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Looking for romantic, fantastic food within a budget

My husband and I will be travelling to SF at the end of April for our 10th anniversary. We arrive on a Thursday and that is the day of our anniversary and am looking to start our trip with a great meal for dinner. I've read enough posts to know that great food can be had in SF without breaking the bank. I am a foodie through and through, organic, seasonal, local, artisanal. My husband on the other hand is another story. I need a place that costs no more than $80 per person (my husband will probably want a good glass of wine), I on the other hand, love a fabulous dessert to end my meal with. Not too exotic (him....again) and the menu can't be too fish heavy (are you getting the picture here? I dont know how the man survives.) We are staying in the Nob Hill area. I appreciate any help I can get.

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  1. 1550 Hyde would fit the bill for both of you. It's along a cable car line too, so you can ride the car from Nob Hill to the restaurant, very romantic and a fun San Francisco experience. There are lots of good reviews about the restaurant. Just click the link.

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    1550 Hyde
    1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanks for the reply. We will definitely hit 1550 Hyde during our trip. One thought I forgot to mention is that my husband looovessss french cuisine. What do you think about La Folie? it looks like they have prix fix meals for 3-4 courses between $70-80. I know it has had some good reviews on the board. My question is for a special dinner, would you choose 1550 or La Folie? We don't mind leaving the area around the hotel, but probably need places that are not tucked away and difficult to find or get to by public transportation.

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

        1550 Hyde
        1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        1. re: nmrios

          La Folie would definitely fit the bill -- with wine, tax and tip it's over the amount you specified, though.

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

          1. re: nmrios

            Well, La Folie is MUCH better than 1550 Hyde, but you are looking at $70-$80/pp before wine tax and tip. (It might be up to $75 for 3 and $85 for 4 now.) But if that is in your budget... that very well may be the best restaurant in the city.

            Another very easy / good restaurant that is more CA-French is Boulevard... better than 1550 (and more expensive) but less expensive than La Folie.

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

            1550 Hyde
            1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      2. For budgeting purposes, note that sales tax in SF is 9.5%, and some restaurants add a surcharge of up to 4% (on which sales tax is charged) to cover city-mandated health care.

        For French at a lower price point, you might consider Chapeau.

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        Chapeau!
        126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Please note that the link on the Chowhound website appears to be incorrect. New link to Chapeau site.
          http://www.chapeausf.com/

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            She also specified "romantic" which to me would have disqualified Chateau in the previous site, because the tables were so close together. Is the new Chateau space better?

            1. Let's try this again -

              We just went to Chapeau for our anniversary Friday night. Food and service were both excellent. The atmosphere is much nicer than at the old location, although it's still fairly "cozy" and can get a bit noisy, but at least you can still converse with your date. The 3-course menu is a very good value for $38, or if you have a larger appetite, there is a 4-course menu (with fish course and palate cleanser) for $46. Of course with aperitifs, wine, tip, and tax, it was still $200, but that's MUCH cheaper than La Folie and Fleur de Lys, and I actually appreciated not being quite that full. (La Folie in particular is a gut-buster, but the food is so good I can never leave anything unfinished.)

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              Chapeau!
              126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118