SF- Ideas for a gift certificate for an excellent dinner
I'm purchasing a gift certificate as an engagement present for a couple who is moving to San Francisco from NYC. I want to send them somewhere excellent, innovative, and modern to celebrate a special occasion. They are both 30, but are professionals, so somewhere not too stuffy but still classy. Price point: dinner between $150 and $300 for a couple. I can only compare to places in NYC, but something along the lines of ABC Kitchen, Marea, Daniel, Blue Hill, Annisa.
We just had dinner at Commis in Oakland. Tasting menu for $75 per person, excellent value. $45 if they want wine pairings.
On May 31, there is an online charity fundraiser where you can buy $50 gift certificates to many of San Francisco's top restaurants: http://www.sharetable.org/
Of the participating restaurants, I would say the following fit your bill:
Atelier Crenn, Benu, Coi, Commis, Commonwealth, Rich Table, Saison, Sons & Daughters, State Bird Provisions
Benu and Saison and the most expensive of that bunch, and the most likely to "blow your mind" if you like those kind of creative-but-still-flavor-first tasting menus. I found my meals at Atelier Crenn and Coi to be more style than substance, but both have their fans. All 4 places have 2 michelin stars.
Rich Table and State Bird Provisions are arguably the two hottest places in the city right now, but more casual and less expensive while still winning all sorts of accolades for their food.
Commis, Commonwealth, and Sons & Daughters are all kind of $100 or less modern and innovative tasting menus that are about at the 1-Michelin star level (Commonwealth doesn't have one but many think it should and it's lower price kind of keeps it stuck between bib gourmands and the stars).