My parents have visited me in San Francisco before...
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And they're coming again in a few weeks. I'm trying to choose a "nicer" meal to have with them, and am looking for ideas. On previous visits, they LOVED Aziza, and thought Incanto was good (but not as good as Aziza).
Things that should be the focus: Good service, emphasis on local produce/products, ability to easily share dishes (small plates might be great), price range in the same vein as Incanto, Aziza, etc.
Things that should not be the focus: Seafood (so, even though I love La Ciccia, we probably won't go there), Wine (we probably won't drink much, if any), East Asian (we will probably be eating a lot of Chinese/Vietnamese/Burmese food during our other meals)
I would be equally happy to eat in Oakland or San Francisco....Berkeley or Sausalito could potentially work too!
Some ideas that sounded intriguing, so thoughts would be appreciated:
Nopa - SF - I've been here before, but parents have not. I think they'd like it, but I'm not sure they'd be wowed.
Barlata - Oakland - The menu sounds good, but not sure how it compares in terms of ambiance and food quality to somewhere like Aziza?
Bocanova - Oakland - I know very little about this....
Barbacco - SF - Not sure if this would be the right scene for us (will probably be dining on a Saturday night)
SPQR - SF - A bit pricier than some other options? But maybe good?
Comal - Berkeley - ??? Does this place even belong on this list?
Anywhere else that comes to mind, particularly if it's Cal-Mediterranean, Cal-Italian, Cal-Spanish, etc., would be great.....La Ciccia would actually be perfect if there wasn't so much emphasis on wine and seafood.
Thanks in advance!