After asking a number of questions on the board in the last day I thought I'd share a great evening out 4 of us had recently.
We had decided to do a three restaurant dinner (appetizer, main, and dessert).
We started with the "Cheesy Wine Program" at 20 Manning. You have a choice of 3 wines to sample for $20, accompanied by a small plate of several different cheeses. When we were seated the menu was California (both wines and California-produced cheeses). However, our server later admitted a mistake (the California menu was no longer available) and replaced our menus with French (wines and cheeses). Although the menu listed 5 or 6 cheeses, only 3 arrived on the plate. They also offer 5 wines for $38, so I suspect that you get all cheeses only with the larger offering.
After 20 Manning we walked across town (it was a very pleasant late summer evening) to Kisso at 5th (?) and Race, stopping at a State Store to pick up a bottle of sake. I feel Kisso is one of the higher-quality sushi places in town, though slightly more expensive than average. We had a nice sampling of sushi and our mediocre sake.
Following this we walked to Blue Angel. It was around 9:30 or 10pm by now, and we were promptly seated for dessert and coffee. For the four of us we ordered and shared their 'petit four plate' (multiple tiers of cookies, cakes, sugared nuts, etc), their excellent Valhrona chocolate espresso torte, and a fruit gallette (soft cookie with poached fruit and ice cream).