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logan6 Jan 14, 2013 05:39 PM

My wife and I are heading to San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, and Big Sur for our honeymoon in February. I am usually really keen to do my own planning but with limited time I am feeling a little overwhelmed by trying to organize meals as there are so many options for San Francisco.

We will be in San Francisco for two nights (Feb 18th & 19th) and I would really appreciate some advice on where to begin.

We are looking for casual but romantic. Nothing too loud or too much of a party atmosphere. As for cuisine, seafood would be top of our list for one night and maybe something intimate for the other. We are adventurous but I am not sure that is our priority for this trip. Local, small places are also appealing to us. We try to avoid the big tourist spots as much as possible.

We are hoping for mid-range as we will be doing some splurge dinners on the rest of the trip.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated. Thanks

  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2013 03:09 PM

    I find Tadich fun but not at all romantic.

    Romantic, casual, not loud, the back room at A Cote in Oakland is my #1 for that. Easy BART ride from SF.

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      goldangl95 Jan 15, 2013 12:00 PM

      Sadly for those who don't like it, San Francisco is into loud restaurant dinning (you walk in and the conversation levels are bouncing around the walls) esp. in the mid price range.

      What is mid in dollar levels for you? Off the top of my head

      Seafood - there isn't actually that many places that specialize in it. Your choices are:

      Traditional/Old-School Places - Tadich or Swan Oyster

      More modern:

      Bar Crudo - hip loud restaurant in a neighborhood area - really good food.

      Anchor & Hope - a little less hip - a little less loud - good but not as good as Bar Crudo - accessible from Downtown/Union Square areas.

      Waterbar - swanky location right on the water but the food is acceptable not noteworthy. The location is worth stopping for a drink if you are in the area.

      Farallon - formal seafood, not on the water, interesting decor, food is acceptable though not super exciting.

      You can also get great oysters at the Hog Island Oyster Co.

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        hyperbowler Jan 15, 2013 12:36 PM

        Swan's is definitely old school, but with the minimum of an hour wait in line, I'd call it touristy and not as appropriate for a romantic weekend.

        +1 on Anchor & Hope or Bar Crudo for seafood. I believe both take reservations.

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          logan6 Jan 15, 2013 02:53 PM

          Thanks everyone for the comments/suggestions. As recommended I have looked through similar posts and tried to narrow down my thoughts.

          So far here is what I am thinking for seafood:
          It sounds like Waterbar is a good spot for a cocktail and a view so maybe we can just have a quick stop there one afternoon.
          As for seafood I think I have it narrowed down to Tadich Grill or Bar Crudo. Although it may be less romantic, I like the menu at Bar Crudo. Thoughts?

          Otherwise I am thinking farm-to-table find of idea. Here is what menus caught my attention:
          A.Q.
          Central Kitchen
          Baker and Banker
          What about Fish and Farm

          I also looked at Boulevard and have it as a maybe still as well as RN74. These may be too pricey though....

          I think we will hit the market on Tuesday morning as that seems popular. I also want to try Burmese food. We will be coming back through on our way home and will have an afternoon/evening so I was thinking Mandalay. Is that the best choice?

          Other things that jump out are:
          -tacos
          -drinks (any more suggestions - I know about the Top of the Mark)
          -coffee (my wife LOVES good coffee so this is great).

          As for price, I would say maybe $200 for one evening and hopefully less for the others. Is that even possible. I guess I am flexible, just not too over the top. Oh and we are staying in Pacific Heights!

          Thanks all!

          1. re: logan6
            grayelf Jan 15, 2013 08:25 PM

            We had a lovely time in TO a month or so ago -- y'all have some mighty fine beer happening there. We also obsess about coffee when we visit SF twice yearly. Here are our current faves:

            Wrecking Ball (excellent pourovers in a nifty space)
            Sightglass (Owl's Howl espresso beans are SO's top choice for home brewing at the moment)
            Blue Bottle Mint Plaza (nice snacks here too, and I love their New Orleans iced coffee)
            Front (bit out of the way but lovely affogatos and they have b.patisserie pastries)
            Contraband near Nob Hill (they roast in Oakland)
            Réveille (serving Four Barrel, stand in the Barbary Coast area plus bricks and mortar just opened on Columbus)
            Jane on Fillmore (they seem to change their coffee supplier so you might want to check who they're using)
            Coffee Bar (only been to the one in the FiDi, there's on in the Mission too)
            Four Barrel and Ritual worth seeking out though they're aren't personal faves -- I like the Ritual cafe itself better than the Four Barrel one to sit in.
            Philz is worth checking out for the mint leaf coffees, kind of fun, but don't go to the one on Van Ness.
            Vega is off the beaten track but does a nice Macau iced coffee.

            There are more I've missed, I'm sure, but this is a start anyway. Congrats on the nuptials and have fun in this crazy city of food.

      2. bbulkow Jan 14, 2013 11:57 PM

        Hi, it is an overwhelming place. I would suggest listing a dozen places that look good from your research and get the board's opinion.

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        1. re: bbulkow
          CarrieWas218 Jan 15, 2013 08:18 AM

          Bbulkow is spot on... Do a little research on the board to see what folks are talking about and you can search based on the neighborhoods you want to explore.

          We will comment thereafter...

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