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Michael Mina or Boulevard for team lunch? [San Francisco]

arlenemae Oct 17, 2013 12:35 PM

Looking to go to SF for team lunch of 9 people...right now trying to decide between Michael Mina or Boulevard.

Any recommendations either way, or suggestions on other places to go to? A lot of other "fancy" places are unfortunately only open for dinner.

  1. Melanie Wong Oct 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    What worked for you?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      arlenemae Oct 29, 2013 10:55 PM

      Our team lunch got pushed out to late November. I have reservations for Michael Mina (couldn't book Boulevard) though I am contemplating going to One Market instead after all the recommendations. I've been to both only for dinner so not sure what would be a better lunch.

      There are a lot of moderately priced places recommended here that are also great (and have enjoyed in the past), but I'd rather go to the really $$$$ ones on this occasion to take advantage of the expense account. :) Too bad my top choices are closed for lunch! Dinner is unfortunately out of the question for most of our team.

      1. re: arlenemae
        Melanie Wong Oct 29, 2013 11:01 PM

        Understandable! I'll be interested in hearing about the food and service for the team's power lunch.

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      Dustin_E Oct 18, 2013 09:05 AM

      i'd suggest either boulevard or one market.

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      1. re: Dustin_E
        bobabear Oct 18, 2013 12:46 PM

        I recently had a work team lunch at One Market and it was fantastic service, ambiance, view, food. Highly recommend the lamb sugo!

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          Dustin_E Oct 22, 2013 02:27 PM

          i'm a big fan of the risotto at one market.

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        jaiko Oct 17, 2013 11:13 PM

        Virtually every restaurant in the Financial District/Union Square area is open for lunch, at least on weekdays.

        I'm not a Michael Mina fan any longer, so I'd pick anywhere BUT one of his restaurants. That's just me, YMMV. We need to get back to Boulevard; a meal there and at Prospect just after Ravi Kapur left were both so awful, we didn't want to ever return to either one. But I know recent reports have been more encouraging.

        I would pick either Perbacco/Barbacco (both excellent, but different style), or Bluestem Brasserie. Both stylish, good service, excellent food, fun places.

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        1. re: jaiko
          dunstable Oct 18, 2013 10:14 AM

          I was at Boulevard a few months ago, and it was outstanding. As far as I can tell, all reports of its demise from before Summer 2013 can be ignored. It made me want to retry Prospect, where I'd once had a very mediocre meal.

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          ceekskat Oct 17, 2013 04:09 PM

          Not fancy but I certainly wouldn't mind going on someone else's dime...Yank Sing. With 9 people, great opportunity to try many different items.

          There's also Hakkasan.

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            BAnders Oct 17, 2013 04:08 PM

            One option that's worked well for me for work-related lunches is Chiaroscuro. You can hear those around you and it's a more formal room than many other places in the area.


            1. Melanie Wong Oct 17, 2013 04:08 PM

              Maybe not "fancy" enough, but here goes:

              Parallel 37 in the Ritz Carlton



              Not downtown . . . Spruce.

              1. escargot3 Oct 17, 2013 04:00 PM

                My last visit to Boulevard was about 6 months ago, we grabbed 2 seats at the bar area. It was stellar -- both food and service.

                Haven't been to MM in a long time to compare.

                One Market is also highly recommended.

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