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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.

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  1. wolfe Jun 22, 2013 06:46 AM

    Try searching using key word solo in upper right hand corner, Lots of previous requests.
    Examples
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899079
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884970

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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. 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.

        1. bbulkow Jun 22, 2013 09:08 AM

          Here's another thread, focused on the high end places
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7862...

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

          Here's my list of restaurants without bars:
          Acquerello
          Coi
          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

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

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

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