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1 Night in SF - Restaurant that can't be missed? Looking for a different experience... Any $$$

Will be visiting with my partner for 1 night who hasn't ever been to San Fran. We are both foodies and love an 'experience' dinner rather than run of a mill when in a new city.

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  1. Give a hint, please, on the kinds of food you like...

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    1. re: Tripeler

      Fantastic Asian food (almost any type except Indian - we eat a load of that in Sydney), Degustations (modern,french, fusion). Great Italian... Doesn't really help that much I guess but I love all foods! :) Anything that's a bit of an SF insitution? Where would you take a visitor you wanted to show a great night out?

    2. Why did you tell LA about the vegetarian option and not us?:-)

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      1. re: wolfe

        Hehe - after a little investigation it seems that most good, higher end places tend to have good veg options, similar to Syd. Definitely exclude steak houses though!!!!!

        1. re: yvettem

          Would fair dinkum be an appropriate response?

          1. re: wolfe

            Provided you don't suggest we go somewhere we can throw any kind of shrimp on a barbie...

            1. re: yvettem

              Never, although when I went to Paris Virginia for the wedding of a Melbourne native, whose family flew in, I did discover that Heinekens is Australian for beer if that's the best available.
              Here's a thread with some vegetarian suggestions for the mixed couple,omni/herb.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/799722
              and places that have good steaks but are NOT steakhouses.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559665

          2. re: yvettem

            I completely disagree about high end places with good veg offerings. Boulevard and Zuni are particularly bad. My sister is veg and I have to pick dinner spots carefully.

            If I was showing someone a good time? Saison! Took the parents there a few months back and it was a wonderful evening. Very relaxed and san Francisco style.

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Saison
            2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Those are both good discussions. Since you mention $$$ is not a concern, I'll throw out there that Atelier Crenn either has or will have shortly a premium wine pairing option. They seem to be acquiring some really beautiful stuff as of late. Also, they have an all veg tasting menu starting Tuesday.

            Next on my list to try is Benu.

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            Benu
            22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Atelier Crenn
            3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

            1. I would look at Delfina (Italian), Fleur de Lys and maybe Quince.

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              Delfina Restaurant
              3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110