What You'll Get
If cooking is an art form, eating out yields the satisfaction of dining on masterpieces without being expelled from the Musée d’Orsay for licking the paint off Whistler's Mother. Enjoy some artistic ingestion with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale California cuisine and creative cocktails at Silks or MO Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Financial District.
Silks delights diners with regal, gold-hued décor and a seasonal menu of Asian-influenced California cuisine concocted with organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. Get the gastro-party started with white corn soup ($11) or opt for the refreshing heirloom tomato and peach salad ($12), which gives palates a playful, "just friends" sort of kiss. Entree-sized edibles include the meaty magic of gremolata-crusted veal sirloin ($29), as well as roasted local halibut partnered with deliciously off-limits forbidden fried rice ($28). Breakfast and lunch menus provide a strategic advantage against morning and midday hunger incursions, and parched patrons can also avail themselves of Silks' wine list, which is longer than many phone books.
For a more casual taste of the high life, guests can also orienteer their way to MO Bar, where they can choose from a menu heavy on chic cocktails and insouciant indulgences. Chase your lychini—featuring vodka, lime, lychee puree, and Chambord ($12)—with a tangy braised short-rib quesadilla ($12) or a Dungeness-crab club sandwich ($17) that proves that crustaceans are good for more than just juggling. MO Bar is also host to a daily afternoon Mandarin High Tea (2:30 p.m.¬–4:30 p.m.), providing an elegant post-meridiem pick-me-up to dainty sippers and clumsy slurpers alike. Call ahead to make a reservation.
OpenTable reviewers named Silks a Diners' Choice Winner as Great for Lunch. Citysearchers award Silks an average of five stars and Yelpers give it an average of four stars. Although reviews for MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel are still growing, five Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- Plenty of tables, comfortable seating and private rooms. Excellent wine selection and mixed drinks with fresh ingredients. Great snacks and a high quality menu. – Laurence H., Yelp on MO Bar
- Always excellent food and very attentive service. Silks is one of the most understated restaurants in SF. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 08/23/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only at MO Bar or Silks. Reservation required. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.