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Atelier Crenn vs. Saison...

Thanks for letting me know. I wonder if they raised their wine pairings as well? I will be curious to hear your report....

Apr 06, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

Atelier Crenn vs. Saison...

Thanks for the help guys. I think i am leaning towards Atelier Crenn since their pricing is more reasonable and just as interesting cuisine.

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Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Apr 06, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

Atelier Crenn vs. Saison...

Have one night in town and attempting to decide between the tasting menu at Atelier Crenn or Saison. Couldnt find any direct comparisons so thought I would attempt to get the thoughts of those that have been to both. Is Saison worth the extra money? Which venue is better for a family of four (all older, not kids)? Is one better with their wine pairings? They both seem to have unique seasonal menus and i keep switching on which one looks better. I appreciate the help....

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Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Apr 03, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

I agree Coi looks very impressive, although I have 4 people so the extra 50 bucks for their tasting and another 50 for their wine pairings compared to Crenn certainly adds up, although we are talking about a one time trip so no holding back! i will definitely let everyone know how it goes, thanks!

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

Paul thank you for your breakdown. I am glad my list has been looked at because it wouldve been a shot in the dark. It looks like i am leaning towards Atelier Crenn or Saison. These two seem to be better received and a better value (which is of course all relative)

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Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

I do like Commonwealth's menu, very unique menu. Thanks for the input.

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

Atelier Crenn looks amazing. So many choices! Although being an Iron Chef fan, her victory does score some points. May take the lead on the tasting menu battle....

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Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

Very good to know. I will certainly add Blue Bottle to my grazing list and make sure to go hungry! Thanks so much for the tip.

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Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

That does sound good. We are actually going to the day game Sunday but for sure planning on going to the market saturday and grazing spots like boccalone, acme bread, and cowgirl creamery that seem like must try spots. I am looking forward to it, thanks!

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

Thank you so much for your help with this. It is incredibly overwhelming to try and pick a place in a city full of amazing food. I didnt see Saison but i actually think that looks like my favorite as far as a tasting menu goes. We are only going to do that one night and i agree, dont want to drive all over the place when there are so many places close to downtown.

I think Slanted Door looks like an amazing setting and very diverse menu so i may go that route. I have seen Incanto and am at least planning on going by his Boccalone in the Ferry building. Barbacco and Cotogna both look very promising, will prob try to decide between one of those two. I truly appreciate your efforts with this response-will definitely help with the decisions.

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Barbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Cotogna
490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Mar 29, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area

1st and only visit to SF, looking to narrow down restaurant list

Foodie from Georgia (yes we do exist) that is coming to SF to see the Braves play the Giants and looking for a couple great restaurants to complete the experience. Typically like a more modern, smaller portion, unique and creative cuisine. Looking at this list: Flour and Water, Coi, Manresa, Quince, RN74, Frances, Benu, and Prospect/Boulevard. I know thats a lot of choices but thats why i need the help because I am not sure when I will ever get back out that way. Thanks so much!

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Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

RN74
301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mar 28, 2011
bparker in San Francisco Bay Area