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Planning 40th birthday trip to San Francisco

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Hi fellow chowhounds,

I am planning a long weekend trip to San Francisco to celebrate my 40th birthday in mid-September and would like to get restaurant recommendations for;

1.) One blowout dinner (the one restaurant you would say is the absolute must for anyone going to San Francisco..I am sure that will be difficult)
2.) Two moderate restaurants, Italian, pan-Asian and/or seafood restaurants would be great but my friends and I are adventurous diners so other types of cuisine could be of interest as well
3.) Two breakfast and/or brunch choices as well as a place for dim sum

Also, can anyone give some tips on getting from San Francisco to Napa for a day trip.

Thanks in advance,
Tanya

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  1. Foreign Cinema for upscale brunch, Kate's Kitchen for downhome brunch.

    1. You might want to check some recent threads about special occasion dining -- it's been pretty thoroughly hashed over within the last few days. Dim sum is also discussed in depth on a regular basis. To make a good recommendation we'd need to know whether you want to stick close to "downtown" or are willing to head farther out, whether you have a car or are willing to spend some time on public transit, etc.

      Same for Napa. We had a long debate a couple of weeks ago about whether it was possible to get to the wine country without a car, with the consensus being that it was, but it was expensive and/or a pain in the ass. If you want to go to the wine country you really should rent a car, if only for the day.

      Moderate restaurants is where the SF dining scene really shines. There are lots and lots of restaurants that would work for you. Aziza (Cal-Moroccan), La Ciccia (Sardinian) and Piperade (Cal-Basque) are three restaurants that are both excellent and different from the run of the mill.