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djuna22 May 22, 2011 05:54 PM

I have been to SF dozens of times in the past ten years, but always with kids; I last went to the city in adult company in perhaps 2000. I will be in town for business, and have one night when I am on my own and would like a good solo dining experience with great food. I eat absolutely anything; my only constraints are that I need to make reservations for early June (so nothing where I need months of lead time), and I need to be able to walk or take a cab from downtown. Since I have four kids, "kid-unfriendly" would be quite welcome. Suggestions?

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    whiner May 23, 2011 09:44 AM

    Perbacco, Ame, and Boulevard are your best bets, I promise. All have great bars where you can chat with the server, all take 1-person reservations if you want a table. At least 2 of the three will be able to fill your reservation request. Probably 3 of my 5 favorite restaurants in SF. In terms of 'pecking order' of the 3, I love Boulevard, but it is the most non-descript of the three. Ame is quite unique in its Japanese/Italian -with French influence- food. And Perbacco is flat-out the best Italian restaurant I've been to outside of Italy. Not "fancy" but just wonderful.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. Robert Lauriston May 23, 2011 08:48 AM

      Perbacco.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        MeredithR May 22, 2011 08:52 PM

        For Asian, Slanted Door (Vietnamese) is fantastic and a is beautiful dining environment on the water to boot. If you eat meat and you go, do order the Shaking Beef.

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        Slanted Door
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. CarrieWas218 May 22, 2011 06:07 PM

          It would help if you indicated the styles of food that you like and a budget.

          My immediate suggestions would be Canteen, Attelier Crenn, or Bix (places I adore dining alone).

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          Bix
          56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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            djuna22 May 22, 2011 06:36 PM

            Sorry, should have been more specific. I have no budget (I was planing French Laundry with a friend but have cancelled my reservation because of the logistics). I really do eat all styles; I am hoping for something hard to find in Seattle, where I live, which I suppose means "please, for the love of God, no small plates."

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            The French Laundry
            6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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              CarrieWas218 May 22, 2011 06:44 PM

              In that case I will redouble my recommendation of Attelier Crenn or include Saison - probably the two restaurants in the city that could get close to what the French Laundry has to offer in the way of style, taste, and extraordinary cuisine.

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              The French Laundry
              6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

              Saison
              2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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                Ruth Lafler May 23, 2011 09:43 AM

                Correct link: Atelier Crenn

                Carrie, how was your meal there. I don't remember seeing any comments on the food, just the parking. ;-)

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                Atelier Crenn
                3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                  CarrieWas218 May 23, 2011 10:20 AM

                  You are right, Ruth - I have been lazy in writing up my report and hope to get to it soon...

                  It was a spectacular meal full of innovation and lots of bells-and-whistles which I thought were quite successful; the pageantry matched the flavors.

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