I need some advice. I’m bringing my wife down to the Bay Area for a birthday weekend this coming Thursday through Sunday. We will arrive in Oakland around 7:30 pm this coming Thursday and are planning to eat dinner in the East Bay before driving over to a friend’s house in Mill Valley. The last time we were down, we had a fabulous dinner at Oliveto, and we’re tempted to go back there. But I’ve also heard some good things about Comis and Camino. Any thoughts or recommendations? Are there places other than Oliveto, Comis, and Camino I should be considering?
Friday and Saturday we will be eating in San Francisco. On Friday night, there will just be a party of four, so that leaves lots of options, except for the lateness of my planning and the difficulty of getting a reservation. On Saturday night, I’m hosting a birthday dinner for my wife that will include 7 adults and 3 children, so finding a place that can accommodate this large a group will probably be a little more challenging.
Friday night possibilities include one old favorite, Zuni, plus a bunch of places that I’ve never been to, including SPQR, Zero Zero, Nombe, Don Pisto’s, Prospect, RN74, and Frances. So much good food, so little time! Since I’m late in making the arrangements for this trip, I may not be able to get into some of these places. But, that aside, any recommendations?
The Saturday night dinner has a mix of palates, from very adventureous (my Hunanese friend, Jensen, from Fremont) to very unadventurous. Jensen suggested going to a Cantonese restaurant for a birthday banquet, since the food would not be too challenging (e.g., spicy) and we could all fit around a large table. He suggested Great Eastern. I know there was a Chowhound dinner there a while back, organized by Melanie Wong. What do you think? Is Great Eastern still good? Is there better Cantonese banquet food to be had in the greater S.F. area? How about Superior Palace on Balboa St.? Any other suggestions – including non-Cantonese options – for a group of 10 with 3 children and a wide range of adventurousness of the palates?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.