44 Campton Place, in an alleyway on Stockton, between Sutter and Post (415-392-5373)
This place only seated about 40 people, but oh my goodness, was the food amazing! I was literally groaning through most of the meal. I had an arugula salad that was scattered with almonds which had been sauteed in butter and sugar so that they were slightly sweet and caramelized, but still very crispy. There were also tiny, succulent grape tomatoes and slices of pear poached in red wine laid artfully on the arugula. What an astonishing blend of flavors! My filet mignon came with a cognac/cream/peppercorn sauce, sugary-sweet organic green beans, and light, puffy sauteed potatoes. My husband had a seafood cassoulet studded with large chunks of lobster, monkfish, crayfish, shrimp, and prawns, all in a thick broth swimming with shallots and lingo beans. For dessert, we shared a chocolate espresso marquise, which was a tiny jewel-like tower of layers of chocolate cake, meringue, and espresso mousse, all swathed in a thin, thin coat of bittersweet chocolate--and laid in a tart, gorgeously colored pool of pear and orange coulis. WOWEEEE. Yep, we were bowled over. $100 total, including a 20% tip (and we each had a big ol' beer).