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Looking for recs for SF fish restaurant

lrostron Jan 3, 2008 10:02 AM

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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    estnet Jan 4, 2008 09:39 AM

    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

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      dinnerout Jan 3, 2008 05:41 PM

      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.

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        DavidT Jan 3, 2008 10:37 AM

        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
          lrostron Jan 3, 2008 10:45 AM

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

          1. re: lrostron
            Ruth Lafler Jan 3, 2008 10:49 AM

            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
            Civil Bear Jan 3, 2008 10:50 AM

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

            1. re: Civil Bear
              lrostron Jan 3, 2008 10:59 AM


            2. re: DavidT
              Melanie Wong Jan 3, 2008 01:12 PM

              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
                Lori SF Jan 3, 2008 03:14 PM

                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
                  lrostron Jan 4, 2008 07:38 AM

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

            3. Lori SF Jan 3, 2008 10:18 AM

              One Market
              Hayes Street Grill

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

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

              252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: Lori SF
                lrostron Jan 3, 2008 10:30 AM

                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
                  Lori SF Jan 3, 2008 10:35 AM

                  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
                    lrostron Jan 3, 2008 10:45 AM

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

              2. Husky Jan 3, 2008 10:08 AM


                450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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