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Hello all-
coming to San Francisco for Xmas and new year. Need recs for restaurants, specifically a home run business/pleasure dinner for 4 - sophisticated not stuffy, less formal but still hip if that makes any sense. I'm looking for a newer more up-market Delfina. I have some candidates:
A16
Salt House
Frances
Firefly
Town Hall

Any thoughts, suggestions?

Last meal in the city was at Plumpjack and enjoyed it. Hard to remember details its been so long ... no specific neighborhood preferences but will be staying on Russian Hill. I've been looking at menus and $$$ not a big issue but I do appreciate value. NYC prices are twice the most expensive San Francisco prices I've seen and I eat out a lot.

Also, a nice tapas place would be great to know. Will gladly offer NYC advice in return :)
Cheers!
KW

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    1. re: sfbing

      This place looks great. We will save this for ourselves. Thanks!

    2. I really like SPQR which, as of a couple months ago, has a new chef that I think is terrific. I'd definitely choose it over A16 which has common ownership. Love Town Hall but I don't think there's a noiser restaurant on the planet.

      Zarzuela, on Russian Hill, would be my choice for tapas.

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      1. re: bobpantzer

        Thanks for the Zarzuela rec. It's 2 blocks from where we are staying. We will definitely check it out.

      2. For a more "upmarket" Delfina suitable for a business dinner my first thought was Perbacco.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Except Perbacco is more formal and less hip than Delfina.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Right. Which is how I interpreted "more upmarket" and "business dinner." Perbacco is hip in its own way, which is more FiDi than Mission.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I like Perbacco, but the vibe to me is on the corporate / expense-account side.

              I'm not sure there is a more up-market Delfina, their prices are about as far up the market as people in SF are willing to pay for Italian food. There's Acquerello and Quince, but they're way more formal and somewhat French.