Looking for Downtown SF restaurant recommendation.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 09:41 AM
We will be in town for a three day weekend in December and one of those days will be my dining partner's birthday so I am trying to find a decent place to go for dinner on that oh so important day. I tried to get a reservation at Gary Danko because I have always wanted to go there, but no dice, they are full.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, moderately priced, restaurant in the Downtown area? We are staying at The Clift, so anywhere we can easily reach on foot or by cab would be ideal. I was looking through the one-starred Michelin restaurants to see if anything stood out, but it was hard to tell.
Last time we were in SF we went to Foreign Cinema, which was quite good and had a very cool environment, so something in that vein (read price range) would be great.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:20 AM
see this link for union square suggestions - posted today by michael bauer in his blog:
Well what wonderful timing, thank you!
From that blog and the comments below it I have found three intriguing places:
1. Lark Creek Steak
Anyone have any particular comments on any of these? Or any other recommendations?
Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:27 AM
From Union Square, I would at first consider Myth. Also in the news today as it was sadly purchased and chef Sean O'Brien will be leaving in February. Go before he leaves! There is also Canteen which has frequently been lauded on this and other sites. For exceptionally high-end (read: expensive), there is Michael Mina which some have loved (I have not yet been).
I still constantly recommend Aziza. It is not near Union Square and would involve a cab ride, but is consistently the best and most innovative $50 meal in the city.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:39 AM
Also, the Zuni Cafe is always a favorite.
Edited by orangeman747, 05 December 2007 - 10:43 AM.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:43 AM
I am very inexperienced when it comes to steakhouses. I'm from Vancouver and I don't think we have very many great steakhouses here, so I thought it may be a good opportunity to try a decent one and Lark Creek looks better than any steakhouse I have seen recently.
Canteen looks very interesting and very minimalist. Is this the entire menu: http://www.sfcanteen.com/menu.html or just a sampling?
Myth looks great; a very definite possibility.
Michale Mina still seems way overpriced to me.
Aziza is out as the friend I will be with actually dined there a couple of years back and had a terrible experience.
Thanks again for all the help!
Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:48 AM
I'm not sure where this fits into your price range or location or what not, but this spring I dined at Quince, which was absolutely wonderful... formal yet almost relaxed with impeccable food and service. I had a terrific experience there and would highly recommend it (also, just awarded one Michelin star):
Also, the Zuni Cafe is always a favorite.
The food sounds great, thanks. I have added it to my short, but quickly growing, list!
Also, as a side note, our other dining plans are just to hit somewhere fun/relaxed for lunch on Monday. Everything else we will be playing by ear. Zuni may fit the lunch bill very nicely and I have always wanted to go there.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:06 AM
I guess I just don't see steakhouses as generally "special" which is why I dismissed it. A hunk-of-meat with sides is just that and rarely shows the genius of a chef. Quince is an excellent choice but I think might be just as difficult to get a reservation as Danko was/is.
In case you haven't figured it out from other threads, don't forget to go to the Ferry Plaza on Saturday morning for breakfast/lunch and the farmer's market. You can eat there for hours on a Saturday...
Edited by Carolyn Tillie, 05 December 2007 - 12:15 PM.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:09 AM
Edited by Jerry_A, 05 December 2007 - 11:09 AM.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 03:40 PM
545 Mission St
We went there with friends this past August and really enjoyed it. A bit noisy.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:31 PM
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:39 PM
Posted 05 December 2007 - 07:13 PM
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