I'm thinking i would like a big fancy dinner with close friends in a sumptuous restaurant, to celebrate my birthday. I have eaten at Fleur de Lys and I loved it. Not only the food, which I adored, but also the atmosphere, fancy tables, dishes, and the feeling of space between the tables, it just feels luxurious and yes, sumptuous to me. This is what I'm looking for. For example I've never been terribly interested in Michael Mina's because I HATE it's sterile decor. And although I like the food at NoPa (not the same league I know) I hated using a dish towel as a napkin, partially because i felt my Mom would yell at me for doing it ;)
Obviously I want French, or French influenced. I have not eaten at La Folie or at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton but they have piqued my interest. Judging from the pictures they look like what I want, but I was hoping you CHers who have eaten at these places could tell me if these other places fit my needs, or maybe even have another suggestion. FYI French Laundry is out because i could never get a reservation in time (only a month away).
The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109