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Post Proposal celebration - Restaurant in SF?


I'm looking for suggestions on restaurants in SF where my girlfriend (hopefully fiancée) and I could go to right after I propose.

I'm looking for a place (must be in SF) with a nice atmosphere that would be less than $100 a person BEFORE wine, and also where they wouldnt mind us taking a few pictures at our table to commemorate the day. They would also have to be open until at least 9:30pm, preferably until 10pm.

We are open to all cuisines. I tried making a reservation at Gary Danko, but they were booked. :(

I appreciate any advice or tips on where to go. Thank you so much!!

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  1. How about Café Claude? Romantic as hell and I had GREAT food there recently.


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    1. re: c oliver

      Love Cafe Claude, but also consider it's sister restaurant right on the same block, Gitane.


      1. re: pamf

        Ah, yes. I haven't been there but a 'foodie' friend of mine loves it.

        1. re: c oliver

          Next time you are in the area, stop in for at least a cocktail. The decor it is over the top romantic, while Claude is more refined and makes you imagine that you could be in Paris for an hour or so.

          Menus are quite different, so that could be a deciding factor too. Claude is classic French with a bit of California, Gitane has a Spanish/Mediterranean slant.

          Both are well within the OPs price range too.

          1. re: pamf

            Oh, thanks for all that. And thanks for mentioning the price which is quite moderate.

      1. La folie - let them know and they will give you one of the more "romantic" tables (some are a little more private than others)

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        1. re: estnet

          Thanks. I read a bit about La Folie and it seems like it would fit the bill. I did also read that it may have been going downhill a bit. I hope thats not the case though!

          1. re: leddytech

            La Folie, absolutely.
            I had a birthday party in their private room 2 years ago and it was brilliant:


            As for going downhill, well, this dinner was two years ago.
            At that point, I actually felt that Passat was reaching new heights, not getting worse. I would be very surprised to hear about him going downhill.

        2. Is there not a restaurant that has sentimental value for you two? That would be my first choice.

          Well, good luck to you!

            1. re: leddytech

              some friends of mine really, really liked fleur de lys, mostly for the service. supposedly one of their staff members drove them in their car home when they couldn't find a cab or something. but i've never been.

              1. re: leddytech

                I haven't been to Fluer De Lys in awhile but it seems like it would work. It is fairly dark inside the restaurant so keep that in mind since you will be taking pictures.

                I like Acquerello & Keiko's as options.

                1. re: Dustin_E

                  Thank you for the recommendation. I actually went to Keiko's recently. It was for their V-day prix fixe.

                  It was very romantic inside indeed!

                2. acquerello could be good too.

                  1. If you have a car, I'd recommend driving 25-30 mins. to Redwood City for dinner at Bella Vista. There's no other place like it! Be sure to arrive by sunset and request a window table.

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                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Not to veer to far OT, but I was there 2 weeks ago with my friend and had a terrific dinner. You can read about it on his blog:


                        I agree that the escargot were not very good. The house salad was excellent, as were both of our entrees. The raspberry flambe that we shared for desert was forgettable. It's a converted 1920s roadhouse in the middle of the redwoods. A mid century meat and potatoes timewarp. You go for the ambiance, the vintage charm, the unbeatable view, the romantic setting, a bottle of wine... there's nowhere else like it! As for the continental style cuisine, my steak diane was outstandig and my friend's lamb shank looked excellent as well. The carrot puree and fresh sauteed green beans were well worked compliments. It's not a modern chef-driven kitchen to be clear. It's a two-fisted meat and martini lounge in the mountains. Haut dining by candlelight with plenty of ambiance to spare. You don't go for interesting and creative dishes. You go for an authentic taste of bygone California; sophisticated fine dining in the forest. It's an oasis of class, sustenance (served medium rare!) and mixed drink amongst the giant sequoia. And it's wonderful!

                        1. re: OliverB

                          Not OT at all, more details are always better. Thank you.

                          1. re: OliverB

                            Thank you for the suggestion. I didn't know such a restaurant existed.

                            I will look it up in greater detail and think about it. I was planning on proposing at a special place exactly when the sun is setting, so I wouldn't be able to go to Bella Vista before that. But I will keep this place in mind!


                        2. re: OliverB

                          The OP is planning to go to dinner 9:30 or later -- past sunset...