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Trip for parents -- How are my SF restaurant choices?

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While I have not been to SF myself before, I have put myself in charge of researching and selecting restaurants for an upcoming trip my parents are taking with another couple to celebrate a birthday in SF. They prefer farm to table, French, new American and seafood cuisines. Birthday dinner will be the splurge around $100 per person without wine, and other evenings prefer to stay under $50 per person without wine. A good wine list is important.

I would appreciate any comments or other options anyone could offer on the following choices.

Thursday dinner: Quince. I plan to make reservations exactly two months before the day. Any recommendations on best reservation strategy? This will be the birthday dinner.

Friday dinner: The Girl and The Fig, day in Sonoma

Saturday dinner: AQ or Baker & Banker, pre-Opera. AQ is my first choice here. Jardiniere lounge, post-Opera

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks!

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  1. I think those are nice SF choices. AQ over Baker and Banker

    An alternative to Jardiniere, I would suggest Absinthe

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    1. re: smatbrat

      Thanks for suggesting Absinthe. Looks like a place they would like! I'll add it to the list.

    2. After a concert around Civic Center I might go to Smuggler's Cove.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        For a party as large as four, Smuggler's Cove can be a challenge on a Saturday night. There's going to be a line out the door and limited seating by the time the opera ends. If the OP's parents are up for it though, it's a fun place and the drinks are worth it.