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Last Minute Reservation Needed For Foodie's Birthday

scchang Mar 14, 2013 02:19 PM

My brother's birthday is this Saturday 3/16. He was going to be out of town, but plans have changed. I'd like to take him out for a great dinner. Having trouble reserving at his favorites (Park Tavern, Delfina, Range). Any help appreciated in locating a spot of similar quality that might have availability at this point.

  1. Robert Lauriston Mar 14, 2013 02:27 PM

    Skimming OpenTable, places with food in more or less that vein:

    Comstock Saloon
    Fifth Floor
    Local Kitchen

    Haven't heard much about some of those places lately.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Calvinist Mar 15, 2013 10:51 AM

      Fifth Floor was fun when I was there last year. I would definitely go again.

    2. Cynsa Mar 14, 2013 04:14 PM

      Call Delfina directly at (415) 552-4055 and inquire about a walk-in table.
      I know it's a risk when there are no Open Table reservations available; we have snagged a walk-in table by chance.

      Try a different neighborhood; go Early Bird, or really late. Go to 'No Reservation' restaurants.
      How's your parking karma?
      Do a crawl and hit different places for different courses. Snag a seat at the bar. Reverse the order, eat dessert first. Do all appetizers/Happy Hours/small plates. Eat sandwiches; eat pie.
      Walk along Divisadero between Haight and Turk Streets for Ragazza; NOPA, Bar Crudo; Little Star Pizza, Nopalito on Broderick between Fell and Oak); Green Chile Pie & Ice Cream (on Baker at Fulton) or Bistro Central Parc at 560 Central btw Grove and Hayes.
      Have a 'brown bag picnic at a scenic point; order 'to go'. Open a great wine/beer. Be happy.

      1. moto Mar 14, 2013 06:19 PM

        Incanto ?

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        1. re: moto
          Robert Lauriston Mar 14, 2013 07:22 PM

          Incanto was my longstanding recommendation for last-minute nice meals but it's not so easy to get in any more.

        2. c
          ceekskat Mar 14, 2013 07:23 PM

          Opentable is your friend. Right now, Zero Zero & RN74 have availability for 7/7:30, respectively.

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          1. re: ceekskat
            Robert Lauriston Mar 15, 2013 09:53 AM

            If French or Italian works:

            Cafe Claude
            Capo's (reservations by phone only)
            Rose Pistola
            South Park Cafe

          2. s
            scchang Mar 15, 2013 02:31 PM

            Thank you to all that replied. We're headed to Fifth Floor. Haven't been for years. Trusting my fellow hounds!

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