I've been wanting to write about Luce ever since I fell in love with it after dining there in December. When I visited, it was fairly empty so I truly hope that SF diners discover its delicious, perfectly executed cuisine soon so that Luce doesn't fall prey to the travesty of amazing-but-failed-anyway restaurants that plague the restaurant world.
If you live anywhere near the bay area and need a place to go for a special occasion or just a fabulous meal, go to Luce. If you are visiting SF and want to have a fabulous meal, go to Luce. In a city full of amazing restaurants, Luce shines.
Recently awarded a Michelin star, I think it deserves at least another one (I've eaten my way through a fair share of Michelin stars in SF and Tokyo, and Luce is truly memorable).
Lobster gnocchi - the most delicious, chewy-soft gnocchi I've ever had
Luce's modern take on carbonara - squid ink infused housemade trofiette pasta with slow cooked organic egg, pancetta and parmesan. Lip-smackingly delicious.
"Le Jardin de Printemps" - spring vegetable garden with black olive and rye soil
Lobster and seared foie gras on a bed of faro
Food rating: *****
Bang for buck rating: 4.5
Location: inside the Intercontinental hotel on Howard and 5th Streets
Average price of dinner for two: $100