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Please, not Cheesecake Factory or Burger Bar! [San Francisco, Union Square]

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Those have been suggested following an outing to Union Square! There are 3 ladies this Saturday--budget is 2-3$ signs. Very wine knowledgable but budget- conscious. I am trying to steer to a great not too adventurous place --remember Chron's 3* 2$?-- and am open to cab-distance venues!!

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  1. Some moderately priced places with great wine lists:

    Aquitaine
    http://www.aquitainesf.com

    B44
    http://www.b44sf.com

    Barbacco
    http://www.barbaccosf.com

    1. um... what exactly is your budget?

      If you are willing to cab it and can get a reservation, i would recommend Boulette's Larder in the ferry building.
      or even Delfina Pizzeria in the mission (but they dont' take reservations)
      Or even L'osteria Del Forno or House in north beach.

      The weather on Saturday should be nice and i am selfishly thinking of nice quietish places i would enjoy lunching with my girlfreinds and having a nice glass of wine followed up by a neighborhood stroll... so that is what is fueling the majority of my recommendations.
      Have fun!

      1. Cafe Claude or any of the restaurants on Belden Alley. Both are a short walk from Union Square.

        1. Scala's Bistro?
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9112...
          http://www.scalasbistro.com/menus-kit...

          1. I've liked Kuleto's on Powell for over 20 years. It never seems to get a lot of CH-love but I've always been very pleased.

            http://www.kuletos.com/

            ETA: I second Ruth's recs for Cafe Claude and Belden Alley.