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Feb 4, 2009 10:56 PM

Best chef's tasting menu in SF?

I'm visiting SF for a few days and am interested in an unforgettable tasting menu...

I'd ideally like to err toward new-american or french cuisine. I've heard good things about the french laundry, but it's a bit too expensive for me ($150--not too much, $250--too much). I looked at the menus for coi, ame, and acquarello, but preferred the menu I saw for Jardiniere, where I currently have reservations. I also looked at the menus for Michael Mina and Aqua and was impressed by both (and may end up coing to MIna)... However, that might change that based on your recommendations. Any thoughts?

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  1. In SF proper there's Coi, Ame and The Dining Room at the Ritz Charleton. In Los Gatos, about an hour south, there's Manresa. All are under, around $150. I'd go to Manresa. The others aren't chopped liver by any means however.

    Manresa Restaurant
    320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

    373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Ame Restaurant
    689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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

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    1. re: ML8000

      I'd add Jardiniere to the SF list. My favorite in the city - although I haven't tried a ton of them.

    2. If you are interested in a high-end tasting menu with an Italian tilt, take a look at Acquerello (on Sacramento St. between Polk& VanNess):

      The tasting menu is $94 and the wine pairing is $68.

      1. If you are interested in going outside of SF (you mentioned TFL), look into Redd. They have a great tasting menu. 5 courses, each of you (assuming there'll be 2 of you) gets a different dish for each course. A lot of fun because you actually get to taste 10 different dishes. Best tasting menu I've had around here.

        6480 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

        1. while i personally love coi and like ame, they are both more Asian influenced than French influenced with a bay area tendency towards the light (veggies, seafood) than the heavy (meat). i think the dining room at ritz carlton might be more up your alley. It is very SF but more French influenced. people have been a bit mixed about manresa on CH lately. Mina was fine...but was a bit boring to me.

          1. Quince could also be an option, although it is Italian influenced.

            Quince Restaurant
            470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            1. re: Senor Popusa

              ooh. love quince's pastas. excellent suggestion.