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I am going to be visiting San Francisco from NYC for a weekend with my wife and we want to go to a good restaurant. We are waitlisted at French Laundry, but I am not holding my breath. I think Fleur de Lys looks great, but I don't know about anything else.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Boulevard and Gary Danko are two other reliable bets for a top-flight San Francisco dining experience.

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      1. If you are interested in The French Laundry, you should research Manresa in Los Gatos, and Coi, Michael Mina, Gary Danko, Aqua, and Fifth Floor in San Francisco.

        1. Sounds like you're looking for top shelf spots with tasting menus. Here's an excellent article by the Chronicle's food critic comparing four star restaurants in the Bay Area:

          http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

          Note that the article predates a chef change at Campton Place.

          Cyrus is another place to consider:

          http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            If you don't get into the FL, gon' s to the Dining Room at The RItz Carleton. I actually liked that much, much better than the FL. After the FL, I ate elsewhere for some memorable food. The Ritz also has a lovely champagne cart I have not seen elsewhere.

            1. re: rworange

              Geez! Finally! The Ritz is the best $$$ meal in San Francisco. It's the closest thing to TFL in the City proper I can think of. Heck, he once worked there. For innovation and solid talent, the Ritz. Innovation and a little more out there: Coi. Seriously, if you are shooting for a French Laundry experience in SF, the Ritz is it. Take a look at these pics: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38812...

              Note* he gives the edge to Mina but trust me, go to the Ritz.

              The best thing about Gary Danko is the cheese cart. I adore Boulevard but it isn't like a TFL. Very good but in very different way.

          2. Fleur de Lys is my favorite restaurant in the city.

            La Folie is my #2

            Boulevard, Aqua, Acquerello, and Ame are all good at a highish price point. I've heard good things about Quince and Coi at a similar price.

            More moderately priced (like main courses in the $18-$25 range) that I love include:

            A16
            Slanted Door

            Range
            Delfina

            Nopa
            Fringale
            Piperade Chapeau!

            The gaps are intentional