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Chaya or Boulevard for 6 or 7 person dinner

rjlebed Apr 24, 2011 09:06 AM

A friend is making reservations for a dinner in May in SF. He asked whether we prefer Chaya at 8:15 or Boulevard at 9:00. Knowing neither, I wonder a few things. Is either more conducive to being able to talk with each other than the other? Would a 9:00 at Boulevard be too heavy a meal that late? Are there any watch outs at either? Just looking for input. Thanks.

  1. Ruth Lafler Apr 24, 2011 01:45 PM

    Those are an odd pair of restaurants: they don't have much in common except location. I think your concerns are valid: Chaya is likely to be noisy and the food at Boulevard is on the heavy side. If location is an issue, maybe see if there's a better time available at One Market?

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

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      whiner Apr 24, 2011 02:30 PM

      I don't find the food at Boulevard heavy... One Market is nice. So is Perbacco, though depending upon where you sit, it could be a bit noisy for 7... Ame?

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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      nocharge Apr 24, 2011 07:41 PM

      I'd say Boulevard is about one star better than Chaya but the food concepts are different and you may want to take that into account as well. I like Chaya, but the food is really nothing special. As for Boulevard being a heavy meal, I wouldn't worry about it. Just order food that fits your lightness criteria. Neither restaurant is super quiet, but you can probably hold a conversation at either one.

      1. Paul H Apr 24, 2011 09:15 PM

        The food at Boulevard is far superior to that at Chaya. Far superior.

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