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Jan 30, 2013 08:55 AM

Afternoon glass of wine near Mission Dolores? [San Francisco]

Need to find a nice, glass-of-wine-while-we-talk-business restaurant near Mission Dolores around 4 pm. A place where 4 of us can hear each other. Some places we thought of do not open until 5 pm. TIA!

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    1. Zuni Cafe, Pizzeria Delfina, Namu Gaji

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Delfina and Namu Gaji do not open until 5:00 p.m.

        Zuni Cafe is not quite walkable, if that was their intention, but certainly drivable.

        But if you are going to drive, there are a ton of other places that are possible...

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          Pizzeria Delfina is open all day.

          I guess Namu Gaji now closes between 4 and 5. The happy hour used to start at 4.

          Mission Cheese is open all afternoon except on Mondays.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Pizzeria Delfina also tends to be busy all day, though I'm sure there are some expections. Even at 4 p.m., there's often a wait list for late lunch (or pre-dinner?), which would preclude a table being used only for drinking.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I always see people with glasses of wine at Mission Cheese when I walk by at the awkward hours.

          1. re: BAnders

            Mission Chinese is not exactly known for the wine list...

            1. re: CarrieWas218

              But Mission *Cheese* on Valencia has quite a nice list and is quiet :-)

              1. re: BAnders

                Thanks for the correction - I read that WAY too fast!

          2. At that time of day, it's often easy (or at least easier) to snag an outside table at Tartine. Non-weekend afternoons were pretty much the only time I'd go when I lived a couple blocks away and couldn't bear the morning lines.

            They sell wine by the glass and you could get a little plate of cookies or some baked good if you liked.

            1. The OP says she needs a "talk business" place, and I'm thinking Mission Cheese is too loud/crowded for that based on the two visits we had at that time of day a trip ago. There were only two of us both times and we had to wait for seats, plus the music was blaring to the point where conversation was difficult. Too bad as otherwise it fits the bill nicely.

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              1. re: grayelf

                Perhaps the outdoor seating is quieter?

                1. re: grayelf

                  That's too bad. When I last was there the noise level was moderate and I had no trouble conversing, so that's why it came to mind. I was there a bit earlier, around 3, so perhaps that's a factor?