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JKP Mar 26, 2007 01:35 PM

Looking for fine dining, not pretentious (no jackets required preferably, but willing to compromise), romantic, and unique dining expereince for two, with wife. Prefer French/Cal/Italian, near Financial District/Union Sq./SOMA, but will have car.

Was considering Foreign Cinema, but see a lot of negative posts. Can't get into Quince, Chez Panisse, not interested in Rubicon, Masa.

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    the scribbler Mar 27, 2007 08:45 AM

    I haven't been to Foreign Cinema in some time, so perhaps it has gone downhill since the last time I was there (last May). But I always like it for brunch. The last time I was there I had a wonderful fromage blanc with berries and almonds, drizzled with honey. Simple, yet wonderful (they're not as good as CP, but I think its the same general idea: simple is best). On a nice day, it is quite enjoyable to sit outside on the patio with a cup of coffee.

    Oh, and maybe A16 as well? I haven't been since the new chef came in, but its worth a thought.

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    1. re: the scribbler
      Robert Lauriston Mar 27, 2007 08:54 AM

      The food at A16 is great but it's not a very romantic place.

      1. re: the scribbler
        Lori SF Mar 27, 2007 09:12 AM

        I thought Foreign Cinema went downhill two years or more ago. I keep seeing it mentioned and wonder if it has improved? I do like the place, it's has it's own style and charm that no other place has.

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        Mr_J Mar 26, 2007 01:43 PM

        I would go for Acquerello.

        1. Lori SF Mar 26, 2007 01:41 PM

          How about Coi or Boulevard

          1. Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2007 01:41 PM

            Don't worry about dress codes. The only restaurant in the area that requires jackets is the French Laundry.

            You might try

            Antica Trattoria
            Acquerello
            Boulevard

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Lori SF Mar 26, 2007 01:42 PM

              second all of those

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