So, my girlfriend and I are heading to SF for a few days later this month and I'd like to surprise her by taking her out to a hell of a meal, while impressing her with my uncanny ability to squirrel out what would, if we lived there, be our favorite place in the city.
These are my criteria, in order of importance: creative and rich dishes (we are not big on, say, very classic French cuisine, or anything too delicate as a rule); romantic and/or hip atmosphere where we won't feel rushed; warm and helpful staff who can recommend a good bottle of wine without making me feel like an idiot (Chowhound has helped me find Ouest in NY, Splendid in Toronto, Clarklewis in Portland and they've all been outstanding). I've been saving up for this one for a little while, so for once, price will not be an object. Bonus points for being near main public transit lines, and even more bonus points for a place with great foie gras, duck, and lamb.
If anyone's got any suggestions, I'd love to hear them! I spent some time looking around on the net for SF's review-based websites and haven't come across anything too promising just yet. Any tips for a good user-review restaurant site? I am also looking for very inexpensive gems around SF and along the coast north of SF.
Thanks so much!