I'm taking my wife to The Nutcracker (annual tradition) at 7pm on Tuesday the 17th. I'm looking for fun dinner reservations nearby; either before or afterward. I assume we'll be done by 9pm. Beforehand might be trickier as we'll want to arrive at least 30 mins. beforehand (6:30pm) which means we would have to be seated somewhere nearby and with quick turnaround by 5:30pm at the absolute latest. I'm not even sure that would be possible as we'll be coming from work so it's a tight squeeze!
So... 9pm-ish reservations nearby, should be in the $60/pp range, festive atmosphere would be a plus, preferably more upscale than the divey ethnic restos in the Tenderknob area. We live on Van Ness @ Sacramento so we don't want to venture too far out of the way of home after the ballet.
Otherwise, I'm looking for the same as above only with lightning fast turnaround and for a 5:30-ish seating that won't feel TOO rushed! I could always ask my wife to change at work and meet me.
Lastly, I've never explored the option before so I don't know the answer to this but is there any dining in the War Memorial by chance; similar to what the Met Opera House has? (ie. overpriced mediocre food in a fancy space with fun people watching)