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Advice: Ritz, Acquerello, Rue St. Jacque or crazy wild card ($ an issue)

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rockridgechow Oct 6, 2006 11:54 PM

I rarely post since I get what I need from searching archives but today, I need some advice: My husband and I have reservations at The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton tomorrow night (Sat) for our anniversary. We have a young child so this is our "big chance" to re-live our SF courtship (which was completely food-centric) and share an amazing dinner. However, we had the AMAZING good fortune to have dinner on our "real" anniversary (Wed) at Chez Panisse, which is close to our home and, really, I am thinking we don't need to spend another $300+ on Saturday. Plus, even though I have never been to the Ritz, I am pretty skeptical I could enjoy anything more than Chez Panisse. I found a late reservation at Acquerello (I have wanted to try it for the last ten years and just never got around to it). Should I pull the plug on the Ritz and go with Acquerello? What about Rue St. Jacques? That would really save us a bundle and it looks like it's lovely, the posts are good, etc. My wildcard idea (it's OK to laugh) is trader vic's. I think of it as "old school" because my family has been in the bay area forever and it really used to be a big deal kind of place (then it closed, right?). I googled it and realized that it's a HUGE CHAIN now. Yikes! Anyway, thoughts? By the way it did occur to me that we should just head to 25th & mission and eat tacos then drink the rest of our dinner budget but I decided we're just a little too old and fat for that. Rustic Italian is out given the amazing options we have in the East Bay :) Thanks again

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: rockridgechow Oct 7, 2006 12:28 AM

    Acquerello's food is great, and the $110 prix fixe with refills on the wine pairings is a bargain.

    Here are a couple of recent lukewarm to negative reports on Rue St. Jacques:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      rockridgechow RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 7, 2006 05:14 AM

      Thanks much, you are so reliable. I ended up losing the Acquerello reservation (didn't act fast enough). There are many other options though, we will do just fine. Thanks again

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      Maya RE: rockridgechow Oct 7, 2006 09:03 PM

      I'd go to luella over Rue St Jacques.

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