Thursday, June 14, 2012

Farallon - Our Favorite Restaurant in Downtown San Francisco

Okay, you may all have guessed I am the most spoiled girlfriend on the planet.  Tom took me for a date in the city, complete with after-dinner dancing at the Harry Denton Starlight Lounge, just because he likes me.

He made reservations for dinner at the Farallon last weekend,  my favorite restaurant just off Union Square on Post Street in downtown San Francisco.  Can you see the hand blown jellyfish lights?  Each one is nearly 3 feet long with pretty free-floating tentacles. They wave above and greet you while you are crossing the threshold into this magical place.

Absolutely incredible "coastal" art fills every inch of the restaurant.  The ceiling is made up of tiny painted tiles with sea paintings, and original oil paintings can be found gracing the walls.  In fact, I believe that the whole setting is simply a work of art!

There is a "stream" filled with fish that meanders on the floor through the restaurant, and a sea shell  shaped center post fits prominently in the main section of the dining room.  Just wait until I show you the enormous sea urchin glass lamps, up close and personal.

 (photo from The Farallon Facebook Page)

We have the most romantic memories here!  Tom was so darn cute, he even wore the same suit and tie that he wore the first time that we went there for dinner. (did I mention how lucky I am?)

Of course, we had to first partake of appetzers and fancy cocktails before dinner.  The Farallon has a wonderful Happy Hour menu, so many things to choose from, including some of their specialty drinks. I decided on a Hemingway Daiquiri
 (sexy) and Tom had the most elegant Manhattan that I ever seen, it was unlike any other that I had ever tasted.   Can't even begin to try and duplicate this one at home...

Can use see the lit pillar behind our drinks in the cocktail bar?   These are so gorgeous! Resembling drifting sea kelp in amber tones...

The Farallon is famous for their oyster bar.  They had over 10 different oyster choices on the menu, Tom ordered special Drake Bay oysters from California - he is still talking about them! (Drake Bay is now on our list for this summers' drive up the coast.)

I shared the Louisiana Shrimp Parfait with Tom. Have you ever seen such lucious shrimp?  Served in a stemless martini glass, combining avocado, cucumber and cocktail sauce.  So fabulous, I didn't want to mess it up by eating the shrimp!

One more shot of the end of the oyster bar - just thought these aqua jars filled with white sea shells, empty oyster shells, and white sand were simply spectacular!

This is a look that I think you could easily recreate, especially if you are anything like me with bowls and boxes of collected seashells. Just think of how you could switch around the shells with other elements like rocks, driftwood or even holiday decorations to change the look up for different seasons.

I can't show you dinner, because I promised Tom that I would put away my camera.  Let's just say that we splurged;  I ordered the most delish lobster, and Tom had a gourmet striped bass.  We ate every single morsel while enjoying our favorite Pinot from Oregon, Domaine Drohin, and simply luxuriated in the atmosphere of the Farallon.

I can show you dessert. Isn't it beautiful?

And I can finally show you the sea urchin chandeliers ...can you see the tiny ceiling tiles, and the art on the back wall?

Then off we went to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel to go dancing!

Just an idea for blown glass jars that we recently found that might work for a 


Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Oh, how amazing Caron - you truly are the world's most spoiled girlfriend (although "you can't spoil a lovely nature"). Enjoy it! What a great man!

Steve PP said...

Fantastic, how cool are those jellyfish lights, I'd love one of those! Thanks for sharing!

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