My girlfriend and I are going to San Francisco and Napa/Yountville for a week in mid-August. We're both from New York and go to law school there, but she's been working in South America all summer, so when she comes back to the States, we are going to meet up in Cali for a week before interview week starts. We've been apart for like three months, so suffice it to say we're both really looking forward to this trip.
More than anything else, we're looking for great food, with a good variety between cuisines, though with more Californian than anything else, and with most places ranking in the "moderately priced" to "somewhat expensive" range (no TFL this time around, unfortunately). We're trying to do lunch and dinner every day, and are also looking to dine at a variety of places, but I think we both tend towards enjoying places that are a little on the loud and bustling side, which seems to be what a lot of SF restaurants are known for -- that being said, a quiet, romantic meal or two would be lovely.
Any comments on the places we have lined up so far, or any recs for other places, would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
L: Cliff House (mostly for the views, not sure what to think about the food...)
Tuesday (I'm particularly on the fence with the three restaurants on this day)
L: One Market
D: Canteen or Zuni Cafe
Wednesday (Driving to Sausalito in the morning/afternoon, Berkeley in the afternoon/evening)
L: Sushi Ran (I've never tried sushi and my girlfriend is obsessed with it, so I said I'd try it for the first time with her here)
D: Chez Panisse
L: The Slanted Door
D: Gary Danko
Friday (first day in Napa)
*breakfast from Tartine Bakery for the drive
L: Bistro Jeanty
D: ad hoc or Bouchon
*maybe Taylor's Automatic Refresher for breakfast
L: Barber's Q (I NEED to go to one great barbecue place on this trip, and am thinking this is it)
Places we were considering but then opted against: