I've got some family in town on Friday while their cruise ship is docked in SF. They've taken the same cruise every year, and each time we go to lunch. So far, their reaction to the places I have taken them are:
Scala's -- disliked the atmosphere, food was too spicy.
Cheesecake Factory atop Macy's -- loved the view, loved the food.
Boulevard -- Enjoyed the food but clearly didn't feel the high prices were justified.
These people usually eat at chains: Marie Calendar's, Baker's Square, Hudson's Grill, etc. They do seem to appreciate historical, thematic, and/or kitchy places. So where to go this year? I want it to be someplace we'll all enjoy, which means good food and therefore no returning to the Factory.
I was thinking either Sam's or Tadich might be a good choice for the historical aspect and the simple food. Only problem is, I don't think they're too keen on seafood. So my question is, do either of these places do well with non-seafood dishes?
If not, any other suggestions? It needs to be someplace within the Union Square/FiDi/Embarcadero vicinity as I'll be working downtown.