San Francisco Journals

My Favorite City on the West Coast

A March 2011 trip to San Francisco by cjg1

Sodinis Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Such a wonderful city so greatly settled on the bay it has so many things to do that everyone who comes here will probably love something about it.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Hotel | "A Good City Stay"

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Photo, San Francisco, California
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I chose this hotel based on availability and location. I have stayed in the area before so it was a no brainer. The hotel is the basic city hotel with large lobby complete with bar abnd restaurant off to the side. Check in here was a breeze and we were handed our breakfast vouchers for our stay. The room was a nice size considering it is a city hotel; which often can mean small cramped rooms. Our room was rather nice with a comfortable bed, desk, chair, armoire,dressser, TV, mini bar, closet and bathroom with nice toiletries.The bed was comfy and the hotel was very quiet at night. We both enjoyed our stay here except for the doormen who were next to useless. I would stay here a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 771-1400

O Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Restaurant | "A Casual Pub"

O Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant Photo, San Francisco, California
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O' Reilley's is one of those bars I always seem to end up when visiting SF. The bar is a comfortable, relaxed place where you can have a drink and be casual. The service here is good but not intrusive; which I like. They have several beers on tap and in bottles as well as wine and other alcoholic concoctions. There is also a bar menu with some pub grub items to snack on.

My last visit here was to have some pre dinner drinks before heading off to dinner. My wife and I sat at the bar and enjoyed a few beers; we both were in the mood for some Stella. This is a joint where I can easly waste hours just drinking and talking as time goes by....



Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

O Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant
622 Green Street
San Francisco, California
(415) 989-6222

Johnny Foley's Irish House

Restaurant | "Good Pub Grub"

Johnny Foley's Irish House Photo, San Francisco, California
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Johnny Foley's is a pub I have always enjoyed in SF. I've spent some serious time here at the bar and have enjoyed some good food here. This place is the kind of pub I enjoy; casual and without pretense. The pub is a inviting place with dar wood accents, ample bar seating and several dining areas. During our latest MR to SF during Super Bowl weekend we decided to stop in for some drinks and some food. We arrived in the early evening and waiting about five minutes for a table. We were seated at a nice table for four in the bar area and handed menus. The menu has a nice asortment of traditional pub favorites such as Bangers n Mash, Fish and Chips. They also have a good selection of wine and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Johnny Foley's Irish House
243 Ofarrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 954-0777

Dynamo Donuts

Restaurant | "Donuts to Die For......"

Dynamo Donuts Photo, San Francisco, California
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Dynamo Donuts is a place I had found on many food blogs. During our most recent trip to SF during Super Bowl weekend; my wife and I decided to try this place out. The donuts of the shops are made from organic and local ingredients. The donuts themselves have some interesting flavors such as: Meyer Lemon Huckleberry, Molasses Guiness Pear, Banana De Leche, Strawberry Earl Grey, Caramel de sel, Chocolate Rose, Bacon Maple, Apricot Cardamon, Bitter Queen, Passion Fruit Milk Chocolate and several more. The selection varies daily and according to the time of day. The shop is a small place but very cozy. Place your order out front and then have a seat inside to enjoy your tasty donuts.We arrived...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Dynamo Donuts
2760 24th St
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 920-1978

Tomokazu

Restaurant | "Great Sushi at the Airport!?"

Tomokazu Photo, San Francisco, California
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SFO has some pretty good food options for an airport and Tomokazu is a perfect example. Located in a food court setting near the United terminal; Tomokazu serves sushi. They have a variety of pre made sushi dishes and well as hot items to choose from.My wife and I often have a red eye out of SFO and want to gtab something to eat so we don't arrive starving back in NY. Our last visit SFO we each grabbed a pre made sushi platter. I had the eel rolls as well as some tempura rolls while my wife enjoyed some California rolls. It really is amazing to me that this sushi here is so fresh and so good. I am glad there are options like this in an airport and not the usual Mc Donald's and fast food ga...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Tomokazu
SFO Airport
San Francisco, California

R & G Lounge

Restaurant | "Incredible Salt & Pepper Dungeness Crab!"

R & G Lounge Photo, San Francisco, California
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My wife and I first heard of this place from watching Anthony Bourdains' show, No Reservations. When we say Anthony eat a large Salt & Pepper Dungeness Crab we knew we had to try it for ourselves.We were in SF for a long weekend and decided to stop here for lunch. The place is ver unassuming and simply decorated. We waited about ten minutes before being seated at a table for two downstairs in the dining room. The menu has a large array of seafood, chicken, beef, lamb, pork and vegetarian dishes. The menu also has some specialty items such as shark fin soup.When the waiter took our order we knew what we wanted: The Salt & Pepper Dungeness Crab. We also ordered some S&...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

R & G Lounge
631 Kearny St
San Francisco, California 94108
+ 1 415 982 7877

Lori's Diner

Restaurant | "Good Diner Food"

Lori's Diner Photo, San Francisco, California
Quote:
Lori's Diner is a chain of diners with location sthroughout SF; even a location at the airport. Before heading off to the airport for a late flight we decided to stop here for a meal. The restaurant is a 50's style diner that serves typical diner fare: burgers, fries, BLTs, Milkshakes, etc. This particular location was right down the block from our hotel and not too far of a walk in the rain.The diner wasn't too crowded and we were seated at a nice booth. I was in the mood for a BLT and Liz wanted a grilled cheese. My BLT was quite nice with crispy stips of bacon and nicely toasted bread. My wife enjoyed her grilled cheese and remarked that is wasn't as greasy as it can be at diners. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Lori's Diner
149 Powell St
San Francisco, California 94102
+ 1 415 677 9999

Mama's on Washington Square

Restaurant | "My Favorite Breakfast/Brunch Place in SF"

Mama's on Washington Square Photo, San Francisco, California
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Wow. I have come here on several of my trips to San Francisco. There is almost always a line as this place is small and very popular but Trust me; it's worth the wait. The worst part about this place is they show you the menu outside and you are all set but before you order the line moves past the kitchen area and you see all these great foods coming out and end up changing you mind 15 times. I am always impressed with the food here. On city search it is rated at a 9.3 which is another indicator of the great food here.My most recent visit here was for brunch with my wife during our November 2010 trip. The line was a bit long and we waited a half of a hour before getting inside. The food wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Mama's on Washington Square
1701 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 362-6421

Sodini's

Restaurant | "Not as Good as it Once Was.................."

Sodini's Photo, San Francisco, California
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This is a small place I am told is only known by the locals. Although it seems to be becoming slightly more popular. It is half bar and half restaurant. This is a place I frequent nearly every time I am in town. I have brought all my out of town guests I have come to San Francisco here with. It is that good. And if you can get one of the tables by the windows it would be a great place to have a nice dinner for two. After coming here for years I had grown accustomed to the food here always being outstanding especialy my favorite; the Tortellini alla panna. I just recently had dinner here with my wife during a January 2011. I was eagerly anticipating having the same wonderful food I had alwa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Sodini's
510 Green St
San Francisco, California 94133-3906
(415) 291-0499