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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 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.
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.
THE EATS: Spanish Chorizo -- A dish that came with a full, juicy, chorizo link instead of the normally smaller ground up pieces you find in a chorizo dish. Accompanied by a handful of perfectly seasoned potatoes and two even more perfectly done poached eggs. Super thin pieces of cheese were grated over the dish as a finishing touch. This dish definitely did not disappoint. If you're a fan of eggs + sausage, don't hesitate on this one! Soft-Scrambled eggs -- Super simple and classic, yet somehow they've made this a fancy $$$-worthy dish. The eggs are extremely yolk-y (very yellow, very creamy) and true to its name (very soft.) Carefully poured onto a large piece of crispy grilled toast that is topped by a couple slices of tasso ham and spinach, this dish was not only beautiful to look at, but also mouth-watering good.
Was a visitor of San Fran and staying in a nearby hotel. This was my first meal (went for breakfast) ever in the city and it was outstanding! From what I remember the price was reasonable, but the portion was a large. Food was very good. Got a side of potatoes and they aren't greasy like other places. Fresh. The service is above and beyond. Fast and friendly. They are ON TOP of things. It was busy and as soon as a table left. BOOM they would clean vacuum and have the table ready in a minute. The setting was beutiful as well. When we were done eating I turned my head 180 degrees just looking around and within 10 seconds a waiter asked if I needed anything. Great staff. Would love to go again if I could!
would vote this place "Best Meat and Potatoes Joint" in SF. They have a vast selection of Meaty offerings to make any Midwesterner feel at home. The place is well known for being able to order a sandwich and a drink for under $10. There selection of beer is very impressive. It's very much a cafeteria meets bar environment. I always enjoy going here on my lunch, and the line is often out the door, but their speedy chefs keep it moving and get you seated faster than you'd expect. I work in the Financial district and often will take the Geary bus down, or grab a ride with a Friend, if that is any measure of my meaty likeness of this classic staple that's been in business since 1947...
After reading decidedly mixed reviews about Delfina, I took my partner there for his birthday dinner. The result? I very nice meal. We made a reservation which wasn't too hard. We were warmly greeted by the person at the door and taken immediately to our table. The restaurant was lively and the crowd is close to be sure but not to a point of discomfort. Our waitron was there to take our order and the food and wine were quite good. Service overall was surprisingly seamless and properly attentive. So many of the negative comments about this place seemed to focus on the staff. Our experience was very positive and as I said the food was delicious. We'll go back again for sure.