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High End Solo Dining

I'll be in SF for three days in July and am looking for an option for a good high end dinner on one night. I'm travelling by myself so a restaurant that caters well to solo diners would be nice. I also like the idea of a tasting menu for the "big meal". I like my food to be fun, occasionally challenging and for it to be something a bit differnet.

Options I have been considering are Coi and Benu but I'd love your recommendations.

For another meal, I am considering Commonwealth and Incanto. I'd also love your recommendations for other meals that may be less pricey but equally suited to a solo diner.

Cheers!

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Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    San Francisco is an easy place to eat by yourself. Many restaurants have comfortable bars with a view of the kitchen. Both Commonwealth and Incanto fall into this category.

    I'm not sure what's up with Coi and what used to be the bar space. I wouldn't eat in their main dining room for 10 courses by myself personally; the atmosphere definitely felt like couples out for an anniversary dinner.

    Don't limit yourself to high end though. It's really not San Francisco's strength compared to all the great mid-range spots. Go sit at the bar at Yamo ($6 Burmese entrees) or for sushi (Sushi AKA Tombo, many other places).

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    Yamo
    3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Well, I realize that I am in the minority here, but when I am dining solo, I like a table. I don't really have a problem just relaxing, paying attention to the food, thinking, daydreaming, enjoying. It's something I don't often get the chance to do, so when I do I tend to savor it. And I like a tasting menu, a wine pairing, the whole nine yards. I've not been to Benu but I have been to Coi, and it's a place I'd feel perfectly comfortable going to alone. It's a calm environment, which I enjoy, but I'm not sure the food is fun. The food is fun at Atelier Crenn, though.

      Incanto is good, and the bar is nice but a table would be fine there too if you prefer.

      Have a great trip!

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      Benu
      22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Atelier Crenn
      3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

      1. I think Coi's food is very good, but I also don't think I'd dine there alone. (I like to people watch if I'm eating alone at a table.) How about these very nice but not-quite-high-end places: La Mar (Peruvian seafoods) or Absinthe (French). I also had a very good meal at Bourbon Steak recently (great cocktails too).

        1. I love fine dining solo but I agree with Windy that high end, though not lacking, is not SF's greatest strength. I did love love love my dinner at La Folie though, so if you're into French and a tasting menu, you probably can't go wrong there.

          I will be dining at Atelier Crenn solo when I come up in two weeks for the weekend, will report back and let you all know how it was!

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          La Folie
          2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

          Atelier Crenn
          3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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          1. re: baloney

            La Folie now has a lounge next door. I've only been to the restaurant, but the lounge is designed to be more casual.

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            La Folie
            2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109