Will be in SF next Sunday, near Oak & Pierce Streets. I'd like to take friends to a nice restaurant. Food more important than decor. We do have a car. I'd planned to go to Aziza, but they're closed for a private party. Recommendations?
Since you have a car, you could get to just about any of the good restaurants in the city, so there are a hundred or more places that fit your request. Here are some of my favorites:
Nearby, you'll find RNM, Uva Enoteca, and Nopa.
Other nice places to check out in other parts of the city are Incanto, Zuni, and Slanted Door.
None of the above are the same type of food as Aziza. But they are nice places in their own right. There are many, many more suggestions depending on what you are looking for specifically.
In the same price range as Aziza I actually prefer:
A16 (Southern Italian)
Delfina (Northern Italian)
La Ciccia (Sardinian)
Fringale (French bistro w/ Basque accents)
Nopa (Modern CA)
Laiola (Modern Spanish)
All of these places are rather casual.
try globe -pacific@battery. they do a 4 course dinner, very casual with all local ingredients.
quince would be my sunday dinner choice provided the party was small. boulevard is pretty good, too. boulevard is ok with tables of six. reservations at both are a good idea.