My parents are in town, and we'd like to take them out on Sunday to a restaurant that is quintessential San Francisco. In the past, we've done Yank Sing and Ferry Building. We couldn't get a table at House of Prime Rib, but we did score reservations at Carnelian Room and Harris' Steak House. Is Carnelian worth it at night - in other words, can you see the view? I wasn't pleased with the attitude of the hostess, so I'd hate to drop a bunch of cash for a snooty place with average food.
Any other thoughts? A friend suggested Sam's Grill.
Oh - and it doesn't have to be expensive or fancy either.
And is there dining at Top of the Mark, or just drinks (embarassed to say I live here and have never been).