101 4th St (Metreon), San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.783783 -122.402963
Neighborhoods: SoMa, SoMa (South of Market), Central East
My girlfriend and I saw this place while walking through San Francisco. We were hungry to sat down and had some salad, soup, and sandwiches. The grilled chicken club was delicious and I even liked my tomato soup. I'm not a soup fan generally.
Dishes from the wood-burning stove are the focus of this Italian eatery in the Metreon. – In Short
One of several high-concept fast-food-fine-dining hybrids on the ground floor of Sony's Metreon complex, Firewood Cafe is the second location of this Castro favorite. The menu is primarily Italian, focusing on dishes from the wood-burning oven. Entrees include thin-crust pizzas, rotisserie-roasted chicken and a variety of pasta dishes. Several wines are available by the bottle or the glass.
Good Relatively Inexpensive Italian Food – I always get their lasagna, and I really enjoy this place. It's relatively inexpensive - lasagna is $10 - and it's a nice place to eat before a movie or shopping in the area. Service is friendly and the ambience is bright. After having mediocre Thai food in the new Westfield, I am super happy that this place is in the Metreon (and cheaper, too, it seems - for the quality of food).
Good food-court restaurant – The Metreon features some fairly high-end stores and their food court suits the overall quality of the place nicely. Our salads were really decent though I had to retreive more iced tea for us. My girlfriend's sandwhich was a bit dry but this was solved by adding extra dressing. They'd get a higher score from me if we ever had table service.
dinner and a movie – Probably the best food that you'll get in a foodcourt and with its location why wouldn't you grab some grub before or after a movie. The food is consistent and is delivered to your table fast. The entrees are a good portion and tasty. Try the baked rigatoni and a side of roasted red peppers.
Good Lunch Spot – Firewood has great salads and pizza for a good value - Split one of each with a friend or go for the side salads and pizza. Sometimes the pasta can be pretty salty (like the mac n' cheese - yes they will give it to you even if you aren't a kid!). The chicken and roasted potatoes are tasty as well. Beware if there is a convention - the Metreon can be quite crowded.
Always good... – I love Firewood's pizza and array of appetizers, always fresh and satisfying. I especially recommend the Prosciuto Pizza and don't forget the tiramisu. A must before a movie or for a casual bite.
Vegetable Tortellini with White Wine – Cream Sauce. It is the best pasta, I have to admit, and I have to admit that I'm a little embarrassed by that. And free olives rank up there on my list also. I think Firewood is a great restaurant, and I like to go there, even when I'm not at the Metreon for a movie.
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