I want to be able to give this place five stars...really I do. I mean the decor is exquisite, the wait staff is welcoming and super attentive, and Restaurant Gary Danko is among the best that San Francisco has to offer in terms of fine dining. And don't get me wrong - the dining is truly fine, what with the amazing selection of courses, offering everything from caviar service to a table side cheese cart service, and an amazing array of appetizers, entrees and desserts in between. Problem is, like the other reviewer, I'm allergic to many of the ingredients used in the preparation in many of their dishes. And to enjoy any one of them without major modifications would no doubt end in a trip to the ER. I was delighted to read that Gary Danko's menu is available online, and I was thrilled to learn that I could download and print it so that I could try to make my choices ahead of time, which even in advance was difficult to do since there's so much I cannot eat. Still, I was able to safely enjoy the Striped Bass, which was served with a delicious Potato-Chorizo Risotto - a delight as I especially love the flavor of chorizo. I also enjoyed selections from the cheese cart, and topped off my evening with the lemon souffle, served with a blackberry sauce. I'm not a huge fan of blackberries, but along with the lemon, this dessert knocked my socks off. All in all, you've got to try this place at least once. More than that might be a bit hard on the wallet, but then again, I'm a frequent visitor to the SF area, so I'll be sure to try to work this place in on future scheduled trips. Oh - and be sure to use the online reservation service. Right now there's like a two-month wait!
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We were introduced to the quaint charm and delicious food at Chenery Park by one of our friends. We have since introduced the restaurant to friends & family and the circle keeps growing. Not only do we use this for "special occasions" (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones), but we also just come in by ourselves for beautifully prepared, sumptuous food that feeds both our bodies and our souls. This is the kind of food that you would prepare, if you had the time....and a little more talent "than the average bear." The wait staff is informative, friendly and professional. Wonderfully, they do not hover but seem to appear out of nowhere when needed (almost like there are baby monitors under the tables!) We have NEVER had a bad meal or a bad experience at this wonderful, hidden jewel of a restaurant. Joe, the owner, welcomes you if he is at the reception station as though he was inviting you into his home. While it is a small, neighborhood restaurant, the food and the atmosphere is world class. Another wondrous thing about this restaurant is that success has not gone to their heads. The food has remained consistent even as the good word and the recognition has spread. When friends, family or business contacts come to the City, we are often asked, "Can we go to Chenery Park?" When you go, try to seafood gumbo. It is spicy and delicious. In fact, my husband has it every time we go (even though he is often tempted by other offerings on the menu).
From the decor - replete with tasteful opulence - to the menu - an epicure's delight, Gary Danko delivers, and delivers well. The service is stellar - really and truly first class - and the food - well, keep reading. As a foodie with food allergies - wine, shellfish, mushrooms and chocolate chief among them - it's always an adventure to contemplate the menus of some of the finest establishments around. No longer able to sift through and pick out the things that may inspire a sudden attack of anaphylaxis, I am loathe to bother the wait staff with my many maladies, and if a menu is available online, I try hard to make my choices in advance so that I my keep my questions to a minimum as not to detract from the opulence of the experience for myself or my dining partners. So while I did not fare well with the appetizer menu, you can imagine my delight at finding the Horseradish Crusted Salmon Medallion with Dilled Cucumbers on the online menu. Better still, I was able to watch a flash demo of how the dish was prepared, which assured me that there were no ingredients that I could not safely enjoy. This, along with a selection of fresh and fragrant cheeses and a simple dessert of sorbet, rounded out my sumptuous meal on the night I was lucky enough to visit in person. Every bite of my entree erupted in an explosion of tastes that I'm sure to enjoy again on my next visit to San Francisco's Gary Danko.