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Jan 15, 2010 05:28 AM

2010 San Francisco Dine Around Town - feedback

Now that the 2010 DAT has begun, I thought it would be nice if folks would post a "trip report" about where they ate and how they like their meal.

So, please tell us:

1. Where did you eat?

2. Where you there for lunch or dinner?

3. What day of the week did you dine?

4. What did they serve?

5. Were their choices available and if so, what were they?

6. How was the service; did you feel rushed?

7. Were you seated on time?

8. If you have eaten at the restaurant during non DAT, did you note any differences [other than menu items offered] like portion size, time to get food etc.?

9. Misc. comments.

I will post next week when we are enjoying DAT.


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        1. re: DebitNM

          Still hoping to get some feedback -- anyone?

        2. Well, I would have had a report but my friend completely forgot about our lunch and did not show!! We had a 12:30 reservation at Vitrine.

          The DAT menu they showed me was the same one as one the website. Very good deal. I looked at their non-DAT menu and the cheapest entree was $19. You could elect to have a dessert instead of a first course, or have all three courses for $24.95.

          The restaurant is located on the 4th floor of the St Regis. Very elegant atmosphere. They are also very strict about reservations. If one member of your party is more than five minutes late, they give the table away. Reservations are required for the DAT menu; if you are a walk in, you can only order off the regular menu. They are booked solid for the next two Sundays.

          Sadly, no comment on the actual food.

          I look forward to reading people's DAT feedback too!

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          1. re: betterbeheaven

            So, betterbeheaven, they would not seat just you at the table? Or did you choose to not eat alone?

            If you had a reservation for 4 and 1 person was late, would they not seat the 3? OR if you told them you had a res for 4 but it will only be 3, that's it -no res?? Is this typical for San Francisco?

            1. re: DebitNM

              They would not seat me until the entire party had arrived; however, as it looked my friend really was not going to show, the hostess offered to seat me to eat alone. I just chose not to.

              They will not seat until the entire party has arrived, but if the party ended up being 3, I think they would seat

          2. I did the DAT for lunch yesterday at Lark Creek Steak. The $17.95 menu was a salad and a cheeseburger, they also had a $19.95 or $21.95 menu for soup and (I think) a steak. The cheeseburger was large and juicy, cooked medium rare as requested, served with a small pile (just enough) of large-cut (but crisply cooked) French fries. I ate the salad and half the burger, and had the rest for dinner.


            Lark Creek Steak
            845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            1. re: waldrons

              I'm scheduled to do 4 DATs. Yesterday was Vitrine and I was pleasantly surprised.

              Vitrine Lunch on Sunday.
              Offered Menu on website. It was exquisite. Great effort and awesome value.
              There were 2 choices for each course.
              Hostess was a bit awkward. We arrived early 10:45 for 11:00 reservations. She didn't seat us, but there were others who came after us whom she seated. Other than that, service inside the restaurant was pretty good.
              Seated at 11:02 for 11:00 reservations.

              Overall Vitrine was the best DAT experience I've had. I feel that the chef is really trying to impress you with his offerings. Portions were average sized (not skimpy). He was innovative (uses foams, etc). Plating was gorgeous, everything was cooked well. Vitrine is comparable to most one starred michelin restaurants in the city!

              On the schedule for DAT... maybe Luce, Destino on 1/27 and Bushi-Tei on 1/31. Will let you know how those go.

              1. re: rosiella1

                Did you already get a res for Luce, cause my friend called on Thursday and they were completely booked.