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Jun 14, 2012 10:55 AM

Boston Hound looking for Early dinner - Small plates/seafood/Drinks near Golden Gate Park?

Hello, I'm a Boston hound who will be in San Francisco for the afternoon tomorrow and am looking for a place to have a lighter early dinner with good small plates and seafood options near Golden Gate Park (or east). Good drinks/wines by the glass would be fantastic as well. Something casual and with great veggie/seafood preps. We'll be going on the earlier side, probably six, so hopefully it would be a place that won't have a super long wait. I suppose a fish taco place could work as well if there is a really great one over there.

We are having lunch at Tartine Bakery and then planning on going over to golden gate park to spend the afternoon. In the past, I've really enjoyed meals at Chez Panisse cafe, Delfina, Michael Mina, and Ubuntu (I realize this is not in SF, but I absolutely loved the food), as well as several tacquerias that were wonderful.

After researching on the board it seems like Alembic Bar or Bar Crudo would be good options, but since we are heading to the Central Valley and taking the Oakland bridge later we could go as far East as there, although if there's something near Golden Gate that we could walk to that would be nice. I wanted to check if there was anywhere else you all would recommend.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Aziza might be an option. Alembic Bar is teensy-tiny so be prepared for it not being the best option. Bar Crudo is great - warning parking is a pain and it is rather far from the park.

    1. There's not a lot of notable California cuisine places in the neighborhoods surrounding the park (Sunset, Richmond, Cole Valley). There are some Asian places with good fish preparations, but it doesn't sound like that's what your looking for. Actually, you might like Kappou Gomi on Geary (1/2 mile from park, same distance north of park as Aziza).. Lots of interesting Japanese fish preparations.

      I agree that you might be waiting a while at Alembic, but given the early hour, you might be okay. I'm not sure I've ever eaten a fish focused dish there, but I had a delicious carrot and crab soup there last week. They also had a great salad that was served with toasted rice puffs.

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      1. re: hyperbowler

        Thanks for the suggestions and warnings about Alembic Goldangl95 and hyperbowler. Aziza looks good, although Kappou Gomi has me intersted because it's so different than anything we have in Boston.

        Kappou Gomi looks fascinating, that is a great suggestion and one I definitely wouldn't have found. Would it be crowded at 6? Do they take reservations? How long would the wait be?

        1. re: Klunco

          They don't take reservations, but I think you'll be fine at 6PM. You call them tonight to make sure they won't be too packed. Enjoy!