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Eat at the bar [San Francisco]

nbtsocanos Jun 22, 2013 05:59 AM

I'll be in SF for work next week and am looking for a good restaurant with a good bar to eat at (ie a restaurant with a bar, not pub food, although gastropub would be ok). I like to eat at the bar when I'm by myself both because I don't have to worry about reservations and I like the service. Preferably within walking/short cab distance from Chinatown, maybe in the seasonal American vein.

  1. bbulkow Jun 22, 2013 09:08 AM

    Here's another thread, focused on the high end places

    Almost all restaurants in SF have bars, and all serve the full menu.

    Here's my list of restaurants without bars:
    Chez Mama

    Here's michelin list with notes
    Atellier Crenn - unknown to me
    Benu - thread says yes
    Coi - thread says no
    Saison - yes

    Acquerello - no
    Ame - I think so
    Aziza - yes
    Boulevard - several!
    Campton Place - maybe not
    Frances - yes and beloved
    Gary Danko - yes
    Keiko à Nob Hill - unknown to me
    La Folie - lounge has bites, may not have full menu
    Luce - attached to 888, bites available from Luce but not full menu
    Masa's - closed
    Michael Mina - yes
    Quince - yes
    Sons & Daughters - unknown to me
    SPQR - casual enough that you should eat at a table
    Spruce - yes

    1 Reply
    1. re: bbulkow
      Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2013 09:27 AM

      Saison 3.0 has a bar but it has a different menu.

    2. Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2013 08:56 AM

      My current favorites for solo dining at the bar are AQ, Bar Tartine, St. VIncent, Barbacco, Perbacco, Cotogna, and Incanto. The latter's exceptionally comfortable as there's a wide step for your feet.

      Barbacco and Perbacco are five blocks from Chinatown.

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        DavidT Jun 22, 2013 07:38 AM

        In the 200 block of California Street, you can eat at the bar/counter at Tadich (old-school seafood), Perbacco (Italian) or Barbacco (casual Italian).

        1. wolfe Jun 22, 2013 06:46 AM

          Try searching using key word solo in upper right hand corner, Lots of previous requests.

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