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Restaurants in SF with Locally Sourced, Seasonal Tasting Menu?

calsheimer Jan 4, 2012 07:50 PM

Headed to SFO soon, and looking for a delicious restaurant with a seasonal menu of locally sourced food. My girlfriend and I are both foodies, and lean towards modern cuisine. We love a good tasting menu too.

I think if we could find anything along the lines of a Bonsoirée in Chicago or a Bolsa in Dallas, we'd be extremely pleased.

Looking for something that's between a $$ and a $$$$ as a stretch.

Any suggestions? Thanks all!

  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 5, 2012 11:55 AM

    "Seasonal menu of locally sourced food" is so common here that there's been a backlash of people eating fried chicken and funnel cakes and shunning restaurants for trucks and loading docks. AQ has taken seasonality a step further by changing the decor (including bar countertops) with the seasons.

    It's rare to see entrees much over $30, at that price range places in SF tend to switch to prix-fixe.

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      barzelay Jan 4, 2012 11:44 PM

      Atelier Crenn and Saison, but they are definitely $$$$. Commonwealth ($$) and Sons & Daughters ($$$) are probably more what you are looking for. Commonwealth is an amazing value.

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      1. re: barzelay
        calsheimer Jan 5, 2012 05:21 AM

        Was looking at both Commonwealth and Sons & Daughters! Will check out Atelier Crenn and Saison too. Thanks!

        1. re: calsheimer
          Paul H Jan 5, 2012 03:43 PM

          Though on the upper end of the $$$ scale, you should also check out Coi. They are serious local and seasonal, with some ingredients coming from the Chef's back yard.

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        ML8000 Jan 4, 2012 09:49 PM

        How much is "between $$ and a $$$$ as a stretch"? Restaurant $ signs are subjective.

        Also only in SF proper or what traveling distances? A few of the often recommended seasonal tasting menus are 1 hr or more away.

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        1. re: ML8000
          calsheimer Jan 5, 2012 05:20 AM

          I'd say between $15 and $40 per entree. SF proper would definitely be ideal as we won't be renting a car.

        2. ipsedixit Jan 4, 2012 08:11 PM

          In SF, it might be easier to ask for the converse.

          And then use the process of elimination to decide where to go.

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