Restau­rants on the ca­ble­car line

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For a ro­man­tic, only-in-SF night on the town, book a ta­ble at one of sev­eral cosy neigh­bour­hood restau­rants along the cable-car lines on Nob Hill or Rus­sian Hill. Make reser­va­tions where pos­si­ble, and leave plenty of time for trans­port – cable-car ser­vice can be er­ratic. If you’re run­ning late, taxi there, cable home. Just make sure you board the cor­rect line, go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. Seven HIlls (sev­en­hillssf.com; 1550 Hyde St) An­thony Flo­rian stud­ied with great chefs of Cal­i­for­nia and Italy, and he’s ex­pert at tak­ing sev­eral sea­sonal ingredients and mak­ing them shine. His short, mar­ket­driven menu fea­tures house­made pas­tas with el­e­ments like rab­bit and house-cured pancetta. The four mains show­case qual­ity Cal­i­for­nia meats. Tables are close in the el­e­gant lit­tle store­front, but bril­liant sound-can­celling tech­nol­ogy elim­i­nates noise. Stel­lar ser­vice, too.

Stones Throw (ston­esthrowsf. com; 1896 Hyde St) This New Amer­i­can store­front bistro has great ser­vice (staff are alums of some of SF’s top houses) and, in keep­ing with the lat­est style, no one dresses up. It’s fa­mous for Sun­day brunch – yum, those mi­mosas and laven­der-glazed dough­nuts! – but it’s great at din­ner, too, when dishes in­clude stand­out duck­liver paté with warm pret­zels, and squid-ink pasta. Alas, the room’s loud.

Union Larder (union­larder.com; 1945 Hyde St) Part wine bar, part restau­rant, Union Larder’s sexy in­dus­trial de­sign fea­tures walls of back­lit bot­tles ris­ing to the ceil­ing and enor­mous vaulted win­dows over­look­ing the cable-car line. The short, di­verse menu fea­tures oys­ters, char­cu­terie (some

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