I just posted a report on my visit to SF last weekend. My partner will be back in the City with his college-aged daughter (19 years old) and wanted to take her out to dinner at a cool, hip place -- since she's a design student having a cool decor and architecture would be of interest.
Based on the list and from what I remember, I was thinking about Isa, Zuni, Bistro Aix, Range. I remember that Absinthe used to be a very in place but not sure if that's still the case. Unfortunately it will be this Sunday so will need a place that won't be too difficult to get reservations or walk-in table. Would be interested in getting feedback on these or other places.