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See, sat here in U.K. I have NO idea what will happen on our visit to S.F when we decide each day WHAT food we fancy that night and depending on how long our day has been and how tired we are , WHICH area we will eat in. Do we really have to book days ahead, especially if we are hungry and tired, this could be a nightmare? We are so looking forward to sampling the different areas food offerings and the different food but we are not used to deciding befor we get there?

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Most places do NOT require reservations, only the high end, hyped up places, like Slanted Door, etc.

GO to North Beach, lots of restaurants, most are good, you will probably have to wait for table between 7-9pm

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Marina district. Lots of restaurants on Steiner between Lombard and Chesnut.



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Unless you're planning on going to one of the particularly "special" (read: fancy, expensive, "hot") restaurants. I don't think you need to make reservations way in advance.

There's plenty of good eats scattered about the town and, yes, there might be a waiting line to be seated, but in many (most) cases it wouldn't be too bad (after all thats what many of the local do when they want to eat out). Also, if you find a place has a wait that's longer than you'd like, it's a pretty certain bet there will be an alternative close by (if nothing else making their living off of the overflow).

That said, day of the week and time of the day (night) will have some impact. You should expect a longer wait if you show up at 6:30P.M. on a Friday night, than if you show up at 5:30P.M. on a Monday. And, you might make plans/reservations for your weekend nights (presuming your in SF on the weekend) once you get into town and then plan the day's activities to conclude somewhere near the restaurant.

Similarly, if you have decided on an area to go to for the day, you might make a short list of restaurants you'd consider for that night. Then, as you start to wind the day down, call each one and find out if they have anything available and/or what the estimated wait would be.

Anyway, that's my $.02

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Another great zone for restaurants is 18th Street near Dolores Park in the Mission District.

Delfina Pizza is amazing and doesn't take reservations. Next door is Delfina which has a good sized bar area that you can eat at. Up the street is one of the best ice cream places in SF called Bi-Rite.


Also, you can use http://www.opentable.com to see were you can get a reservation at anytime. You can book reservations up to a half-hour before. Open Table covers a good 80% (a guess) of the top restaurants in SF.

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For the most part you'll be fine without reservations, especially on weekdays.

My exception to this would be that for Friday and Saturday nights you'd probably want reservations. And this isn't just true for high end restaurants- unless you plan on eating Chinese/Thai/Indian food, etc. in a very casual setting (or don't mind waiting quite awhile at the reservation-free places), most mid-range places known for good food will be packed.

Opentable.com is definitely a valuble resource.

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