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What is the most expensive restaurant in the Bay Area?

Thanks all! It does sound like TFL might be the winner as far as normal, basic tasting menus go.

In Robert's link to a previous discussion, it says that Saison does have a $500/person Chef's Table option that beats TFL's $250/person. But not sure if TFL or other high-end places also offer a Chef's Table option, so perhaps those are in a class of their own.

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Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Oct 18, 2010
riceandwheat in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the most expensive restaurant in the Bay Area?

Oh yes, no doubt that's a different and perhaps more interesting/relevant analysis. I've been to Cyrus myself and thought it was a worthwhile experience. Never been to TFL or Manresa, but have had some friends say they didn't feel TFL lived up to the price for them.

Back to original topic, in our lunchroom discussion, we were going for pure numbers, out of curiosity's sake. My coworker who's from Beijing posed the question, to try to get a sense of how it compares to the most expensive restaurants there.

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Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Oct 18, 2010
riceandwheat in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the most expensive restaurant in the Bay Area?

Some coworkers and I were discussing over lunch what the most expensive restaurant in the Bay Area is? A couple of us thought French Laundry but some claim there must be places more expensive than FL. Couldn't come to any conclusion so thought I'd consult more knowledgeable folks.

As basis for comparison, we're just talking what one person can spend on food alone, i.e. excluding the options of buying a $800 bottle of wine, etc.

Any ideas?

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Oct 18, 2010
riceandwheat in San Francisco Bay Area

Valpariso lunch

Woops...this is now too late but in case anyone else looks at this post in the future. My bf and I went to Chile a while ago and also took a side trip from Santiago to Valparaiso. We ate at Pasta y Vino in Valparaiso and thought it was excellent -- great pasta with fresh ingredients -- so I definitely recommend this place. I think people generally reserve in advance but since we're Americans, we were there right when they opened for dinner (9pm!) and got last-minute seating at the bar and got to watch the action in the kitchen.

Jun 19, 2009
riceandwheat in Latin America & Caribbean

anyone eaten at pema osel ling (near santa cruz)?

I'm hoping some of you might be able to help me out. My fiance and I are trying to find a location for our wedding and as followers of Chowhound, you can imagine food is one of our top priorities. :)

One of the sites we're currently considering is Pema Osel Ling - a retreat center near Santa Cruz, technically in Watsonville/Corralitos. We love many things about the site but we have yet to taste their food. I've read generally good reviews on other forums about the food they put out (their on-site chef is Peter Marti) but I'd like to hear some thoughts from people who love food as much as us.

Has anyone here been to a wedding at Pema Osel Ling or has some experience with Chef Marti? If so, what did you think of the food? Do you remember the types of food you were served?

Thanks a bunch!

Apr 19, 2009
riceandwheat in California

Baking Supplies in the Bay Area

i just went to smart and final in the richmond over the weekend and while they were out of KA flours (10lb sacks), they had 1 lb bags of SAF instant yeast. they also had a 2 lb bag of active dry. they also carry giant (25lb and 50lb) sacks of 'chef's review' flour, both all-purpose and bread... anyone have experience with this brand?

Feb 25, 2008
riceandwheat in San Francisco Bay Area