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Canteen or Commonwealth

  • prima Apr 20, 2011 09:50 AM
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If you could only have one dinner at either Canteen or Commonwealth, which one would you choose? Thanks for any of your comments. ;-)

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Canteen
817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Commonwealth
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: JuliaG

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

      1. re: maxhs

        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. 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

        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

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          1. re: mariacarmen

            Thanks for your comments, mariacarmen & maxhs!