Some expats from Chez Panisse have created this smallish but astoundingly perfect place to dine. The service is impeccable, the menu choices all delightful and the drink selections seductive. Not too stuffy, either!
Vino is a great place to go if you need to expand your palate beyond the typical California bottles found everywhere else. Vino also has a great 6-pack deal every month of mixed reds and whites. I have purchased this at least 10 times and rarely have had a bottle I could not finish (maybe that is just me!).
Easy on the pocketbook, too!
If you like raw oysters, or roasted chicken, or ceasar salad, then head to Zuni. Super cool location and amazing people watching, too! The servers are deft and wry and quick with the perfect recommendations. Be prepared to drop at least $150 for two with wine, but it is well worth it! A classic place for that special date or for parents when they are in town.