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In Desperate Need of Fine Dining Restaurants for Business Dinner in SF (Near Convention Center)

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Hi CH'ers:

My boss is at a conference in San Francisco mid-May and she's asked to research restaurants. As the dinners will be business functions, the ambiance and food are important, and there is no cap on the price.

However, there are some requirements:

1. has to be within 15-min. walk from Moscone Center

2. can't be a restaurant inside a hotel

3. no tasting menu (although prix-fixe menu is okay)

I've looked at many restaurants but none of them are to his liking, so I need your help.

I've suggested and his comments:

Fleur de Lys – doesn’t like décor
Boulevard – on the waitlist for a large table
Masa's
Michael Mina
Quince – too far
Benu – not into Japanese fusion
Salt House
Gary Danko – too far
La Folie – too “French” – I don’t know what that means
One Market
Perbacco – don’t like the set-up of the tables; at one section (with lower ceilings), he refers the picture as it looks like a cafeteria
Prospect - don't like the booths

Are there any other restaurants I'm missing?

Thanks for your help!

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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

One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Masa's Restaurant
648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Salt House
2 Shaw Aly, San Francisco, CA 94105

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Fifth Floor. Apparently back in top form under a new chef and only a very short walk from Moscone.

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    Fifth Floor Restaurant
    12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Isn't Fifth Floor in the Palomar Hotel? Definitely not a typical hotel restaurant, but the boss specified "not inside a hotel". Is there a separate entrance?

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      Fifth Floor Restaurant
      12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. re: Stephanie Wong

        You enter through the lobby and take the hotel elevator to the fifth floor.

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          Sorry, I didn't see the "no hotel" request -- although Fifth Floor isn't a "hotel restaurant" -- it's a restaurant that happens to be in a hotel.

          Salt House I think you'll find is more casual than your boss is looking for.

          One Market actually sounds like exactly what your boss is looking for: upscale "new American" in a very polished setting. Plus, it has a Michelin star, which is always good when you're trying to impress people.

          5A5 (steakhouse)?

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          One Market Restaurant
          1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

          Fifth Floor Restaurant
          12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. Perbacco is awesome. Looks nothing like a cafeteria when you're inside.

        Technically, Fifth Floor is in a hotel, though you wouldn't know it.

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Fifth Floor Restaurant
        12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. My first two thoughts were Ame & Fifth Floor...both in hotels & former is Japanese fusion : ( On the ground floor inside the St. Regis, Ame is very sleek & stylish...perfect for business dinner.

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          1. re: ceekskat

            Ame is far better than Fifth Floor. We had a similar business dinner at FIfth Floor tonight and it was disastrous. Horrible service, bad cocktails (that when we reported the vodka sodas tasted like predominantly water and were flat the response was "I don't believe that but I'll have them remake them), and 50/50 on good meals and bad meals at the table.

            Too bad Perbacco is closed the night you need it - it consistently pleases our very picky and opinionated group! Boulevard is excellent as well if they could accomodate you. One Market was ok, definitely better than Fifth Floor by a mile! We've actually had several good meals at XYZ at the W Hotel also, and we expected not to like it because it is in the W but were pleasantly surprised. Alexander's had good food but was very pretentious (they started off with a long spiel about how elegant they consider themselves to be, and many in our group still chuckle about it -- we are here just about every month so we are making the rounds!).

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            One Market Restaurant
            1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

            XYZ
            181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Fifth Floor Restaurant
            12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: CG09

              CG09, XYZ shut down about three weeks ago - it is being remodeled and redesigned and will be called TRACE, probably a completely different iteration than what you experienced.

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              XYZ
              181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

          2. Masa's is also in a hotel.

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            Masa's Restaurant
            648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

            1. One Market.

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              One Market Restaurant
              1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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              1. re: steve h.

                If Quince is "too far" - One Market is likely to be "too far".

                How about 25 Lusk?

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                One Market Restaurant
                1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

                Twenty Five Lusk
                25 Lusk, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: Paul H

                  Are you sure? I usually stay at the Hyatt Embarcadero (across the street from One Market) and make it to the Moscone Center in under 20 minutes. Making the trek up to Jackson Square to Quince is a longer walk, but well worth it.

                  Edited to add: One Market and Quince, according to Google Maps, are equidistant from the Moscone Center. Maybe the walk up to Jackson Square just seems longer to me.

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                  One Market Restaurant
                  1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105