Portobello Grille is based in the Movie Theater complex just a few doors down from the movie theater entrance. My wife and I have tried it out twice before going to the movies. Both times we've been pleasantly surprised. Good Italian / Californian cuisine in an upscale interior. I really like the flank stank. Entrees are reasonably priced and salads are slightly higher than market pricing. Good half bottles of wine available. I'd recommend it but only after you've gone to Donato first (which is just a few blocks away).
Right across from the library in downtown Redwood City - close to the Century 20 theaters - is where Donato Scotti set up shop to create this contemporary, upscale Italian restaurant. Menu changes weekly based on fresh local ingredients and the things he is able to import from Italy like prosciutto, grappa, etc.. Very clean, cool setting accents the contemporary Italian style of his cooking. Plenty of outdoor seating as well as indoor. My wife and I like to eat in the tables opposite the bar. Great wines - the imports from Italy are very good and fairly priced. I've been twice. Last time had the oven braised veal shank which slide off the bone and was marvelous. My wife loves the buckwheat pasta with mixed mushrooms which is also excellent.
Fang opened up the first of September and a group from my office checked it out for lunch today. I would definitely recommend it. Much to my delight I found it is the sister restaurant of House of Nanking and the same owner from House of Nanking (you know the one who used to tell you what to order) is spending a lot of time at the fancier, upscale Fang making sure the food and service are just as fantastic. It is. In fact many of the lunch menu items come directly from House of Nanking. Portions are large - our party of 6 could have done fine with 4 lunch entrees - and lunch prices are totally reasonable (about 8 or 9 bucks per lunch special). The same wonderfully sweet sauces and super tender meat made famous at Nanking carry through at Fang. Ambiance though is considerable upscale (think modern, hip chinese restaurant) with lots of seating unlike Nanking. The mongolian beef tower and sesame chicken were total winners. Owner also gave us a round of soup on the house which was excellent. A great place for lunch or dinner.
Maxfield's is the restaurant off the lobby of the Palace Hotel. Think formal hotel restaurant replete with dark wood tables and walls, high ceilings, and plush chairs where a guy with a fancy uniform and a name tag takes your order for a $25 Kobe beef burger.
Works totally fine for a business lunch. Absolutely respectable. Can have private conversations. I had the regular burger and fries which was fine (about $15). But with all the good food around 2nd and Mission why eat here? Better alternatives for business lunches nearby include Anchor and Hope, Salt House or Town Hall.
Anchor & Hope is run by the same people who brought SF the Salt House (about a block away). Tucked away on Minna (near 2nd & Mission) - Anchor & Hope is a big hangar-like space that resembles one of the fish processing buildings along the pier. Massive skylights and the big open front brings plenty of natural light into the place and they've turned it into an upscale seafood place that is great for business lunches. I had lunch there today. Salmon was excellent. Priced about $19.
Fried calamari starter was good with a nice sweet sauce.
I'd go back to Anchor & Hope.
Situated on Howard between 1st and 2nd is the little trailer pictured above called "Creperie Saint Germain". A lot like you'd find on the streets of Paris, down to the French woman who takes your order. I tried the sauteed chicken with bechamel and mushrooms. Everything is made to order so takes about 5 minute once they get to your order. Mine came unexpectedly with cheese. When I told them I didn't want cheese they happily did it over for me. Savory snack - not quite enough for lunch and not to die for taste. Next time I'll have to get the nutella crepe for dessert.
I tried out Frankies this past Thursday night with my 2 kids, wife and the grandparents. We had 6:45 reservations and were seated promptly as the restaurant was only half full. Despite very nice wait staff - they seemed completely backed up in the kitchen already and really struggling to get even bread out to the tables. We must have sat there for at least 15 to 20 minutes before we got the bread - and when we asked for a refill we were told we'd have to wait till the other tables got theirs first. hmm. Food was solid Italian fare. Don't come here expecting homemade pastas or amazing sauces. Chicken Marasala, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Osso Bucco, Caeser Salad - were all fine but not remarkable.
Seemed like it would be kid friendly but they don't have a kids menu. They'll do half portions of any pasta dish so it works out ok - but no crayons etc..Kind of seems like they are stuck between being a real family friendly place and a fancy italian restaurant and not quite sure which one they want to be.
Had lunch at Mehfil today with a group from work. Menu changes daily and has about 6 to 7 items on it in the $9 to $13 range. I had the Tikka Adraki - which lived up to their menu description of "soft and juicy, ginger flavored tandoori kebabs" (it was declicious and super tender). Huge portions though. Probably about twice what I'd normally eat for lunch. I think they do that to justify the $11.95 price tag. Frankly, I'd like it more if they had a $7 lunch special with smaller portion. I'd go back more. All lunches are served with salad, naan, small portion of lentil soup and rice. Place is pretty full at lunch time.
I'd definitely recommend Mehfil for Indian Food in SOMA.
The only seafood market around. Other Brother Darryl's is open Weds - Friday from 12 to 6 and then on Saturday from 10 - 3. You can usually get lobsters.
My Brother's Bar on Platte and 15th is definitely unique. It's Denver's oldest saloon still serving drinks at their original location (the original Highland House was opened in 1873). It's owned by brothers Jim and Angelo Karagas who bought it in 1970. There are no TV's, there is always classical music playing through the speakers - which is kind of funny given the place is known for it's old saloon decor, burgers, fries and pitches of beer. There is a great beer garden in the back which is a wonderful place to unwind with friends. Family friendly too.