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Criteria: A friend has an 80 year year aunt coming into town who wants to go out, and wants a very nice fish restaurant. She has not visited SF in years, and frankly, I'm out of the loop. Money is not an object. They like to stay away from the touristy areas, e.g., Fisherman's Wharf unless there is something extraordinary there. Michael Mina has been discussed and a possibility. Any suggestions?

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  1. Farallon

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    Farallon
    450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Aqua
      One Market
      Hayes Street Grill

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      One Market Restaurant
      1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Hayes Street Grill
      324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Aqua
      252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: Lori SF

        Any thoughts on Delfina? My perception is that it may be too hip for an 80 year old aunt, but it was suggested by a co worker as well. Thanks!

        1. re: lrostron

          Delfina is really excellent but loud, bustling maybe uncomfortable for an elderly lady, I think it really depends on the person and don't want to generalize. Delfina is not a seafood restaurant, very little offerings from what I remember.

          1. re: Lori SF

            That was my thought as well. My son goes there from time to time, but for the pizza, not the fish.

      2. I would suggest either Tadich Grill or Sam's Grill, SF's two old-school fish restaurants. Nothing fancy at either, just fresh fish nicely broiled. Your friend's 80-year old aunt will not be the only senior citizen dining at either (and I mean that in a good way!).

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        1. re: DavidT

          Very true, highly unlikely that she would be the only senior! Thanks.

          1. re: lrostron

            My 70-something boss loves Tadich! And I always enjoy going there. For classic fish preps, it really can't be beaten.

          2. re: DavidT

            Second Tadich, but prefer the grilled Halibut to everything else.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              Thanks!

            2. re: DavidT

              Note, no reservations at Tadich, so you'll need to pick your meal time to avoid a wait. I believe you can make a res for Sam's.

              That said, I'd probably pick Aqua for a special occasion. Updates on the food there?

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I had lunch at Aqua in late Oct. or early Nov. The food was excellent, clean, simple well executed tastes. I had the Maine diver scallops seared with a hint of orange or mandarin in the brown butter and endive, perfect! I started with the tartare of Ahi Tuna which was very lovely. My business dining companion is from Los Angeles and is use to fine dining loved her lunch as well. We had wonderful service the overall lunch was solid.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  Thanks, all, I believe they've decided to give Aqua a go ... will report back later with how the aunty fared.

            3. I don't know how adventurous the auntie is - you may want to look at Ame. My concern with Tadich and Sam's is the no res situation and neither place has somewhere comfy to wait, which may wear on an 80 year old. I think Aqua is a good choice as well.

              1. If it's not too late I suggest The Dining Room - even though it is not a traditional fish restaurant I've had the tasting menu and even had fish substituted for the meat courses;) Not traditional but wonderful and really excellent service and surroundings