Vancouver hound in town for one night with friends from London. Looking for a solid dining experience downtown a week this Tuesday. Prefer somewhere "not dead" on a Tuesday night but not such a scene/loud where you can't hear the person next to you. Smart Casual dress would be best. Planning on a reservation between 8 and 9 pm (last time I was in San Francisco this time slot seemed a bit on the late side - maybe we just went to the wrong places). Location wise - we will be staying at the W in Soma and maybe having a pre-dinner cocktail nearby at Union Square. Would like to have somewhere nearby - although a cab ride for an amazing dining experience is always an option.
Foodwise - we're up for just about anything - nouveau cusine is always good. Small plates also good with our group. No Asian fusion please - we have tons of it in Vancouver. Probably also take a pass on Italian unless it goes well beyond the usual menu.
Many thanks in advance.