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Recommendations for Interesting Upscale/Mid-Range San Francisco Restaurant

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Recommendations for Interesting Upscale/Mid-Range San Francisco Restaurant

Tennyson | May 5, 2010 09:54 AM

Hi Everyone -

My wife and I will be in San Francisco for one night in June and I'm looking for guidance in choosing a place for dinner that night. I am most interested in an upscale/mid-range (not quite fine dining) restaurant focused on local, seasonal ingredients and with a very good wine list strong in smaller, lesser known Napa, Sonoma wines that we would not necessarily be able to find at home. We are from Boston but have visited San Francisco quite a bit over the years (last visit about 5 years ago, however).

Based on my research so far, here are some of the places I am considering:

-- Nopa
-- Quince (I have read that they have moved recently but haven't heard many reports)
-- 1550 Hyde
-- Piperade
-- SPQR
-- Boulevard (I ate here years ago but my wife has not)
-- Incanto

I haven't completely ruled out going up a tier on the fine dining/price scale (I have to admit that Coi looks pretty interesting), but I am leaning more towards mid-range for this particular meal. This is the first night of a 4-day trip in the area and we will have just arrived in San Francisco from the east coast so I'm not sure we'll be up for a more elaborate meal. In the past, we have eaten at La Folie, Michael Mina and Fleur de Lys (with La Folie being our favorite among those three), so if we do go the fine dining route, we would probably want to try some place new.

I would love to hear any of your thoughts on the above places or suggestions for any others that we should consider.

Thanks very much.

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La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Piperade
1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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