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Feb 21, 2010 10:53 PM

50th Birthday Party

I'm an avid Chow reader and have read way too many reviews at this point. Seems every time I pretty much settle on a place, I read something bad, or see a better place. That being said, I'm going to put this on finally to the Board.

My wife is planning (or shall I say I am) a 50th Birthday party in SF for me and 10 other friends. I have narrowed the choices to:
Dining Room at Ritz Carlton
La Folie
Fleur De Lys
Gary Danko

Please help give me thoughts. Of course I want it to be a special night in both atmosphere, food and service. Not a lot to ask.. :-)

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  1. Well, those are some of the top restaurants in the city, which you obviously know, and each of them has fans and detractors. I guess the question I have is: what could we tell you that you don't already know that would make your mind up? At that level, "better" is subjective. Have you looked at the menus online? There are several different styles off food represented on that list -- which looks most appealing to you, and why? Also, have you talked to any of them about how they would handle a party of eleven -- that might make a difference.

    All that said, I think the private room at La Folie would be my first choice -- recent reports on the food have all been stellar, and the private room will accommodate 11 and you can design your own menu.