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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Tom--I didn't say ask the concierge for advice, I said see if they can get you a reservation. Different beast, but never mind!!
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Ditto on having to reflect a bit about trendy? Is that new and Tres Avant - or perhaps Art Deco - while possibly just having ok food?

Or is it the latest Asst Chef who has finally opened her/his own place and is truly wowing their loyal diners?

Or is it a new concept in dining, such as Asian Fusion once was?

If I was on point for taking out five of my business colleagues - I might even error a wee bit on the side of KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Or stated differently - perhaps head a little more to the "tried and true" side.

Of course - guess I am now in the "passe" group.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:33 AM
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SAB - capice.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:34 AM
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I loved State Bird Provisions! It was very difficult to get a res, but I tried only about 10 days before. Had to settle for 6:30 on a weekday, but so glad I did.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:37 AM
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SAB: "I didn't say ask the concierge for advice, I said see if they can get you a reservation. Different beast, but never mind!!"

Perhaps if one doesn't stay at 'concierge-type' properties one doesn't understand subtle differences like that.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Slanted door may try to move you along too quicly for your liking likethey did to us once. Have not been back.
Try LuLu. Great food snd nice service.Took out french friends there and they loved it. Very california for them. Check it out on open table. Perhaps you could get a table in one of theside "alcoves"
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 03:30 AM
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Ahhh Yes. That is a major challenge - to discern such "subtle" distinctions. Have generally found the Concierge at 5 star properties to be most affable (and they definitely are more "subtle" about their expectations of being tipped) - but still rarely request much from them. Prefer to have done my own homework/research ahead of time (including blogs such as this ) - and usually have already made the necessaary reservations.

The Concierge can be an ok sounding board though - although - I find the best person at the front desk and the doorman to be fairly reliable soures of info. Those two normally aren't receiving any "perks" from the places they know about/recommend
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 09:09 AM
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you STILL don't 'get' what SAB meant...
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 09:13 AM
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Restaurant LuLu is a great idea. Their skillet mussels are excellent. http://www.restaurantlulu.com/
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Yo Janis: I got it just fine, now go back to watching the schoolyard, ok?
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Ooh. Skillet mussels? I may need to head there for lunch one of these weeks!
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Old Mar 29th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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Tomsd - Perry's??? That's so '70's.

SAB has it right. Bar Agricole was just named one of the top bars in the U.S.

Good luck on finding a restaurant in your price range.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 03:56 AM
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Geesh Rasta: Can we at least stretch it into the 80's?
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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Who named Bar Agricole one of the top bars in the US? It doesn't even garner great reviews on local review sites. (But I see it won an award for best bar interior design )
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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I must be the only person who did not like the Slanted Door.

It was so loud, we could hardly hear each other across the small table. It was packed with people, elbow-to-elbow, and was a frantic environment. We were also rushed by wait staff.

Great food. Ridiculously expensive. Won't go back.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Peaceout: you're not the only one

"Ridiculously expensive" - exactly.

We tend to find the same/better flavors - only not in fancy presentation - at hole-in-the-wall or just plain neighborhood places. We have Vietnamese friends and rely on their recommendations.

Slanted Door is just like any number of "great" restaurants in San Francisco with a well-known name and a devoted clientele. They can charge exorbitant prices. More power to them.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Slanted Door is the highest grossing restaurant in San Francisco.

>>It was so loud, we could hardly hear each other across the small table. It was packed with people, elbow-to-elbow, and was a frantic environment.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 12:50 PM
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sf7307 - here's a local site review or two for you.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/201...en_cocktai.php

From the SF Chronicle - reporting on Food & Wine's review.
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog...gazine/#2074-2

StuDudley - the dining scene in SF is loud, louder and loudest. I tend to go to more neighborhood restaurants, where there isn't as much 'scene', but high quality food.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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I'm sure it's a great place to have a cocktail (I'll be sure to give it a try). But it was named one of the best bars in San Francisco, not one of the best in the US
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We were in San Francisco earlier this month and ate at Range in the Mission District. Trendy? Not really, but very comfortable and fun. Fantastic wine list! We were a group of 6 and they did a spectacular job with food and service. On Rastaguytoday's scale it was a "loud".
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