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Dec 12, 2011 04:40 PM

New Parents in SF - Advice on Dinner


My wife and I are going to be in the bay area for the holidays. It will be the first time since having a baby that we will have been able to enjoy a nice dinner together and I'm looking for any recommendations that you might have.

I'm aiming at spending between $150 - 300.

Other restaurants in SF that we've enjoyed in the past: Zuni, Chez Panisse, Cotogna, Beretta. This doesn't have to reflect those, but I thought I'd provide for reference.

Here are some options that I've considered so far: Benu, Quince, Boulevard, Canteen, Atelier Crenn, Son & Daughters and Commonwealth.

Oh, and my wife does LOVE a beautifully plated dish.


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  1. I am assuming dinner does not include a baby.

    My vote would be Atelier Crenn.

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    1. re: Scott M

      That is correct. We'd be leaving the baby with the grandparents for the evening.

      I just noticed that Atelier Crenn is closed in-between Christmas and NYE, which is when we'd probably be going out.

      1. re: Jason_King

        All of your options are solid. I would take a look at the menus and decide which ones most appeal to your tastes. In my opinion Benu, Sons and Daughters, and Commonwealth are more interesting overall experiences than Quince, Boulevard and Canteen.

        You may want to add Saison to your list. Though I haven't been since they made some recent format changes. Also, La Folie and Acquerello are solid choices and I have heard some good things about Fifth Floor but I haven't been.

    2. Keiko à Nob Hill looks amazing. Beautiful wine list too. ( ). Has anyone been there yet?

      Keiko à Nob Hill
      1250 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      1. re: weshoke

        I went after they were open for a few weeks. While there were a few kinks that still needed ironing out, it was a solid dining experience. It is essential to get the wine pairing (if you're a drinker), they pull out some amazing stuff! This place will become an institution.

      2. from your list I would rank them Quince, Benu, Atelier Creen (but the portions are small for american palates maybe), Boulevard, Canteen, Sons and Daughters and Commonwealth. I don't get the hype with Commonwealth, the food I've had there has been very hit or miss and the price point doesn't make the quality of the food nor the service. Fleur de Lys is good especially if you are looking for something romantic, Frances is a lower price point as A.Q. but I like both of them quite a bit.

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        1. re: tjinsf

          Interesting. From his list of ingredient-driven California/Italian restaurants, Benu would be the last place I'd suggest.