Recommendations for first time visitors?
My fiancee and I will be traveling to the city for the first time next summer and are looking for recommendations of excellent restaurants located in safe areas of town. We particularly enjoy Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, and Contemporary American cuisine. Money isn't an object but we would prefer to dine at establishments that charge prices that are in line with the quality of the food and service that they offer.
Any recommendations would be very appreciated.
You are going to have to be a bit more specific supersharpie, 'cause so far you have narrowed your choices down to about two thousand restaurants or so. How much time will you have? Will you have access to a car? What type of food is you hometown lacking? Where will you be staying?
re: Civil Bear
Sorry, thanks for requesting clarification. We will be spending six nights in town although we wouldn't mind driving up or down the coastal highway one night for a meal elsewhere. We will likely be staying at the Orchard Hotel and will be renting a car for the week. The Greater Philadelphia area has very good Italian and French food but is extremely lacking in quality Mexican or Spainish establishments.
My fiancee wanted me to add that she would love to hear about any restaurants serving exceptional cajun and/or creole dishes.
The search function is a good way to see what's going on in SF and narrow things down. Try entering "visitor", you'll come up with a bunch of recommendations.
Re: cajun...SF really isn't the place you'll find very good Cajun.
The inside tip on SF cuisine is that casual, moderately priced ($20-30-ish for entres) , new American and fusion-y food rules. The quality will be there for the price. Many believe for the $$$ you'll get more in SF then anywhere else...just don't expect white table clothes, rather expect Californian.