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Incanto, Delfina, Michael Mina, Fleur de Lys or...?

banquisha Aug 12, 2006 03:58 AM

Please help me narrow it down to maybe just two... please! Or, if there is something I'm missing, please add!
We're already going to Ame.

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    Chubby RE: banquisha Aug 12, 2006 05:11 AM

    I prefer Incanto and Delfina to MM and FdL.
    They are more casual with food that is less arranged.


    1. Frosty Melon RE: banquisha Aug 12, 2006 05:18 PM

      I think Incanto and Delfina are really different experiences than Mina and FdL. Are you looking for a great neighborhood restaurant, bustling and with great food? I'd go Delfina, with Incanto as my second vote. Mina and FdL are more "special occasion" destinations. Delfina's my favorite restaurant in the city, followed by Zuni.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: banquisha Aug 12, 2006 05:39 PM

        Incanto and Delfina both do California versions of market-driven rustic Italian food. Incanto sticks close to the Italian model throughout the menu, Delfina's secondi (entrees) are more American. Incanto has a much longer, all-Italian wine list; half the wines on Delfina's list are from California.


        Michael Mina and Fleur de Lys do California versions of French haute cuisine. I'm not so into that style, but if I wanted that kind of meal, I'd go to the Dining Room at the Ritz (Ron Siegel), Coi (Daniel Patterson), or La Folie (Roland Passot).

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          Pamela Ellman 2 RE: banquisha Aug 15, 2006 03:38 AM

          I actually loved MM. The evening was wonderful and the dishes incredible - I appreciated the trios. It's a special experience that I would definitely suggest. I don't think you can compare it to Incanto or Delfino though. Everyone in SF loves Delfino and it is quite good and fresh but I think it is a bit over-hyped.

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