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Four nights in SF and 4 nights in wine country

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I am looking for the top 4 fine dining restaurants in the San Francisco area as well as the top 4 in the Napa/ Sonoma /Calistoga area. We will be there in mid Augustand would love some suggestions. I have been to Chez Panisse in Berkely and Aqurello in SF and enjoyed both experiences very much. I have also been to The French Laundry in Napa and the restaurant at Solage but found fewerdining options in that area. I would love to hear if these are still great choices as well as many other suggestions . I understand the Laundry is impossible to get into but surely there are other great options. Also I know SF must have some amazing places to try as well...........suggestions please!

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  1. This thread may be of some interest, although it is not totally devoted to "fine dining."

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903714

    Acquerello is still well regarded. Perbacco and Quince are 2 other Italian/Cal-Ital places well worth seeking out.

    1. There have been a ton of posts on this this week. So please scan or do a search. But as to formal dining options in Sf and Napa:

      In SF, French Laundry price range:
      Atelier Crenn - Very earnest, the chef writes a poem. Most beautiful plating I've ever seen. Dishes range from excellent to meh. Dessert is great. Only one bathroom. Service is well-meaning but not polished.
      Benu - Very professional, like clockwork. Former chef at French Laundry. Flavorful food with an Asian twist. Had a very enjoyable meal there. Wine pairings are really really good.
      Saison - The chef is on his own planet making his own creations - almost a subsidized artist. From what I've read, experimental ingredient combos but not fussy. NYTimes loved it and it has had favorable reviews on this board. Very expensive - you don't get to see the menu beforehand and they have a very strict reservations policy.

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      Quince - slightly below in price. Very enjoyable, service is great food is flavorful. Wine list and pairings are excellent. Nothing "wow'd" but had a really solid meal there.

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      In Napa, French Laundry price range:

      Meadowood - I haven't been, and there hasn't been enough reviews for me to solidly say if it's worth it or not.

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      You should absolutely go to Redd for dinner if you can fit it in.