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Need help with good food that doesn't require a reservation

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Hi,
We are traveling to SF this weekend and haven't made many dinner reservations because we are bringing our 13 month old and I'm not sure how she'll do with the time change from the East Coast. So are plans are more fluid than usual and we haven't been able to book dinner resi's months out like back in our pre-baby days. Sigh...
Can anyone recommend places that have great food, reasonable price points that don't require reservations? We are staying in the Castro but can be anywhere in SF.
Thanks!!

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  1. Are you planning on bringing the baby? How are you getting around?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Yes we are bringing the baby most nights but my parents may allow us a night or two free. But we won't be able to plan much in advance. So family friendly is a plus although I'm not looking for "kid friendly" places that serve chicken fingers, you know?
      We will have a car but will also use the MUNI I'm sure.

      1. re: Katep64

        In my experience, if you are willing to eat early, many, many places are an option.
        To pick a random example, if you get to LEOPOLDS around opening time, you can just walk in and sit down.

    2. I've taken my daughter to Beretta on Valencia on a Saturday at around 5pm-5:30pm and have always gotten a table. The food is great, it's loud enough that people don't seem to notice much if your child gets fidgety and there's a table next to the window where you might be lucky enough to get seated. I was really impressed with the food during my past visit. Note that it also has a bar known for their cocktails so it can get rowdy and busy as the evening progresses.