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Food Delivery to Hotel [San Francisco]

Hi All,

Am staying at the Handlery Hotel on Union Square and wondered if anybody knew what delivery outlets deliver to the area ? I have used Zpizza before and they have been pretty good. I am looking for something different this time, maybe Chinese/Thai

Look forward to hearing from you

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  1. Try seamless.com and enter the hotel address.

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    1. re: bobabear

      I used seamless in NYC recently and it was super!

      1. re: c oliver

        I looked through Seamless / grubhub, it has few commonly recommended restaurants. Of those, you can certainly do better than zpizza, like Paxti's. Amber Dhara is on the list and pretty good, and I have a fondness for Pakwan (though they can be a bit authentic for some). Of the thai choices, Osha Thai isn't so bad, but still americanized.

        Now, GrubHub is a little confusing, because they have menus for places like Benu, but a big sign saying "does not take online orders", as if you could call in an order and have the delivery service get it for you.

        There is a new service, trycaviar.com , that has a smaller number of better reviewed restaurants, all for a flat $10 delivery fee. Turtle Tower, A16, Alta, R&G Lounge, etc.

        If anyone has favorites among the seamless covered places, that would be interesting.

    2. The Front Desk would certainly know; some even keep the menus on site.

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      1. re: mcsheridan

        mcs - I did that when I was essentially a corporate office's concierge. had a whole binder full of them.

        1. re: hill food

          I learned this last year when I spent considerable time in local hotels while renovations went on at my home. It came in handy once or twice.

      2. While not a service, Bund Shanghai in Chinatown has online ordering and delivery. We LOVE their food. I was eating alone once and, of course, ordered more than I could eat. I brought back the leftovers pork belly to the guy at the front desk of my Union Square hotel. He was VERY happy :)

        http://bundshanghaisf.com/

        1. Seamless, grubhub, eat24hours, waiter, are some of the sites you can check. eat24hours is my first pick right now. it will depend were you're ordering to and what time of day. Most delivery in that area will be geared towards offices for lunchtime.

          I would also second the idea of asking the front desk, but that's also how some really bad places stay in business.

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          1. re: sugartoof

            true, I have heard of some staff (and even knew one once) who collected a 'regards' for customers directed. Yet I don't think it's common as in the end if the food, delivery or not, is crap it reflects badly on the hotel (and the guy I knew lost his job for it).

            1. re: hill food

              King of Thai Noodle has lines, Lori's has multiple locations within the same neighborhood.....two examples of mediocre places surviving off a lazy tourist crowd...it doesn't have to be anything nefarious, or involve a kickback, but even on the high end concierge side of things, that's how it works.

              1. re: sugartoof

                any yutz who stumbles into Lori's deserves what they get.

                besides, OP is looking for delivery.

            2. re: sugartoof

              In many years of traveling, I now _never_ ask the concierge or front desk when it comes to food. I have had so many bum steers - simply because restaurants come by and drop off menus & cozy up. I can do better in 15 minutes on my phone of sniffing out spots, or even walking down the street. Maybe I need to stay at a higher class of hotel.

              If Bund Shanghai delivers, that's a good choice.

              I would not recommend Lers Ros for delivery, I often have to talk to the wait staff to get the more interesting dishes - lots of people go there, order the pad thai, and are disappointed.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Seven Hills lost their chef partner.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    That was then, this is now. Perhaps that well informed concierge has adjusted with new selections since 2011.

                    1. re: wolfe

                      Or the concierge wasn't so much well informed, as he was well courted by the restaurant he suggested.

                  2. re: wolfe

                    When you need a concierge concierge, the point is somewhat lost :-)

                  3. re: bbulkow

                    Given the typical incestuous relationship between hotel concierges and restaurants, I would never dream of asking a concierge for advice about where to eat unless it was merely about having a hot dog. I'd rather do my own research. Now if I want to dine in a place where the concierge can get me a hard-to-get reservation, that's where the value of the concierge lies.

                    1. re: nocharge

                      I'd rather ask the people who clean the rooms or deliver the bags. They eat the way I do :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I've rarely got a confident answer this way, but they're the first people I ask too. Hotel staff aren't usually Chowhounders. Waiters and hosts are usually good for great advice, but they'll usually just invite you to sit down and dine with them first.

                        1. re: sugartoof

                          I guess I'm talking kinda "down home" food, i.e., where do you take your family? Not iron clad but fodder.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Completely know what you mean and agree... but I've found it's also a kind of romantic idea. A lot of the hotel workers are probably eating at Jack in the Box, or Blondie's if they're eating nearby.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              I've always been sort of curious about this idea that where a local eat, or even where locals take their family to eat, is somehow a good indicator of worthy dining spots.

                              Just thinking of some of the people in my personal circle of acquaintances, most of them either eat at chains (fast food, or fast casual places) half the time or at home the other half.

                              I know if I was visiting their city, the last thing I would want to do is ask a local what she likes to eat.

                              Of course, as with all things, these generalities come with exceptions, but I'd be weary of banking a handful of good meals while visiting a foreign city on an exception.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                I always thought the whole idea of "I want to eat where the locals eat, not at some tourist trap" was over-romaticizing the concept of "where the locals eat". But it's not completely without merit either. Take my favorite diner for burgers, Mo's in North Beach. Major hangout for cops. Would I trust a beat cop for advice on fine dining? Probably not. For advice about where to get a good burger, probably more so.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Gotcha. And I agree. But I have gotten some good suggestions that way.

                          2. re: nocharge

                            It really depends. We stay mostly at Starwood places and the concierge for the Starwoods preferred members have never steered us wrong. It helps to know what you want and your expectation. We even had hotel staff go and pick up to orders for us in Montreal with a place that didn't deliver. The concierge is good when you don't want to eat junk and still want food delivered.

                      2. I use Postmates to order from Lers Ros (Thai). Choose the one in the Tenderloin for the delivery. I also think Lers Ros has its own in house delivery, although not sure if it's faster than using Postmates.