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Sep 29, 2013 03:41 PM

Updated recommendations in SF near ACT (Geary and Mason)?

Looking for some more updated recommendations for where to get a good pre-theater dinner within a 1/2 mile or so of ACT (Geary and Mason). We need a place that takes reservations. All cuisines, price ranges considered. Thanks for the suggestions in advance!

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  1. Hotel Monaco's Grand Cafe Brasserie and Bar is very nice, good food, lovely atmosphere, whether you sit in the bar or in the dining room.

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      +1 for Grand Cafe. The bar is great for happy hour specials if you want a lighter meal or are in a hurry before the show.

      1. mexican place across the street whose name escapes me. aghhhhhhh

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        1. re: vulber

          Colibri. What's good there? I've been meaning to try it for years.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Have eaten there pre-ACT, albeit not recently. As I recall, it wasn't bad, but nothing to write home about.

            1. re: sundeck sue

              the problem is that there's not a ton in union square to write home about. it's been a while since i went, but we ordered a bunch of different things, and everything was reasonably tasty, and adequately priced given the area. i think i actually had a quail dish that i really liked, but i believe it was a special.

              if i had my choice for that style of food in SF, i'd much prefer going to mamacita in the marina, but it's still a solid option given the lack of good places in that area that take reservations (usually i'll go to katanaya if i want food around there).

              i have not been to grand cafe though, but the prices have never made me too interested in trying it.

              1. re: vulber

                Grand Cafe's beautiful. The menu's totally changed since the last time I was there, lots of classic French bistro dishes. The prices don't look bad.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I have season tickets to ACT and the problem with Grand Cafe is the chef turn-over. It seems that every two to three months they go through a change and it is so inconsistent as to be almost scary.

                  I have had truly stunning dishes there (about six months ago) and then some where every single dish had to be sent back (three months ago).

                  I still go for the oysters as those are pretty hard to screw up.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              I had a pre-theater dinner there this summer. The sope assortment was quite good. I'd get that again. For entrees, I think I had duck and my husband had prawns in some kind of green mole. It wasn't terribly memorable, obviously. We were in the front near the bar, which had an old black and white Mexican movie playing (sound off). It was amusing, but next time I might ask for one of the booths in the backroom.