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

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. Maybe not "fancy" enough, but here goes:

      Parallel 37 in the Ritz Carlton



      Not downtown . . . Spruce.

      1. 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. 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.

          1. 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

              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.

            2. i'd suggest either boulevard or one market.

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              1. re: Dustin_E

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

                1. re: bobabear

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

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  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

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