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hi! wanted to have a date night with the boyfriend...and I've narrowed the list to the following:

Gitane
Marlowe
Saison
Commonwealth

We haven't been to any of these..or is there something I should have included? thanks!

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 Remove
Gitane Restaurant & Bar
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108 Remove

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Gitane Restaurant & Bar
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. If you're wanting a romantic, sexy ambiance, go to Gitane. Haven't been to Saison.

    1. I've been to three of the four restaurants (Saison is the exception). You're choosing from places that range widely in price, food, and atmosphere. Marlowe is very casual and has somewhat straightforward food (burgers, an excellent chicken dish). Gitane has a great atmosphere for a date night, but I thought the food was a mixed bag--some was excellent, some was only okay. The service was only so-so the night we were there, and I came away feeling that it was a little disappointing overall and slightly overpriced. I happen to love Commonwealth, but I'd recommend it only if you're a more adventurous diner. Some of the dishes are straightforward (for example, a recent cold zucchini soup with a fried squash blossom or the gnocchi I had on an earlier visit), but many involve less usual techniques or ingredients (for example, salmon tartare with a frozen horseradish cream shell or a main course of veal cheeks). I happen to love Commonwealth's food, think the service is terrific, and like the atmosphere as well. As for Saison, I'm intrigued by the food, but I've never gotten past the ever-rising price point.

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      Gitane Restaurant & Bar
      6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

      Saison
      2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: amydeastbay

        You are comparing apples to oranges. Saison is a place to surrender to an experience. To enjoy the food and wine. To take in the smell of the fire, etc. None of the other restaurants, while they may be good in their own right, are in this caliber.

        If you have to consider price then Saison might not be for you. On the other hand if you are looking for quality over all else then it is for you. I view the price, while being "expensive" as having value. When you get a half ounce of reserve caviar, fish that costs $40 per pound, the best meats available in the country, and a mouthful of ficoide glaciale grown in a private garden on the Marin coast specifically for them then it is a relative bargain.

        Like it or not, no other restaurant in San Francisco delivers this kind of experience.

        Check this out, might be helpful:

        http://www.chuckeats.com/2011/06/01/s...

        http://insert-food.blogspot.com/2011/...

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        Saison
        2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: johnrobuchon

          the comment on price may also be that a year and a half ago the menu + wine pairings was around $130 per person. it's now about double that.

          cynical people wonder if their food supplies have gone up so significantly in quality & price or if it's a Michelin star (big) bump.

          i thought it was great back then. is my pleasure going to be doubled now?

      2. Marlowe's atmosphere is somewhat romantic after dark.