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Mar 10, 2014 02:42 PM

Business Dinner near Ritz Carlton [San Francisco]

I am taking a small group, 5-6, of colleagues out for dinner during the week. We will be staying at the Ritz and would like to walk to a nearby restaurant if possible.

We'd like a place where we can chat, so not too noisy, but a lively, nice atmosphere would be fun. We'd prefer not to be overly formal or stuffy.

We're very eclectic eaters, and some of the group travels quite a bit, so something a little different would be nice, i.e. no Italian or a steak places.

Price range moderate, preferably entrees in the 20's to 30's.

Suggestions welcome.


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  1. Gitane and Sons and Daughters are two commonly recommended places within walking distance. Gitane should meet spec for fun, reasonably loud but not too much, interesting. I haven't been to S&D.

    There is a large hill surrounding the Ritz, so walking to any restaurant will be reasonable, and walking back will be more difficult.

    If you expand to "5 minute cab ride" you'll get a much larger selection.

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    1. re: bbulkow

      The Sutter/Stockton Garage is helpful here; you can (carefully) walk on the auto ramp that lets out on Bush & Stockton, thus avoiding the Pee Stairs in the tunnel, and walk up the one steep block to the hotel. Once in the garage, you get on the elevator and exit either on Stockton or Bush, depending.

      1. re: monfrancisco

        mon - the 'pee stairs' heh I used to live at 510 Stockton and dealt with those on a daily basis. even on the days DPW hosed them down, they'd be all nasty again in a few hours. somedays I'd stop at the top and see who was snoozing down on the landing and change my path.

        the garage was a good shortcut from almost Grant and Sutter up to Stockton and Bush in rainy weather.

      2. re: bbulkow

        Gitane can be tricky for a group of 6 because it is a very small place. Sister restaurants Cafe Claude and Claudine on the same street might also work.

        A block of so further east is Belden Place with quite a few restaurants to choose from including Plouf (french featuring mussels) and B44 Spanish cuisine.

        1. re: bbulkow

          Walking distance there isn't much of interest (except for Gitane and the others already mentioned). The House is a bit further afield and is satisfying (though nothing groundbreaking) Asian Fusion.

          It's just not the hippest/most creative area for food around that area.

        2. Jai Yun, R&G Lounge, Wayfare Tavern, Wexler's, B44, Cafe Claude, Gitane, and Aquitaine are all within six blocks.

          So are Perbacco and Barbacco, which while Italian do not have your typical menus.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I would not want to walk all the way back from Perbacco to the Ritz (but that may be my laziness talking)

            I think for East Coasters Perbacco, Wayfare Tavern, and Cafe Claude are all rather typical.

            R & G lounge and Jai Yun are not "hip" if that's a concern. Jai Yun will only appeal to a specific type of crowd, I'd research it thoroughly before committing co-workers to it.

            1. re: goldangl95

              My first thought was Perbacco as well. The atmosphere is well-suited to a business dinner and the food is good and interesting without being challenging. You can certainly walk there from the R-C (although if any of your colleagues are of a persuasion that wears high heels, walking down can be challenging as well). As noted, it's a steep walk up hill on the way back (but then, almost any place is).

              1. re: goldangl95

                They could always take the California St. cable car back up the hill.

                Jai Yun is not lively.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  The cable car is really expensive! Great if you want the experience, not great if you just want transportation.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      $6 for 5-6 people is $30+ for what would be a $5 cab ride.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I always think the cable car is $6 worth of fun.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          That's what I said, right? "Great if you want the experience, not great if you just want transportation."