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Noe Valley restaurants for visitors who likely will want to stay in the nabe [San Francisco]

We have dear friends who are going to be in the city just for a couple of days around an event their grown daughter is participating in. They're staying with someone at Church and 29th. I've 'coached' them in how to take the J to the Civic Center for that. I'm guessing they'd be happier eating dinner tomorrow night in NV. I don't think there's anything in particular that they don't like food-wise but maybe not too 'out there.' I know they'd be unlikely to get a last minute res at La Ciccia. Firefly used to be really good but we haven't been there in years. Anything on 24th Street or Church between 24th and 30th that you'd recommend? I don't think they'd be comfortable trekking around in the Mission. I know this is last minute but I just found out about it. I and they'd really appreciate any recs. TIA.

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  1. On Church, they could try to get into La Nebbia. Incanto probably too jammed in its final week. Tataki South is meh, as is Pomelo IMO. Fattoush works in a pinch I guess.

    On/near 24th, I hear that Saru Sushi is pretty good, and Contigo has a fine reputation. I would consider Front Porch or Ichi or Pizzahacker - these places are all closer to 29th/Church than 24th St. and it wouldn't really require "trekking around".

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    1. re: bigwheel042

      Agree with bigwheel042 about the recs for Front Porch, Ichi and Pizzahacker. You could also maybe add Blue Plate to that list if they have space. Another option is Angkor Borei.

      These places are all in La Lengua/Mission, but from 29th and Church, getting to them definitely doesn't involve trekking around.

      1. re: bigwheel042

        Saru Sushi is really, really good. I prefer it to many of the "big name" sushi places in town, even though it is small and local.

        As others have said, Contigo is fabulous, and definitely try La Nebbia… the pizza is incredible.

      2. Contigo serves great traditional Spanish tapas, maybe the best in town.

        1. Incanto. The vibe could be outstanding.

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          1. re: steve h.

            Incanto's fully booked though if they walk in early or late they might be able to get seats in the bar.

            1. Thanks for the fast replies. I've just sent him this link. With the suggestion to grab La Ciccia asap :) That's our old nabe but we don't get back very often. Thanks again, kids.