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6 nights in SF - upper mid end and upper dinning list for input

PerfectPalate | Sep 4, 2010 04:16 PM

Hi all. Fascinating but slightly confusing reading re all the restaurant options in SF. We looove good food and are prepared to pay for it but also want value (happy to pay a lot for great stuff...). I have worked up a short list and would welcome comments and ideas - it's for 2 of us aged early 40s from NZ who love great flavours, food and wine. We are staying in the Mission for the first 5 nights and at the Ritz Carlton the last night.
- Absinthe first night after arriving mid afternoon (Sunday)
- Foreign Cinema Mon
- Commonwealth Tues
- Flower and Water Wed (but can't get in until 10.15)
- Coi (for the tasting menu) Thurs but can't get in until 9. Is this too late for the menu?
- Boulevard Friday
- Possibly Absinthe Sat for Brunch.

Have also spotted the following for casual lunches:
- Swan Oyster
- Alsembic (looks great)
- Kitchenette
- The Terminal Farmer's Mkt
- Spire
- Maverick.

Also for snacks, Katia's Russian Tea Room & Breda's French Soul Food.

We are looking for an eclectic quality experience and food is a critical factor in our holidays (hence don't go to Fiji any more).

Would welcome any and all thoughts. Also how does tipping work (we don't really have it in NZ, Aussie or Asia except for outstanding service. It simply isn't the norm. Does one tip of there is already an 18% service chg (Coi)?

Finally, we were thinking of a quick day trip up to Napa and the Restaurant train. Should we bother with the train?

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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Katia's Russian Tea Room
600 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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