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Dinner suggestions-Near Larkspur Landing/Marin County

farmshop

1 day ago
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Bars/Dinner before Ballgame

21 A
Peete's/Pedros

Mission Rock resort
Flytrap
Tres

Apr 15, 2014
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Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

BacoMan,

You can intern with me anytime!
There is a difference in being successful and being open. Being open day after day is not always a measure of success in a restaurant.

One place I opened in Boston, returned investment in 3 months. They predicted one fiscal year and they were knocking it out of the park that they started making money on week 3 of being open, that rarely happens.

People who "love to cook" or "love to eat out" often have no clue what it takes to serve the paying public. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and different ways of tackling a whole slew of different problems....

There is a huge difference in owning a restaurant and running a restaurant. Smart owners hire experienced managers and do not try to do it them selves.

I can go on and on and on. I will say that SF is insane when it comes to opening and running a small business, and specifically a restaurant. As mentioned above, some landlords have a % of sales go towards them. Highest min way with zero tip credit, SFHCSO, and SF Sick time are 3 of the biggest profit killers.
Cost of items that flux. Labour that goes into prepping these items. People will judge a dish based on cost but have no idea how many man hours and prep went into the dish getting to your table.
Guests that linger way past closing time with less then 3 sips of wine in their glass....they do not realize that the server sticking around to be sure their water is filled....just went on over time and it's costing the restaurant $16.12 an hour to keep them around, but the table stopped spending money 2 hours ago...

on and on....

I do not think there is a way to direct message on here, but I am happy to answer any questions in relation to running a restaurant.

Mar 31, 2014
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Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

my fav thai in the neighborhood!

Mar 20, 2014
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Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Bin 38, Verbena, Stones throw, A16, Terzo, Tipsy pig(tho can be a scene). Many options

Mar 20, 2014
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Wood Tavern-ish in SF?

Range comes to mind.

Mar 18, 2014
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best price on Guinness Pub Draught cans?

I am exactly the same way and I find that Safeway has the best prices with the club card

Mar 16, 2014
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best price on Guinness Pub Draught cans?

Do you need it for St patty's? Or just a general question?

Mar 15, 2014
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Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

And in Verbena's case, they do not have "Entree's" They have "larger plates". Since the menu is meant to be treated more like a tapas/small plate/sharing. That begs the questions, If there are no entree's, how does one properly account for the $$$. 1760 is another example, other then the duck burger, nothing is a large plate.

What if a menu was all in the 6-14$ range, but you had to order 6-8 dishes for a really filling meal?

Mar 14, 2014
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What's up with Nopa? [San Francisco]

A lot of places only reserve a certain % of tables for Opentable.com in order to allow for walk ins and phone calls.

Mar 11, 2014
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Recs for reunion dinner for 5 people? [San Francisco]

Stones Throw, Verbena, Mason Pacific, 1760

Feb 24, 2014
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fresh local herring -- markets in SF

Real Foods on Polk and Whole foods on Cali/Franklin have them, fresh caught whole

Feb 10, 2014
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Prubechu, SF (Mission)

no But it is at the top of my list. sounds so very interesting

Feb 05, 2014
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Tosca Wait [San Francisco]

I would not recommend a group that size for any walk in establishment on a Saturday night at peak dinning time.

However, please report back on how long the wait is

Feb 04, 2014
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Best restaurant bars with a view of the kitchen? [San Francisco]

Boxing room

Dec 30, 2013
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Why cooks are leaving SF?

I am so glad this was written I have been working on my own op ed about this for a few months however I just opened a restaurant, so I haven't had the time.

A few things: it is not just line cooks and the BOH. Its FOH also, Hosts and managers specifically. And commuting is just fine, however Bart does not run late enough and no one knows if they will strike again. I can speak from experience of how many employees I list during the Bart Strike. Our kitchen closes at 10:30, so my staff usually isnt done till midnight at the earliest and they have to take Muni to get to Bart. How do they make it back to Oakland?

If they drive, then they have to move their car every 2 hours, since there are no garages in this neighborhood.

I know this is chowhound, but it is not just in the restaurants. I am noticing it in retail, vet techs, customer service of any kind really.

Next year there will be an article about the the services are leaving/closing and how you can not get good customer service anymore. A vet tech can not afford to live here. A sous or AGM can not afford it. not if they move here today.

I am lucky I found my place in 2008, and even at that rent, it is half of my salary, not 1/3 and that is just fine. 1/2 I can handle.

Dec 30, 2013
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Buckeye Roadhouse [Mill Valley]

I love Buckeye. It is my go to in Marin any and every time I cross that bridge I try to eat there.

I love the bar area as well. The only time I opt for the dinning room is with a reservation for a special occasion.

I always get the oysters Casino...or are they Bingo? and the Ribs with a Pliny the elder!

Nov 25, 2013
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Dinner for group of 8, near AT&T Park on a Saturday [San Francisco]

Coco500 is still great in my opinion. Solid.

However in that area, I would vote Flytrap.

Nov 19, 2013
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21st Bday Dinner/Bars Recommendations

Perfect suggestion, go there!

Nov 19, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Best Restaurants for Chicken?

I love this place and their rotisserie chicken is great!
http://www.cocottesf.com/

Nov 06, 2013
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Vegas question for SFBA hounds

Raku, tho is Japanese steak

Can not go wrong with Lotus!

Oct 09, 2013
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high end for dining alone in SF ?

This is not unique to SF, however I really enjoyed http://www.rokaakor.com/locations/san...

Oct 08, 2013
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high end for dining alone in SF ?

AQ

Oct 08, 2013
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SF: Interesting cocktails and inexpensive bar snacks for a group?

How many people are in your group? A lot of places will not allow you to run so many tabs and have a table area.

Off the top of my head I think of Nihon and Romolo, but I wouldnt say their cocktails are inexpensive.

What day of the week?

Oct 07, 2013
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16 for dinner! [San Francisco]

What is the date?

Oct 02, 2013
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Great place for a 21st birthday in SF

Nihon
Delfina
La Mar
Berreta
Lolinda
Beatlenut----no idea how it is now that Chef Alex left
Nojo
Roka Akor
Gitane

I asked my 22 year old cousin(girl) and she rattled off these places!

Sep 25, 2013
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The Brew [Russian Hill, San Francisco]

Rumor has it they are applying for a Park Let?

Sep 25, 2013
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1760 Restaurant in San Francisco

BA HA HA HA HA

It is so true. As far as the people who live here and right off Polk street are concerned, there is no Polk Gulch.

Anyhow, I am very excited to try this place. Just giving it some time to work out the kinks. I live in the area and I am very excited about how many places are changing, hopefully for the better. There is a lack of quality food in that area, and when there is quality, you often have to deal with the clientele that can be not so enjoyable.

I'm also looking forward to Taps, and the new place from the guys at haven, and it was just announced that Red Devil is changing

Sep 25, 2013
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Fog City, SF reopens Mon 9/23/13 for dinner

Bruce Hill is running the kitchen. Saw it last night from across the street. looks totally different. I can't wait to give it a try!

Sep 21, 2013
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Waiheke Island Yacht Club (SF)

I went last night at 8pm reservation for 4 people.

Entering I was overwhelmed with the smell of the bathrooms. Well its the smell over really strong air freshener covering up the smell of the bathrooms. Once I entered the dinning area, the smell was gone.

I like the space. Interesting, smart, simple.

I have mixed feelings about the experience and food.

We ordered a dozen oysters: they were great! however they arrived after our second course...even though we ordered them 20 min before ordering our second course.

For the second course that arrived first I had the Duck. Smoked Duck Breast, liver parfait, apricot, plum, hazelnuts & brown butter. 20.

Very good, very rich. It was not easy to slice the duck. The flavours were spot on and the liver was excellent

Next up was the Lamb. This arrived 45 minutes after we finished our oysters/second course. This is the point that I noticed there is no floor manager. Our server basically stayed far away from our table while we waited the 45 min. I really wanted to order another drink while we waited, however it was clear he wouldn't even look in our direction.

The server doesn't cook our food. I can't blame him for the lag. However in those situations communication is essential. Be proactive, be on the offense. Approach us, tell us what is going on, offer us something while we wait. nope.

Once our food arrived we were really ready to give up and leave. The lamb was great. Not sure if there was squid ink on it, but I dont know any other liquid that is jet black. Flavours were wonderful, although very rich. ‘Silere Merino’ Lamb Rump, charcoal, olive, parsley & feta. 32.

Another point of service, we were celebrating a birthday. I made a note of it when I made the reservation. no mention, no candle/dessert, nothing. Maybe its not a NZ thing to do things for tables when its a birthday.

I have never been to NZ. I do wonder if that pace is normal down there. Overall no sense of urgency, no real care or concern, even in the open kitchen there were cooks on their cell phones. No one was driving this bus.

summed up: Food good but rich. Service could improve greatly.

Sep 21, 2013
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