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BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT IN BAY AREA FOR A 48TH ANNIVERSARY

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  • BEVSF Nov 8, 2011 04:03 PM
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Hi would like suggestions for a very romantic restaurant in the SF Bay area ..somthing like the old Dorro's on Montgomery NOT the bright lit Hitler Bunker that passes for a nice resturant today. The food is important also, but mostly want big cush booths and soft light and professional waiter. Thanks

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  1. Congratulations on 48 years.

    I am not familiar with Dorro's and not sure these recommendations have a "big cush booth". Soft light and professional waiter would be La Folie and Acquerello.

    Others that may work for you are Fleur De Lys and possibly Gary Danko.

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

    Gary Danko
    800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Acquerello Restaurant
    1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

    Fleur De Lys
    777 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: Scott M

      I second the recommendation for Acquerello. The food is elegant Italian and the atmosphere is calm without being up tight.

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      Acquerello Restaurant
      1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      1. re: Scott M

        Does Acquerello have a booth or two in a semi-separate room between the entrance and the main dining room? I have this vague memory of sitting in one.

        Booths are rare in fancy restaurants in SF as they take up a lot of very expensive floor space.

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        Acquerello Restaurant
        1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      2. Never been to Dorro's either, but I would suggest House of Prime Rib. We celebrated our parents' 50th there this past weekend. The room with the fireplace has several booths, soft light and (at least ours) professional wait staff.

        On the other hand, we were a party of 13, including six grandkids, which probably diminished the romantic factor a bit. :)

        Congrats!

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        House of Prime Rib
        1906 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

        1. If comfortable banquettes can sub for "cush booths", then maybe Bix, off Jackson Square, could work for you.

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          Bix
          56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. I remember Doro's (and Ernie's and Blue Fox and....) and can't think of many similar places today (especially with booths). However, if you don't mind steak, Alfred's has that same rat-pack-era, red-flocked-wallpaper and leather banquette atmosphere.

            Oh, and Big Four is quite good (although expensive) and has booths, and is relatively dim and quiet.

            I like Bix a lot, especially the booth at the top of the stairs, but it may be too noisy and bright for you (although it's not the chrome-and-glass modern style, it's more a speakeasy/Prohibition era feel).

            Susan

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            Bix
            56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

            Alfred's Steak House
            659 Merchant St., San Francisco, CA 94111

            Big Four
            1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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            1. re: waldrons

              Hi Susan, Thak you for your reply. Glad to know I am not the only "old romantic" in the city that remembers the wonderful places of yesteryear...when people dressed and dined. Your suggestions are great, I had completly forgotton about Alfred's, kinda of stopped going there after it moved to the old Blue Fox spot...but I think it is time to try it aging. The Big four also a great thought.

              Thanks Bev

              1. re: waldrons

                Alfred's get my vote, Big Four is a good idea too and I think Sam's Grill still has the private booths and old school feel.

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                Big Four
                1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

                1. re: scottca075

                  Sam's booths are not big and cushy.

              2. Romantic? Bay Area? Bella Vista on Skyline in Woodside.

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                Bella Vista Restaurant
                13451 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA