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Slanted Door vs. Ana Mandara?

Any thoughts on which is a better meal for a special, romantic dinner for two, if we're looking at San Francisco Vietnamese restaurants?

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  1. If you want romantic and quiet, go to Ana Mandara. Bong Su might be another option. Slanted Door is pretty loud and cramped.

    1. Slanted Door is one of the last places I'd visit if I was going for "romantic".

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      1. re: swag

        Strong second on that. I like the food and love the wine list, but to me the atmosphere is 1960s airport departure lounge.

        Of SF's Vietnamese restaurants, Ana Mandara is probably closest to what I'd want for a special romantic dinner.

      2. If you are going for the food, hands down, the Slanted Door. the food is so much better than Ana Mandara. It can be romantic if you get a table along the windows that face out to the Bay. Make sure that you request that when you make the reservation and then get there a little early to be sure that you get your table.

        1. Definitely Ana Mandara - lovely ambience, dark romantic corners.

          Slanted Door reminds me of Pike Place fish market in Seattle - the din & the crowds are almost unbearable. But I like the food better at Slanted Door.

          1. The atmosphere at Ana Mandara is nice indeed, but I'll take The Slanted Door, hands down. The food is so much better, fresher, made with care.