181 Third St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.785120 -122.400564
Neighborhoods: South Beach, Central East
Best for Dates – My husband took me for Valentine's dinner at XYZ... I was thrilled because I've always wanted to check XYZ out and with no surprise, we had a grand time...
As we arrived at the restaurant, I was given a long-stem rose for welcome... We were treated like "royals"... Besides the cool ambiance, the food and service are excellent... As I thought our night was over, Michael, our waiter that night, mentioned about the free-chocolates at the bar and oh boy, it was like heaven - what a great way to end our night at XYZ...
One of our favorite places on the list – This is one of our favorite stops. Its a nice lounge, located within the The W Hotel. We stop by every weekend for a little chit chatting and on we go. Its got a great vibe and nice interior for the upscale crowd. Theres alot of space to move around and meet new people. The drink cocktails aren't the best, but the ambiance and crowd makes up. Our favorite places on the weekend agenda are Starlight Room, Red Room, Matrix, Slanted Door, Foreign Cinema and the Syn Lounge.
great meal, but a little rushed – Went to XYZ for the first time for Dine About Town. There were 2 options for every course as well as wine pairings, which were OK, not excellent. My appetizer was a beet salad which made me realize how great beets are! It was delicious and simple. Our entrees, braised short ribs w/ broccoli rapini and salmon w/ risotto were tasty but very heavy. Flavors were good but I didn't feel like it was something worth going to a pricey restaurant for. Dessert was excellent though, the semifreddo of banana bread and vanilla ice cream topped with candied walnuts was a great way to end the meal. Unfortunately, we felt overstuffed and there was little time in between courses to just take a break. There was a feeling of being rushed out of there (even though there were still open tables). Overall, very posh surroundings make it fun but food didn't live up to expectations.
Avoid the food..... – Went for Sunday brunch with the wife for the dine about town specials. First course she had the beet salad which was inclusive of mizuna, beet, goat cheese, and walnuts. The ingredients by itself is fine, however together it did not make any sense. Mizuna and beet tasted odd, nor did it mix with the goat cheese. The second course was equally disasterous, we both had the rigattoni pasta. It was similar to farmer's pasta, however the pancetta they used was overly greasy, the wife could only finish 5 bites of her food whereas I finished half of the dish then came the pounding headache when you consume too much oil. The dessert for the wife was equally unimpressive, she had the banana cake which had extensive frosting which made the course much too sweet, the sorbet that I had was a pleasant surprise.
Upon our arrival, we were promptly seated, however the booth had bread crumbs all over the chair where I had to swipe to get the mess onto the floor. Do not quite understand why they use leather seating on the booth when you can visably see wine/food stains all over the place. At least use a higher grade of suede, so that the stains can be cleaned up. Assuming if people only go there for drinks, it would make sense, but it was just dirty and unattractive. The hardwood flooring also had food remnants like bread crumbs and other stuff over it, not remotely attractive at all. Can't understand why people cannot tidy the place up when there was like 10 wait staff around and only about 6 parties.
Will not go back for the food, maybe for drinks because people seem to make mentions of it here. The service was impeccable, though I did go to a restaurant and if the food is completely thoughtless then what is the point? The presentation of the food was attractive, but relative to French cuisine, it was not much better or worse. Or maybe it's because we were using the dine about town special, so they served us the worst food possible, in that case, please disregard my comment.
Overpriced cocktails and annoyingly trendy clientele but the decor is fabulous. I'd go here if I were on an expense account or someone else were paying...
mellow but fun – I went here after a huge party down town and this was the perfect place to relax and sip a few cocktails before heading home. Very nice decor and sheik trendy setting. Will be returning when in the area I'm sure.
Good For Small Events – Great for small parties. The staff was very friendly....they worked with me to plan a small event for 20 people, the food was good (although they wouldn't serve warm food).....they space is really nice.
nice atmosphere, good drinks – This place is on the second floor in the W. Good place to get drinks before heading out for a night on the town. Lots of booths to sit in and there is a live DJ there spinning some good beats. The bartenders were super friendly and helpful. Crowd was upscale professionals. Drinks were on the expensive side, 10 and 11 for martinis.
INCREADIBLE – This place is unbelievable. My uncle hosted a huge birthday party for my aunt at XYZ. We could all order anything we wanted. It was a dream. I made a pig of myself. Everything was delicious--the appetizers, the main courses, the desserts (I ordered THREE!), the cocktails. The service was surprisingly quick for such a large party. It was probably a group of 25. I would highly recommend this place. I didn't have to pay that night, but if I did, I admit I would be a little bit turned off by the prices. But then again, I'd say this place is worth splurging on once in a (great) while. And adding to others' comments, VERY stylish place.
Great upstairs bar (but don't go downstairs!) – Downstairs in the hotel, the service was not great so we decided to move upstairs and wow, what a difference. Amazing bartender. He mixed great drinks, was friendly and a great conversationalist, and really made for a great atmosphere. At his recommendation I had, for the first time, chartreuse, which is a wild liquor similar to absinthe that (i have now learned) is hard to find but totally fun to drink. XYZ has plenty of it, as well as some other fun and unusual drinks, and also has a great bartender and a fun crowd. So my advice to you is, head straight upstairs for a great bar(and bartender!), but definitely avoid the downstairs.
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