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Posted by SF-Basement on 12/27/2008
I have been wining and dining around San Francisco for quite a while: Examples are from Poesia to Jardiniere, and from LuLu's to Zuni Cafe. Reading the review below, I could not believe this place could be that bad. I really don't know what the person below was talking about, but the the beets on the Organic Mixed Greens I had the other night were not big chunks, but rather blended nicely with the rest of the organic greens and the Parmesan Cheese. My companion had the Caesar Salad and was surprised to see an anchovie on top of it. They don't do that around here that often. The Duck Leg Confit Special that night was the best! Crispy and tender, with the sauteed baby spinach salad and the truffle oil mashed potatoes, so it was delectable! My companion had the pan-seared scllops and they were superb!!! We asked for a good wine to compliment our meal and we were offered a great Sauvignon Blanc from Napa at a great price. Great going!!! To top it off, we ended our meal with great desserts. The Creme Brulee and the Red Wine poached pear. It was $36 for the Prix-Fix meal: Salad, Main Course, and dessert.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2006
This place USED to be a little gem but seems to have undergone a transformation, for the worse. I reserved a table for 4 last weekend and was seated not in the dining room but in a private room being used by a loud holiday office party of about 40 people. We were the only ones not part of this private function. When I complained to the manager he acknowledged that they did have our reservation but offered no accomdation of any kind and was unapologetic with a take it or leave it attitude. Where am I going to go at 7pm the Saturday before Christmas? The room was deafening so we could not carry on any conversation. The first two bottles of wine we selected from the wine list were not available. The food was mediocre at best and since we were sharing the one waiter for the room with a large private party, service was suboar. I will never return to La Scene.
Posted by Rachel on 04/17/2006
So we were in S.F. staying in union square on Easter and noticing all these expensive brunches...$40 - $90. heck...we had kids with us. But near our hotel we remembered seeing a nice white tablecloth restaurant on geary, so we went over and was told that brunch buffet would be $25. We checked it out. wow! crab cakes, eggs benedict with smoked salmon; fruit which included papaya and mango slices; great french toast with a fresh strawberry and banana compote as an alternative to syrup; interesting sausage; beautiful salmon; and just lots of other stuff including huge prawns, pastries, i can't remember it all. it was great food and we felt like we'd found some Union Square secret. My two children split a french toast/bacon/eggs entree off the menu, and the waiter kindly split it on two dishes and we were amazed at the amount of food that was on each dish for about $12 total. negatives: not that they wouldn't keep us from coming back, but one is that the menu said all entries included a glass of champagn and the brunch was called a champagne brunch, but the waiter came over initially and offered us mimosas, which we assumed was the champagne drink they were offering. we got that and it tuned out they charged us $5 each. felt misled. other negative is that the bathroom is on another floor...need to go to elevator in lobby and take it down one floor. but it is great food, nice mellow but special atmosphere. there was a large extending family having brunch there and it seemed to work out fine, so i'd have a group there as well. not a large place, so definitely make reservations. check whether there is a brunch the sunday you are there. we saw the weekday breakfast menu..it was less expensive, but still looked good.