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Aug 16, 2013 12:11 PM

Mid-range small plates easy walk-in on a Saturday night (San Francisco)

Absent of a reservation, either on the phone or online, what are some good mid-range places that are easy to get into on a Saturday night for a party of two? Table rather than bar seating and I'm thinking casual, small plates or seasonally focussed menu, and decent bar. Location not important and neighborhood restaurants fine.

St. Vincent and Lolo come to mind. Any others?

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  1. Aquitaine. Might be busy on weeknights but it was almost empty when I was there on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago, the staff says it's always a slow night.

    1. Saturday night with easy availability and good food... in this town? Sounds like a snipe hunt. But Blue Plate, Piqueo's, Dosa, Corner Store, Mozzeria... maybe Picino, Farina... come to mind.

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      1. re: BernalKC

        Thanks for the tip about Piccino!

        No wait at 6pm this past Saturday. There were spots at the counter facing directly into a clothing store. Kind of an odd view, but beggars can't be chosers. When we left at 7:30, they said the wait was 30-45 min., and typically up to 15-20 min on a random weeknight.

        Full report at:

        For a Cal-Italian place, the wait at Piccino isn't prohibitive. Plus, there's enough space to wait around and there are seats for walk-ins to perch at.

      2. Try Saturday the 31st. You know how empty the city is during Burning Man!

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