I'm looking for a bday spot for the manfriend's bday next month. Our most frequented place for an occasion is Delfina which we both love for the food, service, proximity to home, and being able to eat a bit later. We also go to Blue Plate, Foreign Cinema, Slow Club, and Range for nicer dinners usually. I wanted to go to Winterland b/c the bf was a fan of Morales at the Flying Saucer, but we waited too long. He's already been to Boulevard and we went to Slanted Door and Myth this summer. Nopa is my top choice mainly b/c I've heard almost all positive opinions about the food and we like to drink, so full bar is nice. Aziza has been on our list forever but that is a really expensive cab ride from the Mission/Bernal area. Canteen has been on my list, but I'm not sure the ambiance would be right, I think we'd be ok if we could have a booth. As for the others, I'm a bit wary b/c for every good review I've read, I've also read a "meh" one. Also, not so fond of hotel restaurants due to hotelish ambiance. Things we like are sashimi and raw items, spicy or bright flavored food, and decent lighting (ok, that's mostly me). Thanks for any advice.
Potentials: Circolo, Coi, Aziza, Ame, Chez Spencer, Cortez, A16, Bushi-Tei, Scott Howard, Canteen, Cortez, Nopa, Bar Tartine, ?