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Aug 20, 2006 02:56 PM

Best-value, upscale tasting menu


I'll be visiting SF with my sig other in a week. We love tasting menus at nice restaurants. Perhaps this is an oxymoron, but what tasting menu would give the most bang for our buck?

(Our budget: looking for $50 per person if that's even possible, though willing to do $100 per person, granted it's worth it!)


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  1. For my money, the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, hands down.

    1. Aziza's tasting menu would fit your budget. It's not a fancy place like the Ritz, but if you want to order a glass of wine with dinner, you can make compatable with your wallet.

      1. Aziza for overall best value tasting menu.
        Gary Danko for upscale best value tasting menu.

        1. La Toque is not in San Francisco, but in the wine country. Their tasting menu is $99 per person and you get wonderful food for that price. When we went, it was a six course menu, plus amuse, a 3 tier cookie/candy tray (it could be for Valentine special only) and truffles with our check. The food was simply divine. I've read on another broad that someone who's been to French Laundry the night before actually prefers La Toque over it. The only thing is that you have to watch your wine budget as it can get very expensive. We paid almost $100 for 2 glasses.

          I believe Jardiniere also has a tasting menu. I've never tried it but have always enjoy the food from the regular menu. I believe the price is under $100.

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          1. re: anna

            Wow! Nearly $100 for 2 glasses of wine?! What did you order?

            To the OP: I agree w/ the Aziza rec given your budget, although it's not "upscale" like the Ritz. I've read excellent things about the Ritz tasting menu, but mainly pertaining to the blowout tasting menu, not the ones w/ fewer courses that are cheaper.

            1. re: Carb Lover

              I don't even remember as they were recommended. I think $100 for 2 glasses there were on the low end of the spectrum. I should have expected it, since about half of the bottles range in the hundreds, a bunch in the thousands and a hand full in the ten thousands.

          2. Jai Yun's a good value but it's not an upscale place.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              A few years ago, we had a 30 course dinner at Jai Yun for $80 per person; apparently they will go up to $125 per person with a few days advanced notice -- this adds game and more luxury ingredients like sharksfin. Anyone know if this is still the case and have the prices changed?