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What are the best north bay restaurants for upscale casual $$??

I am trying to find out which restaurants offer the best bang for the buck for a moderatly priced dinner. $8-$15 apps and $18-$30 entrees. I am looking in the north bay area from sausalito to novato, trying to find stuff outside of SF proper. I've tried Poggio, Rustico, BuckEye, Angelos, and a couple others. It would be nice to find a good french bistro though. So much of the food around is italian. Thanks for the help. By the way we just moved here from boston.

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    1. Marche aux Fleurs in Ross has good bang for buck

      http://www.bunrab.com/yummychow/Revie...

      1. Fork in San Anselmo, Boca in Novato. El Paseo in Mill Valley for French, But I heard its changed ownership. Any update?

        1. Ok, it is REAL casual but pricy, however, since you mention moving from Boston, if you need that fish house East Coast fix ... .Fish in Sausalito ... there's a California twist, but great place on the water.

          If you are a fried clam person, Woodhouse in SF. If you need real down home NE lobster fish and seafood, it is worth a trip to Redwood City for Old Port Lobster Shack.

          Yankee Pier in Larkspur is ok. SKIP ... I mean skip, Lark Creek Inn. VERY lovely, might be worth checking out for a drink, but the food is too unexceptional for the high prices.

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          1. re: rworange

            SKIP ... I mean skip, Lark Creek Inn. VERY lovely, might be worth checking out for a drink, but the food is too unexceptional for the high prices.
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            Ditto.

          2. You East-Coasters sure do have a funny idea about "moderately priced" restaurants. $18-30 mains count as very high-end in my book. Well, okay, $18 would be mod/exp for mains, but $30! Yikes.

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            1. re: oakjoan

              Well ya I guess $30 is alittle high for moderate but I meant that to be the absolute max. I've had some pretty outrageuosly priced dinners in SF that were between $200 and $250 per person, so I would think that 20 to 28 isn't all that bad when you're still looking for excellent ingredients and great service.

              1. re: justmoved

                Recently, $35 for a filet isn't uncommon, and not high end. I'd say you're in the ball park.

                Still not over that 5 mm thick $24 ribeye at Luka's Taproom. And that's low end....