Visiting San Francisco for Mid-Week Anniversary Celebration...
My husband and I are heading to San Francisco (from Los Angeles) for two nights in a few weeks...
WE LOVE TO EAT and are looking for great meals that we can't get in LA or NY (we just moved to the West Coast from NYC.)
Things we love: unique, inventive food/ flavorful food/ all types of cuisine
It's our two year wedding anniversary, so we'd love one restaurant that is romantic and delicious to celebrate that. Aside from that, we don't care too much about the setting/decor- we're just into great food.
Any and all suggestions are super helpful.
We're staying in the Marina/Presidio area but we have a car.
We were thinking about: Wayfare Tavern, Slanted Door, Perbacco, Foreign Cinema but we are totally open to changing all of these.
I haven't been to Wayfare Tavern, but the others on your list are good. I'd add Piperade, which could fill the romantic/delicious requirement--the food is basque-influenced. I, and many people on this list, also recommend Aziza, which is more Moroccan/North African.
[We have lots of good regional Italian here, but recent NY emigrees, traveling from LA, probably don't need an Italian infusion].
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Those were the two that immediately came to mind for me, and also fit as something you can't find in NYC or LA. Aziza is easier to get to from the Marina of the two, and probably has the more 'romantic' atmosphere, but I would choose LaCiccia just because I am a huge fan (indeed, I've driven in from 100 plus miles away to spend my last two anniversaries there). Aziza has a full bar and great cocktails if that matters.
I definitely wouldn't drive all the way from the Marina and then eat at Foreign Cinema: I don't think FC is bad, but it certainly has a LA-like feel to me, and the food is good but not great.
(just a note on regional Italian per Rapini's comment: pprobably true of the restaurants of most regions on Italy, but not true of Sardinian (La Ciccia).
Honestly, every restaurant you mentioned as its Los Angeles equivalents so I wouldn't necessarily consider those choices particularly unique or inventive.
Having lived in Los Angeles for two decades and now San Francisco for almost 15 years, those things whichare unique to San Francisco are dishes like Cioppino (Soto Mare is amazing), better farm-to-table innovations (State Bird Provisions), molecular (Atelier Crenn, although you guys have Bazaar), and Bar Tartine (VERY innovative Hungarian cuisine getting noticed by writers all over the country).
Other stops of note: Ice Cream (Humphrey Slocombe, Bi-Rite), donuts (Dynamo), oysters (Swan), and an historic speakeasy (Bourbon & Branch).
You guys are amazing... I'm looking into all of these suggestions. Aziza is a DEFINITE, the menu looks wonderful!
I hate to ask for more suggestions, but if anyone has a breakfast/lunch dish they LOVE, can you send over? We love savory, delicious, etc. Can be anything, and we'll be all over the city so location doesn't matter. Great seafood? Great egg dishes? The best sandwich?
I LOVE CHOWHOUND and you all rock, so thank you in advance and already!
If you'll be staying in the Marina, there probably aren't more than 300 or 400 lunch places nearby...but I'm going to suggest Bocadillos on the edge of the Financial District for tapas and, you know, bocadillos. Good wine selection to go with it.
You also might consider a trip to Ferry Plaza for a big plate of oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co., and anything else you might find at FP.