San Francisco Journals

San Francisco - foodie heaven

A travel journal to San Francisco by estnet

Quote: I'm one of the "live to eat" people and am lucky enough to live in food heaven - hope you enjoy some of the places I enjoy!

San Francisco - foodie heaven

Overview

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Here are my reviews of some great restaurants - I will try to add one a day for a while since I can't type for too long at one time. Go to the Fishermans wharf area and walk, people watch, take a ferry ride, eat, walk some more, go to pier 39 and see the seals (AND hear them :) )

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Hayes Street Grill

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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What a pleasant surprise! I was invited to a luncheon or I never would have discovered this delightful restaurant. I was expecting ordinary American and got extraordinary. The dish served was listed as halibut, but it was so perfectly cooked tender and flaky I have trouble believing it was not some other fish such as sea bream. The artistry of the plate was delightful to behold, but the first bite was even better. The taste was perched upon a bit of grains which were perfectly seasoned with a light dressing. Some small red potatoes and tiny cherry tomatoes land both colorful and taste highlights. In between the salad and the fish or some perfectly cooked fresh long beans and asparagus. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2001

Hayes Street Grill
320 Hayes St
San Francisco, California 94102
+1 415 863 5545

Ton Kiang

Restaurant

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This is reviewed as one of the best dim sum places in the city. After a number of attempts (failed) to get in at popular times I was able to be seated at a very off time (4-5 pm). The dimsum were freshly prepared for me (and everyone), so after you order there is a bit of a wait - of course it is worth it for the freshness. :) I sampled 4 or 5 (way more than I could eat, but also good the next day) all fresh, tasty and even healthy (okay I only got the steamed ones). The stuffed mushrooms were especially tasty and a rather large serving, others were more typical dimsum size. A bit pricey at $3-5 per plate, but this is SF. There is also an extensive regular menu which I will have to return t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2001

Ton Kiang
5821 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, California 94121
+ 1 415 387 8273

Opera Cafe at the House

Restaurant | "eating at the opera"

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Just $27 for a buffet with tablecloths and candlelight right at the Opera? Yes - tonight I discovered that for a reasonable cost I had the choice of asparagus, tossed salad, smoked salmon on yukon potato circles, artichoke hearts, multiple cheeses and breads, hot dishes including seasonal vegetables, mashed yukon potatoes, halibut (very good) and coq au vin.

All in all, very nicely done for a buffet. Coffee or tea are included but dessert and alcohol are extra. The only downside is that the service was lacking - had to search for someone to refill my water and coffee twice. Desserts ($8) looked interesting but I was too full from everything else - next time.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2001

Opera Cafe at the House
410 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California
(415) 861-8150

Ana Mandara

Restaurant

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A spacious classy interior that (almost) makes you believe you have escaped from the city outside. Service is friendly, but uneven - when a neighboring table asked about the lobster the waiter didn't recommend it because "it is a small portion." As it turned out, the lady enjoyed it very much and thought the portion was just right for her. I would have expected a waiter to be more sensitive to the diners tastes rather than his own. Prices are high and the quality is variable. I had a very flavorful blue crab soup, but it was marred by being served lukewarm (and this was about 6 pm when the restaurant had just opened and there were only about 6 diners - so there was no execuse for the lack o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Ana Mandara
891 Beach Street
San Francisco, California
(415) 771-6800

Blue & Gold Fleet

Attraction | "blue and gold cruise"

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A great way to get out on the water and either just take a tour ...or.. avoid the crowds and traffic and ferry over to Marin. Get off and enjoy the art shops, food, people watch. Have lunch, take the ferry back and you'll have more exploring to do (all right it is all a bit touristy, but the sights are wonderful).

It can get quite cold and breezy on the water so if you go off season (recommended for less tourists) be sure you are warmly dressed!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 41 Marine Terminal
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 705-5555