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anniversary lunch on a weekday in SF with infant

newhart06 Sep 17, 2012 08:33 PM

Hi folks,

Looking to celebrate our anniversary in SF next month - it'll be a weekday and we'll have our six month old with us. I'd like something special but hopefully not too expensive (under $100 total with no drinks). We have enjoyed Gary Danko and Fifth Floor on past anniversary dinners.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: newhart06 Sep 17, 2012 08:58 PM

    Interesting question. Most upscale places don't serve lunch, or if they do, they cater to a business clientele that's not particularly romantic or baby friendly. Maybe Spruce?

    1. pamf RE: newhart06 Sep 17, 2012 09:36 PM

      Do you have any specific neighborhood, in mind? The FiDi restaurants will likely be busy during weekday lunch and perhaps not that great with an infant.

      Ruth's recommendation of Spruce is a good one, and in that same neighborhood Sociale is a lovely, little romantic spot. They have a charming courtyard, if the weather is good.

      Any neighborhoods in SF that would be easier for you to get to, or that you prefer?

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        goldangl95 RE: newhart06 Sep 18, 2012 06:48 AM

        Cotogna? If you go at a bit of an off time, the place won't be packed for a weekday lunch and the restaurant feels very spacious and lets in a lot of light. It's not fine dining, but it has good food, atmosphere and service

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          Dustin_E RE: newhart06 Sep 18, 2012 02:28 PM

          sushi ran? (in sausalito)

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            newhart06 RE: newhart06 Sep 18, 2012 03:42 PM

            Not sure about neighborhoods - we'll have to find parking no matter what. I'm hoping to go to the exploratorium during the day but we don't have to lunch near there. I'm hoping to lunch in SF and not cross a bridge just for a meal.


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              pamf RE: newhart06 Sep 18, 2012 04:11 PM

              Then the Spruce or Sociale reccos are good, they are both in the Laurel Heights neighborhood near the Presidio. Parking is not too difficult in that area. It's a short drive from the Exploratorium.

              From the Exploratorium area you can also access the Marina neighborhood which has many restaurants. Street parking is difficult there, but there is a public garage (Chestnut & Scott, IIRC).

            2. foodcoupleSF RE: newhart06 Sep 18, 2012 04:18 PM

              A16 on Chestnut Street in the Marina district could be a good option as it's also close to the Exploratorium. Usually not too busy at lunch time and really delicious Cal-Italian menu. Just note they only do lunch Wed-Fri.

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                goldangl95 RE: foodcoupleSF Sep 18, 2012 04:31 PM

                Good option except, as another person noted, parking in the Marina can be a bit of a disaster.

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                  foodcoupleSF RE: goldangl95 Sep 18, 2012 05:03 PM

                  It's not too bad in the afternoon, obviously as the workday ends it gets flooded. There's also a metered garage on Pierce between Lombard and Chestnut (2 blocks from A16) that almost always has available spots (I might've just given away my go to parking in the Marina), just make sure to have quarters handy!

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                newhart06 RE: newhart06 Sep 22, 2012 08:38 PM

                Naturally, we'll be there on a Tuesday. Fooey! Now I might give up on "fancy" and go for great Greek or Cajun cuisine :D

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