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The House- San Francisco

artvandelay Jan 10, 2012 06:28 AM

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?

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  1. BernalKC RE: artvandelay Jan 10, 2012 08:46 AM

    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.

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    1. re: BernalKC
      grayelf RE: BernalKC Jan 12, 2012 10:24 AM

      We thought Comstock Saloon looked worthy and would be close by for a drink after House. Part of the Absinthe Group. It's on the list for next visit :-).

      ETA: I just noticed it was on The Layover, so may be super busy for a while?

      1. re: BernalKC
        HungryDonkey RE: BernalKC Jan 12, 2012 01:24 PM

        I popped into Vesuvio (across the alley from City Lights) this past trip and it was the same as ever. Sit upstairs and people watch!

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        Rapini RE: artvandelay Jan 10, 2012 11:05 AM

        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.

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          Bay Gelldawg RE: artvandelay Jan 14, 2012 11:19 AM

          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.

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            walker RE: artvandelay Jan 15, 2012 02:28 PM

            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.

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