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toddanthonydirect Mar 17, 2008 03:50 PM

My parents are taking me out for my 40th and want me to find something that's exquisite and hard to get into. Something ultra special. What would you recommend?

I've thought about Boulevard, Gary Danko, Incanto, and Venti Cello. But I've been all those places before. Want something special-er....if you know what I mean.

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    christineb Mar 17, 2008 04:05 PM

    Michael Minna could be a good fit for you.

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      Concetta Mar 17, 2008 07:48 PM

      Minna's a street;. Mina's a restaurant

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      Michael Mina Restaurant
      252 California St, San Francisco, CA

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      kresge86 Mar 17, 2008 04:21 PM

      I second Michael Minna. Coi and Quince are a couple of other possibilities.

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        Calvinist Mar 17, 2008 04:27 PM

        I'd throw tasting menu at the Ritz Carlton Dining Room into the discussion.

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        The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton
        600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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          sylphi Mar 17, 2008 04:34 PM

          Second the Ritz Carlton Dining Room. The food and service was quite comparable to The French Laundry IMO.

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          megmosa Mar 17, 2008 04:41 PM

          Between Michael Minna and Coi, I'd go with Coi. It's amazing...I think more and more it's becoming "hard to get into" too. I had a good meal at Michael Minna, but it just didn't seem as special. Maybe because it feels so much bigger?

        3. wolfe Mar 17, 2008 05:02 PM

          Searching the board I would think Kappa seems to fulfill yours specifications.

          1. Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 06:28 PM

            How about Manresa -- by limo.

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              Shane Greenwood Mar 17, 2008 06:32 PM

              Do the tasting menu if you go.

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              dinnerout Mar 17, 2008 10:09 PM

              The places that come to my mind are the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton and Ame. I've never been to Coi or Manresa but would check those out - and would do Manresa via limo so you can drink with dinner! I think Fifth Floor just re-opened, I thought I heard some good things but I haven't checked it out - definitely do research if that intrigues you! Happy Bday!

              1. farmersdaughter Mar 18, 2008 11:45 AM

                If it doesn't have to be in the city, Manresa for sure. Or French Laundry - but I prefer Manresa by far.

                In the city, Coi would be my choice.

                1. Paul H Mar 18, 2008 01:26 PM

                  My recommendations in order (and distance has something to do with it)...

                  1. Coi
                  2. Manaresa
                  3. Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton

                  and even though I wouldn't go, as I find the food to be "formulaic gourmet" many folks I know think highly of Michael Mina, as does Michael Bauer (whom I do not know).

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