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Anniversary dinner ideas in san francisco

Hi-

My husband and I are travelling to SF from May 11-15 so he can attend a conference. We are looking for suggestions for one "nice" dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Would like to keep the cost under 250.

I am a foodie and willing to try anything, my husband is less adventurous, and absoutely will not eat sushi or organ meats.

we are staying at the embarcadero and relying on public transit.

I am also looking suggestions for 3 other casual dinners and lunches for me when I am alone.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. If by staying at the Embarcadero, you mean near the Ferry Building, there would be several candidates for a "nice" dinner within walking distance:

    Boulevard and One Market both have Michelin stars and are pretty safe choices.

    Prospect is Boulevard's more contemporary sister restaurant. Personally, I find the food there more interesting.

    Waterbar has good, if pricey, seafood and views.

    Perbacco has excellent Italian food.

    Michael Mina is probably the ultimate special-occasion restaurant in the area where you could easily break your budget if you are not careful about what you order.

    I'd happily dine at any those restaurants depending on what I'm in the mood for. However, I consider Perbacco the best value given the quality of the food and the price point.

    1. casual lunches: Goldenwest (7 Trinity Place) - a take-out window that is Dennis Leary of Canteen's 3rd baby - excellent. Barbacco, next door to Perbacco, noted by nocharge. Z&Y Garden for Szechuan - for adventurous (at least, it was for me, being only recently introduced to szechuan cooking.) On Saturday, you should go to the Ferry Bldg. itself for the Farmers' Market. Fresh produce, tons of really good prepared foods, other vendors, wine, bread, cheese, olive oil tastings, gelato, Blue Bottle coffee (i don't drink coffee, but i've heard it's good) etc.

      If you want to get out of your neighborhood, a short Bart ride away is the Mission District (16th Street Bart -24th Street Bart, more or less) with a plethora of good, casual and nicer places to eat. Range for very nice, Bar Tartine... Maverick, Bar Bambino a little more casual.... Spork (i love this place), Foreign Cinema - nice to sit outside at night, Pizzeria Delfina - excellent, worth the wait. There's also a new cheese/wine bar called Mission Cheese that does sandwiches and other cheesy delights, plus tastings - 736 Valencia between 18th & 19th.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Bar Bambino
      2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Spork
      1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Foreign Cinema
      2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

      Pizzeria Delfina
      3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Bar Tartine
      561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Mission Cheese
      736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        The Thursday Ferry Plaza market is also good for lunch, though the number of produce vendors is much smaller than on Saturday.

      2. I would go to Boulevard for anniversary for less adventurous, Ame for more adventurous.

        Perbacco is awesome for more casual dinner.

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. Piperade is also an easy walk near the Embarcadero and should be fine for both of you.

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          Piperade
          1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. La Folie for the wedding anniversary