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Jun 23, 2013 06:16 PM

SF Reservations made... now what to eat?!

My husband and I (from Philadelphia) are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a trip to SF next week. Over the last several months I have crafted a set of dinner reservations, based primarily on what I read when scouring this board - and I would like to go into each restaurant with some idea of what dishes are "not to miss." Any advice on menu items or cocktails - or general words of wisdom - are greatly appreciated!! We like everything.

Tuesday dinner: we arrive late, thinking we'll do dinner near hotel on Union Square - I didn't make reservations because I'm not sure exactly what time we'll get in - I was thinking maybe Colibri Mexican Bistro? (Just looking for something fun and easy where reservations aren't necessary)

Wednesday dinner: Aziza

Thursday dinner: State Bird Provisions
(lunch at Ferry Bldg Roli Roti?)

Friday dinner: AQ
(possibly Sushi Aka Tombo for lunch?)

Saturday dinner (now staying in Sausalito): Pizzeria Rossetti
(possibly a crab roll at Fish for lunch?)

Sunday dinner: Copita
(possibly brunch at Le Garage?)

Monday dinner (now staying on Rt 140 near Yosemite): Savourys? Not sure about this one, might just play it by ear

Tuesday dinner (back in SF): Nopa

Thanks for any input, we are very excited for our visit!

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    1. re: superbigeater

      Hmm, looks like I'm out of luck there, the earliest reservation available for any night we're there is 9:30...

      1. At Statebird: Garlic bread with burrata, duck liver mousse, State Bird, any of the raw fish items and oh so many more. Pace yourself.
        At Nopa, the pork chop or what I think is the best upscale burger in SF.

        1. I don't think Sushi Aka Tombo is open for lunch.

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          1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

            Good to know - thanks. We actually have two dinner reservations that evening (AQ and Sushi Aka Tombo) but were planning to cancel the sushi one...

            1. re: nonajean

              I'm in the minority, but I would have a better time sitting at the sushi bar at aka tombo and ordering omakase than I would at AQ. For me, AQ has a couple things they do brilliantly. Anything with a sunflower seed. :-) But the vibe is too hipster for me, the mains are not nearly as good as the apps, and I come away feeling like I've spent more than they deserve. But I"m like the only person that feels that way. In contrast, Aka Tombo is a fun, easy going, tasty consistent meal that is well priced. One more caveat, though, I've only eaten at Aka Tombo once, and it was early so I had the chef to myself. Not sure whether it's the same on a Friday night at prime time...

              1. re: pauliface

                The main course of grains with brassicas, egg yolk, and smoked truffle I had at AQ in February was one of the best dishes I've had in a long time.

                I think I often order a bunch of things from the two cheaper sections of the menu and no mains.

          2. Colibri is just ok—around Union square I would tell you to go to Sweet Woodruff (Sons & Daughter's counter service cafe) or R&G Lounge in Chinatown for something cheaper.

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            1. re: W42

              Sweet Woodruff looks perfect - thank you for the recommendation.

            2. State Bird:

              Lobster, honeydew, creme fraiche, fresh cilantro bud oil

              Guinea hen dumpling, aromatic broth

              Pancakes, sauerkraut, ricotta, pecorino, sauerkraut salt

              Rabbit croquette, Fontina, pimentón aoili

              Balsamic figs, fonduta