First, this board has been a lifesaver! I did a board search and learned so much!
1.) My husband and I are going to be in the Bay Area (from MT) for last minute business this week. We have to stay at the Embassy Suites in South San Francisco the first couple nights and we are looking for some nice places to eat that we could reach by a shorter taxi ride. Chez Papa was suggested in another thread...would that be doable? Anything else near the hotel?
2.) We are staying at the Campton Hotel (340 Stockton St.) for our last night (Sat.). We will have lunch at the Farmer's Market but as it is our anniversary and we want to go somewhere wonderful for dinner. I would love it if the restaurant was in walking distance but we will take a taxi for something really special. FYI: We had the tasting menu at Gary Danko's a year ago (Anniversary Dinner) and it was PERFECT...we love California Cuisine, Seafood, Italian, really anything! I can get into the following places:
3.) Any Sunday lunch ideas near our hotel? We have brunch reservations at Zuni Cafe or Foreign Cinema but I am not a huge brunch fan...
edited to change hotel info...
re: Chris Rising
Boulevard was very disappointing the last time we were there. The servers were excellent, as always, but service was slow and uneven. Our waiter apologized at least twice during the meal for delays. Apparently there was a problem in the kitchen, as some of the entrees were delivered lukewarm and we had to send them back. Then two of our party (of four) discovered that the meat was undercooked (not to diner specifications) and those had to be returned. It will be awhile before we give Boulevard another chance (and this was one of our favorite restaurants!). We did not see Nancy Oakes around, as we had on previous visits, so perhaps this was the problem...nevertheless, it was an expensive and very disappointing experience.
Note that there are two Embassy Suites by the airport, one in Burlingame and the other in South San Francisco. You've done such a good job with searching so far, you might want to look for places in those communities or in nearby Millbrae for starters. Millbrae is the epicenter of Hong Kong-style cooking if that interests you as a lunch or dinner option. Or Sakae in Burlingame for some of the best sushi in the region.
P.S. Taxi ride from downtown SF to SFO usually runs me $40 one-way.
I'd suggest taking BART into the city (your hotel has a free shuttle to BART), and maybe taking a cab back. Delfina, Campton Place and Aqua are all walking distance from a BART station, as is Zuni.
If you're into tasting menus, you might want to check out The Dining Room at the Ritz Carleton for your anniversary. It's walking distance from your hotel (although it's uphill).
How do you feel about dim sum for lunch? Some of the best dim sum in the Bay Area is near the airport in Millbrae (Hong Kong Flower Lounge, Zen Peninsula, The Kitchen, etc.).
Finally, if you decide to take a taxi into the city, you might want to check out La Ciccia, which isn't as far as downtown, and features fabulous Sardinian food.
For Saturday night I'd probably go with either Acquerello or Incanto -- do a board search on each place, and also check their websites for menus to see what works better for the two of you. I like Delfina a lot, but it's a little more casual -- you should look at their menu too, though, because the food might be right to your taste.
Another choice for brunch on Sunday is Canteen, which is walking distance from your hotel. I haven't eaten breakfast there (only dinner) but there are positive reports on the board. You can't go wrong with either Zuni or Foreign Cinema, however. If it's a sunny day and you want to sit outside Foreign Cinema has a great patio area.
the brunch at foreign cinema is great. both zuni and foreign cinema have a bit of a scenester feel, but in a good way.
a restaurant that is not listed that i would highly recommend is jardiniere. the ambiance, the service and the food are all extraordinary. check them out here, to see if it is something you'd be interested in:
a fun placed to get dressed up for.
ALERT: The chef at Campton Place just left, so you may wish to go somewhere else. The restaurant should still be solid for a nice breakfast, but save your time and money for a high-end dinner somewhere else.
I'd suggest Ame at the St. Regis or The Ritz if you've already been to Danko, and are set on a prix-fixe.