"You get what you ask for". If one is willing to pay big $ for okay food, that is what the restaurant will serve you. Simple economics. Always remember, Decor is cheap and good food is hard to repeat.
I simplely do not accept the "comepetition is tough here" excuse. We just got back from Paris and the food there are excellent and the price are reasonable. We had neve spent more than 75E for a dinner for two and lunches are between 20-30E, with a bottle of wine to boot. And the food is "WOW".
We had one of those "wow" meals with our friends (4 all together) for 80E, 3 course meal with two bottles of wine. You can say they are locals, so can find the better food...
So here is the challenge:
Can anyone tell me where you can find that kind of quality here in SF ?????