Solo in Sf
Coming into town for 2 nights for the first time in about 5 years. I'm staying in Uionn Sq/Tenderloin. I'm looking for a place where I can eat solo, good-great food (anything but Korean), casual, especially for a late arrival. Prefer to eat in that area as am working late. Many thanks.
I highly recommend going up to the right-hand corner of this page and doing a search for "Union Square." You will find many posts with dozens & dozens of recommendations for dining in that area.
FIno, an Italian restaurant in the 600 block of Post Street, is 3 blocks west of Union Square and is good.
Not sure how far away from Union Square you will be. If you're near Jones and Post and like Thai food, the Thai Stick is very good! That's the 600 block of Post, I believe, and it stays open late.
Since u mentioned late arrival, my suggestions excludes places that close by 9 or 9:30pm.
Sons & Daughters (closes @10:30pm Thu-Sat) would be my top pick for best food, fine dining, but still casual. Cafe Claude (closes 10:30pm daily) is a nice French place. There's a row of 8 restaurants along an alley named Belden Place, see link: http://www.belden-place.com/ for more details. La Scene Cafe & Bar is a tiny and quiet restaurant at the Warwick hotel, decent food, open until 11pm (midnight Fri-Sat).
Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St) fits your needs well, just one block from Union Square, casual space, food by former Top Chef contestant chef Jen Biesty, and closes @11pm (until midnight Thu-Sun).
Regarding other places suggested: Barbacco (closes 10pm) is not near Union Square, and Canteen (must arrive by 9:15, closes 10pm) is in the Tenderloin.