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Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

silverlainy Mar 25, 2014 06:20 PM

I'm visiting SF this weekend from LA and was just wondering if people have recs for dinner on friday that are good for a group of 4-5.

Looking to eat somewhere not too far from the Mission or Glen Park bart stations. One catch is that I have a friend who is basically a vegetarian who doesn't eat mushrooms, which crossed a couple places off the list.

Some of the veg friendly dinner options and reservations available were Locanda, Delfina, Beretta, Lolo, Contigo, and Local Mission Eatery.

Any thoughts on these? Suggestions for other restaurants?

Delfina was one of my favorite restaurants when I used to live in sf so I'm curious how it stacks up compared to Locanda?


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  1. c oliver RE: silverlainy Mar 25, 2014 06:23 PM

    Which Mission BART station?

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      silverlainy RE: c oliver Mar 25, 2014 10:28 PM

      Either one - I'm coming from the airport so I just want to be walking distance from the bart. If we eat in Glen Park, my friend can probably pick me up from that station. I'm just not too familiar with restaurants in that area.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: silverlainy Mar 26, 2014 08:43 AM

        The restaurants in Glen Park are all within two or three blocks of BART.

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: silverlainy Mar 25, 2014 06:25 PM

      How close to BART? Contigo's about a mile up the hill.

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        c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2014 06:30 PM

        And is Glen Park near any of them?

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        Leely2 RE: silverlainy Mar 25, 2014 07:05 PM

        You could try Gialina in Glen Park if you are okay with casual. Not sure they take reservations, though, and there is often a long wait--lots of families in that neighborhood.

        I wasn't crazy about Locanda, not sure why. Just seemed like a hassle. I haven't been to Delfina in a while.

        Beretta is not at the same level, IMO.

        Contigo is great but not really close to BART.

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          Jon914 RE: Leely2 Mar 26, 2014 12:40 AM

          How quickly does Gialina fill up after opening time on weekends? I've been wanting to try it for a while.

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            Leely2 RE: Jon914 Mar 26, 2014 09:13 PM

            When I used to live in that neighborhood that was my BART station and I would meet people at Gialina right after work. It seemed it often filled up within the first 30-45 minutes of opening, but I don't know about Saturdays.

            Now I live near Ragazza which is often crowded as well.

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          tjinsf RE: silverlainy Mar 25, 2014 07:40 PM

          Delfina is an old favorite, not to far a walk from the 16th Mission BART. I prefer it over Locanda but Locanda is good too so maybe you want to try something new and compare.

          1. farmersdaughter RE: silverlainy Mar 26, 2014 10:49 AM

            Contigo is quite a walk from BART, about 20-25 minutes. I have not eaten dinner at Local Mission Eatery, just lunch. It's fine, super casual, not a destination. I'd definitely do Locanda or Delfina of the restaurants on your list if you want Italian, or Lolo. I haven't been since they moved to the new location so I can't speak to whether the food has changed or not.

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              dunstable RE: farmersdaughter Mar 26, 2014 11:29 AM

              And up a hill, too. If the OP has a lot of baggage, it will be very irritating to climb.

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              vbchow RE: silverlainy Mar 26, 2014 11:54 AM

              How about Mozzeria on 16th and Guerrero (near the 16th Mission Bart Station)?


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                Shibi RE: silverlainy Mar 26, 2014 04:22 PM

                Tataki Canyon by Glen Park BART has a good vegetarian menu. We just had a tasty dinner there last night. We had bowls of tonkotsu ramen - a little salty for me but otherwise, rich but light- tasting (the stock is made with meats, so this is not a good veg suggestion). And we ordered a few nigiri sushi. The shiro maguro (albacore) and faux-nagi (black cod) were especially tasty. They also have about a dozen vegetarian rolls and more veg small plate options.

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                  silverlainy RE: silverlainy Mar 27, 2014 12:28 AM

                  Thanks everyone for the tips! My friend suggested Gialina too but I'm going to Cheese Board the next day so I figured I'd skip on pizza even though they're different.

                  I narrowed it down to Locanda or Delfina since I haven't had good Cali-Italian in awhile. Some reviews were complaining about portions but it seems like they are the same price point and portion size? If so, I'll try Locanda so it will be something new.

                  I made sunday brunch reservations at kinfolk (needed a place that took reservations and near the freeway for a friend). Hope that's good too!

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