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My family, including my elderly grandmother, is making a special trip to San Francisco to celebrate a series of birthdays. We would like to go to one "blowout" meal, preferable French, French Fusion (French/Japanese etc.), Italian, or Seafood. Price range is not a problem, however, the restaurant should be quiet enough that we can carry out a conversation. Everybody is a very adventurous eater so please don't limit your suggestions. We will be staying in the Union Square area but can travel anywhere in the city. The East Bay is probably too far though. Thanks in advance.

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    Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton
    Fleur de Lys
    La Folie

    1. For a top-tier experience, I would say The Dining Room at the Ritz, Masa's, and Fleur de Lys -- in that order.

      1. If you want killer Japanese/French fusion you have to go to Ame in the St. Regis Hotel. It is outstanding. We had just a killer meal there a couple of weeks ago. Couple also has Terra in St. Helena which was probably one of the first Japanese/French fusion restaurants around.

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        1. re: rtmonty

          Terra isn't really Japanese/French fusion. Yes, Hiro Sone is Japanese, but their restaurant in St. Helena doesn't really showcase any Japanese ingredients or dishes the way Ame does. I don't think the occasional use of Ponzu or Shiso within California cuisine makes it Jap/Fr fusion. Just my opinion...

          1. re: Carrie 218

            Ame, however is very Japanese/Cal fusion as is The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton where Ron Siegel, the chef there, is a past Iron Chef winner.