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Splurge Meal - Saison, Coi or Restaurant at Meadowood

mtylka Jul 15, 2013 01:07 PM

Going to SF for a few nights in September and am really having a hard time deciding where to splurge for a celebration dinner. We're venturing out to Napa for a few days so that's thrown Meadowood into the debate of Saison vs. Coi (missed out on French Laundry reservations). I've seen a few Coi vs. Saison vs. Benu vs. Crenn threads, but haven't seen much debate involving Meadowood.

Would I be better suited to splurge in SF at Saison or in Napa at The Restaurant at Meadowood?

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  1. Scott M RE: mtylka Jul 15, 2013 01:10 PM

    My vote would be for Meadowood

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      pauliface RE: mtylka Jul 15, 2013 03:09 PM


      I had a bad experience at Meadowood:

      Coi was nice but highly flawed to me, and I'd take Atelier Crenn over them any day.

      Saison is a great choice. For highest end SF my votes go for Saison, Atelier Crenn, and La Folie.

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        budlit RE: pauliface Aug 11, 2013 02:56 PM

        My husband and I also had a bad experience at Meadowood : (

      2. ipsedixit RE: mtylka Jul 15, 2013 03:16 PM

        Of the three I've only been to Saison and Coi.

        And I would choose Saison every day of the week, 52 weeks of the year, and every year I'm kicking and alive.

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          Dustin_E RE: mtylka Jul 15, 2013 03:30 PM

          honestly, i think it really just comes down to personal taste, as they all have a slightly different style.

          I'd suggest looking at a bunch of blog posts / pictures of meals / dishes, and just deciding which one looks most appealing to you.

          you can't really go all that wrong with any of them.

          fwiw, i like the articles on these restaurants / topics on the gastromondiale and andyhayler blogs.

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            frontzNskrontz RE: mtylka Jul 15, 2013 04:00 PM

            Meadowood. Saison is definitely as refined, eye opening, wow-ing,amazing etc. as,Meadowood food-wise, The whole setting of Meadowood is more memorable, as is the front of house staff/wine experience.

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              tjinsf RE: mtylka Aug 11, 2013 07:37 PM

              Of those three Meadowood. I've eaten more at Saison and Coi but Meadowood has always been a great experience every time I've been there, although it appear not everyone has had the same experience. In SF I would probably pick Creen or even Benu over Coi or Saison. I have had too many uneven experiences at Saison in terms of service and food that I don't recommend it anymore.

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