I'm visiting San Francisco in three weeks, so this is my last chance to tinker with reservations and make sure I have the best choices lined up.
I'm looking for ridiculously delicious. But not ridiculously expensive. I prefer places where the average entree is in the $15-25 range. I like cozy, comfortable, not too loud. I heard that Delfina, for instance, is crazy loud. I like to be able to talk to my boyfriend when we're at dinner but, more importantly, he has a bit of hearing loss and it actually pains him to be in a room that has such loud conversation because the voices kind of bounce off the walls and ceiling and hurt his ears. If a place is too loud to talk in a reasonable voice to your dining companion, then it's too loud for us. So please let me know if any of these places are like that. And if the places I've picked, and my backups, are good options.
We are staying on Market near SOMA and close to Union Square. We will be taking public transporation. We are a block from a BART station, if you have transportation suggestions.
Here are the restaurants where I've reserved spots:
Frances (could only get a 5:15 reservation. is it worth it going this early?)
Canteen (a la carte menu)
Local Mission Eatery
Foreign Cinema (Sunday brunch)
We will do a dim sum lunch one day, perhaps at Yank Sing, and a mexican food lunch at perhaps Puerto Allegre. and a visit to sausalito and 331 fish for lunch another day.
My backup restaurants are the following. Please tell me if you'd swap out one of these for one on my list above:
And then we have two nights in Napa (staying near downtown Napa, so we're trying to limit ourselves to restaurants within a reasonable taxi drive from our hotel). Here are the places I'm considering in Napa:
Ad Hoc (have reservations, but not sure this is a special enough place for the quiet, romantic vibe I'm hoping for in Napa)
Bistro Don Giovanni
We only have two dinners, so not sure how to narrow down this list. Definitely don't want Italian two nights in a row. Looked into Auberge and Etoile but they're too expensive for me.