Friday night and all day Saturday.
Hi we are in our early 40's, well my husband is, I'm not 40.... yet.... anyway, coming to SF the end of June late Friday to all day Saturday. Then we head up to Sonoma where my husband has business
. We are looking for a place to go for dinner Friday night. We are foodies. We don't like played with food. We like good food, good service. OK, OK, I know this is SF and known for chinese, but we're not into it. We like steaks, lamb, pasta bolognese with interesting meats, etc... we like good wine, nice cheeses. We also like different.
I was told about Piperade. Sounded interesting. Can't find a menu, but read reviews and my brother has been there. We are on the waiting list for Gary Danko...I know its played with right? But we have gotten so many rec's for it. I'm not hold my breadth being on the waiting list. So where else is good for dinner?
We are going to Mama's for breakfast. Then I wanted to know what to do for the day? We thought about a few tourist -y things like lombard Street and taking a cable car and all. We even thought about a walking tour of the bridge. We do not want the warf or alcatraz. So where can we go for a nice walk, take in the view, a bit of boutique and unique shopping, but not Guess and the Gap if you know what I mean, I have that at home, lol!
Also is there a separate board for Sonoma? I am on my own while my husband does business all day Sunday. Shopping, nice place for lunch etc... No spa, we will do that before dinner on Saturday night. and then dinner at the girl and the fig.
This is the right board for Sonoma.
1. The Marina (Chestnut/Union Street/Lombard) has nice boutiques if you walk North West you get some great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, A16 (Italian) is probably the best restaurant in the neighborhood Mamacitas and Tacolicious OK.
2. Not in this area, but not too too far away is Cotogna, also Italian, has excellent reviews atmosphere, in a casual setting. Quince next door is more formal.
3. The Ferry Building is a nice place to go (esp. Saturday morning farmer's market) lots of artisan food vendors, and pretty views of the Bay Bridge. Waterbar (seafood) and La Mar (Peruvian/Seafood) both are right on the water by there.
Sonoma the town, has a few cute boutiques, but is pretty quiet besides the wine tasting room. There's a bookstore etc. so with a stretch you could fill the whole day. El Molino Central, (a drive or walk) about two miles North is a small place turning out unique mexican. In town and more formal, El Dorado Kitchen. There is also LA Salette (Portuguese.)
The Di Rosa art preserve is something to look into.
Danko is not "played with" -- it's pretty straight-up Cal-French.
If you're going to be here on a Saturday morning, the Ferry Plaza market is a must. Lots to eat there. A much better use of your time than standing in line for Mama's.
If you like Italian and you like "different" then I'm going to suggest La Cicca, which is Sardinian.
I think the main reason people on this board don't recommend Gary Danko to tourists here for a short time is that it's not a very San Francisco-specific experience. You can find similar menus in major cities all over the world.