dinner before Bourbon and Branch?
Small birthday dinner on a Saturday, with post-drinks at Bourbon and Branch on Jones near Geary. Any recommendations for a good group dinner beforehand that is walkable? Tall order in the neighborhood with the exception of Pakistani and Vietnamese. Any ideas? While I like some of those very chowish places nearby but looking for something on this occasion a little more upscale. Cuisine flexible.
Cortez and Le Coloniel are both within walking distance (in flat shoes) and you can probably get into either on Sat still.
Fish and Farm is a great choice. Our group is going to B & B first and then walking to Fish and Farm tomorrow night. Have fun.
"Any recommendations for a good group dinner beforehand that is walkable? Tall order in the neighborhood with the exception of Pakistani and Vietnamese"
I'm very confused by the above. You're surrounded by great places. One block up to Post, one down to O'Farrell, three blocks to Union Square. I think you'd be hardpressed to find a piece of SF geography that is any more "upscale" in terms of restaurants per square foot. Please explain; there's clearly something unstated here.
re: c oliver
Can you tell us the names of some of those great places that you have enjoyed?
I don't think there is anything unstated: OP was looking for good, chowish suggestions, and actually, at least in my experience there is a shortage of *really good* upscale places in that neighborhood. For example, on Chutney's list Grand Cafe, Millenium and Scala's have all gotten mixed reviews (Scala's does occaisonally get good reviews though I thought it was sort of eh, I have seen few good reviews on Grand Cafe and my own experiences there have been very mixed, and the reports on Millenium are consistently poor on this site.) Cortez has also gotten mixed reports (and I didn't enjoy it that much), as has Colibri just down the street (though I like Colibri personally), and so has Fish and Farm, for that matter (which I liked more on visit number one than visit number two, though I think it would be worth trying for the OP.) Canteen might fit the bill for a couple, but isn't good for a group.
Upscale and GOOD upscale are two different things.
One place fairly close where I have had good meals and that meets the criteria (if it isn't too far away) is Saha. Excellent food, nice, quiet atmosphere.
432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant
1075 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Fish and Farm
339 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Colibri Mexican Bistro
438 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
501 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94109
550 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
"While I like some of those very chowish places nearby but looking for something on this occasion a little more upscale. "
It was this part that sounded like he didn't want chowish but rather upscale. He wants a "good group dinner." I like Fino on Post, Puccini & Pinetti on Ellis at Cyril Magnin, Kuleto's on Powell. I wouldn't call any of those "upscale" by SF standards, but I've always had good meals there. I honestly don't eat much in the Un. Sq. area but when I do, it's always easy to get a good meal. Oh yeah, what about First Crush at Ellis and Cyril Magnin? Farralon on Post (is it between Powell and Mason)? I've not eaten there but it's certainly "upscale." Just a few thoughts. I don't think the OP is going to have a hard time at all.