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Splah Mar 17, 2010 09:32 AM

Any suggestions for a romantic restaurant, perhaps with a tasting menu, in SF proper? California cuisine/new american/ asian or French influences would all be great. Basically I'm interested in SF's answer to Gramercy Tavern. Any ideas?

Thanks much.

  1. Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2010 01:13 PM

    Hmmm ... who is doing Cal-Cuisine/New American with a tasting menu in SF proper? La Folie and Fleur de Lys, as you might expect, are not just "French-influenced" but French. Acquerello and Quince are Italian, with some French influences. Coi is on the experimental side. After looking at the menu on the Gramercy Tavern site, I think Fifth Floor is the closest food and price-wise.

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      Scott M Mar 17, 2010 01:19 PM

      How "romantic" is Fifth Floor? I have not been.

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        Calvinist Mar 17, 2010 01:23 PM

        What about The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton? Would you call that French or French-influenced?

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          Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2010 02:22 PM

          French-influenced, although it seems to have a lot of Japanese influences as well. I was thinking mostly of the Gramercy Tavern comparison, and The Dining Room is both more expensive and more formal than Gramercy Tavern.

          As for romantic, that's really subjective. To me, romantic -- or potentially romantic -- means decently spaced tables, good lighting, service that's warm but formal (not overly casual or obtrusively friendly) and quiet enough to hold an intimate conversation, and Fifth Floor qualifies (as do most of the other places mentioned) IMHO. From a woman's perspective, I should say that I consider rich gooey desserts to be almost mandatory for a romantic meal, and that a menu that's more sensual than intellectual is usually preferable. I should say that I'm not particularly advocating Fifth Floor, as there haven't been enough reports about the food under the current kitchen regime to give it an unqualified recommendation. Only that as I said, the type of food and price range seem closest to the example the OP gave.

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          Fifth Floor Restaurant
          12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. Scott M Mar 17, 2010 11:53 AM

        I would have to add Acquerello and Fleur De Lys as options. Though the food is better at Acquerello.

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          Jeni Bean Mar 17, 2010 02:34 PM

          I agree about Acquerello. We went maybe 4 years ago now, and I still remember it quite fondly. It is the all around best tasting menu w/ wine pairings I've ever had. It has NO view, however, so there is that caveat. And the area it is in is a little random. The waitstaff are knowledgable about both the food AND the wine, and are very sweet and unobstrusive. I think the type of cuisine they do there would also complement May in San Francisco as well.

          Have a wonderful evening.

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          Acquerello Restaurant
          1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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            pauliface Mar 17, 2010 05:42 PM

            I recently ate at Acquarello for the first time and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I'd also recommend it heartily (though I still prefer La Folie)..

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            La Folie
            2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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          ysaw Mar 17, 2010 10:55 AM

          My favorite romantic dinner is the tasting menu at La Folie. Small restaurant, amazing french food.

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            pauliface Mar 17, 2010 11:10 AM

            Agreed, La Folie is my favorite.

            Though I have not done the tasting menu,. I usually order the 3, 4, or 5 courses from the regular menu.

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              Engineering Mar 17, 2010 02:22 PM

              Adding some map links.

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              La Folie
              2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

              Acquerello Restaurant
              1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

              Fleur De Lys
              777 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109

              The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton
              The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94108

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