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Have now stayed in the Bay for about a month. Moving here for the restaurant and food only. Maybe for a slightly wamer climate than freezing Sweden also...

Been eating out a fair bit, CP cafe, Delfina, Incanto, Cotogna, Camino, Zuni, A Cote, Locanda etc.

Now, this is the kind of food i prefer cooking, but am by some reason craving a fine-dining experience.

I want to go to Aziza, Coi, TFL etc eventually, but would like something new (and affordable). Any new restaurants i should check out to ease my unexpected crave?

I dine alone most of the time.

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

A Cote
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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

Cotogna
490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Locanda
557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. "Fine-dining experience" and affordable is sort of an oxymoron. Maybe Plum? Commis? Commonwealth?

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    Commis
    3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

    Plum
    2214 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

    Commonwealth
    2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Been to Plum last year, on their 2nd night. Yes would like to visit both Commis & Commonwealth. Might be my medicine!

      By affordable i didn't mean cheap, but maybe not $200+ for food alone. =)

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      Commis
      3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

      1. re: olletagesson

        Aziza's tasting menu is $75 and you can eat for less a la carte.

        La Folie is $70 / 80 / 90 for 3 / 4 / 5 courses.

        The brand-new AQ has some creative and decidedly non-rustic dishes at very reasonable prices.

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

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Think i might try to get a table at Aziza soon. And AQ seems nice! MIght try to get in there this week. Thanks

        2. re: olletagesson

          I think you will really enjoy Commis. Quite different food experience from the restaurants you've listed but so reasonable for the quality: tasting menu of 6-7 courses WITH wine pairing is $110. Plus they make you feel special.

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          Commis
          3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

      2. Piperade is Basque influenced, and very good. Similar price point to the places you've been trying.

        I've heard good things about, but have not personally tried, L'Ardoise--classically French.

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        Piperade
        1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: Rapini

          L'ardoise is a nice, cozy place but I never understood the accolades. The food is solid unimaginative French with hit or miss execution. Most entrees come with the same accompaniments. I also find it odd to find "tiger prawns" and "angus beef" advertised on the menu.Reads kind of like a chain or a restaurant from the 80's. NIce for the neighborhood but not worth a trip IMO.

        2. Take a look at Boxing Room in Hayes Valley (Cajun/comfort food). Attached is the fried chicken I had on Saturday night. Overall I was really impressed with the food, room & service.

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          Boxing Room
          399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

           
          1. For less rustic Italian, you should try Perbacco. For "fine dining" Italian, Acquerello is worth a visit. Price-wise, I would place it in the splurge category and I think you would enjoy it more if you did not dine there alone.

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

            1. Good suggestions in this thread. Definitely check out Quince. Their four course menu is $95 and definitely not rustic. The pastas are amazing.