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Gitane or Nopa?

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  • Jnmd May 12, 2010 06:38 PM
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My wife and I are visiting SF for the first time. We already have dinner reservations at Perbacco and 1550 Hyde. Does anyone have an opinion on which restaurant, Gitane or Nopa, we should try for the third night? Or is there another restaurant that we should not miss if we are looking for great food with a SF/California flair? Price does not matter. We are staying at the St. Regis and don't mind taking a cab to get there. Thanks.

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Gitane Restaurant & Bar
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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  1. It depends what you are looking for - NOPA is much more similar to 1550 Hyde than Gitane, so Gitane would give you variety; although I find the food to be slightly better at NOPA (some woudl argue that it's also less cutting edge/innovative at NOPA too).

    Regardless of which one you go to, maek sure to order a cocktail.

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    1550 Hyde
    1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Gitane Restaurant & Bar
    6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

    1. We really enjoy the food and cocktails at Gitane & love the space with its cozy yet sexy vibe. Can't vouch for the food at Nopa as we've only had drinks there, but space is very different in that it is open with a small upstairs loft (?) area.

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      Nopa
      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Gitane Restaurant & Bar
      6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

      1. I'm firmly in the NOPA camp with the one caveat that it is loud.

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        1. re: whiner

          I am also considering La Folie based on Whiner's posts elsewhere. Is it a traditional French restaurant similar to what is found in other big cities like NYC? What makes this place shine above others?

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

          1. re: Jnmd

            La Folie is very different from Gitane or NOPA, far more expensive and fancy; the chef does make quite an effort to use local ingredients though; much more so than your typical french restaurant

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

            Gitane Restaurant & Bar
            6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

            1. re: vulber

              Agreed. La Folie is both (1) awesome and (2) not in the same category. It is Provençal French utilizing local ingredients. Relaxed atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in the city, but expect to pay $75 - $100/person before drinks, tax and tip.

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

        2. Gitane's in the middle of a chef change. The founding chef is working with the newcomer and will be departing June 1. Have fans noted any changes recently?

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          Gitane Restaurant & Bar
          6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108