We have been going to Absinthe for at least 15 years. They are consistently good. We try to sit in the room without the bar as the other room is too noisy. We have tried most of the restaurants within walking distance to the symphony hall. We tend to alternate between Jardiniere and Absinthe, mixing it up with Absinthe's sister restaurant The Boxing Room occasionally. We used to like Citizen Cake before they switched up their menu and then closed, the chef leaving SF. Hayes Street grill turned us off once with their poor service and we've never been back. We felt Blue Muse was terrible. Caffe Delle Stelle is a lower cost alternative with a mediocre wine list and only acceptable Italian food.
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