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tina gelder Aug 7, 2007 03:44 AM

Hi! Myself and my hubby are coming to San Francisco as part of a holiday from the UK. Whilst we're there it's my husband's brithday and I'd like to book a good restaurant. Looking for great food and a great view to make our stay memorable.
Thanks in advance.

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    SLRossi RE: tina gelder Aug 7, 2007 08:31 AM


    The above thread focussed on a romantic place with a view, but I think the info remains largely the same.

    Not a spectacular view, but if you can get a table in the right spot Boulevard certainly has excellent food.

    Boulevard Restaurant
    1 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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      screetchycello RE: SLRossi Aug 7, 2007 11:56 PM

      There's this post too:


      Notice the quote: "You've encountered the great SF paradox. The place you are looking for does not exist. Water, view, and tastiness exist in inverse relations to each other."

      There's also this thread too:


      You might look for a Mexican or South American place, since there's good ones here and I don't think you can get that in the UK. (I could be wrong.)

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: tina gelder Aug 7, 2007 09:28 AM


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        Gary Soup RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 7, 2007 09:42 AM

        Probably more than the OP wants to know about Mountain View.....

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Gary Soup Aug 7, 2007 09:43 AM

          Sometimes it's necessary to engage the wetware filter.

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        whiner RE: tina gelder Aug 8, 2007 01:57 AM

        Slanted Door.

        Great view. Great food. Maybe the only place in SF you can say that about.

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          Gary Soup RE: whiner Aug 8, 2007 06:39 AM

          The case can be argued for the food at SD, but calling the view "great" is a reach, IMHO. I think a great view has to have some elevation, or if at sea level, something more interesting in the foreground than the Vallejo Ferry. I really think it's an insoluble equation.

          I have no idea what relative weight the OP puts on view versus food quality, but I recently ran into a middle-aged British tourist and her daughter who was asking directions to Kearny and California because she wanted to "treat herself" to the dinner and view at the Carnelian Room. Certainly a "great" view but I have no idea where she got her notion of the food's worthiness.

        2. lexdevil RE: tina gelder Aug 8, 2007 07:26 AM

          Of the places recommended by others, I'd say Boulevard. No view, but the room and food are super, and with the favorable exchange rate, you'll have no difficulties. Then, for your view, either before or after dinner, walk along the Embarcadero (a few steps from Boulevard) at sunset. Just check when sunset will be, and reserve a table accordingly.

          Another similar option is Gary Danko, near Fishermans Wharf. No view, but excellent, reliable food just a short walk from a super view. Once again, time your meal for a walk along Aquatic Park at sunset. You'll have an amazing view of Alcatraz, the GG Bridge, etc.

          I think these options give you the best combination of food and view. Between the two, the view is better from Aquatic Park. You'll hear arguments both ways on the food.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: lexdevil Aug 8, 2007 09:11 AM

            There's a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge from some of the seats in the back of Boulevard.

          2. Paul H RE: tina gelder Aug 8, 2007 09:37 AM

            The three restaurants with a "great" view are the Carnelian Room on top of the Bank of America building, Julius Castle in North Beach, and Caprice in Tiburon. Alas, none of these are now known for great food. However, I reiterate, they do have great views.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Paul H Aug 8, 2007 09:46 AM

              Julius' Castle was sold last year and was closed for six months or so for remodeling. I don't think we've had any reports here since they reopened in May.

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                sgwood415 RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 9, 2007 08:43 AM

                The few recent reviews of JC have not been good.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: sgwood415 Aug 9, 2007 08:46 AM

                  The only reviews I've found here were from before the change in ownership and makeover.

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                    sgwood415 RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 10, 2007 08:26 AM

                    there was a discussion about it shortly after they reopened. Some people tried it and said it wasn't that good. Looking at the menu you can see why, it looks like a banquet hall buffet menu from the 80s!

                    I think that discussion was part of a thread with a different topic which is why you can't find it.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: sgwood415 Aug 10, 2007 08:41 AM

                      The search finds all instances of the phrase no matter what the topic. Since Julius' Castle reopened it has been mentioned in seven topics, but no one has actually reported on a meal there.


            2. Ruth Lafler RE: tina gelder Aug 8, 2007 11:11 AM

              Depending on when you come, there might not be much of a view (except lights) at dinner time, especially places that overlook the Bay.

              Why don't you go for great food sans view for dinner and go somewhere like Julius Castle for lunch or brunch (which are harder to mess-up, in my opinion).

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                kresge86 RE: tina gelder Aug 8, 2007 02:27 PM

                I love the view from both the Cliff House and Beach Chalet (assuming it's not entirely fogged in). Sunsets are also breathtakingly beautiful. Food is... well, it's what you would expect at restaurants that depend on the view. Between the two places, I prefer the Beach Chalet because it costs less and gives you a nice view of all of Ocean Beach.

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                  Gary Soup RE: kresge86 Aug 8, 2007 09:49 PM

                  I personally think the view from the Cliff House toward Seal Rocks is the more impressive of the two. Don't know about the food at CH these days, but you can get the view from the bar, and if are there before dinner service begins, grab a table right at the window for cocktails only.

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                    Sharuf RE: kresge86 Aug 10, 2007 12:25 AM

                    Went to Sutro's at the Cliff House last night. My companion was an old friend who used to live in SF and was homesick, and nothing says "San Francisco" to her like the Cliff House. The service was charming and friendly, the food was good (I had their bouillabaisse) and the view of seal rocks was the same fine scene as always. The food was rather pricey - 2 appetizers, two main courses, and two beverages came to $100.

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