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SF romantic dinner for under $50 for two. Possible?

raghu813 Dec 18, 2007 10:47 AM

Ideally, the food would be good and there would be some vegetarian choices. (One half of this anniversary couple is veg) Thanks!

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    barndog Dec 20, 2007 12:46 PM

    Alamo Square Seafood Grill- Early Bird Prix Fixe $14.50 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm everyday.
    Good food, romantic little spot on Fillmore, even gives you enough $ left for wine.


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      Pistou Dec 20, 2007 07:30 AM

      I know you said dinner, but . . . what about lunch at Greens? The menu is nearly the same as dinner but the prices are much lower, and the views during the day can't be beat. Be sure to ask for a window table.

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        elduderino Dec 19, 2007 09:06 PM

        this is simple question - zazie, cole valley

        dont order drinks, share an appetizer, get your own entrees and share a desert.

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          susancinsf Dec 19, 2007 10:00 PM

          well, yes, easier if you share app and dessert, at a lot of places. One that comes to mind that some might consider romantic, and that does vegetarian dishes well, is Firefly in Noe Valley. But only if several courses are shared..

          were it not for the fact that one of couple is a vegetarian, and that they don't want to be 'cheek to jowl', I'd vote for the $19.95 three course prefix at Le P'tite Laurent: despite the very closely spaced tables it is so French that it almost can't help but be romantic, AND it has to be one of the best prefixe values in town. Not great for vegetarians, however.....

          941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          Le P'tit Laurent
          699 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

          Firefly Restaurant
          4288 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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          marinrain Dec 19, 2007 03:33 PM

          Baker street bistro - baker off Lombard might work -- can't guarantee vegetarian

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            kuri Dec 19, 2007 10:02 AM

            Abacus in the Nopa area is quite intimate and romantic, flowers and candles abound, $50 would get you two a very nice dinner. It is a Cal-Chinese place and I think there are many vegetarian options.

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              Trevallon Dec 18, 2007 09:03 PM

              Tough to do in SF - I think the other suggestions are all good and point to better value and more elbow room in the Richmond District and/or Sunset (although off hand I'm not thinking of any good suggestion in the Sunset) You can't go wrong with Clementine or The Richmond.

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              1. re: Trevallon
                Calvinist Dec 19, 2007 08:22 AM

                Would 24 Oysters and a grilled cheese sandwich at Hog Island count? http://www.hogislandoysters.com/templ...

              2. Caroline1 Dec 18, 2007 07:29 PM

                Depends entirely on what you call "romantic." One of the most romantic meals of my lifetime was enjoyed on a bench along Embarcadero just a bit away from the crowds of Fisherman's Wharf, sharing a huge Dungeness crab (wrapped in butcher's paper), a loaf of still-warm sourdough bread, and both of us drinking from the same wine bottle. That was forty years ago, and it still dances in my memory.

                Oh, WAIT! It's wintertime! <sigh> Never mind. Got a heater in your car? '-)

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                  Pistou Dec 18, 2007 01:36 PM

                  Chapeau has an early bird special that would bring you in around $50 with no wine. If you want it to be romantic, be sure to request the table in the front window. Otherwise you're cheek to jowl with your neighbors. Be sure to tell them it's your anniversary--we go every year for ours and they always bring us a special little something.

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                    raghu813 Dec 18, 2007 06:08 PM

                    Thanks for the tips. Cheek to jowl definitely won't work for us tomorrow night, so no Chapeau. Any others to give us a little more to choose from?

                    Thanks again,


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                      AKmac Dec 18, 2007 06:51 PM

                      No new ideas in SF but I'd second Clementine. When I saw this thread I opened it up all excited to recommend Clementine but I see I've been beaten to it. It's too bad that the weather is bad right now because the back garden at clemetine is great.

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                    Jeff Dec 18, 2007 01:21 PM

                    Close to $50 would be The Richmond: http://www.therichmondsf.com/menu.php

                    Maybe Chapeau!, Le Charm, Ristorante Ideale?

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                      meggie t Dec 18, 2007 11:52 AM

                      Not sure of the vegetarian options, but Clementine does a great prix fixe M-Th for $25. Three courses, and very romantic!

                      Here is another recent thread to check out on prix fixe options in SF:


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                      1. re: meggie t
                        meggie t Dec 18, 2007 11:54 AM

                        ETA a link:

                        Clementine Restaurant
                        126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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