Although I like to stay out of the touristy parts of SF, Mona Lisa restaurant in North Beach is worth the hassle. I have been to countless Italian restaurants in the City and Mona Lisa is my favorite. It is exactly what you would dream of when thinking about Italian trattorias. The food is excellent. The service is better than most in the City. And the decor provides just the right ambiance. You won't find any nouveau dishes at Mona Lisa -- just straightforward Italian cooking. The sauce is to die for. So the next time you are looking for great Italian in North Beach -- look for Mona Lisa on Columbus Ave.
I have had many poor meals at Columbia restaurants, but Village Bistro takes the cake. The food quality was awful, the service was beyond incompetent and everything was way overpriced. My chicken skewers were clearly just reheated in a microwave, after confirming with the waiter that there was no dairy on the potatoes, they came with cheese on them... I could go on and on. All this(and they don't make margaritas), cost me over $25! My companion's experience was just as bad. Horrible -- stay away.
After years of wanting to stay at the hip Triton, I finally did and had mixed feelings. It was as unique as I had hoped, but the service left a bit to be desired. The decor throughout the hotel is fantastic, but a bit out there. This isn't your parents hotel. The rooms are very interesting and you can take home your own rubber duckie (for a price). The Triton's location cannot be beat -- just steps from the famous Chinatown Gate. It is also close to loads of restaurants and famous Union Square shopping. The Triton offers many amenities, including tarot card readings in the evening.
As for service -- I found it to be a bit lacking, however after speaking with the management -- they more than made up for it. I would recommend The Triton for those looking to stay in a hotel as unique as San Francisco itself.
This hotel exceeded my expectations. If you reserve far enough out -- the rates are more than reasonable. The rooms are boutique (aka: somewhat small), but decorated very nice and the staff was great. It is also in a very convenient location near Union Square.
If you are looking for a really nice, but yet not quite five star, hotel -- The Serrano is the place.
Two Urban Licks is a great place for dinner. It's trendy, but not over-the-top, the menu is excellent and the service is far above what you would expect at a place like this. The industrial, contemporary decor, center kitchen and views of ATL make this a winner every time. Perfect place for a date or group of friends.
Soby's is touted as one of Greenville's trendiest restaurants, but I'm not sure why. The food is average. You can definitely find something better on Main St. and probably pay less. Soby's is very loud and just doesn't have a good vibe.
The Fairmont is truly a work of art. From the moment you step into the main lobby, you know you have arrived at a very special place. Located atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont offers guests the absolute best in elegant service, refined rooms and stunning views. While at The Fairmont, take a look around -- you will find interesting photos of bygone eras, including photos of The Fairmont as she withstood the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. She is truly a historic beauty. The Fairmont is conveniently located and sits next to the intersection of all three cable car lines.
The Fairmont offers multiple dining options. And be sure to get a drink at the gaudy Tonga Room. It is a blast!
After hearing rave reviews about Slanted Door, I finally tried it. What a mistake! I have never been in such a pretentious restaurant in my life. Our server got an attitude with us after changing our order -- 1 minute after we ordered, and from then on we paid the price through horrible, slow service! We couldn't hear ourselves talk, the "Asian Fusion" food was ok at best. There are waaaaaaaaaaaaay better Asian Fusion restaurants in the City. The one positive was awesome views of the Bay Bridge. But save yourself an overpriced, crummy meal and just take a walk along the Embarcadero. I will never go back.
The next time you're in downtown Seattle and are craving something sweet -- check out New York Cupcakes. These little cakes from heaven are to die for! With flavors such as raspberry, mint and many, many more -- you will need to buy more than one.
Tip: Go early, as selection dwindles throughout the day.
Columbia isn't known for its wealth of good restaurants -- it is chain city, but the Blue Marlin is an exception. Each experience at the Blue Marlin has been positive.
The menu is mainly surf and turf. They serve consistently good food, have a nice bar selection, comfortable and classy decor, and the service is good as well. It's not an initmate restaurant, so probably not good for a first date or really special evening, but any other time -- the Blue Marlin is the best in Columbia.