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Restaurant Recommendations for First Time San Francisco Visitors

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kisis Aug 28, 2012 06:15 AM

Hi everyone,
Going to San Francisco with a friend in early Sept for a week. We will be staying in the Union Square area. We are 2 women in our early 30s. Looking to get some recommendations on where to go out to eat (lunch, dinner, brunch). We are looking for a mix of places, price-wise and we have no restrictions on what type of cuisine the restaurant serves. Willing to try various neighborhoods... A few cocktail bar recommendations would also be appreciated. Got a guidebook but it is always better to get some local advice. Thanks!

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    goldangl95 Aug 28, 2012 06:57 AM

    There are a lot of threads on this. Some helpful recent ones:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858775
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864439
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864417

    Remember - SF dining scene is like an olympic sport. It's somewhat casual dress code wise but reservations for restaurants are necessary unless you are going at odd hours or willing to wait an hour or two for first come first serve seating.

    Right in your area:
    Perbacco or Barbacco for Italian
    Gitane for funky/hip Middle Eastern/Mediterranean (though not quite as hip as it once was
    )Cafe Claude for French Bistro food
    AQ is somewhat a walk (and not a particularly pleasant one) but a short cab ride for innovative Cali cuisine
    Farallon for formal, good but not innovative seafood
    Canteen is a walk but not much of one (and a pretty safe easy walk). Serves California comfort food.
    Zero Zero is a little more casual Italian (more in line with Barbacco than Perbacco) it has a cocktail list unlike Barbacco. It's a bit of a walk but not a huge one.

    Bars:
    Clock Bar is right on Union Square - low key good drinks
    Rickhouse is a pretty easy walk. More loud and busy, extremely good drinks
    Just a bit away is the Bourbon and Branch group. Far enough and not pleasant a walk that you may want to cab it:
    Bourbon and Branch (reservations)
    Wilson and Wilson (reservations)
    Local Edition - you can just walk in

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      Keesey Aug 28, 2012 02:35 PM

      All good suggestions by goldangl95 and most I would recommend myself.

      For Brunch:
      Brenda's French Soul Food (expect a 40min wait, but it's good stuff!)
      Zazie
      Prospect (good for dinner too)
      The Butler and the Chef (their croque madame/monsieur is insanely good!)

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