Pre-Wedding Weekend Dinner - stumped!
So we were planning on going to Splendido months back for our Sat night dinner prior to getting married - but given the change of ownership/new menu, I am not willing to take a chance on this night.
The question now is, given Canoe is closed on weekends, our last few meals at Scaramouche were less than desirable, where do we go!?
Chiado is too fish focused for the Fiance - she is not the biggest fan of cooked fish.
Kaji I would love, but given he only offers Omakase, and given her shellfish allergy + aversion to some cooked fish, not the best option.
Mistura is another option, I enjoyed it the few times I have gone...not sold on it though.
Not sure how many people, but what about Nota Bene - or re-consider Splendido? The 'team' at Splendido is almost intact - and have been in place all year, so I wouldn't be concerned about service issues - but of course, can't comment on the new menu. But in the past, the private room/wine cellar was more easily available on weekends as the corporate requests are fewer on weekends.
Incidentally, in SF I've always enjoyed Danko - it's hectic/frantic but the food has always (well, mostly) been good. Can't help with Mexican! But in Napa, my favourite dining spot is at Domaine Chandon (Etoile). Can't say it's the best at anything, but the whole experience is both relaxing and romantic (and Forbes magazine places it in its Top 10 romantic places for 2009). And wine prices on their own wines are reasonable. I was really disappointed with Auberge de Soleil.
Just remember that the traffic jams will mean it ALWAYS takes longer to get anywhere there.
Maybe George... the patio is particularly pretty this time of year.
I like Colborne Lane, and if you can get the private room it could make for a very special evening... but you (and your guests) have to be open to taking a few risks. I enjoy the sense of adventure but the experimental nature of the cooking means that sometimes you can get a plate that doesn't quite work.
I think Mistura is a solid choice (although I kinda get your sense of "not sold-ness"). And I like Globe although it's a more casual (although less pricy option than your other picks).
Thank you all for your replies - this dinner is just for myself and my lovely lady - a little 'calm before the storm' dinner.
Auberge - No thanks - Had a pre-paid amex there a few years ago, called ahead to verify its authenticity and that it covered wine, which all were confirmed by management, at the end of a nice meal, we were told it was not in fact accepted - many issues ensued afterward to say the least, me refusing to shell out alternate payment being the main one.
N44 - A reliable place, an option for sure - but nothing too interesting.
Nota Bene - enjoyed my last meal there, havent seen much in the way of change on the menu - not sold on Splendido for this meal, require some CH experiences before I test out their new menu. (Thanks for the SF rec's Est - we current have a reservation at Canteen, Ame and one night 'open' - actually ending up going to Sonoma vs. Napa and we will be dining at Cyrus that night)
For some reason I thought George closed...perhaps I was wrong? Never been actually -
Colborne lane is another interesting suggestion...
New choices to think about - many thanks for all the suggestions!