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Excellent casual food by Marina? Or hip bar? Fun group from Manhattan... [San Francisco]

BonVivantNYC May 21, 2013 04:47 PM

Looking for some great food by the Marina district (is this possible?). We're in for one night from NYC before we head to Napa on Friday. We visited recently and enjoyed dining at the St. Regis restaurant Ame and Quince. Both good but would like not to make reservations and keep it good but casual. (Francis looked good, though...) Also interested in recommendations for good cocktail bars, special to SF.

  1. CarrieWas218 May 21, 2013 04:57 PM

    Great food in the Marina is more than possible...

    Atelier Crenn (not casual, but exceptional)
    Tipsy Pig
    Umami Burger
    and Betelnet (if you like that sort of scene)

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    1. re: CarrieWas218
      Windy May 22, 2013 08:26 PM

      Yes, Crenn isn't casual and would likely require a reservation. But worth it.

      Great cocktail bars aren't on that side of town.

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        BonVivantNYC May 28, 2013 06:49 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion! We went to Tipsy Pig and got the mac & cheese, nettle gnocchi, pretzel with beer cheese, fried chicken dishes and a couple of salads. All very good - a nice casual intro to the weekend.

        (PS While I liked the mac and cheese, probably more creamy than cheesy for my preferences. Still, I could have liked the skillet ;-)

      2. smatbrat May 22, 2013 10:18 AM

        Agree with Carries suggestions

        My fav in that area(more russian hill technically)


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        1. re: smatbrat
          Tripeler May 22, 2013 06:49 PM

          Cocotte may be good, but the copy on the front page of their website is hilariously bad.

          "Cocotte restaurant merges the timeless essence of the traditional French rotisserie with avant-garde flavors inspired by Califonia’s farm-fresh palate."

          I guess my palate is not really farm-fresh.

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          goldangl95 May 22, 2013 03:20 PM

          Really casual - try Tacolicious.

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          1. re: goldangl95
            bbulkow May 28, 2013 10:35 PM

            I detest the Palo Alto tacolicious. So many better tacos around at half the price.

            1. re: bbulkow
              goldangl95 May 29, 2013 09:29 PM

              Hmm - haven't been there yet - where in the University Ave. area are there better tacos?

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