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cafes, restaurants, hot spots for dinner

Bar Tartine/Mission District

Pros: A Mission gem from the Tartine Bakery folks
Cons: None
Best For: A hip neighborhood bistro experience

Basil Thai/SoMa

Pros: Sophisticated, fragrant Thai And a pretty room
Cons: The neighborhood is still up and coming
Best For: A slice of Bangkok Heaven


Pros: South of Market gem
Cons: None
Best For: A dining experience worth every penny

Bar Jules/Hayes Valley

Pros: Intimate, welcoming room and a divine menu
Cons: Walk-ins are encouraged, but prepare for a prodigious wait at prime dining times
Best For: Chef Jessica Boncutter's magic touch

The Plant Cafe Organic/Pier 3 Embarcadero

Pros: Unique green, innovative architecture/sophisticated "health food"
Cons: None
Best For: Enjoying a Plant Burger on the outdo patio

San Wang Restaurant/Japan Center

Pros: Exceptional Chinese food in the heart of Japan Center
Cons: None
Best For: Distinctly fresh and flavorful dishes, attentive service

Hunan Home's Restaurant/Chinatown

Pros:Dependable Chinatown favorite
Cons: None
Best For:Solid food, gracious service

Il Cane Rosso/Embarcadero

Pros: Food sourced from Bay Area farms, watching the ferries come and go from outdoor seating on the bay
Cons: Ferry Building heavily touristed
Best For: Heartwarming food on the waterfront

R & G Lounge/Chinatown

Pros: Consistently good, valet parking
Cons: Long waits at peak times
Best For: Classy comfort Cantonese

Zuni Cafe/Market St.

Pros: Seasonal organic, French & Italian-inspired fare
Cons: Pricey
Best For: Special Occasions

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