HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Do you create unique foods? Tell us about it

Where's the good food in San Francisco?

Davis_Greene May 4, 2007 12:53 PM

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?

  1. grishnackh May 4, 2007 12:57 PM

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

    1. j
      JECJimmy May 4, 2007 01:01 PM

      gary danko

      1. Paul H May 4, 2007 01:05 PM

        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. Morton the Mousse May 4, 2007 01:08 PM

          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:


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

          Cyrus is another place to consider:


          2 Replies
          1. re: Morton the Mousse
            rworange May 4, 2007 07:53 PM

            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
              chaddict May 4, 2007 10:09 PM

              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. w
            whiner May 4, 2007 09:23 PM

            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:

            Slanted Door


            Piperade Chapeau!

            The gaps are intentional

            Show Hidden Posts