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family visiting... need a place in the city tonight (i know! last minute!)

jar | Mar 25, 200504:35 PM

hi all,
i'm newish to these parts... used to be a boston chowhound, and an LA chowhound way back... i'm at berkeley now and the folks are coming up for a visit. we're going out to dinner TONIGHT, we don't have a reservation, and i can't think of where to take them! i kind of do want them to have a "SF experience", as cheesy as that may be. but i don't want to go to a crappy tourist restaurant. plus this is my one chance as a starving, overworked grad student to have a nice meal in SF. ;-)

so i called sutro's and they're full. and now i'm stuck on this idea of dinner overlooking the water, or with a view, or something, but everything that i find (on citysearch) sounds so cheesy/touristy. anyone have any suggestions??? i was looking at beach chalet/park chalet... there are some comments saying that they've got a new chef there and that the food is actually ok (on citysearch) but i want a chowhound opinion if possible. any other places with a view that are good? thanks for your help! if i weren't a starving student again, i would be eating out lots and writing a lot of reviews... sigh. :-)

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