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The 5 Best Pre-Show Dinner Spots in San Francisco

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So, you're spending a night at the theatre, and want to grab a pre-show meal that's delicious and conveniently located? We've got you covered. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, located just steps away from the city's most iconic theatre venues.
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Boxing Room

Check out Boxing Room in Hayes Valley for some of the best Cajun/Creole cuisine in the city. Sample the fried chicken with homemade hot sauce before heading to one of many theaters nearby, like SHN's Orpheum. Bonus: there's an awesome jazz brunch on the weekends, which makes for a perfect pre-matinée activity!
399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen

Catching a show at The Curran? Head around the corner to Jasper's, where you'll discover fun appetizers, mouthwatering burgers, and a whole lotta poutine (we recommend ordering with black truffle fries). Don't forget to explore their expansive selection of craft beer and cocktails, too.
401 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Show Dogs

Pressed for time before that 7:00pm curtain? Show Dogs has your back. Across the street from SHN's Golden Gate Theatre, this casual eatery serves up a hefty selection of organic sausages and sides dishes. Don't miss the fried chicken sandwich - it's a fan favorite!
1020 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Jones is a great spot in Lower Nob Hill for a truly unique outdoor experience. The restaurant's expansive patio is the perfect place to grab a few drinks, sample signature paninis and pizzas, and take in your surrounds. It's also steps from A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, making it a great place to congregate before (or after) your show.
620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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We'd be remiss to leave Berkeley off this list, since the city has a bustling theater scene of its own. If you're catching a show at Berkeley Repertory Theater, check out Comal for some seriously delicious Mexican food nearby. The fresh guacamole, fish tacos, and duck enchiladas are standouts, though you can't go wrong with anything on this extensive menu.
2020 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704