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enahmanson May 4, 2007 11:48 AM

In the Mission, tonight. We will be a party of 3. Want to be able to take up a table for a 1.5 to 2 hours and not feel rushed. Price range could be $50/per including wine. Thanks

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    srr RE: enahmanson May 4, 2007 01:54 PM

    Most mid to high-end restaurants will figure 1.5 to 2 hours for dinner anyways.

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      Morton the Mousse RE: srr May 4, 2007 02:32 PM

      Yes, there's a crucial difference between eating at a leisurely pace, and lingering after a meal is over.
      As srr said, at most mid to high-end restaurants, you can expect to have the table for 1.5-2 hours, especially if you make it clear to your server upfront that you are in no rush, and ask him or her to course and pace things slowly. However, very few restaurants will allow you to linger at the table once you have finished desserts.

      My dinners at Incanto in Noe Valley usually last about 2-2.5 hours. But I order multiple courses, and make it clear from the start that we want to take things one or two dishes at a time.

      1. re: Morton the Mousse
        grishnackh RE: Morton the Mousse May 4, 2007 02:36 PM

        Maybe Luna Park? Its a popular destination for drinks as well as dinner. I've never felt rushed when I ate late there and had a round or two after dessert was cleared away.

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          chaddict RE: grishnackh May 4, 2007 03:02 PM

          I am not trying to be difficult, I just really want to know: What do people like at Luna Park? I can't help thinking I either had an off-night experience or ordered poorly. I just never got the popularity...

          1. re: chaddict
            grishnackh RE: chaddict May 5, 2007 11:47 AM

            Its not a great restaurant, but its not a bad place to meet up with friends. The focus is definitely on the alcohol and good times over any sort of high-end or adventurous cuisine.

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