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Jax1023 Apr 25, 2011 03:07 PM

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!

  1. JuliaG May 3, 2011 12:26 PM

    Prix Fixe tasting menu at Baker & Banker is $65 per person, add $35 for wine pairings. The food rocks and I think even a less adventurous eater would be happy. Plus, it's quite romantic inside, perfect for an anniversary.

    Link to the menu: http://www.bakerandbanker.com/index.p...

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    Baker & Banker
    1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      mrs bacon May 2, 2011 06:01 PM

      I had a memorable anniversary dinner at Saison last year. Not sure if you can get out under $250 now, though.

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      Saison
      2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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        nocharge May 2, 2011 08:04 PM

        The menu at Saison is currently $128 per person ($216 with wine pairing) so with tax and tip, a dinner there would go quite a bit over budget.

        La Folie is also tough to do under $250 if alcohol is consumed. Plus the cab fare from the Embarcadero will eat up almost 10 percent of the budget.

        Both restaurants would be excellent choices if there were no budget constraints.

      2. wolfe May 2, 2011 05:10 PM

        I would get a private booth at Sam's Grill.
        http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/files...

        1. honkman May 2, 2011 04:23 PM

          La Folie for the wedding anniversary

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            Ian F May 2, 2011 03:14 PM

            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

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              whiner Apr 29, 2011 05:58 PM

              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. mariacarmen Apr 26, 2011 01:36 PM

                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
                  Robert Lauriston Apr 26, 2011 01:46 PM

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

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                  nocharge Apr 26, 2011 01:56 AM

                  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.

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