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Special Occasion Restaurant for Visiting Family

scottyp Jul 14, 2006 08:56 PM

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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    rtmonty Jul 14, 2006 09:59 PM

    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
      Carrie 218 Jul 14, 2006 11:25 PM

      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
        Paul H Jul 14, 2006 11:37 PM

        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.

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      San Francisco Gourmet Jul 14, 2006 09:11 PM

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

      1. Robert Lauriston Jul 14, 2006 09:02 PM

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

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