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Aug 3, 2009 08:58 PM

Greatest Restaurant in San Francisco

I apologize for barging in like a newbie, but I call Los Angeles home and San Francisco is always a great.

I'm coming to SF next week and want a great fine dining experience.

I've been to a lot of the better restaurants up there - Aqua (excellent), Manresa (terrific), French Laundry (also terrific) Michael Mina (which felt more like 1.5 stars) everyplace but Coi (which I will try to get into but in case I don't...

Is there anyplace new and fabulous? Anyplace you feel is underrated?


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  1. A couple of places you should look into:


    I haven't been but you might want to consider Gary Danko if you haven't been yet...

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    1. re: tvham

      Perbacco's good but I wouldn't rank it among the top five local Italian places. Top ten, maybe.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I do like Perbacco but, if I wanted a high end Italian restaurant, I'd choose Acquerello.

        1. re: bobpantzer

          Acquerello's the only Italian place I've been that offers a tasting menu and has relatively fancy, formal service a la Manresa et al.

          I guess Quince is in the same vein.

    2. Its a little drive to Healdsburg but.............. Cyrus is well worth it.

      1. The one you seem to have missed is the The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton.

        The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton
        600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: Calvinist

          La Folie and Chez Panisse also turn up on many high-end lists.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yes, indeed. The two best meals I had while in Northern California recently were at both La Folie and Chez Panisse. Wonderful service as well-unfussy, unpretentious, but extremely professional.


        2. Commis is a new place in Oakland run by the former Chef de Cuisine of Manresa, James Syhabout. Good sophisticated food but in a casual setting.

          3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611