Category: San Francisco: Financial District

Fuzio’s Universal Bistro (Lunch) »

The Basics

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Cuisine: Eclectic
Ambiance: Simple, Warm
Address: 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.392.7995
Web Site: http://www.fuzio.com
Must Taste (Lunch):

  • Universal Pasta: Shrimp Pomodoro – “shrimp, garlic, pomodoro sauce, chile flakes and basil

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Best For: Business or lunch with friends.
What to Wear: casual to dressy casual to business casual
Fave Points: eclectic menu – a nice variety of cuisines
My Occasion: lunch with clients
My Fave Dish: Shrimp Pomodoro – “shrimp, garlic, pomodoro sauce, chile flakes and basil“.

Menu pricing and availability subject to change.

My Dish

After our dinner at Town Hall, my clients took me out to lunch the next day at Fuzio’s, which is a regional chain restaurant that features a diverse menu from paninis to pastas and more themed in various cuisines – from Asian to Italian.

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The interior was decorated simply. I liked how the paintings on the walls added splashes of color and personality.

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I normally stick to water or sweet tea when I get lunch, but for this meal, I decided to try something new – raspberry lemonade. It was both tangy and sweet and overall pretty tasty.

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It was with a bit of apprehension that I ordered the Shrimp Pomodoro and at no fault of Fuzio’s. I once had a shrimp and red-sauce-based dish that was rather bland and boring that totally turned me off of shrimp and red-sauce-entrees. I decided to give the combo a try at Fuzio’s and I was not disappointed. The pasta sauce was very flavorful and quite tasty. There were also tons of shrimp in the bowl – many more than first appeared to be there. The fresh basil on top was the cincher for me and the tiny side of foccacia was just the right size.

Final Dish

Fuzio’s was a great choice for lunch. The menu seemed to have an option for every palate and the food, at least what I had, was delicious!

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Fuzio’s would make a great lunch spot for those working in the Financial District of SF since it is so conveniently located in the area. I could see myself frequently Fuzio’s if I worked around Embarcadero. I’d love to go back and try one of their other pasta or entree options.

Eclipse Restaurant (Dinner) »

The Basics

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Cuisine: American Eclectic
Ambiance: Simple Modern, Relaxing
Address: 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94101 (inside the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero)
Neighborhood: Financial District/Embarcadero
Phone: 415.788.1234
Web Site: Click for Site
Must Taste (Dinner):

  • Small Plate: Crab Cakes – ($15) – Delicious mix of lump and dungeness crab cakes – the jicama/corn side is amazingly simple and tasty.

Best For: Travelers, Business
What to Wear: casual to dressy
Fave Point(s): restaurant uses some local ingredients
My Fave Dish: Crab Cakes – I loved everything about this dish – from the crab cakes, to the sauces, to the side of jicama and corn…yum!

Menu pricing and availability subject to change.

My Dish

I was traveling for work to San Francisco, CA from the East Coast and was feeling a bit jet-lagged my first day in Cali. I didn’t feel like going far from my hotel, so I just hit up the Eclipse Restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero .

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I went a bit late and the restaurant was a little empty at the time, which was totally fine with me. The dark lighting helped me relax into dinner and the candles added to the ambiance.

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I had a glass of pinot grigio while I perused the menu. I liked how there were a few references to using local ingredients on the menu. The waitress could tell I wasn’t in any particular rush and gave me plenty of space while still ensuring I wasn’t getting antsy.

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I was pretty full from my dim sum lunch earlier, so I just ordered the Lump and Dungeness Crab Cakes – Sweet Corn – Jicama – Balsamic off the Small Plates menu.

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The crab cakes were amazing – I loved the crispy sides and the creamy inside texture. The flavor was great…

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…and went really well with the accompanying sauces.

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I was really surprised at how much I liked the side dish of jicama and sweet corn – the flavors were so simple and yet went perfectly together. The dish totally inspired to make a mental note to try to make something with jicama in it at home some time.

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Since I was feeling really tired from the jet lag, a cozy dessert sounded really appealing, so I ordered the Ferry Building: Farmers Market Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Streusel Shortcake. The dessert references the Ferry Building , which is a nearby Farmer’s Market (near by as in across the street).

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After I ordered dessert, the waitress brought me a special dessert spoon and new napkin.

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The cobbler dessert was HUGE! It was also very delicious – especially that streusel topping…mmm.

Final Dish

Eclipse Restaurant was the perfect solution for this weary traveler. Though the menu was a bit small, it was also pretty diverse and had a lot of good options and meal sizes, which should easily accommodate any traveler. I thought the entree prices were a little expensive, but you are in the heart of San Francisco, so most restaurants are pretty pricey here. I found the crab cakes to be a steal at $15, and they were the perfect size for me since I wanted something on the lighter/smaller side.

The wait staff will give you your space if you need it. For me, it was nice to not feel rushed out of the restaurant when I was trying to relax in a new city. I really appreciated the fact that the restaurant tried to use some local ingredients, and I was mostly happy with the food itself – it was wonderful! I’d definitely eat here again.