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richardsoncd
02-13-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm taking my girlfriend out to San Francisco for spring break next month. Any of you guys from out there, or go enough to recommend what to do, we have 4 days to "hang out". We are looking for fun places to eat that aren't as crowded or tourist traps. Maybe some fun places to grab a drink maybe listen to some live music. Thanks.

School Skier
02-13-2006, 10:17 AM
Lucky you! We will be going to SF in October been there many times. Go to Fishermans Wharf to eat Scoma's is our favorite.
Don't forget to go to Napa Valley to taste wine many wineries to choose from. Napa also has some good places to eat. It's a very romantic place.
Have Fun!

TonyB
02-13-2006, 10:24 AM
Haight-Ashbury scene can be a lot of fun. Especially if you are a child of the sixties (like me).

http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/sf/neighborhoods/haight.shtml

I also like to drive North over the Golden Gate to Sausalito and dine at Scoma's, overlooking the bay. The views at dusk are tremendous and would be perfect with a girlfriend.

http://www.scomassausalito.com/

Some may sneer at my mention of Scoma's, as it is considered by some to be too touristy but I've always enjoyed the view (make sure you get a good table) and the Clam Chowder and Anchor Steam beer take me to my happy place. Also, the "Lazyman's Cioppino" is awesome.

Also, I love the blues so I would recommend ....
http://www.boomboomblues.com/home.html

And if you enjoy nature, a quick trip North to Muir Woods is awe inspiring.
http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

In fact, the trip to Muir Woods with a stop on the way back at Scoma's in Sausalito would be a "near" perfect day. You'll have to figure out how to make it perfect.

TonyB
02-13-2006, 10:39 AM
Lucky you! We will be going to SF in October been there many times. Go to Fishermans Wharf to eat Scoma's is our favorite.

See, another vote for Scoma's. However, I've eaten at both and it's the view at Scoma's in Sausalito that makes all the difference. There's nothing like enjoying a good meal and a cold beer while looking out over the bay as the moon rises above the San Fran skyline. Only female companionship could make it better.

M-Funf
02-13-2006, 11:31 AM
There are SO many places to go and things to see that it would take quite a bit of time to lay them all out.

You can spend any amount of money you want on restaurants...

I like Paragon (near SBC Park), Gordon Biersch (on the Embarcadero across from the water),The 5th Floor (very high end place on the 5th floor of the Palomar Hotel, Fleur de Lys restaurant, Rubicon, Hawthorne Lane, La Folie, Bistro Jeaunty (Yountville), etc...

Aw, heck...they're all good. I'll send you a PM with a list of 100 restaurants. It's got a little summary as well as $$ ratings and noise levels...

If you like bluegrass, a friend of mine plays stand-up bass for a band called The Mighty Crows. They play in SF quite a bit.

www.mightycrows.com

lakes Rick
02-13-2006, 11:49 AM
Stay out of ANYPLACE that name starts with "blue"....

Expect a zoo of pushy, rude, get out of my way people.....

SteveO
02-13-2006, 12:35 PM
We rented bikes and spent the day going from the SF side. Cruised around the Presidio, over the golden gate bridge, spent some time in Sausalito (Sp?) ended in Tiburon and rode the ferry back. Gotta check out the rock.

shepherd
02-13-2006, 03:11 PM
We rented bikes and spent the day going from the SF side. Cruised around the Presidio, over the golden gate bridge, spent some time in Sausalito (Sp?) ended in Tiburon and rode the ferry back. Gotta check out the rock.

We did the same thing. The bike ride across the GG Bridge was awesome, though the long uphill ride almost killed the wife. But you'll be rewarded with a nice long downhill run from the middle of the bridge down to Sausalito.
A drive up into Marin County along the coast and wine country is a must. We like Sonoma and Russian River Valley wine areas because they are closer to the coast.

richardsoncd
02-13-2006, 03:41 PM
We did the same thing. The bike ride across the GG Bridge was awesome, though the long uphill ride almost killed the wife. But you'll be rewarded with a nice long downhill run from the middle of the bridge down to Sausalito.
A drive up into Marin County along the coast and wine country is a must. We like Sonoma and Russian River Valley wine areas because they are closer to the coast.
Are there a lot of places to rent bikes? We are only going to be in San Fran for 1/2 a week so we aren't sure if we will have time to hit up the wine country...don't want to get spread to thin, but if we get bored we will mos definitely do it.

shepherd
02-13-2006, 03:58 PM
Are there a lot of places to rent bikes? We are only going to be in San Fran for 1/2 a week so we aren't sure if we will have time to hit up the wine country...don't want to get spread to thin, but if we get bored we will mos definitely do it.

There are some places at or near Fisherman's Wharf, and they are pretty well advertised. It's a short scenic bike ride from there to the GG Bridge... Once when I was by myself, I loaded the rental bike into the car and drove out to the hills by the seashore in Marin Co. and went trail riding for a few hours. That was a nice trip too.

I'd skip the wine country if I only had 3 or 4 days. BTW, if you want to visit Alcatraz, buy your tix in advance. The two times I went to SF, and all tickets were sold out for days in advance. That was in the summer, but I don't know if spring would be any different.

RackAtak
02-22-2006, 12:48 PM
If you like Italian food make sure you eat at Caesar's at Bay and Powell and get the complete dinner. http://www.themenupage.com/caesars.html We eat here 5 or 6 times a year. It's an old time local place.

Joe's of Westlake http://joesofwestlake.com/ in Daly City is another fantastic, local Italian restaurant and is just on the southern border of the city. We eat there quite a bit.

I've never been there, but from what I understand, the Balboa Cafe is another great place to hang out.
http://www.plumpjack.com/pjbalboa/

Alioto's on the warf is pretty good but also very "touristy".

Are you going to be here during baseball season? SBC Park is a great place to watch a game.

rodltg2
02-22-2006, 01:41 PM
you can ski nearby at the lagoon in foster city

flipper
02-22-2006, 08:25 PM
I don't live to far from there, you can pretty much walk around and find enough to do and see with out any plans set. To me that is more fun.