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pres a vi how is it? thinkin of goin with friends from out of town?

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  1. I went a few months ago with three others. We has about 8 different dishes, all of which were not memorable, some were terrible. Nothing had any flavor. The Serrano ham croquettes had no ham and tasted like really old frying oil. The 'mac & cheese' with crab was so tasteless that I couldn't even taste the noodles. Our server was clueless as to our discontent too. The wine flights are good, but the price, at around $40-50/person was not worth it at all. I've heard the Presidio Social Club, very close to Pres a vi is much better.

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    1. re: Mr_J

      i have been to Pres A Vi three times and every meal was similar - some hits and some misses. the setting in the Presidio is lovely. the small plates concept is pricey in this venue because you need at least 3 plates per person to make a nice meal. I agree with you that the service is sketchy at best. a better option is Isa on Steiner in the Marina. every dish had good flavor and was well executed.

    2. Its a pretty setting with a nice wine menu and flights, but the food is not worth your time or money. The servings are very small, and the flavor is eh - not memorable at all. I agree with Mr J that the service was poor. Our food took forever and there were no apologies for that.

      I guess, if its not too out of the way for you, go for some drinks pre-dinner, then go somewhere else for food.

      1. I agree with the previous posters. Some dishes were OK, a few were truly horrible. The Szechuan pepper was overused to the point of numbing my mouth for a few hours after the meal.

        1. Took the words right out of my mouth! I have a friend insisting on this place - is there anything that might be reliably good - or maybe reliably not awful? Ugh, I'm not looking forward to this. But the thought on Isa is great - I've never had bad food there and usually excellent service also. If you have a choice, I think it is no contest!

          1. the patio is probably the best in the city. I say go for some wine flights (excellent) and bar nibbles, sit out on the patio. Maybe go over to Presidio Social Club for dinner across the road or walk over to A16 dinner.

            1. thanks guys i'll check the presidio social club and A16, thanks for the 411. i heard the same thing you guys told me just want to make sure, i been to the same concept they have in walnut creek cakked Va Da Vi, the food was all right, just want to see if is the same

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              1. re: hungryman0930

                I liked to whole wine flights idea-they have some very nice wines. My suggestion is to stick with their fish dishes-all of the ones I have had are very good.

              2. I just tried Pres a Vi for the first time tonight, and enjoyed it. Nothing earth shattering about the food, but it was good. We shared small plates - 1) duck buns (good, but could have used some more sauce); 2) kal bi wagyu beef (very nice beef, but a little salty); 3) ahi tuna tartare (enjoyed this, but I kept remembering Michael Mina's which was truly special). However, the main dishes were quite good. I had the hangar steak on mashed potatoes with creamy corn and creamed spinach. My dining companions had the beef tenderloin and the seafood paella. The wine flight was quite nice - I tried an interesting selection of Spanish reds. The kitchen took a little long to get our main dishes out, and our server comped us desserts without any prompting on our part. We enjoyed a fabulous cheese selection, chocolate brioche pudding, and gelato. The restaurant was very large, but we had no difficulty holding a conversation in our roomy booth. Service was very attentive, without being overbearing. All-in-all, we had a nice leisurely dinner in a beautiful Presidio setting. I agree the food could be better, but I still thought it a good experience.