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Dining, Eat Fifth Floor: Technique and Intelligence Prove Hotel Restaurants Can Still Shine

Fifth Floor: Technique and Intelligence Prove Hotel Restaurants Can Still Shine

The moment does not belong to the hotel restaurant. Five years ago, Campton Place, Michael Mina's eponymous restaurant at the St. Francis, and the Dining Room at Ritz-Carlton were all at the top of the podium, with another cluster of…
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Summer Guide, Summer Outside Game

Outside Game

Outdoor dining in windswept, fog-shrouded San Francisco? If the locale is well chosen (pockets of meteorological phenomena like the Mission or the bay-facing slopes east of Van Ness), and the time is right (say, anytime between 1 p.m. and the…
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Dining, Eat The Comforts of Home

The Comforts of Home

The neon sign over the entrance reads "Welcome Home," but Home isn't like any home I've ever been in. Its mood leans more toward the hipster lounge than, say, the Cleaver household. The décor is too impassively sleek for the…
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Dining, Side Dish

Bringing Back Bongo Bongo

Trading Up Longtime San Francisco residents who miss the bygone Polynesian kitsch of Trader Vic's on Cosmo Alley may appreciate the resurrection of Cosmo Tidbits, Bongo Bongo Soup, and Chinese wood-fired ovens. Dinah Garden Hotel in Palo Alto is launching…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted Industry Pros

Industry Pros

The staff at Dish took to the streets to find out what the folks in the trenches--on the front lines and in back kitchens of restaurants all over the city--think about the San Francisco dining scene. Our survey includes input…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best High Tea

Afternoon tea is as ritualistic a pleasure as anything out of Imperial Japan, and the Ritz-Carlton has preserved all of the meal's myriad gratifications down to the smallest detail. The locale, in the hotel's Lobby Lounge, is an opulent, pale-rose…
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Dining, Eat French Fly

French Fly

A few months back, while perusing Jeffrey Steingarten's incomparable The Man Who Ate Everything, I had a personal revelation as I read an essay that mentioned the difference between hunger and appetite. Though the dichotomy is nothing new --according to…
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Dining, Side Dish

Side Dish

Color Me RedHarry Denton has all the reason in the world to rub his hands together vigorously. The high-profile raconteur has bounced back from the closing of his namesake restaurant in the Harbor Court Hotel and is busier than ever:…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Patio Dining

Outdoor dining in wind-swept, fog-shrouded San Francisco? When it's accomplished amongst the shrub-buffered alfresco-ness of the Ritz-Carlton's garden courtyard adjoining the Terrace Restaurant, nestled on the sunny eastern slopes of Nob Hill, you betcha! And this isn't merely a lovely…
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Dining, Eat

White Wedding

Neo, though it hasn't been around for long, has already acquired a bit of a reputation as the restaurant ballsy enough to have chosen an all-white design scheme. On stepping into the restaurant you recall art galleries, ultrahygienic medical theaters,…
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Dining, Eat

Love, Japanese-Style

Anzu Hotel Nikku, Second Floor, 222 Mason (at Ellis), 394-1100. Open for breakfast weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday "Smooth Jazz" brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($35 prix fixe, $22 seniors, children…
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Dining, Eat

Puttin' on the Ritz

The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton 600 Stockton (at California), 296-7465. "Seafood Celebration": Fridays 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Sept. 12. Paid hotel parking; on-street difficult. Muni California Street cable car, bus lines 1, 30, 45. Reservations recommended. The restaurant is…
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Dining, Eat

Two for Tea

Afternoon tea may or may not be the sign of a civilized society, but it certainly is a welcome oasis in the long stretch of hours between lunch and dinner. The noshable food helps, of course -- it's enough to…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Say Fromage! The vast variety of French cheese may have vexed the nationalistic Gen. de Gaulle ("No one can simply bring together a country that has over 265 kinds of cheese"), but at the Ritz-Carlton's Dining Room, yesterday's political problem…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Hold Those Calls An irate East Bay reader left Dish voice mail saying he had walked out of four "so-called good restaurants" in recent weeks because of the toxic profusion of cellular telephones in diners' hands. He thinks that cellular…
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