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The Dining Room or La Folie or Fleur de Lys or ?

I'm thinking i would like a big fancy dinner with close friends in a sumptuous restaurant, to celebrate my birthday. I have eaten at Fleur de Lys and I loved it. Not only the food, which I adored, but also the atmosphere, fancy tables, dishes, and the feeling of space between the tables, it just feels luxurious and yes, sumptuous to me. This is what I'm looking for. For example I've never been terribly interested in Michael Mina's because I HATE it's sterile decor. And although I like the food at NoPa (not the same league I know) I hated using a dish towel as a napkin, partially because i felt my Mom would yell at me for doing it ;)

Obviously I want French, or French influenced. I have not eaten at La Folie or at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton but they have piqued my interest. Judging from the pictures they look like what I want, but I was hoping you CHers who have eaten at these places could tell me if these other places fit my needs, or maybe even have another suggestion. FYI French Laundry is out because i could never get a reservation in time (only a month away).

Thanks!

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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

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  1. Addendum: would like to stay in SF proper as this means no one needs to be the designated driver! Cheers!

    1. Hey, San Diego hound here, but I am in SF all the time, and lived in San Mateo for two years.

      If you like Foie Gras, Rolland Passot is your man. I took a class from him on foie gras, and his knowledge of preparing this product is boundless. In my opinion, the food at La Folie is outstanding. I did feel the atmoshpere, while still very nice, was not as formal as Fleur de Lys.

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

      1. The Dining Room for sure. La Folie is a close second. La Folie is a tad less formal, with slightly larger portion sizes if that's your thing. Siegel at the Dining Room is a bit more inventive in his tasting menus.

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

        1. La Folie. Easy choice for me.

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

          1. La Folie is pretty special. Bring an appetite.

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

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            1. re: steve h.

              La Folie. sigh - easy choice for me, too. Friends send friends to La Folie... they loved it, too.

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

                1. re: Cynsa

                  I think The Dining Room and La Folie are comparable, but as others have mentioned, the former is more formal and the latter is more casual. Strictly in terms of food, however, I would say The Dining Room is better. Rolland Passot is good, but Ron Siegel is great.

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

                  1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                    The food at La Folie is very good, superior to most.
                    It's a mom and pop shop in the best sense (husband cooks, wife runs the front of the house with an iron hand). Very French. Portions are large but that's the way they choose to deal with their customers.
                    La Folie is pretty special.

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

                    1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                      The Dining Room is slightly more creative, but I think the food is better at La Folie.

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