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Masa's or Fleur de Lys?

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I'm planning a birthday dinner and have narrowed it down to Masa's and Fleur de Lys. Does anyone have recent experiences at either of these places that could offer insight on which would be best for our needs?

There will be 4 of us - we definitely want a "special" experience and will probably opt for a tasting menu. We want a comfortable yet exciting/innovative experience and, obviously, wonderful food. Not interested in stuffy, just want a place where we can feel pampered by the service and intrigued by the food.

We've all been to Fleur de Lys, and are considering it because it seems like a solid bet: great food, comfortable yet special surroundings, intuitive service. None of us have been to Masa's, but know from its past reputation that it is supposed to be an incredible place --- but how is it right now?

Coi, Saison, Benu, La Folie, and the Ritz have all been discounted for various reasons - these really are the two I've narrowed it down to.

So does anyone have strong feeling of support or scorn for either of these places?Any insight is much appreciated.

Thank you!

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

Masa's Restaurant
648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Masa every time! it is dressy and formal but you won't leave disappointed

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    Masa's Restaurant
    648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

    1. Which ever you choose, please report back -- as you may have noted, we don't have a lot of recent postings on either of these two restaurants.