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ssusu Jul 13, 2009 11:12 AM

Hi SF Bayers:

A friend and I will be in SF and are looking for suggestions for a single meal. We are both pretty hardcore foodies who dine out frequently and everywhere. We'd prefer small and intimate to large and corporate. Money is not exactly no object but we're willing to indulge ourselves if that's what it takes. A good wine list is a plus. We will not have a car so within San Francisco rather than E Bay is preferable.

Based on my research on this and other boards, I've come up with the following potential candidates, but would love other recs and feedback:

1550 Hyde
SPQR
Ame
Gitane

Thanks so much! (I promise to report back.)

  1. Ruth Lafler Jul 13, 2009 12:30 PM

    Those are all solid choices. What kind of information would help you make a decision?

    Here are a couple of things that stand out: Ame is somewhat more expensive and more upscale than the others; SPQR doesn't take reservations.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      ssusu Jul 13, 2009 03:56 PM

      In searching on this board, I tried to look for places that (1) were not huge, (2) were receiving reliably consistent favorable reviews, (3) had a good wine list, and (4) were doing something exciting or (just delicious) with their food. Does that help? And are there other restaurants you think I should consider?

      1. re: ssusu
        Ruth Lafler Jul 13, 2009 05:28 PM

        La Ciccia.

        You already found places that meet your criteria (excellent job, btw). What more can we say about them that will help you decide? I think Ame is the "outlier" on your list. It's more expensive, less casual, and it's in a hotel, so it has a somewhat less personal atmosphere than it sounds like you're looking for, plus it's not a great neighborhood to wander in before or after dinner.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
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          Kristine Jul 14, 2009 11:32 AM

          I second La Ciccia, probably my all time favorite restaurant in the city. It will matter when you plan on going, I think they are closed for most of the month of July.

        2. re: ssusu
          Robert Lauriston Jul 14, 2009 11:49 AM

          La Ciccia's wine list is remarkable given the size of the place and the modest prices on the food. The chef used to be in the wine business.

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          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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