I have pretty much bowed out of high-end SF dining after too many disappointments. I'll spend the money if it's worth it, but between Kusakabe, Coi, Benu, Saison (in the old space), Meadowood, Sons & Daughters, and Quince, I am tired of having to go neurotic in an attempt to acquire reservations, spend a fortune and then feel ripped off.
The only places on my high end list right now are La Folie, Atelier Crenn and Wakuriya. (Maruya was great but then the chefs left. Oops!)
This is all compounded by the fact that I've had the good fortune to go to Seattle several times in the last 6 months, where I've had meal after meal of delightful, creative, easy-to-reserve, well-priced food. (Crush, Spur Gastropub, Shiro's, Sushi Kappo Tamura, and more middle-end Talluluah's, Chavez, the list goes on) Seriously, I'm like ready to move there.
So at home, I've been sticking with worthy, reliable, non-high-end places.
Therefore, I have not ventured out of late. My birthday is in June. Can anybody convince me NOT to go back to La Folie or Atelier Crenn? Anything new? Anything much improved? No fair saying Coi is great if you liked it before. If the place is old, they have to have changed your mind in recent months!