(Closed) Favorite Bay Area Restaurants/Bars?

posted 9 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Here are a few of my favorite SF eats:

Coco500

Delfina

Piperade

Fresca

Arinell Pizza

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Nopa, Zuni Cafe, San Tung

And you can pull from the Chronicle’s top 100 and bargain bites!

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Wannabee

The House, Gary Danko, Bobo’s Steak House, Firefly, Cosmopolitan Cafe, Roy’s, Mangarosa, Foreign Cinema

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My favorite fancy restaurants include Delfina & Range in the Mission District. Many have already posted other fancy options. But my actual favorites are hole in the wall type of places.

See Bargain Bites for more detail. I personally want to try Brenda’s Soul Food so bad but haven’t gotten around to it. I also heard the wait is >1 hr long.

I also love asian ethnic foods:

Saigon Sandwiches , great noodle place, many king of thai noodle places on Yelp, finally, who wouldn’t want to try a BYOB Indian place in the sketchy tenderloin? (makes me feel real local).

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

On Chestnut street there is Mamacita and A-16.  Those are great places as well.  Thanks for the info about an Out the Door in my hood!  I love Delphina Pizzeria!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

On the smalelr/less well known front:

I love Chez Maman (on Union at Steiner).  It really feels like you’re in a french bistro, and the owner is always friendly and has great recommendations.  It’s kind of fun to eat at the barstools by the kitchen b/c you can see food being made.  Lovely french food at bistro prices, you can’t beat that!

I’ve heard great things about Borobudor (Indonesian).  We have reservations for tonight so I’ll repost a review.  

Lolo inthe Mission (spanish/mediterranean fusion small plates)…it’s excellent!

 For upscale I still really like One Market (definitely worthy of its Michelin star in my opinion and not too pricey considering, but I know it gets mixed reviews for its class of restaurants).

I hear great things about Millenium, but haven’t been eyt.

For light snacks, great cocktails, and an incredible view, I can’t recommend the View Lounge on top of the Marriott enough.  Waaaaaay better than the "Top of the Mark".  I always take visitors there and they love it.

There’s also incredible views from McCormick and Kuleto’s (owned by McCormich and Schmicks) in Ghiradelli Square.  It’s a chain, but I think M&S is always predicatably good…and good for tourists.

Oh, and the Tonga Room is great for kitschy (albeit somewhat overpriced) laughs.

I assume your guests probably won’t venture out of the city, but if you think they might I can recomend some South Bay and East Bay choices.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

-Cha Cha Cha  on Haight St or Mission (SF)….yummy sangria!

-Gialina’s Pizzeria on Glen Park (SF) ….hazelnut/chocolate pizza anyone?

-Farmerbrown on Market? (SF) …southern comfort food…love the friedchicken and peacan pie!

-Tartine Bakery (SF)…almond and chocolate croissants!

-Mama’s (North Beach – SF ) & Dottie’s True Blue Cafe (jones st – sf) – breakfast/brunch…come late or early. usually with a long line especially on the weekends. they don’t take reservations

 -Lychee/Lichee Garden for dim sum (chinatown -sf) really good and cheap! mandarin/cantonese intepreter needed or just point to the ones you want =D, a local spot in chinatown.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

Townhall http://www.townhallsf.com is one of my favorites, in SOMA, lots of chatter, great drinks, even greater food, and also in Cole Valley – EOS http://www.eossf.com – wine flights, asian inspired tapas, you have to get the shitake mushroom dumplings. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

lounges/bars? hmmm…. i agree with Tonga Room, oh and check out their happy hour, it’s a deal! check out Medjool it’s in the Mission…Bambuddha Lounge, Poleng Lounge, Bubble Lounge, The Milk Bar on Haight.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’ve been to Millenium.  It’s great!

Try Zadin and get the crispy Pad Thai noodles.  They’re to die for!

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