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One Night Restaurant Recommendation

My husband and I will be in San Francisco for a wedding in April - we have one night free for dinner by ourselves before wedding festivities kick off. We're staying at the Omni on California, but are open to a cab ride of course. I have been through many many SF boards to peruse your recommendations and have narrowed down some possibilities, now would like some feedback from SFers on which place to choose. I want someplace relatively upscale but not super-snooty. Here are some places that looked promising based on board postings, etc.

--Myth
--Bix
--Farallon
--Chaya

Any help would be much appreciated in deciding which of these to visit or if I should consider another place entirely. Thanks!

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  1. this is sooo hard to judget, because it depends on what you like of course. That said, it would really help to know why you picked the ones you did. Frankly, Farallon and Chaya wouldn't even be on my long list, much less my short list, and I am not sure about Bix.

      1. FWIW, Myth is in the middle of a chef change.

        1. Some were recommended by a friend in San Fran, some I picked looking around online. Bix sounded interesting and their menu looked good. I apologize, I should have said - it's a Thursday night, and we don't mind eating early, so getting in somewhere crowded shouldn't pose a problem. We are not picky with regards to type of food. Coming from Kansas City, I would say steak is not a priority since we have plenty of great steakhouses here. Seafood is always tops so that would be a good option. Ethnic cuisine is fine but also not a huge priority for this particular trip.

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          1. re: jrivard

            If you want seafood, I'd go to Bar Crudo, which is just a short cab ride away. Lots of reports on this board, great food, fun environment (though it may not be as upscale as you want). Bar Tartine is in a very different part of town (the Mission), but is really easy to get to, and I've had a number of great meals there recently, and it definitely fits the bill of upscale but not snooty.

          2. Unless you are committed to an upscale (often overpriced) SF destination spot, you can walk to Tadich on California St and have sand dabs. You sure won't get them in KC. If you want upscale, Aqua next door is quite good (and expensive).

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            1. re: OldTimer

              Reports here on Aqua have been mixed, with some strong negatives:

              http://www.chow.com/places/13091