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phchow Jun 13, 2011 10:49 AM

I'm taking a trip to SF next week and would like to have a few great meals. I'm looking for suggestions for dinner. No real budgetary limits. Thanks!

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    DavidT Jun 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Have you taken the time to scroll thru the many posts already here? You will find several hundred useful suggestions already here and available to you.

    For Italian, try Perbacco or Acquerello.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Acquerello Restaurant
    1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

    1. farmersdaughter Jun 13, 2011 11:03 AM

      Limiting the list to SF, if money were no object I would eat at the following (in order of preference):

      Coi
      Benu
      Acquerello
      Commonwealth
      Aziza
      Michael Mina
      La Folie

      Three others out of SF not to miss would be Manresa (Los Gatos), The French Laundry (Yountville) and Cyrus (Healdsburg).

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      Manresa Restaurant
      320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

      The French Laundry
      6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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

      Acquerello Restaurant
      1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      Benu
      22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        vulber Jun 13, 2011 01:27 PM

        have you been to the new michael mina? wasn't imrpessed at all (but also never went to the old one)

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          farmersdaughter Jun 13, 2011 02:07 PM

          I didn't like MM in the St Francis, loved Aqua. Have been to the new MM in the old Aqua space for drinks/bar food only. The bar snacks were great and the dinner menu looks fantastic. When the budget allows, I will be there.

      2. Ruth Lafler Jun 13, 2011 11:10 AM

        Unless we know more about what you really want, it's hard to give you information that's any better than you would have gotten using Zagat.

        For example, I have no interest in eating at Benu or Ame -- I don't like "Japanese-influenced" food. Doesn't mean they aren't good, but they aren't to my taste.

        So what's your taste? What are you really looking for?

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          ML8000 Jun 13, 2011 11:42 AM

          Is this question SF specific/proper or regional?

          1. scarmoza Jun 13, 2011 01:23 PM

            Saison should be on the list but according to grubstreet Jeremy Fox will be guest chef this week which should make it especially interesting.
            http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/20...

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            Saison
            2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. m
              ML8000 Jun 13, 2011 01:33 PM

              The Dining Room at the Ritz Carleton.

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                whiner Jun 13, 2011 03:40 PM

                In SF proper...

                Coi (for its intrigue, not necessarily one of my very favorite restaurants in the city to re-visit after experiencing it once)
                La Folie
                The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton
                Ame

                Are all very different and all top notch.

                While somewhat "standard" I would also add Boulevard.

                For less expensive, but brilliant Italian cuisine, Perbacco and Delfina.

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                Perbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                  benv Jun 13, 2011 04:04 PM

                  These are my top 10 high/higher end restaurants in San Francisco, factor in my favorite hole-in-the-wall places or comfort places the list would look different. In order:

                  1.Coi
                  2.Benu
                  3.Aziza
                  4.La Folie
                  5.Saison
                  6.Perbacco
                  7.Commonwealth
                  8.Frances(I drink the kool-aid)
                  9.Delfina
                  10.Quince

                  I have been trying to dine for budget minded lately so I haven't been back to any of these in 2011 yet, well besides Delfina and Frances, but I am pretty sure the list would stay.

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                  1. re: benv
                    Cereal Killer Aug 19, 2011 10:18 AM

                    Benv - I'd be very interested in your list if you DID factor in your favorite hole-in-the-wall or comfort places. I'm coming in for a week to eat, drink and be merry in Sept.

                    Thanks

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                    ceekskat Aug 19, 2011 10:42 AM

                    Awesome hole-in-the-wall breakfast:
                    http://theauwest.com/

                    & lunch from same chef/owner:
                    http://www.thesentinelsf.com/

                    I know you are looking for dinner but couldn't resist as these are top notch & you are staying for a week : )

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                    1. re: ceekskat
                      Cereal Killer Aug 19, 2011 11:30 AM

                      Ceekskat

                      Much appreciated. I definitely eat more than one meal a day!

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