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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!
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.
This was a good hotel for the price. We wanted a place with free Internet and free breakfast and both services were great! The room was small but nice, we were hardly there, so it was good. The breakfast is pretty good, LOVED the waffles and the hard boiled eggs :) There is also coffee out for guests 24/7 but sometimes they run out. The front desk staff was very nice and helpful, I forgot a comb, so they gave me one and we were told up front that there was a charge if the safe was used, so we surrendered the keys right away (dodged that bullet right away, just in case!) The parking situation, is a bit hectic though. VERY small spots and they charge $26 per night per car. Be prepared for that. The area that it is located is very convenient. Close to Fisherman's Wharf and an even shorter walk to the famous Crooked Lombard St. The neighborhood felt pretty safe, we walked to Ghiradelli Square after dark and didn't feel endangered at all. Oh, and at the hotel, when you book it, request a water view! Would stay again! Also, if you get the chance: Check out Sausilito right across the Golden Gate Bridge, beautiful, quaint little town! And you can take the ferry back instead of walking back across the bridge!
This is one of the new kids on one of the most active blocks in the SOMA district, just 3 blocks south of Civic Center area. Radius supports local farmers, and is part of the very popular and important "slow food nation" movement. Fantastic chicken wings that are filled with flavor and cooked to perfection, amazing fried chicken that melts in your mouth, delicious sandwiches from skirt steaks, ham and butter, goat cheese with veggies on the most incredible bread, and mouth watering chicken grilled on almond wood and creatively delicious pasta specials. For those who love fresh oysters, this is your place! Forget working on your computers at Starbucks and check out Radius. Free Wi Fi and good quality food, friendly owners and staff. I am only writing about the cafe now, just wait until the fine dining opens next door (Julie's Supper Club use to be here). The renovation is sleek, open, refreshing and a lot of light naturally shines in. This will most certainly be the new hang out for a diverse crowd of professionals whether you are a financial district hot shot, a computer wizard, an artist or entertainers with a distinct taste for quality.
This place was a delight from start to finish. Reservation was easy to make as was honored right on time. The room is simply done - comfortably contemporary update on a traditional space with a massive open kitchen that is seen but not really heard. Menu was somewhat limited but contained entrees and sides made from the freshest of local ingredients. A prix fixe dinner was offered that paired each course with wines. It was very fairly priced. We went with salmon and a cheeseburger (!) instead. Cooked perfectly, absolutely fresh. Sides were gnocchi and zucchini soup. The gnocchi were absolutely one of the best things I've ever tasted. Once again, perfectly seasoned and cooked and clearly prepared with absolutely fresh ingredients. Delicious. We did our best to savor the very special meal. The owner was on location and was clearly sweating the details. If you are interested in a very delicious take on local fresh ingredients served simply but perfectly, this is a good place for you. Priced very fairly - at the level of many lesser dining experiences in the city. It was terrific.
Go ahead, try to find a better spot. And IF (note that I didn't say WHEN) you do, come back and respond to this review, and I promise I will give your recommended spot a fair shake. Date / date-night? This is your spot! Just the two of you... this is how your evening will go (for the most part): 1. Wait for a seat outside, with some free wine as the fog rolls in (iconically San Francisco) 2. Move inside as the wait time diminishes; enjoy more free wine in a warm ambiance 3. Get pleasantly surprised as your name is announced, and you walk over to your table with your wine-glasses that were topped off only recently 4. Order off the special menu, or the regular menu; they will cook to order too! You can't go wrong with anything. Trust me. I have had everything on their menus. 5. Beyond this, what you do, is entirely up to you. But make sure to thank Pacific Cafe for an excellent start to the evening...
What a great place.. all you-can-eat Shabu Shabu for $24, and all-you-can drink added on for $40.. How can you beat this.. Well the negative to this is they have a 2 hour time limit in place. Which seemed like a big deal, but after the first hour and a half, I had to move my bowl away from me in order to not pass out from being so full. mmmmm.. meaty goodness. I went with a group of 8 folks, all got the Shabu Shabu special and ordered various drinks instead of getting the all-you-can drink option and the bill was like $320, so I guess it works itself out. My bigest complaint is that the bathroom is located downstairs and thru the Lobby of Hotel Tomo where this restaurant resides. I mean Hotel Tomo is cool and all, but with all the liquid consumption, my bladder and the long treck to the bathroom, it took away from valuable meat eating time.. Times a ticking.
WOW! My new fiance and I (we had got engaged that day) went here to celebrate on the evening of our engagement. We each had a 5 course meal, in total 10 different dishes. The service was absolutely amazing and the food was even better. We both left feeling full, but not too full, but completely satisfied. We had: ahi tuna appetizer, roast maine lobster, herb crusted lamb, filet of beef, seared sea bass, cheese plate, pumpkin soup, pear tart tartini, bananas flambe, and chocolate souffle. We also got 2 glasses of champagne. Since we were also celebrating his birthday, they gave us a little lemon mousse cake with a candle and sent us home with a pumpkin bread wrapped up to-go. Absolutely a must do if you're in SF. Worth all the money we paid. Only complaint is that you sit fairly close to other tables, so you don't really have much privacy.
This is another must-visit San Francisco establishment that I have been frequenting ever since it opened in the 90s. I noticed that some folks have used the phrase, "tourist trap." While I agree that tourists do frequent this spot, I must point out that this is certainly no "trap." And as someone who loves and is proud of San Francisco, I actually INVITE tourists to visit Beach Chalet, so that I can share with them one of my favorite spots in the City. Beach Chalet is also a microbrewery restaurant that offers top notch craft beers. Beach Chalet upstairs; Park Chalet downstairs - can't go wrong with either - both offer excellent libations, and also live entertainment on most nights. Oh, and if you have never been, set aside 5-10 minutes to browse the murals and museum-artifacts and the scale model of Golden Gate Park.