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Single Dining/Counter near Union Square-Castro [San Francisco]

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Would love some suggestions for delicious food comfortable for a single diner -- like at counter seating. I'll be staying near 4th & Market, spending time at the Castro Theater (Silent Film Festival), and won't have a car so I don't want to go too far afield. Thanks very much!

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    I'm traveling next week too as a single diner. Suggestions I've received so far were for Barbacco ( Financial District). There is also an entire thread on this topic if you search on "Atlanta hound single" .

    I go to SF yearly for my conference. Public transpotation is very easy and there are apps available to track times/ route you. Highly recommend this! Two of my favorite bar seatings are A16 ( overlooking brick ovens) and Sotto Mare for a huge tureen of cioppino while talking to the staff. The latter is WAY too much food for 1 but very worth it.
    Deb

    1. Canteen is a unique restaurant - menu is prix fixe.

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      1. re: goldangl95

        Canteen is closing soon, I don't recall the exact date. Check sfgate.com for their recent article on it.

        1. re: alwayshungrygal

          OP should be (very) fine at Canteen as it is not due to close till end of August http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/... Counter seating there is great as you can watch the kitchen prep directly in front of you. And the food is superb and good value, with some flexibility even though it is indeed prix fixe. So wish we could go again before Canteen goes dark : -(.

      2. If you to the upper right-hand corner of this page a search for "solo," you will find a number of prior helpful threads.

        Here is one:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899079

        Here is a thread on dining in the Castro area:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902126

        1. Kare-Ken (Japanese curry) has counter dining near Union Square. Their curry was a tad on the sweeter side when I went ~1.5 years ago, but that might have sense changed.

          Other options a short walk from Union Square:

          - Little Delhi (Indian restaurant with a counter)
          - Showdogs (Sausages and sandwiches)
          - Farmer Brown (Southern food with bar seating)

          1. Almost every restaurant in town is fine for single diners. Best food in the Mission and near the Castro. Union Square caters to business travelers and tourists.

            Reasonably close to or in the Castro:
            Thai House Express
            Kasa
            Namu Gaji
            Chilango
            Pizzeria Delfina
            Thorough Bread
            L'Ardoise

            The festival looks amazing this year.

            1. For a splurge go to Anchor Cafe on Castro near 19th St. Wonderfully executed seafood dishes and raw bar. This is very near the Castro Theatre and has counter seating.

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              1. re: saffrongold

                saffron, is this the place you mean? http://www.yelp.ca/biz/anchor-oyster-...

                I'm intrigued by the fresh fish specials, as I'm not so much a bivalve/crustacean (apart from prawns) person, partly what has kept me away from places like Swan's and Hog Island. Thanks for the tip.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Yes, this is the one. I am sorry I am not very savvy with posting links. You will find enough alternatives to bivalve/crustacean to make it destination worthy.