Gary Danko is, indeed, top echelon. Some others that are worthy of the upper end list are Boulevard ( http://opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx?rid=130&ref=251 ), The Fifth Floor ( http://www.hotelpalomar.com/palsf_dining.html ), The Ritz Carlton Dining Room ( http://www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/san_francisco/dining/venues/dining_room/default.asp ) Michael Minna ( http://opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx?rid=3009&ref=251 ) and, well, just because you’ve never seen anything like it, Farallon ( http://www.farallonrestaurant.com/ ). Finally, if you like Greek food, you really should try Kokkari Estiatorio ( http://www.kokkari.com/ ).
I am not a big fan of Zuni. It’s a fairly plain, attitudinal place. Maybe it’s because I’m not a fan of roast chicken. Theirs is supposed to be very good, but otherwise, in my book, Zuni is a place to sit and have an afternoon cocktail or maybe lunch, not dinner.
One other place to have lunch or tea is the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel. Nothing special about the food here. What is special is the place. First of all the history: The Palace was once the largest hotel west of the Mississippi. It was where Enrico Caruso was staying and from which he ran screaming into the street on the morning of the 1906 quake. But mostly, you ought to have a snack, breakfast or tea there because it’s such a spectacular room. Personally, it makes me feel very grand: