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Canteen or Commonwealth

prima Apr 20, 2011 09:50 AM

If you could only have one dinner at either Canteen or Commonwealth, which one would you choose? Thanks for any of your comments. ;-)

817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

  1. JuliaG Apr 20, 2011 06:12 PM

    Tough choice! I have had excellent meals at both. If I were forced to choose, I would base my decision on what kind of "mood" you are going for that evening, and how much you feel like eating.

    At Commonwealth, I think you'd really want to splurge for the tasting menu and wine pairings (comes to $90, which I think is truly excellent value for the quality of food and the experience). Even though it's on a grungy block of Mission St, I would count Commonwealth as a special-occasion place. Also, I've heard people complain after ordering from the a la carte menu that the portions are too small, but I was so full after the tasting menu I could barely eat even a bite of my dessert (this is a very rare occurrence for me).

    Canteen offers a much more casual experience - the food is really excellent and I am a huge fan of both the brunch and dinner here. I would count this as a more everyday/upscale dinner.

    I guess I haven't really answered your question yet... So I will go out on a limb and say Commonwealth, chef's tasting menu, wine pairings.

    2 Replies
    1. re: JuliaG
      maxhs Apr 20, 2011 06:33 PM

      Totally agree with JuliaG: Commonwealth is gastronomically interesting; Canteen is more 'comfort food.'

      1. re: maxhs
        prima Apr 21, 2011 09:10 AM

        Thanks, JuliaG & maxhs. Sounds like Commonwealth is my kind of place.

        What dishes have you liked the most at Commonwealth? I realize the menu changes frequently, but still would love to hear which dishes you've enjoyed the most on your visits. Might have to try out that tasting menu.

    2. mariacarmen Apr 21, 2011 12:48 PM

      Canteen. I find Canteen "gastronomically interesting". I've only eaten at Commonwealth once, and we disliked every dish save one - the squid in tamarind. All the other dishes failed in concept or in execution. However, I know i'm in the minority here. I've eaten at Canteen a dozen times and have loved 95% of my meals there. Canteen is more casual, however. but I'd still choose Canteen.

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      1. re: mariacarmen
        maxhs Apr 21, 2011 12:58 PM

        Such is the world of food. We all have different tastes! All I meant is that canteen chooses to do-up more traditional dishes whereas commonwealth does a little more creation. That's not an editorial comment on which one is better... I loves me some canteen.

        Prima, I'd recommend the tasting menu!

        1. re: maxhs
          mariacarmen Apr 23, 2011 11:19 PM

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          1. re: mariacarmen
            prima Apr 24, 2011 03:20 PM

            Thanks for your comments, mariacarmen & maxhs!

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