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Staying at the Fairmont on Mason in May~ Looking for Great Bistro and more...

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My fella will be celebrating a bday on the weekend of May 13, and we're coming from Seattle.(Via overnight train-- how romantic!) and staying at the Fairmont on Mason. I was thinking that on one night we'll check out the famed Tonga Room since we love all things Vintage. I'd appreciate some suggestions about:
1) A French Bistro for dinner or lunch (not too over the top $$$)
2) Any other quaint, creative spots for dining which you think are cozy and wonderful?
Of course, any other suggestions thrown my way, i.e. sweet little music spots are A-Ok, too.

Thank you so much! If you need any help re: the Seattle/Olympia area give me a shout.
S.

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  1. I'm not sure bistro fits Rue Lepic but it's within walking distance, about 500 feet, at least on the way to. Back is a little more challenging, uphill.
    http://ruelepicsf.com/menu.php

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    1. re: wolfe

      Some bistro-ish suggestions from a recent thread.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843865

      1. re: wolfe

        Thank you, Wolfe-- looks wonderful.

      2. We always enjoy Rue St. Jacques on Jackson @ Taylor.
        See their web site.
        http://www.ruesaintjacques.com/

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        1. re: Bruce in SLO

          I think this just might fit the bill, Bruce! I'm making a reservation for now~ I can always shift it if need be, later. Very excited about this trip. :)

          1. re: Terrapindreamr

            Be sure and give us a report following your dinner.