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Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton
600 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 291-0147
Cuisine: French-inspired California
Pluses: Superb food in an elegant setting
Minuses: Food is expensive
Prices: Expensive; three courses $43, four courses $50, the five course tasting menu is $69, plus $43 if paired with selected wines.
Overview: Open for Dinner Monday through Saturday, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Reservations strongly recommended
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Japanese Credit Bureau, Discover, Carte Blanche accepted
There are two dining choices at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. The more casual Terrace restaurant, hosts probably the best Sunday Brunch in the City, with entrees choices from freshly carved roasts to sushi to traditional egg dishes. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests and other patrons. The Dining Room is the jewel in the crown -- sedate, elegant and expensive. Look for possible changes with the arrival of Executive Chef Ron Siegal.
Meals in the Dining Room are priced by the number of courses you select. The menu is divided into Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Meat and Game Birds, Cheeses and Desserts, but you are free to choose from any section in any order or you can opt for the five course tasting menu, to which master sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji has paired appropriate wines by the glass.
The menu allows for lots of mixing and matching, with appetizers available as entrees, and vice versa. Some interesting choices from a recent tasting menu included saut»ed monkfish with onion confit and zucchini cake; roast duck breast with a rosemary-Nicoise olive sauce; and a refreshing and light chilled fresh fruit soup.
The a la carte menu has sweetbreads meuniere; a rack of lamb; and a roast Maine Lobster with a delicious sounding truffled tomato basil sauce.
Service here is impeccable, especially when it comes to the cheese course. The Ritz is the only restaurant in the City to take cheese seriously, and the servers know the two dozen choices on the cart from a pungent Point L'Eveque to a mild herb-wrapped goat cheese.
Other special touches include the complimentary appetizer served as you first sit down, the plate of tiny tarts and chocolates served at the end of the meal, and a harpist playing pleasant background music.