I'm a Toronto 'hound headed to SF in August for 4 nights (split up - 2 days on either end of a week doing Napa, Sonoma & Yosemite). I've read the threads for out-of-towners and the fantastic posts by Grayelf and Hungryabbey (fellow Canucks) so mostly I'm just looking for some specific recommendations based on our preferences.
Husband and I like mid-range places with great affordable wine lists and/or craft beers. We like a buzz to a room but not so loud we can't talk. Don't need white tablecloths but I'm pretty picky about good service. I like great/creative veggies and salads, and any kind of roasted or grilled fish with great seasoning and accompaniments, while Husband goes for pork/steak/lamb type dishes, and also loves him some gnocci. We're okay with some belly and boudin hear and there in a dish, but we don't like an entire meal of nose-to-tail. We're down with any regionality of cuisine but due to my aversion to cream sauce we usually end of steering clear of traditional Italian/French. Likewise I'm not a big noodle fan so Asian-type places have to have other options. We love Middle Eastern and Indian flavours and spicing. We usually do quite well at small-plate type places: our most recent memorable meal was at Publican in Chicago and that fits the bill as to what we're looking for. We're staying in Union Square but we're more than happy to walk up to 30 mins or take transit for good eats.
We'd like to splurge on one meal and that will likely be Ad Hoc or Bouchon. We're looking for places unique to SF. We'd like perhaps one dinner with mains up to $35 but for most dinners we'd like to stay around $100 for 2 with a drink each. We usually split one app/salad and/or one dessert, so we hope we can find some good mid-range options. We're not opposed to more street food/takeout/informal options as well (I hear tacos are the thing?) or lunches. We'd also love some suggestions for bars where we can chill with good wine/beer and a cool, not-to-young crowd.
I wonder if any of these fit the bill: Bar Crudo, Zuni Cafe, Slanted Door, Quince, Bocadillos, Lulu, Incanto, Piperade, Spruce, A16, Flour+Water, Bacar
This is just a list of places friends have liked, so I'm not sure if they're what we're looking for, or if you trusted folk can steer us in the right direction.
Thanks, in advance. Happy to return the favour for Toronto should you ever pass by our way!
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599