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10th Wedding anniversary- La Foile, Dining room, Acquerello or ?

mrsjoujou Aug 11, 2009 11:03 AM

We are coming to SF form OC in Sept to celebrate our 10th anniversary and will be staying at hotel Vitale, so I can be across from the ferry mkt( I can't wait for the Sat mkt).
I have searched the board a lot and I think I have narrowed it down to La Foile, Dining room and Acquerello. I am looking for a place that serves creative food with a great service. I know about Coi and after seeing the menu, I think they are charging a lot of money for not much protein. You might as well save up your money and go to Alinea. Last year we were supposed to have our anniversary dinner there , but I had to cancel due to stomach upset and insomnia. I still kick my self for that, but we ended up going to L2O. That was before the recession and job loss.
I am aslo interested in Sun brunch and I know alot of people love Canteen and bar Tartine.
I appreciate any help I can get to make this trip a memorable one.

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: mrsjoujou Aug 11, 2009 01:30 PM

    Since you've read about all three, what further information do you need to make your decision? If it's the "creative food" issue, then I think none of them are particularly known for being creative, but The Dining Room is probably the least traditional.

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      mrsjoujou RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 11, 2009 05:01 PM

      Well, I have done my reading, but I haven't been to any of this restaurants and I was wondering if one is more tasty and creative than others. Is there any other place that I have missed?

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      ceekskat RE: mrsjoujou Aug 11, 2009 03:58 PM

      Just went to Bar Tartine for Sunday brunch & enjoyed it very much. I had the "heirloom tomato and erbette chard panade with fontina, sweet onions, basil and slow cooked eggs" & DH had poached eggs with smoked salmon on toasted brioche w/ hollandaise sauce".

      I didn't taste DH's dish but he liked it. I had no idea what to expect with my food even after our server described it as a sort of "bread pudding". It was more like a casserole layered with stewed onions & chard w/ soft eggs on top. The baked bread on the bottom had soaked in the flavors & was delicious but not enough to balance veggies & egg. I had to ask for an extra slice to finish off my meal. If it weren't for the menu description, I wouldn't have guessed there was any cheese in the dish (all mixed in & subtle flavor). I've never had anything like this before & found it delicious. Server actually gave a spoon. as it was slightly brothy. DH had smooth Blue Bottle coffee & I had the refreshing housemade grapefruit soda. Nice brunch indeed. A plus here is that after your meal, you can walk to Bi Rite Creamery for some yummy ice cream :)

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      1. re: ceekskat
        Robert Lauriston RE: ceekskat Aug 11, 2009 04:51 PM

        Did you mean to post that to this topic?

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 11, 2009 05:01 PM

          OP asked about brunch at Bar Tartine:
          "I am aslo interested in Sun brunch and I know alot of people love Canteen and bar Tartine."

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          mrsjoujou RE: ceekskat Aug 11, 2009 05:03 PM

          Thank you. I love Bi Rite and I can also pick up suff for the fly back home from Tartine.

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            rworange RE: ceekskat Aug 16, 2009 08:49 PM


            Bar Tartine
            561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. Senor Popusa RE: mrsjoujou Aug 11, 2009 04:53 PM

            If you do want creative food, Ron Siegel is the best bet for you of your choices. I would opt for a tasting menu, if your budget allows. If so, I would mention when you make your reservation that you are interested in the tasting menu and are happy to have the chef be as creative as he wants.

            I think he has reined himself in somewhat, in order to cater to the hotel guests...

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              mrsjoujou RE: Senor Popusa Aug 11, 2009 05:07 PM

              Thanks, but I am looking for either three or four courses. Last time I had a tasting menu for my birthday, I couldn't finish two of the courses.

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                bbulkow RE: mrsjoujou Aug 18, 2009 10:55 AM

                It seems like you're a real candidate for Gary Danko. The prices there are quite good for what you get (seems like a big deal to you), they have a 3/4 course option, and you can size your dishes as appropriate.

                From your other posts, you don't seem like a foam-and-concept type, you just like "really good food". Which, I think, puts you in the GD and Boulevard slot.

                If you really must pick between those three, it sounds like you don't want The Dining Room. Between La Folie and Aquerello I can't recommend, as I haven't been to either recently.

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              mrsjoujou RE: mrsjoujou Aug 12, 2009 09:53 AM

              Right now I think I might go with the dining room. Any other ideas? Please help me out.

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                sfcitygal RE: mrsjoujou Aug 16, 2009 08:59 PM

                I can't speak for the Ritz Dining Room,(still haven't been) but think anyone would be happy at either the La Folie or Aquerello, as far as quality of food and service goes. The food is excellent at both, but more creative at La Folie. IMO, the ambiance is a bit nicer and more memorable at Acquerello. You will have a lovely time at either. Both will be wonderful in tastes and service. (plus, all in similar neighborhood/areas) The rest of "the memory," will be what you make of it. :)

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                  mrsjoujou RE: sfcitygal Aug 17, 2009 10:23 AM

                  Thank you. Now I am thinking, I might go for La Folie. I am going crazy trying to decide.

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                    chefj RE: mrsjoujou Aug 17, 2009 06:41 PM

                    I can add that the Dining Room at the Ritz is VERY! old school formal, not a slam just that it is. La Folie is much more intimate. I have never been to Acquerello.
                    I believe that food wise they all are good choices.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: chefj Aug 18, 2009 09:03 AM

                      Acquerello (former Zola's) is formal but friendly and not stuffy.

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