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dining in Marina district

duncmac2 | Oct 28, 200501:01 PM

Stayed in this area for the third time in four years, and have some recommendations:
BAKER STREET CAFE Hard to find parking and always busy (be sure to reserve) but, for me, this very French bistro is the closest thing to the real deal west of Cap Finisterre. Good food, expert service, limited winelist but good and inexpensive. Can't ask for more, really.
ISA This little place has been vastly expanded by a large covered, heated patio in the rear. Superb cuisine (My wife had a sea bass rolled in potato slices that she says was heavenly) friendly but slightly haphazard service, and good wines reasonably priced. Great new experience for us. Reserve.
BISTRO AIX This one, like Baker Street, we've been to several times. Again, a large patio at the rear (book for there, as the front really rocks). Well trained and experienced service, excellent food and well-chosen wines, reasonably priced. We'll be back, God willing.
PARMA This place does not accept reservations, and really has only good, cheap, Italian food to recommend it. The service is rather dour, the winelist fair and reasonably priced, but both my wife and I had veal as the main course, and it was undeniably excellent. If you plan to eat early in the evening, it's a reasonable choice.
BALBOA CAFE Another bar-cum restaurant that takes no reservations. Part of the Plumpjack empire, and just down the street from the eponymous restaurant. I had there a truly wonderful risotto, made with mushrooms galore. Expert, friendly service, and wines galore by the glass or bottle.


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