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SF/Napa trip - would love opinions on my restaurant/vineyard choices

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SF/Napa trip - would love opinions on my restaurant/vineyard choices

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taz99 | | Sep 18, 2012 02:31 PM

In mid-November I'm going to San Francisco for six nights (three for business) and Napa for two nights. My boyfriend is coming with me. We want the three non-business nights in San Francisco to be romantic and same for Napa. I want ridiculously delicious but not ridiculously expensive.

We get in on a Saturday at 2 p.m. We'll be on east coast time, so already getting close-ish to dinner time in our minds. Of course we'll push it to about 6 p.m. west coast time, but no later than that. I have been to San Francisco about 15 times, but not since 2001. He's only been once, and that was for business, he only did a couple of touristy things. So I want him to be impressed.

What would be the best restaurant to go to give him a feel of San Francisco, and a view of something spectacular, on our first evening for that early dinner? I was thinking Greens. We're not vegetarians, but a local friend recommended it and the menu and location sound outstanding.

The other restaurants I'm considering are Frances, Nopalito, Flour + Water, Foreign Cinema, Local Mission Eatery and Millenium.

really love the idea of Foreign Cinema. Sounds so charming.

I'd also like to visit Chinatown at lunchtime, just for the fun/funky vibe since we live in a non-urban area of the country. Are there any restaurants in Chinatown that you can recommend? I saw a couple mentioned but it's impossible to tell online if they're really any good. I saw Utopia Cafe and Ton Kiang and wondered about them.

We are driving down the coast one day, to the Monterey area. Probably no farther south than Carmel, at the most. Any particular restaurants for lunch and dinner that are recommended?

And then, in Napa, I'm trying not to spend a fortune. We're staying in downtown Napa. I'm looking at Bistro Don Giovanni and Celadon for our two dinners. Haven't picked lunch spots. Want to kind of play that by ear.

As for wineries, considering Darioush, Bremer Family Winery. V. Sattui for a picnic maybe and Duckhorn. Not sure where else to go...

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