I'm looking for the best Middle Eastern restaurant in SF that falls into the "nice restaurant" category.
I've scoped the recent threads on this board devoted to Middle Eastern food, including country-specific cuisines. Among the recommendations are Aicha, Arabian Nights, Cafe Zitouna, El Mansour, Fattoush, Old Jerusalem and Palmyra.
Based on what I can tell from the restaurants' websites and the photos on Yelp, all these places (except maybe Fattoush) seem to fall in the "cheap eats" category or slightly above it. Lots of tackiness going on. None of them seems the type of place you'd want to take your mom, a date, or an out-of-town guest.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a "nice restaurant" in SF that serves any type of Middle Eastern food? I'd put Saha in this category, and while it's great, I'm looking to branch out or find something better. (Aziza comes to mind, but it's hard to call it a Moroccan restaurant anymore.)
Thanks in advance for any recommendations or insights.