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Nov 11, 2008 09:44 PM

Value after the symphony

My cousin and I are going to the symphony on Friday 12/5. We will be dressed up. Can anyone suggest a good value under these circumstances. Times are tough, ya know :)

Thanks in advance,
San Diego

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  1. do you mean around the SF Opera House/ Davies Hall?

    1. What do you like to eat?
      How much do you want to spend?
      Before or after?
      Willing to taxi?
      Where are you coming from / going to?

      1. I like Zuni after shows at the symphony. It's far enough away that it isn't mobbed, but it isn't an unpleasantly long walk.

        The roast chicken is expensive, but it does feed two people for around $40, and it's a combo of salad, starch, and protein. If you order carefully, you can get out for a reasonably low price. I also like that Zuni prepares a variety of desserts from simple to complex, and prices based on ingredient expense and labor, so you can get a few scoops of house-made ice cream for under $5, or go for a more complicated luxury creation for closer to $10. I mention all of this just to contrast with many restaurants that have a flat charge for dessert in the $8-$12 range.

        1. It does not need to be near the venue, I will spring for a reasonable cab ride, My cousin lives near Sacramento and Polk so we need to get back there after dinner.

          I love to eat everything, well I am not a big fan of embryonic chicken eggs, too cruncy-wierd :(

          I would love to keep it around $100 for both of us (food only), but I could go a bit more if it is worth it.


          Willing to taxi within reason.

          Round trip from Sacremento & Polk to Davies Hall.

          Thanks Again
          San Diego

          3 Replies
          1. re: Captain Jack

            House of Prime Rib and you're almost home.

            House of Prime Rib
            1906 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

            1. re: wolfe

              Thanks wolfe
              HoPR looks like a great value, but their site says the close at 10pm. The symphony starts as 8pm. Might be too tight don't you think?

              1. re: Captain Jack

                Sorry, seems impossible unless you can get them to play faster, prestissimo .

          2. Jardiniere is a block behind Symphony Hall, you won't look out of place if you are dolled-up, and the food and atmosphere is fabulous.

            3 Replies
            1. re: Carrie 218

              Jardiniere is my favorite after Symphony haunt, and if you want to take advantage of the fact that you are dressed up, this is place.

              However it will be difficult to get out of there for $100 for two people. I stopped in last Saturday evening, and spend $52 for two appetizers and a glass of wine.

              1. re: Paul H

                Thanks Carrie abd Paul,

                This is an anual event for us, so we have gone to Jardiniere in the past. Our tab was no where near $100, as I recall all toll it was closer to $300. Great place though.

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                1. re: Captain Jack

                  When I don't feel up to Jardiniere, I usually head to Absinthe. It has great atmosphere; I am always expecting to see Oscar Wilde and Lord Douglas sitting together in a corner booth. They have a very creative wine list with a good selection of half-bottles. Fries are good, Coq au Vin is good, Seafood appetizers are a plus. Good, friendly staff.

                  Another possibility is Bix. I think they are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, 11 most other days.

                  56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

                  Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
                  398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102