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woodranch Jul 30, 2013 10:58 AM

I will be spending a weekend in San Francisco soon and staying at the St.Regis.I am looking for 3 great restaurants to have dinner at, that are not a huge cab fare away.We like all kinds of food(especially Italian) and money is not an issue: just looking for fantastic food for a very special weekend with my wife.Please if you could give some options, I would be most appreciative...Thank you in advance!

  1. JonDough Jul 31, 2013 09:09 AM

    A short cab ride (4 blocks) from your hotel is AQ, which I highly recommend. Perbacco would be my other choice.

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      calumin Jul 30, 2013 03:48 PM

      La Ciccia is a good choice, especially if you want to try something other than northern Italian. But it is farther away than most other options - not a cheap cab ride.

      If I were to pick one Italian restaurant in SF it would be Acquerello.

      1. ipsedixit Jul 30, 2013 01:39 PM

        Not Italian, but try Sons & Daughters.

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          Dustin_E Jul 30, 2013 03:10 PM

          really? of all the places in sf, with money no object, you think sons and daughters is a good choice?

          isn't the whole point of sons + daughters to serve michelin star tasting menu styled dishes at a slightly lower price point, neglecting fancy decor and service to do this?

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            ipsedixit Jul 30, 2013 08:53 PM

            Yes, especially because the OP wants to stay close to the St Regis.

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              Dustin_E Jul 30, 2013 09:48 PM

              i would choose room service over sons and daughters.

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                W42 Jul 30, 2013 10:19 PM

                Ok, I get that Dustin_E doesn't like Sons & Daughters.

                But I really don't think the understanding about them offering Michelin star dining at a lower price has been true for a while. That may have been the idea at the start—I first went 2 and a half years ago and it was 4 courses for $48. But now that it's 12+ courses for $110, and that's a price cut from what it was before, I think they have firmly grown into Michelin starred fine dining. Yes, the decor and service are nothing impressive, but their model is more like a less ambitious and cheaper version of Saison or Brooklyn Fare...kind of like EL Ideas and Schwa in Chicago.

                Now that the price is more of a "special occasion," I don't go back as much even though it's nearby. Furthermore, at those prices, the competition, and my expectations, are higher than they were a couple years ago.

                That said, I still like the food at Sons & Daughters—it's just that it's not longer a "steal" or "good value," say like Commis, AQ or Commonwealth.

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                  Dustin_E Jul 31, 2013 09:14 AM

                  If "money is not an issue", as the OP specified, why would someone want a

                  >> less ambitious and cheaper version of Saison

                  when you can instead go to Saison itself?

                  Similarly, how does "good value" AQ fit with "money is not an issue"?

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                    W42 Jul 31, 2013 12:31 PM

                    Because they said they are looking for "fantastic food," which I think AQ and Sons & Daughters delivers. There are plenty of places in town that are less expensive than Saison that I would recommend, even if someone can afford a dinner at Saison.

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                      Dustin_E Jul 31, 2013 01:42 PM

                      fair enough.

                      i guess i think of both aq and sons&daughters as similar enough to the 2-star places that the more reasonable (but still really expensive) price is the only reason to choose them..

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          OliverB Jul 30, 2013 12:39 PM

          The Japanese fusion restaurant (forget the name!) inside the lobby of The St. Regis is really excellent as well.

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            Dustin_E Jul 30, 2013 01:28 PM

            ame

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              ipsedixit Jul 30, 2013 01:36 PM

              Sorry, but Ame is not good.

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                OliverB Jul 30, 2013 03:04 PM

                I ate there last spring and would disagree. I had a delicious meal.

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                  dunstable Jul 31, 2013 01:00 PM

                  I ate there about a year ago and thought it had gone downhill a little.

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              od_sf Jul 30, 2013 12:15 PM

              I'd also recommend La Ciccia in Noe Valley, maybe a $13 cab ride. Very good Sardinian food.

              http://www.laciccia.com/

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                Dustin_E Jul 30, 2013 11:28 AM

                keikos a nob hill - more french than italian, but the cooking is light.

                farina - casual-but-expensive authentic italian

                perbacco - is good / good value italian

                quince - upscale cal italian / french. formal.

                jai yun - authentic shanghaiese

                kappa - authentic japanese counter-kaiseki

                there's of course also benu, saison, atelier crenn, coi. they are the michelin 2 star places in town. i personally think they are a lot like other 2-star places in other big cities.

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