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Restaurants for 50th Birthday San Francisco?

Whilst holidaying in America one destination is San Francisco, whilst i'm there it is a family members 50th. We are staying near Union Square, where is a good place to eat, not mega expensive, however not fast food?

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top answer by
Shannon from San Francisco

For a special occasion, there are a few restaurants that stand out.  

Vegetarian: Millennium Restaurant - don't be fooled, this place is great. I would bring any carnivore here. 

California  Cuisine:  Boulevard or  Chez Panisse or  Spruce or  Foreign Cinema

Seafood: Waterbar or  Tadich Grill or message me personally and I will share my personal favorite. 

Italian:  Seven Hills on Hyde Street in Russian Hill (right on the cable car line) or  Flour + Water in the Mission or  SPQR

Chinese:  Fang in the Financial District. 

Pizza:  Tony’s Pizza Napoletana - seriously amazing, but they do not allow reservations. Get there 2 hours early, and go down the street for a couple of cocktails. 

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  1. Millennium Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Boulevard (restaurant)
  3. Chez Panisse (restaurant)
  4. Spruce (restaurant)
  5. Foreign Cinema (restaurant)
  6. Waterbar (restaurant)
  7. Tadich Grill (restaurant)
  8. Flour + Water (attraction)
  9. SPQR (restaurant)
  10. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
  11. Seven Hills (restaurant)
  12. Fang (restaurant)
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answered by
Carina from San Francisco

All of the suggestions already crossed off a bunch of my personal recommendations, especially for Tony’s Pizza Napoletana since it's in such a fun part of town and provides a lively atmosphere. I would also suggest Zero Zero since it's close to Union Square but not right in the center of the tourist chaos that the area sometimes gets filled with. Zero Zero has a great mix of traditional and ecclectic dishes that are fun to order with a group of people because the menu is very conducive to sharing a bunch of plates. Definitely get something with their house-made mozzarella- you can test its freshness in each bite. Also save room for dessert- they have a build-your-own-dessert menu, with so many interesting, high-quality ingredients, that compares to nothing I've ever seen.

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  1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
  2. Zero Zero (restaurant)
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answered by
Serena from San Francisco

Shannon's suggestions are incredible, but many of them may be considered pretty expensive (particularly if you are not used to SF prices). Fang and Tony's are both mid-range and fantastic. Someone else mentioned Zero Zero which is one of my personal favorites a well.

If you definitely want to go somewhere in (or near) Union Square, I'd recommend Oola Restaurant & Bar, Colibrí Mexican Bistro and Tropisueño Quality food that isn't mega expensive.

Hope you enjoy SF!

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  1. Zero Zero (restaurant)
  2. Oola Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  3. Colibrí Mexican Bistro (restaurant)
  4. Tropisueño (restaurant)
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answered by
Michael from San Francisco

House of Prime Rib.  Best prime rib anywhere, and a San Francisco institution. Expect to pay about 50 a person without wine.

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  1. House of Prime Rib (restaurant)
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There are SO many great restaurants in that area of SF!  many are pretty pricey though.  I like Claudine for French style food and wine, they are reasonably priced. Puccini & Pinetti has good Italian style food and is also reasonably priced.

There are so many to choose from and it really depends on the type of food you want and how far you are willing to venture.  

If you have a laptop or smart phone with you go to  It is the best way to find local places, not just food.  Each has a rating and price range and you can sort by type of food and neighborhood.  Good luck and enjoy your trip!!!

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  2. Puccini & Pinetti (restaurant)
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answered by
Mark from Jacksonville Beach

Have a friend from Italy who has opened up a great restaurant in San Francisco called Allegro Romano on 1701 Jones Street.  Smaller restaurant and reservations recommended but a great Italian experience.

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answered by
Gil from Corona

Alioto's Restaurant, great seafood on the wharf.

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answered by
Jaclyn from Los Angeles

Zaré at Fly Trap and Boulevard are both incredible, and not far from Union Square

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  2. Boulevard (restaurant)
  3. Union Square (attraction)
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answered by
Amelia from Carmel (California)

I have been to House of Prime Rib. Very nice for a special occasion. Check it out.

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answered by
Jesse from Oroville

If you like Garlic, The Stinking Rose is fantastic and kind of a fun must try spot in SF. And again Alioto's Restaurant if you want a great meal looking over the bay.

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  1. The Stinking Rose (restaurant)
  2. Alioto's Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Darcy from San Francisco

The Cheesecake Factory in Union Square - top floor of Macys. Yes, it's a slightly ridiculous chain restaurant, but if the weather is nice get a reservation for a table outside, and you won't regret it. Great view over-looking Union Square. Plus the food is affordable and the menu has something for everyone.

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  1. Union Square (attraction)
  2. The Cheesecake Factory (restaurant)
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