There was nothing weak about our dining around SF during our trip up for the Gift Show. We managed to hit our favorite place, The House of Prime Rib on Van Ness during the second half of the Superbowl. Nice time to go as it was on the quieter side.
My wife like their English cut, (thinly sliced) very rare and I had the normal thick cut medium rare. Their prime rib has such great flavor and the English Pudding to soak up the lovely juice, the spinning salad right on down to the Kamikaze in the little glass shaker that gives you two drinks for the price of one. With two before dinner drinks and a glass of wine and one dessert the tab was $112, plus tip.
My favorite house in SF is the House of Prime Rib.
We also dropped into Max's Cafe just off of Union Sq. for a later dinner when we arrived on Sat. night. The really do a business in there. Not the greatest of food but certainly filling and the server was funny and prompt and was there when we needed him. I had the crabcake sandwich which was enormous and my wife had the chicken salad sandwich, (which she could only finish half of and I gave the other half to one of the homeless on the way back to the hotel).
Finally finished up at Town Hall on Howard. I really wanted to like the food more than I did. I tried their ribeye. Just not trimmed well, too thin and a bit more chewy than I was expecting. The twice baked potato was good. My wife's Niman Ranch pork chop was juicy but the topping of peanuts and someother items I am forgetting right at this moment was pretty forgettable. One of the starters, a special of dungeness crab with an avocado sauce on top with housemade potato chips and some (I think) dill favored sourcream like sauce was nice if not spectacular and the biscuits with pepper jelly (not any discernable pepper taste) and thinly sliced ham sounded a lot more interesting than it tasted.
The winner was the apple bread pudding with Calvados and ice cream. That dessert redeemed the meal. Our waitress was great. Funny, down to earth and very service oriented. With two before dinner dinks, one glass of wine with dinner and a Mexican coffee and a cup of coffee the tab was $137, plus tip.
It's a nice space that has noise issues as the room fills up, (as others have noted here) but to me the food just didn't have enough oomph to make me want to return.
We really love the City, (Baghdad-By-The-Bay; with a tip of the cap to Herb Caen who I miss reading to this day).