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    December 28, 2013
  • Last Review
    March 25, 2014
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One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, the Magic Flute, has a new and exciting menu reflecting California-Italian Cuisine. Located in fashionable Presidio Heights, the restaurant with sponge-painted walls and hardwood floors is reminiscent of a family-run trattoria found in a small Tuscan village. Sunlight streams in through large picture windows in the front dining room, and after dark, Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers, imported from Europe, infuse the room with soft light. The equally beautiful rear dining room looks onto a lovely, flower-filled patio with white Italian marble tables and large Italian market umbrellas that make the heated patio the ideal spot for al fresco dining. Phil LaCavera sees to it that service is personal and attentive. The staff also takes great pride in making each party and wedding a memorable occasion. You won’t find a more enchanting ambiance for your special celebration.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Sunday Brunch Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"There is nothing like sitting on the patio at the Magic Flute on a sunny Sunday afternoon enjoying brunch. The patio is beautifully decorated and heat lamps keep you warm when the weather gets cool. We tried the salmon salad and the shrimp Louis and both were great. We also tried the pizza which we liked. We were too full for dessert but the dessert tray had several tempting treats on it."
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, the Magic Flute, has a new and exciting menu reflecting California-Italian Cuisine. Located in fashionable Presidio Heights, the restaurant with sponge-painted walls and hardwood floors is reminiscent of a family-run trattoria found in a small Tuscan village. Sunlight streams in through large picture windows in the front dining room, and after dark, Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers, imported from Europe, infuse the room with soft light. The equally beautiful rear dining room looks onto a lovely, flower-filled patio with white Italian marble tables and large Italian market umbrellas that make the heated patio the ideal spot for al fresco dining. Phil LaCavera sees to it that service is personal and attentive. The staff also takes great pride in making each party and wedding a memorable occasion. You won’t find a more enchanting ambiance for your special celebration.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Lovely Lunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This was the first time we had gone to the Magic Flute for lunch and it was wonderful. We sat out on the patio which looks like a garden in Italy or France. Beautiful flowers, garden statues and a fountain. I tried the salad special - blackened wild salmon with blood orange, marinated cucumbers, tomatoes and a lemon vinaigrette. It was outstanding. My husband tried the shrimp louis, which he liked very much. The garlic bread was fabulous. We can't wait to go back."
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Slanted Door is Charles Phan's modern Vietnamese restaurant. Charles aims to showcase the abundance of sustainably farmed produce as well as meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area and globe. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Fabulous Meal and Great View
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We hadn't eaten at the Slanted Door for months because it can be so hard to book a table and get a parking place nearby, but after our great dinner last week we decided it is definitely worth the effort. For appetizers we tried the imperial rolls, and the ribs with hoisin sauce, both of which were delicious. We also tried the spicy tuna poke - good and not overly spicy. For entrees we tried the ribeye with asparagus. It was really delicious. Our only complaint about the Slated Door is its wine list. There are very few California wines on the list. Most seem to come from Germany or thereabouts. If you decide to bring your own wine rather than ordering off the wine list, beware because the corkage fee is a shocking $35 per bottle."
Dined on 03/20/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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Villa d' Este, serving you with traditional Italian Cuisine has been owned & operated by the Oropeza Family since 1978. Villa d'Este is known locally as one of the best family restaurants in San Francisco. Offering menu selections of pasta, poultry, veal, vegetarian, seafood, and beef. Come and indulge in our seven course dinner including antipasto, mixed green salad, soup, pasta bolognese, entrée coffee and Spumoni ice cream. We also have serve A La Carte which comes with a mixed green salad or soup. We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! We are open for Dinner seven days a week at 4-10 p.m. We serve a Champagne Brunch on Sundays from 11am-2:30p.m. Interested in entertaining your guests as a private party? We also serve banquets and off-site catering. Call us or come by to learn more! Enjoy a full bar with great cocktails and get to know us!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
charming neighborhood restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/09/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/09/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had never been to Villa D' Este and decided to try it for Sunday brunch. We had a great time. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The restaurant has typical brunch entrees, and everything we tried was good. The décor is charming. Restaurant looks out onto a brick walkway bordered with flowers. Service was great. We will go back soon."
Dined on 02/09/2014
 2007
Special Features: great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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Florio offers a variety of bistro classics; a "greatest hits" of rustic cafe food- including Steak Frites and pan-roasted air-chilled Chicken.<br />We feature a market-to-table local fish offering daily (as available). <br />Simple dishes such as pan roasted King Salmon and house-made Squid Ink Tagliolini round out the comforting menu. <br />Veal, Pork & Ricotta meatballs are a Sunday favorite with our regulars! <br />Florio even makes its own gelato and sorbetto en casa! <br />The menu changes daily to make the most of local, seasonal, organic meat, fish, and produce. <br />A small but savvy wine list of exceptional Napa producers, Italian specialties, and French vintners competes at the amiable bar with an admirable selection of pastis, select eau de vie and traditional spirits from around the world.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Sunday Night Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/09/2014
 2007
Dined on 03/09/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Sunday night is a great night to go to Florio. It has a warm and cozy feel that is perfect for an early supper. We tried the special appetizer, a delicious scallop cooked in bacon fat and topped with bacon and a micro salad. It was excellent. For an entrée we shared the chicken for two and it too was excellent. It was served with roasted carrots and brussel sprout leaves and even the brussel sprouts were good. Excellent wines (like Talbott Chardonnay) are available both by the bottle and the half bottle."
Dined on 03/09/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Contemporary Asian-American Cuisine continues to delight. Stage Restaurant's Executive Chef Ron de Guzman has listened to many of his regular Stage diners and have created a 6 course tasting menu that reflects the "Stars" on Stage's dinner menu. A delectable tasting of seafood, beef, lamb and delightful desserts. It's a "box office smash" that will enjoy a long run to the pleasure of Honolulu's "foodies-in-the-know". Come experience, first hand, Stage's eclectic atmosphere, impressive 400+ wine selection, discrete dining service, Contemporary Asian-American Cuisine, and decadent desserts. Discover why Stage is THE restaurant to enjoy six days of the week… honest! Whether its lunch or dinner, we invite you and guests you'd love to impress to savor a Stage experience for yourselves. Also, be sure to visit Amuse Wine Bar adjacent to the restaurant offering 80 wines to sample by the ounce from a unique and fun self-service wine dispensing system. Convenient location with free parking.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good Food & Really Funky Atmosphere
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/18/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/18/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Stage is quite a restaurant. The food is very good and the atmosphere -- above a furniture store with different styles of tables and chairs -- is really interesting. We tried the ahi poke which was good and the beef wellington which was fabulous. Don't miss the barbecue French fries -- they are really great."
Dined on 02/18/2014
 2007
Special Features: notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Everything about Capannina is soft and subtle. The decor - celadon green upper walls, ambra marble below, handmade glass lamps, hanging mirror panels and faux columns that glow from the lights behind them - is simple yet striking. The marble, the lamps, and many of the ingredients used in the excellent dishes are all imported from Italy and the subtle softness of the interior extends to the food: eclectic Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian tradition while still maintaining well-orchestrated choices from all over Italy. With pasta made in-house and delightfully fresh buffalo mozzarella coming from Italy, Capannina offers the essence of subtlety in the artistic presentation of its menu, along with an atmosphere that conveys the slightest California touch. PLEASE NOTE: We serve a prefix menu, consisting of a three-course dinner for $25 per person every day from 5pm to 6pm. Thereafter, we serve a regular menu. Black and white truffles imported from Itali & a seasonal menu.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Just like eating in Italy
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a lovely dinner at Capannina. Because it is so hard to park around Union Street, we hadn't been to Capannina in almost two years, but now we wonder how we could have stayed away so long. The food is fabulous. We tried the Caesar salad with crab and the lobster salad with mozzarella and prosciutto for appetizers and both were excellent. For entrees we had the swordfish and the salmon and loved them both. I am not a big fan of cauliflower, but the cauliflower puree with the salmon was delicious. Great service too."
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Consistently voted as one of Hawaii's best restaurants, James Beard award-winning Chef Alan Wong uses the freshest locally grown produce and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to create local favorites with a contemporary twist. Inspired by the unique ethnic influences found in Hawaii today, his menu reflects Hawaii's cultural diversity of its people, traditions, and lifestyles. "Taste Hawaii."
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/19/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/19/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Alan Wong's really is in a class by itself. We always have the whole tomato salad as an appetizer and it is amazing. Although manapua style quesadillas are not on the current menu, if you call ahead they will try to make them for you. For entrees we tried the short rib for the first time and the ginger crusted onaga which we have pretty frequently at Alan Wong's and both were sensational. We're not big fans of the desserts at Alan Wong's but the complimentary covered macadamia nuts served at the end of the meal are a perfect touch."
Dined on 02/19/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
0points
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BLT brings its signature culinary style and impeccable French technique to Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach. BLT Steak elevates the classic American steakhouse with signature style, French influence and all-around finesse. The menu offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes and classic American desserts. Regional blackboard specials feature local fish, local produce and a number of raw bar selections.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/17/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/17/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a great dinner at BLT Steak. We tried the ahi poke and a special salad for appetizers and the veal chop and a NY steak for entrees. We also had several sides including hash browns and barbecue corn. The food was really very good. We can't wait to return."
Dined on 02/17/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
0points
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Le Central is a neighborhood bistro located in San Francisco's bustling Financial District. A favorite of locals and visitors since it opened over three decades ago in 1974, Le Central's iconic red tabac sign has become a familiar fixture of Bush Street. Housed in a brick building, the restaurant's warm interior offers guests an authentic brasserie atmosphere. Handwritten chalk Plat du Jour menus, cozy booth seating and fresh flowers greet customers on every visit. Le Central serves traditional French cuisine such as Steak Frites, Onion Soup Gratinée, Rack of Lamb Persillé and our cassoulet which has been cooking for over 12,000 days. Le Central is owned by brothers Johnny and Paul Tanphanich who bring over four decades of French cooking to the restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Like Eating in Paris
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/14/2014
 2007
Dined on 02/14/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had Valentine's Day dinner at Le Central and it was absolutely perfect. The menu included many of Le Central's standards, like escargot and scallops provencale, but also some special appetizers and entrees. like shrimp bercy (in white wine and herbs on toast points) and steak Oscar (with Dungeness crab and asparagus). For dessert, nothing beats the chocolate mousse. We can't wait to go back."
Dined on 02/14/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
0points
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