My wife and I are coming out to spend a few days in SF (staying downtown) and then will be driving down to the Carmel/Monterrey area for a couple of nights.
I am looking for absolute "Can't Miss" type recommendations for both lunch and dinner in SF proper and down the coast as well. Atmosphere and style are nice, but we are interesting in good eating, first and foremost.
From a price range standpoint, moderate to expensive is fine, although we wouldn't be averse to hitting some great spots for cheap eats, particularly at lunch.
As far as our interests and tastes go, we are both originally from Seattle, but have been living in Houston for close to five years. We both love Pacific seafood and Asian cuisine of all varities. I am also a pretty enthusiastic carnivore (my wife less so), but we wouldn't waste a night in the Bay Area at a typical high dollar steakhouse.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.