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Jun 18, 2009 07:36 PM

Best SF restaurant for 25th anniversary dinner

Having been away from the Bay Area for some years now (and happily ensconced in the Pacific Northwest), I find myself out of touch with the best and brightest restaurants. Oh, I know the top names. But what I'm looking for is an "insider's" pick of the one or two restaurants to choose for a very special occasion: 25 years of wedded bliss.

Other restaurants we have liked over the years include Cafe Boulud, Babbo, and Convivio (NYC), Guy Savoy (Paris), and Rover's (Seattle). We're looking for great food, but a comfortable atmosphere with relaxed service is actually even more important. Ideally, both would be sublime. On waiting list for TFL (I've been, wife hasn't), and if we get in we'll move the party to Yountville. But for now, I'm assuming SF.

So...where to go when you want to experience the best, most memorable dinner SF has to offer?

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  1. I would suggest Boulevard or Manresa. However, Boulevard is my top pick..the food is wonderful and current...the restaurant is beautiful but not overly fussy and wonderful service. I think it worthy of a 25th anniversary.

    1. La Folie, by a wide margin. Great food and decor. As for the service, the last time I was there they served me the wrong first course. They then gave me the one I wanted, in addition. Further, since they didn't want my wife to sit there with no food while I ate my extra course, they gave her an additional course as well. La Folie has been my favorite for special occasions for a decade and it remains so. Not too many places have retained quality for so long.

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      1. re: mc2

        La Folie tends to fly under the radar compared to some of the higher profile restaurants in the City. I think that's a better choice than Boulevard -- more intimate, more creative food. Here's a recent detailed review:

        I belive uhockey called ahead and discussed some aspects of his visit -- I would certainly let the restaurant (which ever restaurant you choose) know that it's your 25th anniversary and ask if there is anything special they can do.

        1. re: mc2

          I think this is a good match up to the places they've liked, as well.

        2. My wife and I usually go to Zuni or Chez Panisse for those occasions.

          Boulevard's great too, provided you get one of the two-tops along the north side--very flattering lighting.

          I'd also consider Acquerello.

          1. I think Coi would be great for this. I have a very blurry memory of a great dinner at Guy Savoy, and for some reason think Coi would be the closest to this. The food is very inventive, a little bit playful, and very very tasty. The dining room is modern, but subdued, almost monochrome (which seems similar to Guy Savoy, IIRC).


            373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            1. re: waldrons

              You'll want to check about Coi's schedule, since they have some guest chefs and a kitchen renovation coming up.

            2. Michael Minas is a very nice place for a special occasion. Great food and service, not too noisy. Nice location.

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              1. re: slipson

                Michael Mina is in the St. Francis Hotel, which is on Union Square.