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Mar 26, 2011 11:10 PM

Help narrowing down restaurant options

Hi! My husband and I will be coming to San Francisco at the end of april, and I am having a hard time deciding where to eat. We will be there for three nights. We are eating at Gary Danko one night, but haven't decided about other 2 nights. I'm a big foodie and love a great dining experience. I prefer places where the portions arent huge so I can try more!(tasting menus, small plates, tapas) Also love restaurants that throw in extras (amuse bouche)! I think one of the nights we would like to go to another fine dining restaurant and then the other night a fun, great food, great drinks type of place. So far I have compiled a really long list, but would really appreciate anyones feedback on which they really recommend on my list and which they would forgo. So here it is: (really long sorry)

la folie zarzuela betelnut

masas dosa pesce

nopa quince ame

alegrias andalu chez papa

delarosa gitane fleur de lys

coco 500 aziza chapeau!

the dining room at ritz

Also would any of these be good for lunch? Thank you so much!!

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. Hi, that's a pretty good list. I'd throw andalu off immediately, I don't know alegrias, but chez papa is funner and tastier.

    You're really going to need to take the next step on neighborhood, reservation availability, mood, what you get at home, etc. My starting point would be to divide up into possibilities on each night, and go from there.

    Given the current notes on TDRATRC, I would give it a skip right now.

    1. The Ritz is unbelievable. I highly recommend it. Better than Danko in my opinion, but they are in their own class...

      For a less expensive and more casual night out, I really like Betelnut.. you can sit at the counter and watch them cook if you are into that sort of thing. Maybe a good spot for a lunch.

      Ame is pretty good... we had one great meal there and one ok meal... I think if you get Danko and the Ritz in, you could probably skip Ame.

      Check out an Off The Grid event for sure... lunch or dinner.

      2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

      Gary Danko
      800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      Ame Restaurant
      689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Off the Grid
      Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

      3 Replies
      1. re: dbachelder

        The Dining Room at the Ritz got SLAMMED by Michael Bauer, and I was not impressed the last time I was there.

        1. re: zin1953

          I haven't been in over a year, but the tasting menu was pretty phenomenal back then.. too bad if it has gone down hill!

          1. re: dbachelder

            My wife and I were there a couple of weeks ago. We found it unchanged from previous visits over the last 3 or 4 years. That means, really good.

      2. Contigo is fantastic, and has just that small plates fun vibe you're looking for, as does Gitane (the drinks at Gitane are some of my favorites in SF). If you're around for brunch, Nopa is a great choice.

        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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

        1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        1. I'd highly recommend Atelier Crenn, Quince and Cotogna (one or the other), Chapeau!, Ame, and La Folie . . . I'd pass on The Dining Room at the Ritz.

          1. Thank you all so much for your input! I think I am leaning towards chapeau! or la folie for one of the nights, and I am still trying to narrow down my options for the other night. I'm going to take a closer look at all the ones you suggested. Thanks again!