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Apr 8, 2014 11:26 AM

Traveling with a 3 1/2 month old, but would love some great food! [San Francisco]

In the past our travels have revolved around food. Now we have the chance to visit San Francisco, but we will have our 3.5 month old baby boy with us. My husband has a business meeting to attend mid-week and we plan on staying a few days to explore the area. We will have a stroller and infant car seat with us or I can carry him in a carrier when necessary. My husband's 40th birthday is during our time there and I'd love to take him someplace fabulous. I'd also love recommendations for other fabulous places to go that won't throw us out for having a baby with us.

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  1. Where are you coming from, and where are you staying? Any particular price point, and cuisine as well?

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    1. re: letsindulge

      We are coming from DFW, TX. We are open to different ethnic cuisines. We both like highly flavored and spicy food. I am a pescatarian, so that is sometimes limiting, but hopefully less so in California. I don't know where we are staying yet. I have just started looking on airbnb today. I'd love one fantastic, impressive meal for DH bday. I am open to a higher end restaurant, as long as a baby is ok at the restaurant being suggested. $100-$150/ person But, it doesn't need to be high end, just something memorable and special. Otherwise, we are looking for affordable places to eat the rest of the trip. I thought about maybe doing a picnic in a park. just not sure if it will be more trouble than it is worth?

      1. re: cmhackad

        You can get your gourmet picnic supplies from Bi-Rite the grocery store and Tartine, and then walk a block to Dolores Park to picnic, and then finish up with icecream at Bi-Rite the icecream store.

      1. SF mid-high end restaurants are not baby friendly past 7 pm in the evening (imho), the service gets chaotic, the restaurants are super small etc.

        There are some places that are open most of the afternoon. Nopa is one, Cotogna another. If you go in the middle of the day, or at the very beginning of dinner (5-5:30 pm), everything will be more relaxed. During that time, you could go anywhere except the 2-3 star Michelin places.

        La Mar is also a possibility.

        (Note: for the first time I went to Cotogna (during the day), and the meal was very average. I've also heard the same for others - not sure if this is just a quirk or what).

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        1. re: goldangl95

          Thanks for the info. I'm definitely not looking for average. :)

          1. re: cmhackad

            I've had lunch at Cotogna four times and dinner once. All were well above average and certain dishes stellar (eg their sformatos, which are often veg friendly). The light in the room on a sunny day is really beautiful, and it's a bit quieter at lunch. I'd hesitate to bring a 3.5 month old because the tables are so close together here.

            1. re: grayelf

              i was with grayelf at those lunch meals and i'd say they were all pretty near stellar, for me. and i agree about the closeness of the tables.

              i do agree with goldangl95 about La Mar - it's big and noisy and no one would care if you had a baby there. however, i found their food a bit blah. Nopa same - big and noisy, and while nothing was bad, the hype did not live up for me. but many people like both these places - a lot.

          2. re: goldangl95

            I came to Cotogna once around 4:30, had a great meal (sformato, tortelli, ribs, budino). Or you can go a block away to Roka Akor, which is large enough and noisy enough that a baby might not be an issue (your husband can get some Japanese A5+ wagyu beef while you do seafood etc.) They also have a lounge downstairs (full menu) if you want a darker, more casual atmosphere (sitting on sofas, basically)

            1. re: goldangl95

              asian restaurants- lots of families and small kids in them.

            2. Asian in general is good with a small child.

              If you are downtown you might consider Yank Sing (Rincon Center location) for a Dim Sum lunch. Its price point is higher than other Dim Sum options but the quality is consistently good.

              There is a small, but now well-known, Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley called La Ciccia. If you made reservations on the early side I think they would be very accommodating. They have some great Sardinian specialties and a very good wine list. They have also just opened up a casual wine bar across the street, called La Nebbia.