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Dec 19, 2009 12:32 AM

Best Happy Hour at a High End Restaurant

Any rec's for a great happy hour that serves great deals at fine dinning establishments??

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  1. La Mar's is good. Much cheaper way to try their food than the regular menu.

    La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
    Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. What location are you looking for? SF? South Bay? Berkeley?

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      1. re: ssfire

        I don't think any of the few high-end restaurants that aren't in SF have happy hours.

      2. Well, it depends on how high-end you're looking to go. I always recommend the happy hour at Mantra in Palo Alto. Before 6:30 PM, everything is 1/2 price, including anything off the main dinner menu. It runs 7 days a week, and it's a phenomenal deal. I had a tandoori fish entree that was great. I'm not sure it counts as "fine dining." They have white tablecloths and overpriced tasting menus - does that count?

        Mantra Restaurant & Lounge
        632 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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        1. re: ssfire

          It's as high-end as La Mar that RL recs. I like the happy hour at Mantra, have been about 5 times now. The fish entrees are my favorite pick there. The food seemed not as refined the last couple times, but still a good deal at half-off. And a good selection of wines BTG and half-bottles. Usually a Champagne BTG that's worth trying.

          Edited to add: The happy hour discount only applies in Mantra's bar and lounge area (and outside). So, no white table cloths for happy hour.

          Here's a shot of the sablefish

          And, the shrimp lollipops

          1. re: ssfire

            Second this one. It is a fabulous deal. Definitely not a destination place but if you are in the area it is worth checking out.

            1. re: ssfire

              Mantra happy hour is now a 1/3 off. Discovered this not too long ago but still not a bad deal. Had some nicely grilled lamb chops (a generous portion I might add) & agree with Melanie about their wine selection.

            2. Not sure if you're looking for happy hour bites or just good bargains, but Michael Mina has a pre-theatre menu T-Sat before 6pm where you can have a 3-course meal for $55 (a deal compared to their regular tasting/prix fixe menus).

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              1. re: alina555

                You can also get some snacks at the Clock Bar at MM. Although I wouldnt call it a Happy Hour.
                By fine dining you might define what you mean by that????? I never thought of La Mar as being fine dining but I do like it and it is a fun place.

                1. re: celeryroot

                  Anyone tried the happy hour at Barndiva in Healdsburg?

                  I've posted on the HH at Stark's in Santa Rosa,
                  It's supposed to continue until the Dow hits 10,000 again, which it has, so i don't know the current status of the deal.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    I didnt know they had a hh. They have a special wednesday deal which my neighbors enjoyed. I hope to try this over holidays.......

                2. re: alina555

                  To me, a prix-fixe before 6pm is an early bird special. Happy hour should be a la carte.

                3. Farallon has a deal called "Six until Seven" with selected drinks and apps for six bucks until seven pm.

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                    1. re: Rich

                      Except it's not really Six bucks each, because Farallon adds a 4% surcharge, a detail that is not mentioned anywhere on the "Six until Seven" bar menu.

                      450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                      1. re: ssfire

                        thanks for the "proceed with caution" addendum

                        1. re: ssfire

                          4% of $6.00 is ONLY 24 cents !!!!!!!!!!!!!

                        2. re: Rich

                          So, has anyone tried the "Six until Seven" deal yet? It seems like a good place for a drink and a snack before a 7PM play.

                          1. re: Glencora

                            Off the $6 menu we had the crab cakes (tiny) and a generous pile of hot crispy truffled fries. Also the ceviche off the regular bar menu ($13, very good) We were given some tasty sourdough bread and delicious butter with crunchy pink salt. Not sure if that ordinarily comes with the happy hour. I think not.

                            The restaurant was full of tourists, but there were more locals in the bar. It was quiet enough to talk easily, cozy in the rain.

                            1. re: Glencora

                              went here tonight and was very impressed (note that the current menu is not the one on the web site). complimentary bread with hawaiian sea salt was excellent. also ordered a housemade chorizo with toast; and mussels in a tomato broth with toast, as well as a hemingway daquiri (normally $11, $6 at happy hour), and a chocolate dessert sampler.

                              portions were on the small side as was to be expected, but still a good value, and the food was fairly rich so the small portions didn't bother me that much. service was excellent, and it's hard to beat the atmosphere of the jellyfish lounge.