Fleur de Lys
As ornate and luxe as its name implies, the classical French restaurant Fleur de Lys is fancy with a capital F, an option for dining out in San Francisco when you desire true glamour. If you know an elegant lady or gentleman in the mood for a quiet, sophisticated and expensive meal, brush them off and throw them in the cab because this is the place for them. It’s also prime expense account fodder for you and your fellow suits. It is not a good place to meet Mr. or Ms. Right hanging out at the bar sipping Chardonnay. Fleur is an establishment in Fog City, having weathered early ’90s stagflation, the dot-com bust, and a roaring fire that levelled the place in 2001. It bounces back better than ever each time. How? Extremely good French cuisine in a classically opulent setting. Let a flicker of hesitation or displeasure cross your brow and a jacketed server will be at your side an instant later. Fleur de Lys is like being royalty for an evening. A subdued setting lends itself to tender conversation and romance. The coat rack is more likely to hold last year’s Brioni cashmere than this year’s Gucci. Take her here on a first date and she’ll know you mean business. Same goes for that important anniversary or birthday.