125 Third St., 4th fl.Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Yummy New American food in a sunny, quiet, spacious dining room upstairs at the Saint Regis. A great lunch spot (go to Ame downstairs for dinner). The Chop Salad and the cheese grits (side dish) have been memorable. They deal really well with children - both for the families and for other patrons.
1075 California St.Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
A great, quiet place for a meal; very "Old San Francisco." Black bean chili is good for lunch. We have held a couple of brunches here for important celebrations, and would highly recommend them. Private room is great.
1517 Polk St.bet. California & Sacramento Sts.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Swan is an old, old seafood bar run by seven brothers (who are all as nice as can be). Always a line out the door for one of the stools at lunch. Serious oysters and shrimp. You can also take seafood home; when I lived nearby this is the only place I bought fish. Only the freshest there will do, and they won't sell it to you if they don't think it looks right. Cash only.
I enjoy Bodeguita del Medio. My preference is to sit a table on the bar side, enjoy a mojito or other Latin American inspired cocktail (or one of their many rums), and stick with their small plates. Great empanadas, plaintain chips, palmitos salad and ceviche. The ropas viejas is good, too; seafood curry was so-so. Live music on Saturdays.