Lark flies pretty under the radar, so is an easy bet for last-minute group reservations. They consider themselves Cali-Mediterranean which seems off geographically but tastes right. The charcuterie board and truffle fries are good places to start, but the Lark burger (with a lamb and beef pattie) with burrata is the ultimate grand finale. Lark is also only a block from Market St. so it’s a great spot to eat before going out in the Castro.
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Beit Rima in the Mission makes Middle Eastern food that’s as delicious as it is affordable.
A safe house from spicy sauce in the Castro, Eiji is one of the best low-key sushi spots around.
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Violet’s in the Richmond is a good neighborhood date stop for cocktails and a light bite.
Looking for a last minute reservation for a big group on a Saturday night? That’s a daunting task. Fog City enters the pantheon of great places you can get into.
We’re still on the lookout for a Soma go-to, near the ballpark. Marlowe is a base hit but not a home run. (Clever, we know.) That’s what we’re here for.
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