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Best child friendly dinner?

adamandeve May 1, 2012 07:32 PM

I'll be in sf in a couple of weeks. I have reservations at Zunni, Slanted Door and delfina I am also trying to get a seat at Frances. My husband and daughter will join me for one night, and I am looking for a place to have dinner with them. Hopefully not too far from Union Square, but delicious so my hubbie won't hate me for what I will eat before. Naturally Mexican seems like the obvious choice! But any suggestions for something a bit more special but where we can bring our 4 year old would be great.

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    Leely2 RE: adamandeve May 1, 2012 07:45 PM

    I don't have kids, but I think most restaurants in SF are child-friendly (depending on the child, of course). If you make your reservation for an early-ish seating, I cannot imagine you'd have a problem most anywhere.

    What do you mean by "a bit more special"? Are you speaking of food or atmosphere/fancy-factor?

    Off the top of my head, I would look at Canteen--booths, which would be good with a child--and Perbacco. But I don't eat downtown or near Union Square too often. I'm sure others will have many more suggestions.

    Have a delicious visit.

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      adamandeve RE: Leely2 May 1, 2012 08:01 PM

      I meant food wise. With kids I find often the less formal the better. But something more unique than a taqueria would be appreciated by my hubby for how only meal in town ( no that we don't love a good taco!)

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      trespinero RE: adamandeve May 1, 2012 11:39 PM

      Kokkari is great and again probably an earlier seating would be better and not too far from Union Sq . Or maybe take the cable car(s), depending on how much you walk, to the tonga room, that could be fun for a kiddie virgin cocktail and dinner or walk up to the big 4 in the Huntington hotel and eat there, that would be an action packed SF night.

      1. Atomica RE: adamandeve May 2, 2012 07:33 AM

        Cafe Claude is very nice, but casual. Very near Union Sq. I've taken my child there successfully, for an early dinner.

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          dunstable RE: adamandeve May 2, 2012 08:47 AM

          Nopalito might work for good Mexican. Pauline's Pizza is kid-friendly and made with homemade vegetables and such.

          When you say "kid-friendly," do you mean a place where your child will like the food, or a place where you won't be scoffed at by other patrons for bringing children? I mean there are a lot of places in SF that have excellent food that won't repel children, but where a child might be out of place, at least on weekends.

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            ceekskat RE: adamandeve May 2, 2012 09:43 AM

            Perbacco has great food in a lively atmosphere and you can take children there on the early side. Slanted door has good food, bustling atmosphere & could be fun for kids as it is located in the Ferry Bldg...can see boats, bridge, etc.

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