking Canteen off the trip schedule for?

            Thanks again!!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 03:28 PM

              Why not do Canteen in place of Lers Ros, and do Lers Ros (which is open continuously from 11am to midnight daily) for lunch or an early or late dinner?

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8229...

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                OliverB RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 2, 2012 04:42 PM

                Thanks, that's not a bad idea... the one thing severely lacking in Montreal is good/authentic Thai food, so I was really hoping to give Lers Ros a go, and Canteen followed by Commis the next night seems similar both in terms of cuisine, price and setting, so I tried to switch things up each night to balance out the trip. If Canteen is really a must though, then I'll gladly trade Lers Ros for it and try to make it for a lunch stop instead.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 05:37 PM

                  Canteen is one guy and an assistant in a tiny kitchen in a not-very-converted former hotel coffee shop. I haven't been to Commis yet, but I've looked in, and in terms of atmosphere and staffing it's the polar opposite of Canteen, and the food and menus are a lot fussier and more complicated.

                  Tadich and Sam's Grill are two peas in a pod.

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                Thomas Nash RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 06:52 PM

                Canteen is great. Lazy Bear is unique. We have been 4 or 5 times over the last 2 years. It is a tasting menu something like Manresa or Coi that often reaches that level, but is far more daring and surprising. The last meal started with no silverware and Jackson Pollack like plates of pureed smoked beets of various colors -- which you were to lick off the plate.

                Get on the mailing list and respond when a dinner opens up. They say they give priority to new guests. I am sure if you tell them your story you will get an invite to buy a ticket.

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                  rworange RE: Thomas Nash Jan 7, 2012 06:31 PM

                  Seriously, did you lick those beets off the plate? Gimmicks like this give me the skeeves no matter how fab the food might be. Like it woult had tasted inferior with a fork? Stuff like that always makes me think either they are making fun of the customer or way, way ... way too taken with themselves.

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                    Thomas Nash RE: rworange Jan 7, 2012 07:43 PM

                    Yes. It was good, but not the most successful dish of the night.

                    No, they were not making fun of their customers and they are far from being taken with themselves. I think David was just having a little fun.

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                  Paul H RE: OliverB Jan 2, 2012 07:09 PM

                  I'd go to Lazy Bear over Canteen every time.

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                    tjinsf RE: OliverB Jan 3, 2012 02:13 PM

                    I would knock Canteen of for Lazy Bear.

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                Ridge RE: OliverB Mar 17, 2014 08:18 AM

                We went to one last year and really enjoyed it. I was going to post about it on Chowhound but time got away from me. As others have mentioned the food is very innovative.

                A couple of things:

                our dinner went really late, later than we expected and we had to leave early to pick up our dog from the kennel. Plan on a late night (well past 11:00 PM).

                At our dinner we were the only approaching 50s people there. The seating is communal. The crowd was mostly 20 something's which was interesting, but took some extra effort to find common ground in conversations if that makes any sense. We had a great time and really enjoyed who we were seated with though.

                The food was very good mostly. The main thing I remember is the homemade butter which was the best I've ever tasted.

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                OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 3, 2012 06:35 AM

                Thanks so much, I can't wait and really hope we can get tickets for the 28th!!

                I've been harassing them on Facebook, so hopefully it works out!

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                  tjinsf RE: OliverB Jan 3, 2012 02:12 PM

                  Oliver are you on their mailing list? you can sign on up at their blog. that's the best way to get information about the next event. They give preference for first time dinners and will send out an email if they have a last minute cancellations.

                  I've three times since they started. It is comparable to tasting menus at the place mentioned above. The food can really vary depending on the theme and they can not usually accommodate dietary restrictions. You are usually seated at long communal table.

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                    OliverB RE: tjinsf Jan 3, 2012 03:58 PM

                    Thanks so much, I just subscribed to their mailing list this evening.

                    It really sounds fantastic and I hope we'll have a chance to try it out while in town!

                    Cheers

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                      tjinsf RE: OliverB Jan 4, 2012 01:12 PM

                      oh and you call also try direct messaging them on twitter. http://twitter.com/#!/lazybearsf

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                        OliverB RE: tjinsf Jan 7, 2012 03:53 PM

                        Thanks, I've been told they are not taking reservations yet until it's officially announced in their newsletter. I hope that happens soon, as I cancelled my res at Canteen on this night and don't want to miss out!

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                    OliverB RE: OliverB Jan 10, 2012 05:54 PM

                    Just a heads up to anyone else interested, that they are now taking reservations for the weekend in question.

                    The menu: http://www.lazybearsf.com/files/20120...

                    I hope we get in!

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                      bonbonluv2eat RE: OliverB Apr 24, 2012 01:48 PM

                      Hi OliverB, did you end up trying Lazy Bear? If yes, how was it. I did an underground dinner once & it was horrible. So I am very wary of these pop up now. Thanks!

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                        BacoMan RE: bonbonluv2eat Mar 14, 2014 04:42 PM

                        Really curious if he ended up dining there or not, too.

                      2. Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Mar 17, 2014 09:01 AM

                        They're switching from pop-up to regular restaurant:

                        http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

                        1. Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Jun 30, 2014 02:38 PM

                          Long profile by Jonathan Kauffman:

                          http://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurant...

                          Says they're licensing Alinea's ticketing system.

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