My husband and I will be visiting SF and wine country from San Diego this coming weekend and next week. We will be staying Friday and Saturday nights by union square, and Sunday-Wednesdat nights in Sonoma near the plaza. We are looking to have some great dining experiences in both areas.
We currently have reservations at Ame on Friday night at 6:30. Question about the time, though... 6:30 is a bit on the early side for us, but the next available reservation wasn't until 9:00 (assuming it's still available). Would one time be better than the other, in general? i.e. do folks in SF tend to eat on the later side?... we prefer a busier atmospher to an empty one, and we like to have a cocktail at the bar (or some other bar) before dinner.
Our Saturday night is currently still open, but last time I was in SF (in October), I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Belden Place and was thinking of taking my husband somewhere there... leaning towards Plouf. However, we are open to other suggestions. I realize this is somewhat last minute and that we may not be able to get into some of the more popular restuarants (already tried Gary Danko). We're looking for great food, great atmosphere, but we're pretty flexible. A view would be nice, but is not necessary. As long as it's within easy reach by foot or transit (but still in SF).
Also looking for recs in wine country. Definitely planning on one dinner at the girl and the fig, and probably one other nice dinner out. Something more casual/less expensive the other 2 nights. We're actually thinking of picnicking on the square during the farmer's market on Tuesday night if that's a worthwhile experience.
Breakfast and lunch recs in both SF and Sonoma would be appreciated, but we may just end up finding something in whatever area we happen to be in at those times (i.e. while sight-seeing/wine tasting). Planning on visiting Golden Gate park on Saturday, so anything in that area would be great. As for wine country, we'll probably devote each day to one particular region. So Sunday (since we arrive that day) we'll probably stick around the city of Sonoma. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we'll explore Russian River, Healdsburg, other further reaches of Sonoma county and some Napa... we've done the "main drag" in Napa a few times already and would like to avoid the crowds (althought that might not be so much of a problem on weekdays), but haven't done much if any exploring off the beaten path, so suggestions along those lines would be great. Food and wine recs in these various areas would be great. Especially less expensive options for breakfast/lunch.
Thanks in advance for the help! Please let me know if additional details would be helpful.