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Jul 10, 2012 11:17 AM

Anniversary dinner advice

It is our 5 year anniversary this saturday. I have been tasked with looking for a "special occasion" restaurant for dinner. The stipulations are: great ambiance, good appetizers, great desserts and cocktails, interesting main courses. Our budget is $120-$150. I read through the previous threads and the following places are the ones I am thinking about. I would welcome opinions and/or additional suggestions.

Note: I do have reservations for commis on saturday night but I read the reviews on yelp and they commented on the portion sizes being small. Would like to know if I should just got to Commis.

- Aziza: seems to be a board favorite but was not sure on the desserts.
- Gitane: Was recommended as a special occasion restaurant and I liked the overall menu and looked to meet all the specifications.
- AQ and Prospect: Would love to hear your thoughts on these.
- Foreign Cinema and Plum: Do they fit the "special occasion" criteria?
- Haven: Was not really enthused by the desserts

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  1. Foreign Cinema is consistent and very good, but unless the film on the wall is a particular lure for you both, I wouldn't consider the food innovative or fancy enough for an anniversary. Good for relatives though.

    Based on a single recent experience, I wasn't that impressed with Plum and the delicious charcuterie aside, found the food consistently overcooked or under seasoned.

    1. Plum is very casual and doesn't read special occasion to me. Not only is the space casual, but the food/service is presented casually as well. It doesn't read "hip" so much as innovative neighborhood drop-in place. Also you may very well be sitting at communal tables.

      AQ is more hip, still pretty casual in terms of space and service - though food is definitely presented with ambition and flair. Pretty innovative so I would check out the menu to make sure is your speed. Reads very "SF" to me.

      Gitane has a lot of flair and the food is interesting. Not the best or stand-out food of SF but definitely has a vibe and reads special to me.

      1. Go to Commis. The portions are not small compared to other tasting menus I've had. They do special well (mention your anniv to them in advance).

        1. AQ is great.

          I like Plum and have always eaten well there but it's kind of spartan.

          Commis is $150 for two before drinks, tax, or tip.

          1. Thank you for the suggestions.

            Robert - yes, I forgot to mention that the budget stated for not for Commis.

            So at this point it is between AQ and Commis.