Best Blowout Lunch
I'll be in SF/sonoma with my girlfriend for the 1st time, and while we're both poor grad students we're looking for a great lunch to splurge on (up to $250 or so).
We're currently thinking about Bouchon, Boulevard, Rubicon, or Chez Panisse Cafe, but never having been to the west coast I'm open to anything.
When are you coming out? Reservations may be difficult, depending on your travel dates.
Also, FYI, Rubicon only serves lunch on Wednesdays.
Boulevard is lovely and unless you go wild on wine, $250 is more than enough. Note that Bouchon is in Yountevilli in the Napa Valley. That would be around a 1 hour drive from SF and perhaps a bit more than that from Sonoma.
Have a great time.
I'm confused, I would think you could have dinner at most of those spots, including CP Downstairs (if you could get a reservation) for under $250. I would vote against Boulevard, I found it sort of corporate feeling and overpriced for the experience we had there. I also don't know if the space would work so well in the daylight.
Sorry, I'm being unclear (for what it's worth, I'm a grad student in engineering, so sadly, it's to be expected). I'm coming from the East Coast, and was aware that all of those places would cost under $200 or so.
I was more just looking for recs as to which place to choose (or what others I should consider).