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.
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.
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.