The House- San Francisco
I will be in San Francisco for 2 nights and was thinking of making a reservation at The House and wanted some input. I am looking for seafood/fusion in a restaurant that is not uptight or super expensive. Would this work? Ideally we also would love any suggestions nearby for drinks after dinner.
We are staying at the Argonaut Hotel. Can I walk from there to the House as it seems do able on the map? Is it safe to walk back after or should we cab it?
Definitely not uptight, quite the opposite. If you're open to their take on fusion cooking -- which is pretty evident from their menu - then it should work. I haven't been there in a while, but I've always enjoyed eating there.
The walk should be no problem. It is a well-trafficed path through a very walkable neighborhood. If you're at all comfortable walking in any city this should be fine. In fact, you can make some detours and walk up Telegraph Hill or maybe walk the twisty block of Lombard (much better than driving it!) and you'll get a nice taste of SF. Finding a place to catch a drink is also no problem. Some classic, SF institutions are the Tosca on Columbus or the Savoy Tivoli on Grant - but others can probably offer better tips on watering holes.
I agree with BernalKC's comments. If you've never been to SF, or never been to Tosca, that's where you should go for your postprandial drink.
A walk to and through North Beach, dinner at House, and a drink at Tosca sounds like a nice evening to me. If you have time, stop in at City Lights Bookstore [across the street from Tosca] for a browse.
The House is very loud. Like rock concert loud. Like you will not be able to have a conversation during dinner. Like your ears will still be ringing the next morning. Very loud.
If you don't mind loud, it is great food.
I have not been to The House but MANY people tell me they love it.
Walkable from Argonaut if you like to walk. Take Columbus (safer to walk busy streets!), turn left on Union, right on Grant -- Grant is flat and interesting shops/bars, etc. on your way to The House. If you want to walk after dinner, follow others' suggestions for bars on Columbus, you could also continue on the Chinatown section of Grant -- lots of shops with interesting items.
You'll be tired and full -- just take a cab back to your hotel.