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NY Hound Needs SF Advice for High End Client Friendly Dining

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Hi

I'm a NY hound and will be in San Francisco next week. I am taking a client out on Thursday night. This is actually a great thing as it's a cool chow-houndish client and price is not a factor. No complaint here! So looking for a high end and formalish place but with amazing food. I go to SF occasionally and always enjoy the food there, but typically don't go quite as high end (last trip was Flour and Water and Townhall both of which were quite good but I need to go slight more upscale). Although it's closed Aqua had the kind of amibiance I'm looking for.

Advice appreciated

Thanks!
-ageusiatic

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  1. Well the former Aqua is the new Michael Mina, so you might check that out. Fifth Floor maybe.

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    Fifth Floor Restaurant
    12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I'll second Fifth Floor; it's the kind of place I'd want a client to take me. Sophisticated, great service, quiet room, and downtown. Haven't been since the new chef took over though.

      A complicated tasting menu or romantic ambiance seems out of place for a work meal, unless it was a celebration.

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      Fifth Floor Restaurant
      12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. re: Keesey

          La Folie
          The Dining room (at the Ritz Carlton)

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

        2. I'd check and see where the client has been...and take them somewhere they haven't been, or at least give them the option. If they're a foodster and get to pick...they'll be much happier.

          That said, I'd say Dining Room at the Ritz. The service won't fail you.

          1. Another vote for Quince.