Despite the Art Moderne flourishes of its chic little lobby, you might not notice the Hotel Palomar, and thus it’s one of the most marvellous French restaurants in San Francisco, Fifth Floor. The restaurant undeniably makes up for what it lacks in street appeal with a decadent dining experience. The décor reflects the Gascony roots of its celebrated chef, Laurent Manrique (Aqua, Cafe de la Presse). A palette of ocean blue, wine red, and sand is a calm antithesis to the restaurant’s wilder early years-Fifth Floor is remembered for its revolving kitchen door and animal-print carpet. But this is still the place to indulge as though it were the last night for luxury. The food is high French executed with precision, and the vibe is sexy and intimate. Fifth Floor rules the day when it comes to romance, French cuisine prepared to perfection, and a dining experience worthy of the pampered elite. Four is a large party at Fifth Floor, where you are apt to find mostly couples of a certain distinction tucked in among the dark woods, cream linens, and zebra-print accents. Ladies, pearls and gemstones, please. Gentlemen, this night calls for your best suit.If dinner sounds too rich, get a taste of Fifth Floor in the lounge outside the dining room. You can order gourmet snacks, enjoy the fantastic wine list, and consort with others there to schmooze and sample.