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    June 27, 2014
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    October 21, 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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Place for Brunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/19/2014
 2006
Dined on 10/19/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The Magic Flute is a wonderful restaurant for lunch. Many nice offerings, both for breakfast and lunch. We tried one of the specials -- Blackened Salmon on arugula -- and it was wonderful. So were the bacon and eggs. Our kids love the pizza. We did not eat outside, but there is a lovely outdoor garden too."
Dined on 10/19/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Restaurant Description: Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse (in the former AJ Spurs Location) is located at the Sanctuary Beach Resort, next to the Marina State Beach, just off Highway One at Reservation Road. As you drive up the brick-paved entry of the Resort, and circle around to the palmtree lined entry to Kula Ranch, you will begin to feel the Hawaiian Paniolo feeling of the Islands. The beautifully remodeled Kula Ranch, brainchild of popular local restaurateur Joe Loeffler (former General Manager of Baja Cantina)features a soothing Island feel, mixed with a little up-Country Western Maui! Executive Chef Darroll Rose (formerly of Fresh Cream Restaurant) has developed an enticing menu of Pacific Rim inspired fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, exciting Sushi Bar creations, exotic salads and fabulous appetizers and desserts. We look forward to seeing you soon….and often!! Mahalo!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A taste of Hawaii near Monterey
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2006
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"What a fabulous meal we had at Kula Grill. For appetizers we tried the potstickers and the pupu (appetizer) platter for two. The potstickers were great, as was everything on the pupu platter - teriyaki steak skewers, roasted artichoke, spring rolls and chicken wings. Each item in the platter came with its own sauce, which paired well with the food. For entrees we tried the ribeye and the skirt steak and both were great. The restaurant was accommodating in letting us substitute fries for the stuffed potato. We don't live in Marina, but can't wait to return to the Kula Grill. It is worth the trip!"
Dined on 8/29/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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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
Great Food, Fabulous View
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"When you eat at the Slanted Door on the Embarcadero with its sleek, upscale design, it's hard to believe that it started out on Valencia Street with literally a slanted door. Fortunately, the food is just as good and in some cases better than it was on Valencia Street. The imperial rolls are the best in the City. The hoisin spare ribs are one of our favorite appetizers. The ribeye is very good, although too much for two people. The chicken claypot is very moist and tender and the Dungeness crab with noodles is also great. The only thing we don't like about the Slanted Door is its wine list, which contains primarily German and Austrian wines. The corkage fee for bringing your own wine is a shocking $35 per bottle, which seems punitive."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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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
Just like eating in Paris
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2006
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a great dinner at Le Central. We tried the onion soup and the haricot vert salad for appetizers and the roast chicken and steak with grilled onions for entrees. Both the entrees came with a huge pile of delicious French fries. For dessert we tried the chocolate mousse and the raspberries with the freshest whipped cream I have ever tasted. The restaurant has a warm and cozy feel and we can't wait to return."
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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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
Great French Bistro
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Eating at Le Central is like eating in Paris. The restaurant is charming and cozy and the food is very good. We tried the crab cake and the mozzarella and tomato salad for appetizers and the steak with pomme frites, roast chicken and the special lamb shank for entrees. We enjoyed them all, especially the steak with perfectly sautéed onions. For dessert do not miss the fresh berries with real whipped cream. It is fabulous."
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Foreign Cinema is a 'one of a kind', nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a great dinner at Foreign Cinema. For appetizers we tried the roasted tomato soup and the Hawaiian tuna poke and both were excellent. For entrees we both tried the steak with grilled onions and corn on the cob. Loved the whole meal. Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the longest-running and most convivial dining institutions in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing arts centers, the establishment features French and Northern Italian-influenced brasserie fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and late-night dining. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Date Night Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Absinthe is a great restaurant for a romantic night out. For appetizers we love the warm pretzels and the spicy pork meatballs in tomato sauce. For entrees we LOVE the swordfish on corn, bacon, mushrooms and spinach. It is fabulous. For dessert we tried the mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was great."
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Catal Restaurant is located in Downtown Disney, Anaheim. Catal, from the town of Catalonia in Spain, offers a complete menu of flavors inspired from the Mediterranean Rim. The menu features seafood, meats, pastas and salads with influence from France, Spain, Greece and Italy.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice Restaurant in Downtown Disney
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had dinner at Catal and were generally pleased. The menu has some really great things, but the appetizer list is pretty exotic which can make it hard for less adventurous eaters to find an appetizer. We tried the manchego salad and the corn soup. The soup was a daily special and was quite good. The manchego salad was fine. For entrees we tried the baby back ribs and the prime rib. The baby back ribs were excellent. They were basted with a tasty peanut sauce. The prime rib was tasty but VERY fatty. More than one-third of the prime rib was fat -- both on the outside as you would expect, but also in the middle of the piece of meat. Other than that, the meal was good. The view of Downtown Disney from the restaurant is very nice."
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, kid-friendly
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Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you’ve never been to Benihana before, let us tell you what you can expect: Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups of eight to ten, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. <br><br> Or you can visit our sushi lounge where a talented sushi chef will prepare the freshest sashimi, maki and signature sushi rolls with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Smaller tables and more intimate seating is available in the lounge or bar on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you’re looking to enjoy one of our delicious Benihana Teppanyaki entrées or our amazing selection of sushi!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always a fun time at Benihana
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"There is nothing like dinner at Benihana. The food is good and the "entertainment" -- watching the chef cook your meal in front of you -- is fabulous. It is a great place for birthday parties. Now that Benihana is on Open Table we go more often since it is so easy to make reservations."
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from the Performing Arts Center, opposite Davies Symphony Hall and a block from both the Opera House and City Hall. We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves.<br><br>The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 33 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Summer Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food at the Hayes Street Grill is good year round, but we especially like some of their summer dishes -- salads with tomatoes, corn and cucumbers. The tomato salad is not on the menu yet, but the shrimp louis salad was on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. The grilled calamari salad was good as always, although I missed the aioli dressing. For entrees, the fish cannot be any fresher. We tried that halibut and the salmon with the buerre blanc on the side. Everything was great."
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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