Last Hurrah in San Francisco?
My darling husband and I are headed up to San Francisco from L.A.for a "babymoon" weekend -- really our last chance to be 100% adults before our lives begin to revolve around a squalling infant. I'm looking for suggestions for a Saturday dinner that will be our last hurrah (we'll still go out to dinner occasionally of course, this is a bit symbolic.) Requirements -- not too noisy, so we can talk to each other, a la carte menu (my stomach is squished and I unfortunately can't eat 3 full courses without having a serious case of heartburn), great food, any cuisine, nice ambience -- we'd really like something that's a "fine dining option". Also, no focus on sushi or other raw fish (for obvious reasons). We loved Piperade last time we were in SF (in 2004) though would prefer something a bit quieter, and also tried Quince, which was only OK, rather than knock our socks off. Any suggestions?
I also have a reservation at the Slanted Door -- should I keep it? Or go for something similar in a more casual vein?
Thanks in advance.
Oh, we're staying in the Financial District, but we're willing to cab.
I thought of Aziza also, but it really isn't that quiet on Saturday night. I've found it to be as noisy or noisier than Piperade. To maximize quiet, ask for a table in the very back room (it is furthest from the bar). Coziest seating back there as well... They do have lots of space on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, according to Open Table. Myth is another good choice that might be fairly noisy on a Saturday, and more likely to be booked up than Aziza.
Personally, I'd much rather go to Aziza than Slanted Door. As others have said, SD isn't the most comfortable spot...
Slanted Door is oh so noisy, and not the most comfortable for sitting in your current condition.
You didn't mention a budget. Ame is quite nice (this is Hiro Sone's city sister of Terra in St. Helena). It's located in the St. Regis Hotel. The lobby bar can be quite busy and fun people watching, and valet parking makes it an easy spot. I highly recommend the hotel as well - tres chic and comfortable.
Acquerello is very nice with the ambiance you seek. The cuisine is wonderful. Myth, as suggested previously is also nice. Service is accommodating and the menu is very interesting. If you want something more classic, but not a bank breaker, Jeanty at Jack's is nice for upscale French bistro cuisine. Their torchon of foie gras is a beautiful presentation. The cassoulet is substantial enough for two. The duck rilletes are delicious. Service is attentive (whether you are pre-theatre or desiring an evening of dining), and the ambiance is cosy and comfortable. It reminds me of the neighborhood, back street bistros in Dijon and Lyon.
Congratulations and bon appetit!
Thanks for all the suggestions. Unfortunately, some of these recommendations (and our top choices) are already booked solid (we're going in 2 weeks). What are people's takes on Les Amis or the Plumpjack Cafe?
I think we'll keep our Slanted Door reservation (we're aiming for a bit more formal/quiet on the other night we'll be in town) as it's mother's day, and reservations are proving to be a bit of a pain.
Something i would highly highly recommend is Bushi-Tei. Very nice, pretty setting, but it's a small restaurant and not too loud at all. The food was DELICIOUS and the service is great and the owner and cook are very friendly. And the prices are definitely reasonable. I dont live in san francisco but absolutely loved the restaurant when i went recently. Sent a group of 8 colleagues there last night - these are all people who i would consider big food snobs and they were raving about it afterwards. here's the website:
please consider it, i think you'll love it!