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Jul 15, 2009 11:47 AM

If you cant get in at Gary Danko, whats next?

if Gary Danko is booked for a 30th anniversary, what would you suggest? Michael Mina, 5th fl??


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  1. Which aspect(s) of Gary Danko made it your first choice? General style of cooking, particular dishes, service, quality of cheese course, location?

    1. I'd vote for Michael Mina over Gary Danko, unless you've got some reason for picking the latter. (That being said, I've never been to Fifth Floor)

      I've been to Gary Danko twice, it was great one time, mediocre the second. I've been to Michael Mina three times, and it's been great every time (Though you're more likely to get seated next to tourists in shorts).

      Have you considered La Folie?

      1. Didn't I read recently that Fifth Floor was going through yet another chef change?

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Yeah, reportedly Laurent Manrique is leaving this month and they're switching to a less upscale, more informal style.

        2. There are a dozen restaurants I would go to in the city before Gary Danko and Michael Mina (both have had less than stellar reviews from me).

          Current special occasion choices would include Aqua or Fleur de Lys.

          Fleur De Lys
          777 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109

          252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. Gary Danko's to me, was mediocre. I had a better time at Spruce and Ame.

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            1. re: spinn1

              Ame was tasty, though a friend who went wasnt so thrilled. We came to the conclusion that if you stick to the raw fish and such, it's great, but their cooked entrees aren't as fabulous.

              Also, depending on what kind of food you like, Ame might not be so appealing.