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Josie or Grace

There will be 6 people for dinner to celebrate a special occasion. I think I've narrowed down the choice to either Josie or Grace, but would love help deciding which to go to. My husband and I look for great food, with an interesting menu (the kind where it's tough deciding what to order), and top service. Atmosphere is also important. We don't get a chance to go out to this type of meal that often, so I want to make a great choice where the food can't miss. The other couples are family. One couple could be described as "foodie" or "gourmet" and enjoy eating at top restaurants around the world. They enjoy 4-5 hour tasting menus and fine wines. The other couple is more basic food choice type people, not very adventurous. I am selecting the restaurant. The more conservative food people will be paying for the meal. These restaurants are probably the top dollar amount I can go in selecting a restaurant. A few other places had interesting menus and great ratings for food, but seem to trendy, crowded, or loud for this group.

Thank you for your input!

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  1. Food-wise, I give the edge to Josie; on atmosphere, Grace pulls slightly ahead. Me, I generally let the better food be my guide. That having been said, Josie offers a fair bit of game on the menu (one of the things I love about it) so that might affect the conservative couple's perception. Jar and Lucques are also worth considering for your purposes, though Jar can get noisy.

    1. I am trying to pick someplace I haven't been, which eliminates both Lucques and Jar. Any other votes as to Grace or Josie?

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      1. re: jeanbert

        Hatfields might be another option, yet it is a smallish place, white walls, done in SF bistro kind of way, with food that is wonderful, yet the menu is also smallish, so you might look on the link to see if it might be of interest. It is just a couple of blocks from Grace.
        www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com

      2. You really can't go wrong with either...both are excellent. But I would actually give the edge to Grace, both on food and atmosphere. And Grace tends to have game as well (the wild boar is excellent), so I think conservativeness is a wash. But since both are great choices, you might just look at both of their menus online and pick whichever appeals to you more.

        1. Both are great options, but if given the choice, I'd always pick Josie.

          1. I've been to Grace twice and Josie once and would pick Grace. I found Josie to be very good, but less than amazing. I was really impressed with Grace.