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NY Hound Needs SF Advice for High End Client Friendly Dining

ageusiatic Jul 15, 2011 12:13 PM


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


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    ageusiatic Jul 22, 2011 02:57 PM

    OP here...

    Thanks all

    Quince is shore popular on this board.

    Dinner was a big hit.

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      lazybaker Jul 17, 2011 05:13 PM

      Another vote for Quince.

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        ML8000 Jul 15, 2011 07:38 PM

        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.

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          Keesey Jul 15, 2011 01:18 PM


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          1. re: Keesey
            estnet Jul 15, 2011 05:51 PM

            La Folie
            The Dining room (at the Ritz Carlton)

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

          2. steve h. Jul 15, 2011 12:46 PM


            1. Ruth Lafler Jul 15, 2011 12:40 PM

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

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

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                Windy Jul 17, 2011 05:21 PM

                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.

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

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