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Restaurants Near Hilton Union Square [San Francisco]

I'm sorry if this has already been answered before - or many times before - but how about three dinner recommendations near the Hilton Union Square? Not looking for fancy, white linen, etc., but not ruling it out either. One member of our group is NOT too adventurous, but as long as there is at least one banal item on the menu, she'll have to cope. Love wine, fresh food, Italian, seafood, good wine. Oh, I already said wine. My bad. Please help so I don't get stuck at a chain! We're at a convention with no car. No problem cabbing it, but would prefer not too long a drive. Thanks for your help!

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  1. so no chain and not too adventurous. Belden Alley is right up your uhh, alley. pleasant setting, more than several places, indoor and outdoor, each reasonably priced and well-executed, but no postcards will be sent about them. these have been around for quite some time so if it's new and exciting that you want, someone else will have to speak up.

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    1. re: hill food

      Second the restaurants in Belden alley. Gitane is the most adventurous/fun of the restaurants around Union Square on Claude lane (Cafe Claude serves solid French bistro food and is on the same lane) Make reservations!

      1. Yes, this question has been asked and answered many times. If you search for "Union Square" in the upper right-hand corner of this page, you will find a good number of helpful threads. Here they are:

        http://www.chow.com/search?q=union+sq...

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          1. re: grayelf

            I made reservations at Perbacco. Will report back. Thank you.

            1. re: Rosedale

              Perbacco is very, very good. Be aware it is a good 15-20 minute walk from the Hilton near Union Square. Belden Alley is not as far, maybe 3 to 5 minutes closer.

              1. re: DavidT

                Google maps says 1.1 miles (20 min on foot, 6 min by car) and OP noted shortish cab ride okay. That is a pretty flat walk as long as you go along Geary or O'Farrell to Market and then up to Battery. OP: avoid the temptation to go up Mason and down California, unless you love hills!

                I like Cotogna even more than Perbacco but it is further away and reservations are difficult. Plus I prefer it for lunch.