We're locals planning to honeymoon in Stinson then head to the city to finish the honeymoon off with one spectacular splurge of a dinner.
I'd like to spend around 200-250 including tax and tip and either including a bottle of wine, a beer and glass of wine, or corking fee for our own wine. (Aka, a moderate amount of alcohol but not a ton). This should include a few courses (appetizers, entrees and dessert, or a tasting menu). If it is TRUELY spectacular and worth it, we could go up to 300, but not over.
We're students, and so our usual splurge fancy date night budget is about 50 for two. We have been to some nice restaurants in the Bay Area though with my parents.
I'm a fan of small plates, lots of little bites. My parter is not, he likes big hearty portions. Feel free to suggest either. We like most types of food. Strong flavors with lots of spices are great. In terms of places we've loved, we loved Ippuku in Berkeley, Sea Salt in Berkeley when it was around, T Rex before it went downhill, Kang Tong Degi, La Limes, Anchor and Hope, Insalata in San Anselmo, Casanova in Carmel, Smoke in Berkeley...
I'm hoping for someplace that feels really special. Not too hip and loud, a little more quiet and romantic, but quality food is more important than atmosphere. Someplace we can linger over the meal.
I have a couple of dietary restrictions (no pork, no shellfish, no meat and dairy in the same course, although my sweetie loves these things) so a place where they are a little flexible is helpful. Or a tasting menu where they can sub a vegetarian course for a course I can't eat.
We'll be going on a Thursday night in August, and I'd like to be able to make a reservation.
Thank you so much!