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Help Design the Perfect Evening - Price is no object...

The boyfriend and I are *very* close to signing a contract that will essentially ensure our financial stability <hoorah!> On that night, I have been told I can have the night of my dreams; cocktails, dinner, wine, dancing, whatever...

Obviously, the French Laundry would be a great choice, but I will be constricted to being able to pick something last-minute. It might be next week or the week after that. I have dined at Manresa but don't want to have to worry about transportation. This will be a San Francisco-centric evening.

My first thought was starting with cocktails at the Top of the Mark.

Then, where to dinner? Ritz? Danko? Boulevard?

I would like a place where a decent wine pairing of European wines (I truly am tired of California wines, having worked too long in the wine industry). A good, attentive sommelier is essential.

Lastly, is there a special place to end an evening? Jazz, ambience, a nice hotel <grin>?

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  1. I would do the Ritz -- have dinner and stagger upstairs ....

    They also have jazz in the Lobby Lounge in the evenings, but I don't know the details.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      No really, the Ritz ... dinner and room.

      They have a fabulous champagne cart. Have the Ritz do the wine pairing to the 9 course tasting menu. Way up their with a memorable restaurant wine pairing at a top place in Paris.

      Danko is a place you can go to anytime. Boulevard is expense-account type of place. The Ritz is just at the top. I enjoyed it much more than French Laundry.

    2. As far as dinner, The Ritz is simply outstanding. Ron Siegel doesn't an outstanding job and the wine list is very complete. We lover Boulevard and it is, in deed, very good, but it's not the Ritz. We've had cocktails at the Top and the Mark and it's very nice with a wonderful view.

        1. No brainer - Ritz for dinner and room, if you can get in.

          1. The Ritz is the hands down choice for dinner.

            The Redwood Room at the Clift USED to be THE spot for cocktails. I don't know if it still is since they renovated over there. Anyone know?

            I think if you're going all out...you should stay overnight at the hotel too.

            SOUNDS SO MUCH FUN!

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            1. re: abe1329

              Ugh, it's a meat market. Not chi chi or romantic in any way shape or form. There's always a line around the block filled with people who look like they think they're special, drinks are $13, and there's never anywhere to sit.

            2. i prefer redwood room over top of the mark at the moment, but it is an entirely different crowd. if you want to be alone and in a sophisticated environment, top of the mark it is. if you're looking for more of a younger social scene redwood room would be it.

              congrats on your event, however to associate a perfect evening with an expensive evening is a bit preposterous.

              however...i'm going along with the group, if dollar amount is no object...the ritz it is.

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions -- I guess the Ritz will be it!

                WChane, I'm hardly associating our perfect evening with the monetary cost... I have a feeling that our celebration will start when Swan opens and we can commence eating oysters. The afternoon will consist of shooting pool and possibly flying a kite in the park. Then we'll go home to change for the evening...

                I'll report back after the evening in question. We are confident it will be before the end of the month!

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                1. re: Carrie 218

                  have a exciting night, i'm sure it'll be a memorable night either way.

                2. Bix for drinks. Live jazz, swanky decor, old-school bartenders the best bar in the City to start (or end) a romantic evening.

                  Then, of course, The Ritz.

                  Have an amazing time. Let the sommelier know that you want European wines, and he will enjoy pairing wines for you as much as you will (he's French).

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                  1. re: monday

                    Oh, yes! Bix is quite fun for drinks

                  2. Drinks at The St. Regis - Ame does their nibbles, and the room is gorgeous:

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                    1. re: foodiegrl

                      Hmm, great idea. Maybe Bix, then the Ritz, then the St. Regis and to bed there! You can wake up the next day and have lunch at Ame. Sounds delightful. And if money is no object, I suggest you hire a car for the night, too.