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AussieAngel
07-24-2006, 07:18 AM
Only 27 sleeps til I arrive in San Francisco!! Yayyy! :banana:

Does anybody have any recommendations on yummy places to eat in San Francisco - either in the Fisherman's Wharf area or the Union Square area?

My BF and I like nearly everything - except seafood! Nothing too expensive, but something a bit nicer than Macca's!

Any suggestions would be lovely!! :cheer2:

Claire L
07-24-2006, 09:08 AM
For Fishermans Wharf you have the chain restaurants of Hard Rock Cafe, Rainforest cafe etc and also some nice little restaurants we went to a lovely Italian at The Tuscan Inn, shall dig the name out later. As for Union Sq at the top of Macy's is the Cheesecake Factory, yummy food and such a choice of cheesecakes.

Claire ;)

Claire L
07-24-2006, 03:22 PM
The restaurant at the Tuscan Inn is called Café Pescatore.

Claire ;)

disneycrazycatlady
07-24-2006, 03:24 PM
Do not eat at the Waterfront at Pier 7 (near the Ferry building) The views are beautiful of the Oakland Bridge but that is what you pay for- the food was average.

We loved Tadich Grill on California St near Union Square- I know you said you dont like seafood- but I had the best dungenous crab I ever had. Their menu is diverse- they have everything else on it too. They have the reputation of being the oldest restaurant in San Francisco.

kimntrent
07-24-2006, 03:34 PM
San Francisco is a dining mecca. If you are looking for someplace cheap and fun Reds under the bay bridge is great. It is a burger joint that has been there as long as the city has been there. There is also Bubba Gumps on Pier 39 which I love. Although sea food it has a ton of other items that are great. And the view is to die for. There is Bodin Bakery right on the water as well which is where they make the yummy Bodin bread. Just off Union Square is Home. It is in the Castro District (beautiful). It has homey food that is to boot. There is a great bar at the fairmont that also has some snacky hawaiian style food called the Tonga room. It is really cool to go to. The Cheese is great as well but it is a chain and most places have those. If you want more help PM me as my sister lives down there practically and can help you out on whatever you want in the price you want. My hubby works down there and we go down there all the time.

Disneyjosh229
07-24-2006, 07:46 PM
Ok, we were recently at SF (in April) and we dined at some excellent restaurants. If your looking for seafood, my favorite happens to be Scoma's, location is a little tricky because its in a alley behind the pier, but enviroment and food is to die for. Also, this may not be what your looking for, but if you want some of the most original Irish food you can get, go to a whole in the wall bar called "The Fiddlers Green". Its on Columbus&North Point. The bar is very small, but all the local Irish people hang out there, and they are some of the nicest people you will meet, and the best and most original Irish food you will ever find....Hope this helps

AussieAngel
07-25-2006, 12:40 AM
Thanks so much everybody, for your fabulous ideas!! :cheer2:

Claire L, I love Italian, so I'll definitely bear Cafe Pescatore in mind! And I actually had Rainforest Cafe on our list. I know it's just a chain, but we don't have it in Australia, and we won't make it to the one at Disney World, so San Francisco it is! Hehee!

disneycrazycatlady, Tadich Grill sounds good too! What are some other yummy menu items?

kimntrent, I love the sound of Bubba Gumps - we don't have that in Australia either! And the Tonga room sounds nice too. So many choices!! :banana:

Disneyjosh, I had to giggle at your suggestion of The Fiddlers Green! Not because it's bad, but because we're actually heading to Dublin after we travel around the US! My sister lives in Dublin, and we're staying there for a week - so I think I might save the traditional Irish fare until we're there! :Pinkbounc

Thanks again everybody! :wave:

disneycrazycatlady
07-25-2006, 08:01 AM
Thanks so much everybody, for your fabulous ideas!! :cheer2:

Claire L, I love Italian, so I'll definitely bear Cafe Pescatore in mind! And I actually had Rainforest Cafe on our list. I know it's just a chain, but we don't have it in Australia, and we won't make it to the one at Disney World, so San Francisco it is! Hehee!

disneycrazycatlady, Tadich Grill sounds good too! What are some other yummy menu items?

kimntrent, I love the sound of Bubba Gumps - we don't have that in Australia either! And the Tonga room sounds nice too. So many choices!! :banana:

Disneyjosh, I had to giggle at your suggestion of The Fiddlers Green! Not because it's bad, but because we're actually heading to Dublin after we travel around the US! My sister lives in Dublin, and we're staying there for a week - so I think I might save the traditional Irish fare until we're there! :Pinkbounc

Thanks again everybody! :wave:











Tadich Grill
240 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 391-1849


Cuisine: Seafood

Pluses: Large assortment of seafood, especially Dungeness crab, sanddabs, crab, prawn or shrimp salads, cioppino and poached salmon

Minuses: Crowds at busy times, split entrees will cost you $5.00 extra

Don't miss: Whatever seafood is your favorite

Prices: Moderate to expensive

Overview: Open for Lunch through dinner Monday to Saturday

Reservations not accepted
Visa, MasterCard accepted
Parking on street or nearby lots
Full bar
Wheelchair accessible

Tadich Grill is a family business which has been in continuous operation since 1849, during the California Gold Rush days. First begun as a coffee stand by three Croatian immigrants, Tadich is one of San Francisco's landmark restaurants. The myriad seafood is prepared charcoal broiled, grilled, sautÈed, poached, deep-fried, or baked in a casserole. The food here is straightforward and of high quality. Excellent sourdough bread, a menu that's printed daily with specials, and a large selection of fresh seafood make Tadich's special. Non-seafood eaters can enjoy the meats from the charcoal broiler including calf's liver steak, hamburger steak, lamb chops, pork chops, chicken and four kinds of beef steak.

Whether you come in for a drink at the clubby bar (not a separate room) or a full meal, the Tadich feel will take you back in time.

Disneyjosh229
07-25-2006, 02:56 PM
Disneyjosh, I had to giggle at your suggestion of The Fiddlers Green! Not because it's bad, but because we're actually heading to Dublin after we travel around the US! My sister lives in Dublin, and we're staying there for a week - so I think I might save the traditional Irish fare until we're there! :Pinkbounc

Thanks again everybody! :wave:

Haha, yhea you can probibly skip over the Fiddlers Green then.... :rotfl: enjoy your trip!!

Claire L
07-25-2006, 03:59 PM
Also on Pier 39 is North Beach Pizza with 'all you can eat', had a good meal here in 2003.

Claire ;)

mamacatnv
07-25-2006, 04:02 PM
Pier 39 - Boudins Sourdough Bread - you can get chowder or chili in bread bowls or pizza. Nice lunch without breaking the bank

Chinatown: Washington St. Bakery and Restaurant - fabulous, inexpensive, clean with great service.

Jakes or The Cliff House - out on Ocean Drive on the open ocean side of San Francisco near the zoo.

jules274
07-25-2006, 05:19 PM
A friend of mine used to live in San Francisco and has recommended to me, for when i visit next year, 'The Stinking Rose' restaurant, its on Columbus Avenue, she says it is the best she's ever been to... the menu is displayed on their web site.

Jules

mamacatnv
07-25-2006, 05:32 PM
A friend of mine used to live in San Francisco and has recommended to me, for when i visit next year, 'The Stinking Rose' restaurant, its on Columbus Avenue, she says it is the best she's ever been to... the menu is displayed on their web site.

Jules
My DD's teacher who runs the Bay to Breakers marathon every year was raving about this place, everything is made with garlic and it is supposed to be just wonderful.

AussieAngel
07-25-2006, 06:26 PM
Augh! The Stinking Rose has a menu item called... "Silence of the Lamb Shank - with chianti glaze and fava beans."

Isn't that..... AugH!!

I don't want to think about that too much!!! :confused3

Other than that, the menu looks very interesting! I love garlic, so will definitely check it out!! Thanks!!

Lissete
07-25-2006, 10:45 PM
Since you mentioned that you like Italian Food, you might enjoy Trattoria Contadina. It is the N.Beach area but is easily accessible by cable car or bus.

It's at 1800 Mason St.

wnissen
07-25-2006, 11:26 PM
The Stinking Rose, when I went a few years ago, was a great idea that fell down on execution. It was mainly basic Italian food with a some garlic flavor. I love garlic, and the food just wasn't that garlicky. Still, some people love it.

If you'd like a more distinctly San Franciscan restaurant, you might try Steps of Rome Trattoria (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=steps+of+rome+near+san+francisco,+ca&ie=UTF8&ll=37.784825,-122.419624&spn=0.057658,0.100422&om=1) in North Beach (not too far southweest of Pier 39). Wonderful Italian staff, killer friendly atmosphere, and you don't need to be a hipster like their sister restaurant Steps of Rome. Two caveats: the menu is structured like a traditional Italian, with antipasti, primi, and secondi courses, feel free to pick and choose out of order. Second, the staff tend to be gay, to a more or less flamboyant degree, extremely charming, but if it's not your thing you don't have to go. My Ohio-born mother loved it.

One of my absolute favorite restaurants is a Basque place called Piperade in the financial district, also fairly near the tourist areas. Distinctive cooking, somewhat seafood heavy, but something for everyone. A well-chosen wine list with many selections from Catalan country.

If you can make plans a few weeks in advance, try the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building (a couple miles south on the Embarcadero). Vietnamese with a French twist, it grew from a fashionable hole in the wall to one of the signature restaurants in San Francisco. Believe it or not, one of the best dishes is chicken in clay pot, but they also specialize in crab, "shaking" beef tenderloin, and spring rolls. Again, a great wine list with lots of riesling if that's your style (sorry, not much in the way of Aussie riesling). Reservations are essential.

For a drink outside, stroll down a few piers (1-2 km?) along the embarcadero to Pier 23. Cold beer, pub food, large outdoor patio. You might have to wait on the weekends for a table.

Whatever you do, check the weather before you leave. Not that I know anything about you specifically, but when the wind kicks up and brings in the sea breeze, San Francisco can require a jacket even in summer. Enjoy your visit.

Walt

woody73
07-26-2006, 10:24 PM
. . . If you can make plans a few weeks in advance, try the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building (a couple miles south on the Embarcadero). . .

Another vote for the Slanted Door.

Woody

BelleM77
07-27-2006, 05:08 PM
I have to second the Scoma's rec. We loved it!

grumpy.uncle
07-28-2006, 02:26 PM
Only 27 sleeps til I arrive in San Francisco!! Yayyy! :banana:

Does anybody have any recommendations on yummy places to eat in San Francisco - either in the Fisherman's Wharf area or the Union Square area?

My BF and I like nearly everything - except seafood! Nothing too expensive, but something a bit nicer than Macca's!

Any suggestions would be lovely!! :cheer2:
I'm addicted to the food network and love Rachael Ray's $40 a day show. When she was in SF she visited the following, all which looked delicious and affordable. Oriental Pearl for DimSum. Swan Oyster Depot on Polk St. Citizen Cake for great desserts(owner was voted SF magazine's Pastry Chef of the Year). Metro Cafe- a Parisian Cafe with a 3-course meal for under $15. Have fun and enjoy. Ed

woody73
07-29-2006, 02:00 AM
The desserts at Citizen Cake are fabulous.

Woody

xmelissax
07-30-2006, 03:31 PM
I also reccomend Stinking Rose.

princesstigerlilly
08-02-2006, 03:10 PM
Be sure to check out the Farmers Market at the Ferry building http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/

It's a beautiful walk from Fisherman's Wharf (20 minutes along the waterfront). You'll find local art and nice souviners as well as the traditional flowers, nuts, frutis and veggies. There is a really good vibe there if you like to mill about farmers markets. At the Ferry Building, Taylor's Refresher has excellent burgers and you can sit outside along the embarcadero and watch the city go by. $5 to $10 for burgers, salads etc in some great flavor combos. DH and I like to split a burger and order of onion rings, with a shake a piece--fills us up. Mijita is a small taqueria on the water side of the building. It's nice to grab a couple tacos and a beer and sit outside and watch the ferries come and go. Miette has some beautiful cakes (small and large). Take a cupcake to go and find a pretty spot to endulge in the cake and the view.

woody73
08-06-2006, 06:18 PM
. . . At the Ferry Building, Taylor's Refresher has excellent burgers and you can sit outside along the embarcadero and watch the city go by. $5 to $10 for burgers, salads etc in some great flavor combos. . .

We love the garlic fries.

Woody

alleybc
08-06-2006, 07:30 PM
Scoma's is an Italian seafood place in the Fisheman's wharf area. It's not on pier 39, nor is it in the real wharf area where Alioto's and all of those are. It is a little bit further toward Ghiradelli Square, actually only abnout a block from Allioto's, but then up a little street out toward the Bay.

It's the most wonderful seafood you'll ever eat. If you go after about 7 PM, plan on waiting at least an hour. The food is to die for. They have a website, but I guess its against the rules to put that here. You can google it.

jdm_dkm
08-09-2006, 08:56 PM
Elephant Bar (chain restaurant) has a location near the airport with great views of the bay and airplanes landing. Good reasonably priced food with full bar.

The House of Prime Rib is also a landmark. All they serve is prime rib and the trimmings. They also have a catch of the day for non-beef eaters

Niele
08-10-2006, 01:28 PM
Don't forget Sausalito if you want to drive over the bridge, there are some wonderful restaurants over there with great views of SF on the water....

TammyAlphabet
08-11-2006, 12:34 AM
No restaurant suggestions--but, I had to second the warm jacket. I was there last year on the first weekend in August and had to buy a jacket and warm hat just to walk along the piers. Coldddddd!!!!!!!!

woody73
08-11-2006, 01:56 AM
Don't forget Sausalito if you want to drive over the bridge, there are some wonderful restaurants over there with great views of SF on the water....

The last time we took the ferry to Sausalito, we ate at the Scoma's there -- it was wonderful!

Woody

Disneyjosh229
08-11-2006, 10:11 AM
No restaurant suggestions--but, I had to second the warm jacket. I was there last year on the first weekend in August and had to buy a jacket and warm hat just to walk along the piers. Coldddddd!!!!!!!!

Tell me about it, April in SF is cooler then in Michigan!

JoeBoo
09-07-2006, 03:09 AM
First and foremost - try to stay from the chain restaurants...

Koi Palace (in Daly City, just south of SF proper) is considered by many to have the best Dim Sum in the area. 365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City CA 94015. Tel: (650) 992-9000

Nopa is very popular right now. "urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine." Their wine list is very well thought out.
560 Divisadero Street @ Hayes
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone (415) 864-8643

Peter Pirate 2
09-14-2006, 04:32 PM
We really liked the 'Town Hall' restaurant. Great fish and steak.
pirate:

nibby
09-15-2006, 03:57 PM
One of our favourite ever restaurants is Helmand - An Afghan restaurant in Broadway (which is off Columbus, up towards the Chinatown end). The food is totally delicious and the restaurant is a lovely calm place with excellent service.

For a fun, lively Italian try Calzones on Columbus

We always avoided Bubba Gump (not keen on chain restaurants) but having eaten at the one in Orlando recently I would highly recommend it. The SF one is in Pier 39. :thumbsup2