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Jan 2, 2010 03:10 PM

Dine About Town

Dine about Town is coming. What are some of your favorite restaurants that your've tried?

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  1. My picks on the list are: Aziza, b44, 1550 Hyde, RNM

    Here's the list of restaurants:

    Here's a thread from last year that covers a lot of the same restaurants:

    5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

    44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

    1550 Hyde
    1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    RNM Restaurant
    598 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

    14 Replies
    1. re: Shane Greenwood

      How does this work? How do you find out what the meal offering is? The special is just one set of selections, right?

      1. re: Kim Cooper

        Click the link above to see the list of restaurants. Then you can click on each restaurant to see what the menu offerings are for the DAT time period. It's 2 courses for lunch at $17.95 or 3 courses for dinner at $34.95. Not all restaurants participate in lunch and dinner, so be sure to look closely at the website. When you go to the restaurant, they will have a special DAT menu that you can order off of. It is usually a stripped down version of their regular menu. It's a good deal, even with the limited menu offerings.

        1. re: Shane Greenwood

          "It's a good deal, even with the limited menu offerings."

          Depends on the restaurant. If you don't want dessert, which I usually don't, it's often cheaper to order a la carte.

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Yeah, as Robert said, it's not always a good deal -- sometimes it's no cheaper than ordering a la carte, and with more limited choices. There have even been cases where the DAT was more expensive than the restaurant's regular prix fixe. You really have to look at it on a case by case basis, after looking at the restaurant's regular menu and at their DAT offering. If the DAT menu isn't posted online, sometimes you can ask them to fax or email it to you.

            If as Robert mentioned, you don't want all three courses, one option to explore is ordering one DAT and then supplementing with an extra entree or appetizer a la cart and sharing with your dining companion.

            I've come to the conclusion that the real value in DAT is trying expensive restaurants I normally wouldn't. Even if the food options are a lesser value than their normal menu, the service and atmosphere are still high end. In that vein, one place that interests me on this year's list is Fifth Floor.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yes, you two are correct. Not all 'deals' are equal. Caveat Emptor, read the menus.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                >>I've come to the conclusion that the real value in DAT is trying expensive restaurants I normally wouldn't. Even if the food options are a lesser value than their normal menu, the service and atmosphere are still high end. <<

                I completely agree. This is the way to get the best value.

                One other thing is that there is sometimes a choice of menu (2 apps, 2 mains, 2 desserts) but sometimes there is simply a fixed menu with no choice.


                1. re: waldrons

                  Campton Place and One Market are other upscale restaurants that have gotten good marks for DAT in the past.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    These are the exact 2 restaurants I was thinking about going! I might wind up going to only one this time though. Would you recommend one over the other? On one hand Campton Place seems more expensive normally ($$$$ on Opentable), making the $35 seem like a really great deal. One Market is $$$ but it has a Michelin star. Not sure how much that counts for these days though.

                    Normally I do like to go to expensive places for DAT, since you can usually eat for $35 or less anyway at many of the less expensive places.

                    1. re: arlenemae

                      My friend and I went to Campton Place for Dine About Town in June. We each got different selections for each course. All three of his were stellar, all of mine were lackluster.

                      1. re: vulber

                        I went to Campton Place and it was wonderful. The service was extra special because it is such an upscale place. My dine mate ordered the wine pairing for $24.95. She enjoyed the wines. We started off with some sort of foam of green apple and arugula. I'm guessing it was supposed to clean your palate. We both had the butternut squash soup, which they pour in front of us. My entree was short rib with mash potatoes and spinach/mushrooms. The short rib melts in your mouth, but it was a bit heavy. She had the trout, which was most delicious and it was cooked to perfection. The bread basket had three kinds. For dessert, I had the chocolate mousse (which tasted like peanut butter, intensely fattening, but so good) and chocolate cake with caramel sause bananas with dollop of whipped cream. She had panne cotta (coconut). It was heavy. She had decaf and it was filtered and poured in front of her. It was so fragrant. $6.00. Wonderful service, which I felt being well taken care of.

                        Campton Place
                        340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar normally has a prix-fixe three-course menu for 29.95 Sun-Thu according to their website. They are on the DAT list so I guess it means they get to jack up the price by five bucks for a couple of weeks.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Speaking of expensive restaurants I normally wouldn't go to ... even though someone just creamed this restaurant in another post ... I stumbled across the DAT menu for Big Four which looks interesting

                    Though they adjusted the dishes a bit (no lobster hash with the scallops) The normal prices if you ordered a la carte would be

                    Lobster bisque $15
                    Pan Seared Diver Scallops $33
                    Warm Flourless Scharffen Berger Chocolate Meltdown Cake $10

                    So that would be a $23 saving over regular prices ... and when you figure in tax at tip ... big savings.

                    One does wonder who writes their menu .... on the bar menu ...

                    “Line Caught” Albacore Tuna Panini Melt (Low Mercury)


                    Maybe not wise to remind people of the mercury content on the menu however low. I wonder if that was a big seller. Salmon, please

                3. re: Kim Cooper

                  Be careful. I've been burned twice, like showing up thinking the restaurant has DAT, but they didn't. It was either it was only for lunch or that it was from Sunday through Thursday only. To be sure, make sure you call and confirm. You can always call and ask what they might serve. I love Aziza and Fringale.

                4. re: Shane Greenwood

                  RNM, too, also offers a(n absolutely phenomenal steal of a deal at) $28 prix-fixe menu before 7pm

                5. also make sure to check out the restaurant's regular menu to make sure they don't regularly offer a similar prix fixe (chez papa, luce, etc.)

                  1. I had lunch and they only have squash soup (delicious) or salad (pomegranate, walnut, cheese), and two choices of entree (cod with salad) or lamb sandwich (not much flavor and the bread was burnt (they actually served it BURNT!). Skip this DAT. Try Luna Park, at least they have appetizer, entree, and dessert.

                    Sutro's at The Cliff House
                    1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121