HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Discussion

Greatest Restaurant in San Francisco

  • 9

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?

Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. A couple of places you should look into:

    Ame
    Spruce
    Perbacco

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

    3 Replies
    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

        2 Replies
        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.

            SWS

        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.

          -----
          Commis
          3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611