Went to Scott Howard last night for dinner with a friend. I've never been there before (the menu change), so I can't compare how the food before and after.
I saw Scott chatting with some regular(s) for most of the night, the kitchen couldn't have been that busy b/c at any given time there were at most, five or six tables full in the dining room. LOTS of empty tables even during primetime dining hours of 7-8pm.
We weren't that hungry so we shared most of the dishes. Hamachi sashimi which was mediocre in terms of quality of fish. The sonoma foie gras I would have preferred a thicker cut, but it was cooked fine. Liberty Farms duck breast, cooked medium rare and an orange jus sauce I liked (very light). My friend also had a side of spinach, but I don't recall how it was.
Dessert was the warm chocolate cake and the apricot souffle. We both agreed the apricot souffle was the better of the two. The souffle was prepared well, light and fluffy without a dense custardy/eggy bottom-interior.
Service was energetic and felt sincere, but there are some rough edges that can easily be smoothed over with more training.
Didn't examine the wine list too closely. I quickly chose a dependable 2003 CdP from D. Vieux Telegraph at $90 which is a typical ~2x markup. You can find a bottle retail/online in the $40-50 range.
I might go back again, but there are a bunch of restaurants in SF serving similar food at a lower or equal price point.