Mark's SF Bay Area Dining Club

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Official Outings in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010

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Restaurant
Cuisine
Location
Date Visited
Consensus Rating
Review and Comments
The Blue PlateAmerican & MediterraneanSan Francisco
2010-08-11
3-
The Blue Plate Review
Zare at Fly TrapMediterranean (Persian-inspired)San Francisco
2010-06-16
2
Zare at Fly Trap Review
The HelmandAfghaniSan Francisco
2009-11-11
3-
The Helmand Review
COCO500Californian-MediterraneanSan Francisco
2009-09-23
2+
COCO500 Review
Cafe JacquelineFrenchSan Francisco
2009-09-16
3
Cafe Jacqueline Review
Lucky RiverChinese (Cantonese?)San Francisco
2009-04-15
1+
Lucky River Review
Cinecitta Ristorante & BarItalian (Roman-style pizza)San Francisco
2009-04-08
2+
Cinecitta Ristorante & Bar Review
TannourineLebanese & MediterraneanSan Mateo
2009-03-31
2
Tannourine Review
Sheba (Piano) LoungeEthiopianSan Francisco
2009-03-18
3-
Sheba (Piano) Lounge Review
LaiolaSpanish TapasSan Francisco
2009-03-11
3-
Laiola Review
La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaPeruvianSan Francisco
2009-03-04
2
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Review
Beijing RestaurantChinese (Beijing)San Francisco
2009-02-25
2+
Beijing Restaurant Review
The Front PorchSouthern and CaribbeanSan Francisco
2009-02-03
3-
The Front Porch Review
FireflyContemporarySan Francisco
2008-10-22
2+
Firefly Review
RNM RestaurantContemporarySan Francisco
2008-10-09
3-
RNM Restaurant Review
Dona TomasMexicanOakland
2008-05-28
3
Dona Tomas Review
Woodward's GardenCalifornianSan Francisco
2008-05-13
3+
Woodward's Garden Review
(rated mainly for exceptional desserts)
AjantaIndianBerkeley
2008-05-06
3+
Ajanta Review
Chez ChristinaFrench-VietnameseMilpitas
2008-04-29
2
Chez Christina Review
Great ChinaChineseBerkeley
2008-04-23
2
Great China Review (get the Peking Duck!)
Salang PassAfghaniFremont
2008-04-15
1+
Salang Pass Review
Couleur CafeFrench & BurgersSan Francisco
2008-04-08
3-
Couleur Cafe Review (get the burger!)
Alfred's SteakhouseSteakhouseSan Francisco
2008-04-01
2
Alfred's Steakhouse Review
San TungChineseSan Francisco
2008-03-27
3
San Tung Review
Da FloraItalian (Venetian, supposedly)San Francisco
2008-02-22
2+
Da Flora Review
La CicciaItalian (Sardinian)San Francisco
2008-02-07
3-
La Ciccia Review
Banyan TreeMalaysian/SingaporeanUnion City
2008-01-31
2+
Banyan Tree Review
Gerry's GrillFilipinoUnion City
2008-01-24
3-
Gerry's Grill Review
Innya LakeBurmese and ChineseSan Bruno
2007-01-17
3
Innya Lake Review
CAV Wine Bar & KitchenContemporarySan Francisco
2007-12-10
2
CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen Review
Pomegranate Mediterranean CuisinePersianBerkeley
2007-12-05
3
Pomegranate Mediterranean Cuisine Review
SoChineseSan Francisco
2007-11-07
2+
So Restaurant Review
Cajun PacificCajun, European, and moreSan Francisco
2007-11-01
3-
Cajun Pacific Review
JardiniereFrenchSan Francisco
2007-10-03
2+
Jardiniere Review
Spices!Chinese (Sichuan)San Francisco
2007-09-19
2-
Spices! Review
FarmerbrownSouthern/Soul (neo-)San Francisco
2007-09-12
3
Farmerbrown Review
Tommaso'sItalianSan Francisco
2007-09-05
2+
Tommaso's Review
Memphis Minnie'sBBQSan Francisco
2007-08-08
2+
Memphis Minnie's Review
A La TurcaTurkishSan Francisco
2007-08-01
2+
A La Turca Review
BetelnutAsian (pan-Asian)San Francisco
2007-07-25
2
Betelnut Review
AlborzPersianSan Francisco
2007-07-18
3-
Alborz Review
Canto do BrasilBrazilian (non-barbecue)San Francisco
2007-06-27
3-
Canto do Brasil Review
CharangaCuban/Caribbean InspiredSan Francisco
2007-05-16
2
Charanga Review
Roy'sHawaiian FusionSan Francisco
2007-04-26
3
Roy's Review
Han Il KwanKoreanSan Francisco
2007-04-18
3-
Han Il Kwan Review
ShalizaarPersianSan Mateo
2007-04-11
2+
Shalizaar Review
MamacitaMexicanSan Francisco
2007-04-04
4-
Mamacita Review
Tao CafeVietnameseSan Francisco
2007-03-21
2
Tao Cafe Review
Chez SpencerFrenchSan Francisco
2007-03-14
3+
Chez Spencer Review
Old ShanghaiChinese (Shanghainese)San Francisco
2007-03-07
3-
Old Shanghai Review
MaykadehPersian / IranianSan Francisco
2007-02-28
2+
Maykadeh Review
Chapeau!FrenchSan Francisco
2007-02-21
2
Chapeau! Review
South Park CafeFrenchSan Francisco
2007-02-14
2
South Park Cafe Review
Bistro LunetaFilipino-inspired contemporarySan Mateo
2007-02-08
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
AmeContemporary Japanese-InspiredSan Francisco
2007-01-31
3-
Ame Review
FrissonContemporarySan Francisco
2007-01-17
3-
Frisson Review
Le ColonialVietnameseSan Francisco
2007-01-10
3+
Le Colonial Review
DestinoPeruvian and other SpanishSan Francisco
2007-01-03
3-
Destino Review

Official Outings in 2005 and 2006

Restaurant
Cuisine
Location
Date Visited
Consensus Rating
Review and Comments
Chez NousFrenchSan Francisco
2006-11-15
2
Chez Nous Review
Silver HouseChineseSan Mateo
2006-10-18
2+
Silver House Review
OolaAmerican (Contemporary)San Francisco
2006-09-20
3
Oola Review
OidonJapaneseSan Mateo
2006-09-13
2
Oidon Review
LangkawiMalaysianSan Mateo
2006-09-06
3
Langkawi Review
Z&Y GardenChinese (Sichuan and Yunnan)San Francisco
2006-08-23
2+
Z & Y Garden
Espetus ChurrascariaBrazilian SteakhouseSan Francisco
2006-08-16
3-
Espetus Churrascaria Review
BocadillosTapasSan Francisco
2006-07-12
3-
Bocadillos Review
The HouseAsian FusionSan Francisco
2006-07-05
3
The House Review
Tadich GrillSeafoodSan Francisco
2006-06-28
1+
Tadich Grill
Elite CafeCajun & CreoleSan Francisco
2006-06-14
3-
Elite Cafe Review
Paul KMediterraneanSan Francisco
2006-06-07
2
Paul K Review
Chez Panisse CafeCalifornianBerkeley
2006-05-24
4-
Chez Panisse Cafe Review
Bodega BistroVietnameseSan Francisco
2006-05-10
2+
Bodega Bistro Review
Slanted DoorVietnamese-inspiredSan Francisco
2006-05-03
4-
Slanted Door Review
Spices IIChinese (Sichuan)San Francisco
2006-04-27
3-
Spices II Review
Golden EraVegetarian Chinese/VietnameseSan Francisco
2006-04-19
2
Golden Era Review
Chez PanisseCalifornianBerkeley
2006-03-29
3-
Chez Panisse Review
Mi Lindo YucatanMexican (Yucatan)San Francisco (Mission location)
2006-03-15
2-
Mi Lindo Yucatan Review
Lahore KarahiIndian/PakistaniSan Francisco
2006-02-15
3-
Lahore Karahi Review
OzumoJapanese (though we ordered mainly cooked food)San Francisco
2006-02-08
2
Ozumo Review
FringaleFrench-BasqueSan Francisco
2006-01-25
3
Fringale Review
1550 Cafe and Wine BarCal-MediterraneanSan Francisco
2006-01-19
3-
1550 Hyde Cafe and Wine Bar Review
CortezCal-Mediterranean fusion?San Francisco
2006-01-11
4
Cortez Review
RubiconCal-French?San Francisco
2006-01-04
3-
Rubicon Review
CanteenCalifornianSan Francisco
2005-12-28
3
Canteen Review
R&G LoungeChinese (Cantonese)San Francisco
2005-12-21
3-
R&G Lounge
Bissap BaobabSenegalese San Francisco
2005-12-14
2-
Bissap Baobab
Windy City PizzaPizza & BBQSan Mateo
2005-11-30
2
Windy City Pizza Review
SahaArabic FusionSan Francisco
2005-11-16
2
Saha Review
Greens RestaurantVegetarianSan Francisco
2005-11-10
4-
Greens Restaurant Review
Zax TavernCalifornianBerkeley
2005-11-05
4-
Zax Tavern Review
Scharffen Berger tourchocolate factoryBerkeley
2005-11-05
Not Rated
Scharffen Berger chocolate factory tour write-up
Indonesia RestaurantIndonesisanSan Francisco
2005-11-02
2-
Indonesia Restaurant Review
Bistro ElanFrenchPalo Alto
2005-10-26
2
Bistro Elan Review
Cafe Chez MamanFrenchSan Francisco (Bernal Heights location)
2005-10-19
3
Cafe Chez Maman Review
Burma SuperstarBurmeseSan Francisco
2005-10-13
3-
Burma Superstar Review
The HelmandAfghaniSan Francisco
2005-10-05
3+
The Helmand Review
A16Italian (Southern)San Francisco
2005-09-28
2
A16 Review
Chez PapaFrenchSan Francisco
2005-09-21
2+
Chez Papa Review
IsaFrench small-platesSan Francisco
2005-09-14
3-
Isa Review
Big Nate's BarbequeBBQSan Francisco
2005-09-07
3-
Big Nate's Barbeque
MitamaSushiBerkeley
2005-08-31
2
Not Reviewed
FrescaPeruvianSan Francisco (West Portal location)
2005-08-24
3
Fresca Review
Shanghai Dumpling HouseChinese (Shanghainese)San Francisco
2005-08-03
2
Shanghai Dumpling House Review
Zuni CafeCal-AmericanSan Francisco
2005-07-27
3
Zuni Cafe Review
BixAmerican (Contemporary)San Francisco
2005-07-20
2
Bix Review
Little Star PizzaPizzaSan Francisco
2005-07-13
3+?
Little Star Pizza Review
Brother's Korean BBQKorean BBQSan Francisco
2005-07-07
2+
Brother's Korean BBQ Review
Memphis Minnie'sBBQSan Francisco
2005-06-30
3
Memphis Minnie's Review
MochicaPeruvianSan Francisco
2005-06-15
3+
Mochica Review
BarakaSpanish-MoroccanSan Francisco
2005-06-08
2
Baraka Review
Crossing The BarFrench-Indian FusionSan Francisco
2005-05-05
2+?
Crossing The Bar Review
PiperadeBasqueSan Francisco
2005-04-28
3+
Piperade Review
Koi PalaceChinese (Cantonese) (known for dim sum, but we were there for dinner)San Francisco
2005-04-21
1+
Koi Palace Review
B44SpanishSan Francisco
2005-04-14
2+
B44 Review
Foreign CinemaFrench-MediterraneanSan Francisco
2005-04-07
3-
Foreign Cinema Review
LimonPeruvianSan Francisco
2005-03-31
3+
Limon Review
Roy'sHawaiian FusionSan Francisco
2005-03-17
3+
Not Reviewed
Ana MaderaVietnameseSan Francisco
2005-01-12
3?
Not Reviewed

Past Post-Dinner Outings

Restaurant
Cuisine
Location
Date Visited
Consensus Rating
Review and Comments
Marco PoloGelato (Asian-influenced)San Francisco
2009-04-15
3
Marco Polo Review
Steps of Rome CaffeCafeSan Francisco
2009-04-08
2+
Steps of Rome Caffe Review
Creations Dessert HouseAsian cafeSan Francisco
2007-03-07
3
Creations Dessert House Review
Golden Island CafeAsian cafeSan Mateo
2006-09-13
Not Rated
Golden Island Cafe Review
Steps of Rome CaffeCafeSan Francisco
2006-07-05
3-
Steps of Rome Caffe Review
Cafe MacondoCoffeehouseSan Francisco
2006-03-15
3+
Cafe Macondo Review
DeliriumBarSan Francisco
2005-12-21
3
Delirium Review
CamaBarSan Francisco
2005-12-21
2
Cama Review
Maria's CafePastriesSan Francisco
2005-10-05
1+
Maria's Cafe Review
AndaluEclectic small platesSan Francisco
2005-09-07
3-?
Andalu Review
Marco PoloGelato (Asian-influenced)San Francisco
2005-08-03
3
Marco Polo Review
Creations Dessert HouseAsian cafeSan Francisco
2005-07-07
3+
Creations Dessert House Review

Past Unofficial Outings

(These are outings attended by at least two regulars including me, but were not pre-planned or pre-announced to the club.)
Restaurant
Cuisine
Location
Date Visited
Consensus Rating
Review and Comments
Little Star PizzaPizzaSan Francisco
2011-01-09
3
Little Star Piza Review (scroll down)
2223 RestaurantAmericanSan Francisco
2010-10-18
2
2223 Restaurant Review
ZadinVietnameseSan Francisco
2010-07-03
3-
Zadin Review
Cajun PacificCajun, Seafood, and moreSan Francisco
2009-03-21
3-
Cajun Pacific Review
Osha ThaiThaiSan Francisco (Embarcadero location)
2009-02-07
3-
no review; solid all around
iRestaurantChinese (Cantonese)Cupertino
2009-02-05
3-
iRestaurant Review
Little Star PizzaPizzaSan Francisco
2009-02-01
2+
Little Star Piza Review
SuppenkucheGermanSan Francisco
2009-01-04
Not Rated
Suppenkuche Notes
Charles Chocolates tourchocolate factoryEmeryville
2008-06-07
Not Rated
Charles Chocolates tour write-up
Bong SuVietnameseSan Francisco
2008-05-23
3
Bong Su Review
LimonPeruvianSan Francisco
2008-05-18
3-
Limon Review
Foreign CinemaFrench-MediterraneanSan Francisco
2008-01-22
2+
Foreign Cinema
Sodini's Bertolucci'sItalianSouth San Francisco
2008-01-20
2
Decor and atmosphere like the holodeck.
Service extraordinarily slow.
Food that we tried was decent/respectable (pastas, ravioli, gnocchi), though not particularly good. Simple, straightforward menu.
The bread that was given to us when we sat down was pretty poor. The bruschetta, however, provided to us during our long wait for a table, was pretty good.
Sushi ZoneSushiSan Francisco
2007-10-28
Not Rated
Sushi Zone Review
Scala's BistroEuropeanSan Francisco
2007-09-13
2+
Scala's Bistro Review
Thai House ExpressThaiSan Francisco
2007-03-03
3
Thai House Express Review
Yank SingDim SumSan Francisco (Spears St. location)
2007-02-25
2
Yank Sing Review
Taj MahalIndianSouth Lake Tahoe
2007-02-17
3
Taj Mahal Review
Tokyo Go GoSushiSan Francisco
2006-12-30
Not Rated
Tokyo Go Go Review
San Bruno Thai TempleThaiSan Bruno
2005-08-27
2-
San Bruno Thai Temple
Morning GloryDinerAshland, OR
2006-06-18
2+
Morning Glory Review
PilafMediterraneanAshland, OR
2006-06-17
2+
Pilaf Review
Lela's CafeCafe/BistroAshland, OR
2006-06-17
4
Lela's Cafe Review
Omar'sSeafood & SteaksAshland, OR
2006-06-16
3+
Omar's Review
Sushi ZoneSushiSan Francisco
2006-04-23
Not Rated
Sushi Zone Review
Little Prague Bohemian RestaurantCzech (Eastern European)Davis
2005-04-02
2?
Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant Review
Cottonwood RestaurantEclecticTruckee
2006-04-01
3-?
Cottonwood Restaurant Review
King of Thai Noodles IThaiSan Francisco (Clement St.)
2006-02-11
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Gary DankoContemporarySan Francisco
2005-08-09
4
Gary Danko Review
Chez PanisseCalifornianBerkeley
2005-06-13
3-
Chez Panisse Review
Cakebread Cellars,
Rutherford Grill,
Artesa,
Merryville
Wineries and GrillsNapa
2005-06-12
Not Rated
Napa 2005/06/12 Wine Tasting Trip
Mel's Drive-InAmerican DinerSan Francisco
2005-03-20 or so
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
AzizaMoroccan (Cal-Influenced)San Francisco
2005-03-09
4-
Aziza Review

Mark's Restaurant Outings

Includes all my SF dining experiences from 2005 onward and selected other reportable food outings elsewhere.
Restaurant
Cuisine
Location
Date Visited
Consensus Rating
Review and Comments
Shanghai Dumpling HouseChinese (Shanghainese)San Francisco
2011-03-04
3
Shanghai Dumpling House Review (scroll down)
Penang GardenSingaporean/Malaysian/ThaiSan Francisco
2010-09-12
Not Rated
Penang Garden Review
Spices IIChinese (Sichuan)San Francisco
2010-08-28
3-?
Spices II Review
Little Star PizzaPizzaSan Francisco
2010-05-18
4-
Little Star Piza Review
Pizzetta 211PizzaSan Francisco
2008-09-25
Not Rated
Blog and Picture
ManresaContemporaryLos Gatos
2008-06-26
Not Rated
Manresa Trip Report
Apple Cellar Bakery & BistroBakery and CafeAshland, OR
2008-04-28
Not Rated
good apple croissant; pictures
Omar'sSeafood & SteaksAshland, OR
2008-04-27
3-?
Omar's Review
Wild Goose Cafe and BarDinerAshland, OR
2008-04-27
2?
Wild Goose Review
TabuMexican fusionAshland, OR
2008-04-26
2?
Tabu Review
Lela's Cafe & BistroCafe/BistroAshland, OR
2008-04-26
4?
Lela's Review
Penang GardenSingaporean/Malaysian/ThaiSan Francisco
2008-01-26
Not Rated
Penang Garden Review
IncantoItalian, esp. meatsSan Francisco
2007-09-28
Not Rated
Incanto Whole Beast Report
De Afghanan Kabob HouseAfghaniFremont
2007-05-21
4-?
De Afghanan Kabob House Review
Penang GardenSingaporean/Malaysian/ThaiSan Francisco
2007-05-18
3
Penang Garden Review
Wolfgang Puck ExpressSandwiches and SaladsSan Francisco
2006-12-22
3?
Wolfgang Puck Express notes in blog
Beard PapaCream PuffsSan Francisco
2006-12-22
4
Beard Papa notes in blog
'wichcraftSandwiches and SaladsSan Francisco
2006-12-22
3?
'wichcraft notes in blog
Le PapillonFrenchSan Jose
2006-12-13
2
Le Papillon Review
IncantoItalian unusual meats & offalSan Francisco
2006-10-11
Not Rated
Incanto Tasting Report
LimonPeruvianSan Francisco
2006-07-15
3+
Limon Review
Berkeley Thai TempleThaiBerkeley
2006-07-02
Not Rated
Berkeley Thai Temple write-up #3
Bombay Ice CreamIce Cream (Indian)San Francisco
2006-05-21
Not Rated
cardamom; saffron pistachio: distinctive flavors. liked the occasional substance in the saffron. mmmm for both...
La TaqueriaMexicanSan Francisco
2006-05-20
Not Rated
carne asada burrito: good. excellent beans, quite good avocado (extra), good salsa, decent meat, no rice (standard), and where was my cheese? (extra)
Naked Fish SushiSushiSouth Lake Tahoe
2006-04-15
Not Rated
Naked Fish Sushi Review
Ikeda'sGrocery/Market/Bakery/CafeAuburn
2006-04-15
Not Rated
Ikeda's Review
SweetpeasBreakfast and Diner-Type FareAuburn
2006-04-15
Not Rated
Sweetpeas Review
King of Thai Noodles IThaiSan Francisco (Clement St.)
2006-04-22
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Squat & GobbleCrepes and Diner-Type FareSan Francisco (West Portal location)
2006-04-08
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Water Street BistroFrench Bistro (sandwiches, soups, etc.)Petaluma
2006-04-08
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Thanh Tam II RestaurantVietnameseSan Francisco
2005-03-13
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
King of Thai NoodlesThaiSan Francisco (Geary location)
2006-02-14
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Pizzeria DelfinaItalianSan Francisco
2006-02-05
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Thai House ExpressThaiSan Francisco
2006-01-30
Not Rated
Not Reviewed
Berkeley Thai TempleThaiBerkeley
2005-12-18
Not Rated
Berkeley Thai Temple write-up #2
Berkeley Thai TempleThaiBerkeley
2005-12-11
Not Rated
Berkeley Thai Temple write-up #1
BorobudurIndonesianSan Francisco
2005-11-03
3
Borobudur Review
Johnson's BarbequeBBQSan Francisco
2005-09-18
2
Johnson's Barbeque Review
369 Shanghai CafeChinese (Shanghainese)Fremont
2005-08-26
2
369 Shanghai Cafe Review
House of Prime RibSteakhouse (Prime Rib only)San Francisco
2005-05-12 or so
4
House of Prime Rib Review
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Ethiopian Crawl

Outings from 2002

Outings from 2001

Food Festivals

Seattle-Area Official Outings from 1999

Not currently documented online.


Key to Ratings

Ratings are on a scale of 1 (worst) to 4 (best). Ratings are based primarily on the quality of the food, but value (price) factors in also. In detail, In other words, 4s are places you would rave about; 3s are places you'd be happy with if a friend suggested it or you might suggest it yourself; 2s and below are places where you'd offer better suggestions if someone proposed going there.

Occasionally ratings have a plus (+); or a minus (-). This is a modifier to show how the restaurant compares with others of a similar numerical value.

Some reviews have question marks (?). This means we tried too few items to be confident in the rating we chose. Or it means we haven't settled on a consensus yet.

Key to Reviews

I write all the reviews. I take full responsibility for the bad writing you'll see here. The opinions are also mine solely, though the reviews do attempt to reflect those of other people that also went to the restaurant. If you disagree, I'm sorry. That's why the reviews are on a wiki page. Add some comments expressing your own opinion.


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