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Aug 22, 2013 12:21 PM

Dinner Near Civic Center BART? [San Francisco]


I've been reading forum posts for ideas, but I thought I would just ask if anyone has ideas. I'm not too familiar with SF but I'll be taking an exam on Van Ness and then making my way back to Civic Center BART. Any good places for dinner near the station? My parents will be meeting me somewhere, so I'd prefer to find something closer to the station and is accessible without them walking up steep hills. It would be especially helpful if meals were under $20/person. Thanks!!

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  1. Not sure if you are just wanting to grab a bite or sit and dine.

    Some options:

    Show Dogs which is a small cafe

    Farmer Brown

    AQ (may be too expensive

    2 Replies
    1. re: Scott M

      If you're coming from Van Ness, AQ is a couple of not-very-nice blocks past Civic Center BART.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        The walk from BART to AQ isn't half bad compared with some of the blocks in the immediate area.

        If shanna86's parents aren't comfortable with hobos and so on, it might be a good idea to meet in a less scuzzy neighborhood, maybe one where it's easier to find an inexpensive sit-down restaurant.

    2. Gyro King is excellent, cheap, and half a block from Civic Center BART.

      AQ is my favorite place in the area but $20 a person would be more of a snack than dinner.

      Farmer Brown is by Powell St. BART.

      1. I was thinking more of a sit-down dinner than a quick snack, I'll start looking into these ideas though =)

        1. You might want to consider Lers Ros on Larkin


          It's about five blocks away, but a flat terrain.
          $20/person might be tight, but doable there.

          1 Reply
          1. re: kungful

            I think Lers Ros is on the only hill in the area.

            A three block closer option on the way to Lers Ros would be Burmese Kitchen:
            -Good food
            -under $20/pp
            -no hills
            -not too seedy

          2. Take Über X and go to a better neighborhood, especially if you want to avoid hills, because the area there that is not hilly is pretty sketchy. I certainly wouldn't take my parents there.

            Just my $0.02.