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Jul 27, 2013 07:32 AM

Upscale seafood. [San Francisco]

We will be back in SF after living in Boston for 12 years. We want to go out for a special evening. Many of the new upscale restaurants seem to focus on heavier food (meat, marrow, root vegetables). We'd like something more seafood oriented. We used to love Aqua. I see Farallon is still around but would like to try something new. Other favorites were Boulevard, Slanted Door, Plouf. Suggestions for new places would be helpful.

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  1. Waterbar and La Mar are relatively new. Less upscale, Bar Crudo.

    For seriously upscale, the menus at Coi, Saison, and Commis (Oakland) are very light on red meat.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Park at Waterbar is a great guy and his food is very, very good. Not to mention the great location and view.

      1. re: chefj

        Totally agree with everything except for the minor typo. The chef's name is "Parke" and, yes, he is a totally cool dude. Waterbar is very good if you are willing to spend the money.

        1. re: nocharge

          No Offense to Parke, I don't think that I ever saw his name written before.
          If they were willing to go to Aqua I doubt that Waterbar's price point would put them off.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        Bar Crudo has been a bit uneven for me lately. It used to be my favorite seafood place in the city but lately it's been more acceptably good than hitting it out of the park. The flavors for the crudo sampler are less impressive/exciting. Still some of the best oysters in the city.

        Skool wowed me on the food front with 2 of their dishes in ways Bar Crudo hasn't in a bit. Innovative, well balanced flavors. The kitchen, however, was pretty slow and there were too little servers for too many tables (may have been an off night). Won't prevent me from going back - but it may turn off others.

        1. re: goldangl95

          Sadly, a group of 4 us were quite disappointed with our dining experience at Bar Crudo a few months ago -- both in terms of the food and especially the service, which is to say the lack thereof.

          1. re: goldangl95

            We ate at Bar Crudo with escargot3 and then at Skool same trip. Based on one visit each, Skool wins for me. We had exemplary service there (pretty execrable at Bar Crudo as noted) and no slow dishes, plus all the food was well executed, and the uni flan is extremely memorable. I also preferred the setting at Skool. And the cocktails are worthy.

        2. Michael Mina, which took over the old Aqua space, is pretty seafood-focused.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks for the suggestions. I know the Waterbar space - nice views of the Bay Bridge. I've heard mixed reviews of Michael Mina. Is it still good?

            1. re: Clairedyn

              Michael Mina is still good and they serve some of Aqua's signature dishes from the Morrone/Mina era. However, the food is noticeably more expensive than at Waterbar, which itself is not exactly dirt cheap. I'm sure you can find people who will tell you MM is overpriced.

          2. I would recommend Keiko à Nob Hill.

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