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Where to have a chic, elegant, impressive gourmet lunch (preferably prix fixe) near Market Street./Union Square?

Hello there! My best friend and I are planning a shopping trip in San Francisco sometime in March (probably the week of March 21st). We're planning on hitting up Nordstrom, Macy's, Neimans, etc, and would love to have a memorable, beautiful lunch in the middle of the day. Cost isn't much of an issue; neither of us minds paying more for an excellent, high quality meal! We especially like American classic, French, and Italian food, but we're open to all sorts of suggestions! (I myself like sushi and seafood as well; not sure about her.) I personally think a place with a great prix fixe menu would be wonderful, but that's not a must. We would also like to go to a restaurant with great atmosphere, where we can sit comfortably and drink a cocktail or glass of wine and chat for a while. Please let me know which places might fit the bill, and thanks so much in advance!

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  1. I highly recommend the following restaurants. Please note that not all of these suggestions are on Market or in Union Square. I feel you will not be disappointed by an extra drive.

    Luce: http://www.lucewinerestaurant.com/ Comfortable and delicious. A great place to drink wine.

    Zuni Cafe: http://www.zunicafe.com/menus.html Their roasted chicken with bread salad for two is renowned among the foodie community and well worth the time it takes to cook. Have a glass of Lillet and any of their beautiful salads during the wait.

    Le Charm: http://www.lecharm.com/lunchmenu.php For French bistro food, as the name suggests. I think their coq au vin and tarte tatin are scrumptious and quite well priced.

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    Zuni Cafe
    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: Jadore

      Zuni is easily a 15 minute drive / cab on a shopping day. There are a lot of lights between union square and there - I always think "it's just 10 blocks" and then "man that's a long way". If you're driving yourself, the repark is annoying - there aren't many pay lots near zuni. If you're going to recommend Zuni, Slanted Door would be in range too - just interesting enough.

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      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. re: bbulkow

        I've yet to try Slanted Door; I'll remember that next time I'm in California.

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        Slanted Door
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. re: bbulkow

          What about the F Market streetcar to Zuni?

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          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        2. re: Jadore

          Have you been to Luce since Dominique Crenn left to open her own restaurant?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            No, I've been out of state. Has it slipped?

        3. Try Cafe Claude.

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          Cafe Claude
          7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. are you frickin' kidding? U Sq. is ground central for classic shoppers lunch. I would personally wander over to someplace on one of the alleys, (Belden, Claude) prix fixe? - don't hold your breath. but you can do well.

            1. The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus would seem like a good fit.

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              The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
              150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

              1. How about Perbacco?

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                Perbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111