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Eating at the bar - downtown area

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Fort Point Mar 29, 2012 08:06 AM

Will be staying at the Marriot Residence Inn Downtown/Gaslamp area and am currently researching restaurants. However, would particularly like any recommendations for restaurants that have a nice bar area where one could dine while sitting at the bar. We frequently make dinner out of a couple of appetizers so sitting at the bar seems appropriate. Would prefer a location that is not too loud and probably not Asian cuisine; price is not an issue. We will not have a car but will use taxis or the trolley, although would prefer to walk. Any suggestons?

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  1. honkman RE: Fort Point Mar 29, 2012 08:27 AM

    Cafe Chloe (better food, wine), Cowboy Star (better cocktails)

    1. globocity RE: Fort Point Mar 30, 2012 12:48 PM

      Currant

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        TXGSD RE: Fort Point Apr 2, 2012 11:27 AM

        I'd second Cowboy Star and add Searsucker (can be loud depending on the night), Bice (esp. the cheese bar), Roy's (to be outside on a nice night), Fish Market (ditto), Neighborhood (esp. if you like beer), Lion's Den (esp. if you like cocktails) and Quality Social (bar that has some good food). Expanding your area to include Little Italy, Bencotto, Underbelly (ramen), PrepKitchen and Craft & Commerce will all fit the bill (the later three can all be loud depending on the night). Also nearby, Bankers Hill has Bankers Hill and Cucina Urbana. All of these have been reviewed here and elsewhere.

        1. Beach Chick RE: Fort Point Apr 3, 2012 07:10 AM

          Hilton Bayfront
          Fish Market downtown...sushi bar/oyster bar
          Dobsons
          Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel
          McCormicks and Schmicks..great everyday happy hour

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            Fort Point RE: Fort Point Apr 3, 2012 07:24 AM

            Thanks for all the input. Am now researching the menus.

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              Beach Chick RE: Fort Point Apr 3, 2012 07:37 AM

              Dobsons has the best mussel bisque en croute evah...good burgers too.
              The oyster bar at the Fish Market rocks..sushi too..outside bayfront patio with drinks and shrimp cocktails as the boats go by.

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                cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 3, 2012 12:59 PM

                Talk to me about that burger BC, what's it got.... : >)

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                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 3, 2012 05:35 PM

                  ; )

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              Fort Point RE: Fort Point Apr 3, 2012 09:20 AM

              I see Urban Solace mentioned frequently but no one recommended it for eating at the bar. Any particular reason? Like not a nice bar or location.

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                phee RE: Fort Point Apr 3, 2012 10:19 AM

                I think Urban Solace is fine for eating at the bar, but it's not downtown. It's not accessible by trolley, but you can taxi over. I suggest mapping it first so you can decide if it's worth the coin.

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