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??
Which aspect(s) of Gary Danko made it your first choice? General style of cooking, particular dishes, service, quality of cheese course, location?
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?
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
Range - lacks the pretension of Danko/Mina, but has wonderful food.
There's also Manresa.
I also adore a good picnic and a bottle of wine for an anniversary...
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Here is an updated list of fine dining in the San Francisco Bay Area, segmented by tier:
Restaurants at the very top include:
The French Laundry, Manresa, Cyrus, Coi, and The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Michael Mina, Aqua, Masa's, Gary Danko, Meadowood
Quince, La Folie, Fleur de Lys, Ame, Acquerello
re: Robert Lauriston
True. "Fine Dining" tends to be classic French technique or based on it. But there's also Italian and Asian and "Modern American" in the list. What "Fine Dining" establishments do you think have been left out (besides CP, but we'll have to agree to disagree there)?
The OP was obviously looking for a "Fine Dining" experience (30th anniversary) so I don't think they are looking for a place like Incanto or Range.