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Recommendations Near Marriott Marquis (4th and Mission) -- Especially places open early for dinner [SF]

I'm coming to SF for the national bridge tournament, and frustratingly, the schedule is not my own. Often, we will be let loose for dinner at 5:00 or a little later and need to be back by 7:30.

I think I'll be OK on these days when I don't have these parameters, but I'd be most appreciative for ideas:

1. Places nearby that are open at 5:30 (at the latest) and offers good food (any cuisine). Price isn't much of an issue but informal is better than fancy.

2. Places for an interesting lunch at 11:00 or 11:30. Best if they were walking distance.

3. Late-night nearby. Bars with decent food would be particularly great or restaurants with bars would be particularly good for this purpose, especially ones quiet enough for us to sob softly about our bridge results.

Thanks so much!

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  1. make sure to go to the bar/lounge at the top of the marriott, think it's called "the view" - not as famous as top of the mark, but far easier to get into/less pretentious/still nice views. priced accordingly.

    no food.

    1. On the expensive end, but the Lounge at Fifth Floor is right across the street. Open 5-midnight. I think it's probably pretty quiet, too.

      1. Bluestem Brasserie - right across the alley! Open for lunch OR dinner (opens at 5p for dinner). We had lunch; my brother had dinner (during OracleWorld madness, no less). Both were excellent.
        Menus at: http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/

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        1. re: jaiko

          Bluestem was a terrific idea, especially on a rainy day when we could duck right into Yerba Buena Lane in literally 30 seconds. I split a bacon cheeseburger and a the fried chicken and biscuit special (available on Mondays). The fried chicken was a disappointment, but the cheeseburger (and especially the bacon) were delicious. But the best thing we ate was the side of cauliflower, lemon, chili and parmesan. I don't think Bluestem is a destination restaurant, but it was exactly the kind of place I was looking for, jaiko, so thanks.

        2. Good ideas, all. I'm familiar with the bar at the top of the Marriott, vulber, and agree that the view is spectacular. Alas, it isn't a secret to the mobs at the bridge tournament.

          1. The Westfield mall is half a block away and has a lot of restaurants:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787076

            Recommendations for Moscone Center are mostly nearby:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852618