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Foody Date Place in SF?

We're coming to SF from Monterey for a cozy and authentic meal. I'd like to spend under $100. Region not important, just gastronomic authenticity. Looking at Incanto, B44, and NOPA. Suggestions?

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  1. Are you including drinks in that number?

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    1. I'd suggest Incanto or 1550 Hyde. Both are wonderful, cozy and have great wine lists. Incanto - Italian and Noe Valley. 1550 Hyde is California and Russian Hill.

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      1. NOPA isn't cozy, so I'd take that off the list. Incanto is great, but I think that La Ciccia is a great and very cozy date place with excellent food, and your price point would work.

        1. Woodward's Garden - not really a garden, cozy, very good food, actually quite urban, in the Mission (or edge) but a date place. The downside: not really much of a place walk afterwards.

          1. Bar Tartine on Valencia between 16th and 17th. I was there last night, and I swear I had the most flawless Liberty Farm duck breast with foie gras agnolotti. My partner and I both commented on how professional and smooth the service was. It's a great date place, and you're right in the thick of things afterward if you want to walk around and have a drink somewhere. There's parking at the municipal lot around the corner on 16th, or in the Missio Bank building on 16th for $5.00.

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            Bar Tartine
            561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: foodiesf

              Thanks for all the replies! I am looking forward to our dinner at Bar Tartine. I love this website.

              1. re: LocalFreshOrganic

                Terrific! Please report back -- I'd love to hear your feedback.

                1. re: foodiesf

                  Bar tartine was a treat! We walked by it twice before we noticed the green door, but once inside the experience was exceptional. From the hostess, to the server, to being able to ask the chef about the rabbit terrine's ingredients the service was impeccable. I waited tables many years and "pooling" tips doesn't always work, but that's what they do at Bar Tartine and each server on shift in the restaurant helped us out in some way. When I returned from the restroom my fiancee informed me that one of them had come by and folded my napkin and placed it on the table as I forgot! I tried a brand new special (Foie Gras stuffed Quail w/ Faro) and the sauce's aroma and flavor overpowered the delicate meats but it was still good. Cheese course was great! We'll be back soon!

            2. Incanto's food is easily the best of those three.

              Given those three places, I don't know what you mean by "authentic" and "gastronomic authenticity." B44 has some very traditional Catalan dishes. Incanto's very much in the spirit of the Italian tradition, but doesn't try to reproduce what you'd get in Italy. NOPA, they just cook whatever they think tastes good, often it does.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                B44 has been on our "foodie date night" rotation for a number of years.It's located on a very cozy alley in the financial district named Belden Place - right below the BofA bldg. We seem to migrate there when the weather in the City is warm - you can sit outside in the same way that you might sit outside in Europe. Sometime loud and cramped, but still a cool way to spend an evening.

                B44 and Plouf are next door to each other. We would hit each one based on the wait - which can be very long on warm nights.

                Plouf has great mussels and B44 has the best stuffed squid and grilled sardines.

                http://www.b44sf.com/
                http://www.ploufsf.com/

              2. Try Bar Jules in Hayes Valley. Small space, fresh, inventive and delicious food.

                1. I think you will like Incanto. I had date night there with my husband a while ago and it was a perfect evening with great food. We got a special home made butternut squash gnocci dish that was excellent. I also would look into Range, but keeping it to $100 is hard in SF.

                  1. You may have already enjoyed your date, but if not, 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar is a wonderful place for a date night. The dining room is intimate, and includes a wonderful selection of appetizers, cheese selections, main courses and a great wine list. This is also a good place to stop in for a pre dinner glass of wine, should you choose to dine elsewhere. Prices are reasonable, and they use local producers that practice environmentally sustainable agriculture. http://home.earthlink.net/~zootster/i...