A bunch of us will be in town for conferences this weekend, and we would like to have a fun dinner out on Thursday night (before things get serious). Some are staying at the Marriott downtown (55 4th St.) and will not have a car, so somewhere within reasonable walking distance or a short cab ride would be great.
We are graduate students, so affordable suggestions are key, such as entrees <$20 or things to share. We're not too picky. As a group I'd say we would like to avoid sushi but open to most other stuff - asian, american, mexican, etc. Good drinks are a plus but not a big deal - food is more important!
I was thinking maybe the Thirsty Bear Restaurant and Brewery for tapas, but couldn't find any recent reviews. I'd hear about it but never went there when I lived in SF. Any thoughts?
Otherwise, any other suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!