Greens or ???
We have some good friends flying into town for an overnight layover on Thursday, August 25th. It will be their 10th anniversary, so they'd like to go out to somewhere with good choices for vegetarians (we're not, they are), and they're arriving SFO at 8:30 PM, so I figure we have a dinner start time around 9:30 PM in SF (best case).
I've reviewed all of the usual vegetarian suspects - if I had to choose I'd figure out a way to get them to stay an extra day and take them up to Ubuntu in Napa, but lacking that option, the only place that sounds vaguely interesting is Greens (it's an SF classic, if not spectacular food). I have not been impressed with Millennium, though it's been a few years.
Any suggestions for a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, nice atmosphere for a special dinner, quiet enough for conversation, open and serving late hours?
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Greens isn't especially interesting, and I share your hesitation about Millenium.
But the real challenge is finding a nice place that has reservations closer to 10:30 or 11 on a weeknight.
La Folie has a vegetarian tasting menu and takes 10:30 reservations.
Absinthe should still be serving that late; I've never eaten there with a vegetarian.
I was just at Jardiniere, and while the space is elegant (circa 1999) the food's not the same caliber as La Folie. On the other hand, they do have plenty of quality vegetables and flights of dessert wines.
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
My wife and I are definitely neither vegetarians nor vegans - we'll eat almost anything. Our friends indicated a preference for vegetarian, so a place that offers good options for all of us would be ideal. Also, our friends are French, so it would be good if the place has a bit of a "special event" feel for their anniversary.
I checked out Gracias Madre and it looks too casual for them, I think.
Millennium's menu really doesn't sound that appealing to me, but I'd try it again if recent visits have shown good and interesting cuisine.
If there is an omnivorous place with good options for vegetarians, that would seem to be ideal. I was trying to think of places but can't seem to put my finger on places with good vegetarian options that will be satisfying for my friends, while I enjoy a nice pork chop or some chicken ;-)
I looked at Zuni, Chez Panisse, and a few other California standards, but so far haven't found the right mix.
Seems like this should be easier than I am finding it, so all suggestions are gratefully welcomed!
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Atelier Crenn has incredible veg dishes - it will probably be too late for you to do a whole tasting menu, but they do have a veg tasting menu available. Last seating is at 9:45.
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123