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Phone: (415) 775-6190

Primary Phone: (415) 479-2060

Fax: (415) 775-1805

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Aquatic Park-Fort Mason, Northwest San Francisco, Northeast San Francisco, Fishermans Wharf

Gary Danko Restaurant

Restaurant Gary Danko

American Restaurants, French Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, French, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Tu N.


WOW! My new fiance and I (we ...

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.

My favorite restaurant of all ...

My favorite restaurant of all time! The food is amazing, but beyond that the service is impecable. Seriously, the waiters just come over the minute you need anything, you look up and someone is right there! We go here at least once a year, and I love the choice between 3, 4, or 5 courses and choices in each course. Enough members of my family are pescatarian/vegetarian/paleo/dairy-free that we can only go to places that have options, no fixed price for us:)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great meal

Oh snap. Gary Danko really lives up to their stellar rep. The vibe isn't overly snooty, considered it's one of the city's premier restaurants. We did the 3 course fixed price menu. We started with a beet salad with goat cheese and the lobster risotto. The risotto was great (though could have been a little warmer). The main course featured Maine lobster and raviolis. The lobster was pretty tender and the ravilois were nice and crisp, but not greasy (they were deep fried). We were sooo full by the time our final course came, so we took the cheeses, croissant bread pudding, and chocolates to go. All in all the waiter was really accommodating and even presented my vegetarian friend with a special menu. I wish the food was warmer.. really the only complaint.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Gary had on 'off' night?

Living in SF, we have dined at all of the city's top restaurants on special occasions and were saving Gary Danko's for such an occasion. So, after many years of much anticipation, I finally broke down and took my wife there on Dec 1 for her birthday - one of those that end in 0.

I can say the ambience was superb, as was the service, though a bit officious and stuffy. The food, however, and wine we were served was abysmal. We had a St. Emilion that I should have had the good sense to send back, but I saw the Sommelier sniff and sip before bringing it to the table, so who was I to question this 'expert'. The only thing that adequately describes it is 'hard'. It was 'hard' on all parts of the mouth.

'Hard' seems to have been the theme that night. The foie gras was 'hard'. Its firm texture and light gray color was more like a piece of fried pate' or pork loin. No idea how they did that, since fixing foie gras is like frying butter - it melts.

The pork-belly creation was 'hard'. I could have used a cleaver and butcher block to chop through the petrified skin. The meat was stringy and the fat tough. How they managed to overcook the skin and undercook the meat is a mystery.

The rest of the meal was quite forgettable, not the dining experience we had long anticipated. My advice, for locals and visitors alike, give Spruce a try. You will not be disappointed

I would have sent Gary a 'heads-up' email, had his website provided for such feedback.

Foodie from NYC


Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the best of SF

Half a dozen visits and we're convinced, Gary Danko is a first class operation. Solid food, solid service, professional operation, what more could you want? This one is a SF must.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Highly Recommended

The food here is excellent. I recommend the ahi tuna starter. The wild mushroom bisque they offered before the meal and the pastry tray they offered after the meal were excellent too. I ate at One Market on the same trip and while the food there was very good, Gary Danko was much better. I think it deserves more than one Michelin star.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A wonderful fine dining experience!

Beginning to end this was the best meal that I've had in San Francisco. Too many great items to cover all of them but I can say that the Foie Gras and Cheese Carts were the standouts. I recommend a conservative wine choice as price is not always reflective of quality. Next time you're looking for a superior fine dining experience in the Wharf area, I highly recommend givng Gary Danko's a call!



Provided by Citysearch - 
an outstanding experience

Absolutely outstanding! The food, the wine but especially the people that are so intent on you having a wonderful evening. Excellent in every way.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Nordstrom of Restaurants

Hands down one of the best dining experiences in SF. Prior reviewers proclaim there's ""snooty"" staff. We've been here 2x and have experienced nothing but the best of service. You have at least 5 staff members servicing you, including the maitre d' and wine stewart. I don't know of many places where the maitre d' comes by to chat with the guests at each table. The food is very, very good. Some more memorable than others like the asparagus soup, seared ahi tuna, choc souffle, foie gras and cheese. The cheese cart is amazing if you're a cheese connoisseur. There's almost 20 varieties to select from including Bay Area, US and international choices. You can pick 3-4 types presented with thin bagette slices and grapes. The menu consists of 3, 4 and 5 courses and you can interchange between the appetizer, entree or dessert. If you don't like dessert, you can have 2 appetizers + entree or 1 appetizer or 2 entrees instead. Or, 3 entrees! At $65 for a 3 course meal, you are quite full. They automatically add on the valet parking fee to your bill if you parked with them for $11 (the local garage charges $2.20 for 20 mins). And, they offer you the unfinished bottle of wine to take home and will leave doggie boxes at the door and hand it to you on your way out w/o you even needing to ask. The bathrooms are gorgeous. Food is a very important part of the dining experience but you can have great food and have it all spoiled by poor service and staff. At Gary Danko's the experience is whole and well worth a visit. They understand that food and service are intergral to a satisfying dining experience. The wine list is an extensive book, very few bottles under $100.



Provided by Citysearch - 

i ate at gary danko's with a group of 6.. we were seated in a private dining area to celebrate a special occasion. i had never been served ""courses"".. normally i do the whole appetizer, entree, & dessert thing... but this restaurant you must order by courses. The staff was EXTREMELY professional and knowledgeable on everything from the wine, to the food, to the chef [gary danko].. The food was great. Everything i had was absolutely delicious and had no complaints on the flavor. The only problem was that every course was too tiny for me =( Its almost like they tease you because its so delicious yet so small! My overall experience was definately something new, the service was perfect, food was delish, courses were tiny, and it is the most expensive resaurant i'll probably ever go to. A check for 6 came out to over $1,000 but we each got 4 or 5 course meals and bottles of wine as well.. I would reccomend this place if you really are trying to impress someone.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice. But not THAT nice

The staff is a little on the ""snooty"" side, but it was overall a good experience. However, my husband and I did get sick the next day.. and we figured it was the oysters. We wrote to them and warned them, and they wrote back and apologized, but that was it. It was kind of hard to have paid $400 for dinner and then end up deathly ill for 2 days afterwards... :-(



Provided by Citysearch - 
Foie Gras Lover's Heaven

Visited Gary Danko for a special evening - a 50th friendship anniversary - and loved every second of it. The service was impeccable, the food amazing, the wine list superb (if pricey), and the room lovely and inviting.
The 4-course menu and the ability to select more than one item from any of the courses made it a tasting menu beyond anything we have experienced. Well worth the cost and perhaps the most memorable meal of our trip.

Natalie D.


Beautiful Place, Great Food

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!



Sumptuous and Stellar!!!

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.



Taking dining to a new level

Though I no longer have access to all of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, I always recommend Gary Danko to friends and family traveling to SF. Of the top upscale restaurants in San Francisco (and I've had the pleasure of eating at many of them), Gary Danko is truly an amazing experience. The two entrees I've had were seared scallops and lobster - both to die for. Like most restaurants in SF, dishes are accompanied with fresh vegetables in season.

Though you can usually get by with a fleece jacket and jeans at most places in SF, you would definitely feel underdressed at Gary Danko - so dress up a bit and enjoy! :)



Provided by Citysearch - 
great luxury experience, but food was average

for what it's aiming for, it's a good luxury restaurant. i wasn't really blown away by the originality of the food, but the dishes were all excellent. no doubt a place of this caliber won't screw up a dish, or be poor on service or atmosphere. what you're paying for is Michelin starred quality, service, wine, and atmosphere...any establishment of this caliber will always meet or exceed the service, wine and atmosphere levels. but compared to restaurants i've eaten at around the world, i would rate the food as average (note: the food is phenomenal if you're comparing to your average place to eat, but average if comparing to restaurants that are trying to stay at this type of level). i'd go again because it's a stable place for san francisco and i live here now.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Cheese Course in San Francisco

While I've dined at Gary Danko's several times, the best part of the experience for me has always been the cheese and dessert. The food is really good but too salty for my tastes and not as original as Michael Mina, Jardiniere or Fleur de Lys though the prices are comparable to those restaurants. Nonetheless, I do keep going back for the cheese! NOTE: While reservations are very hard to come by, walk-ins can select the full dinner menu and sit in the bar area anytime.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Didn't live up to the hype

Maybe my expectations were just too high, but this place didn't live up to any of the hype I'd heard about Gary Danko. The neighborhood is way too touristy, you'll probably climb a hill at some point to get there. The entryway is cramped and disorganized, and it was being managed by a young woman who looked and talked like a teenager.
But worst of all, the place smelled bad! I mean, it really didn't smell good at all. There was the aroma of something spoiled that pervaded the place, which was crowded and noisy.
I lost my appetite and after that, nothing tasted good.
I'd been looking forward to dining at Danko, but wouldn't recommend it at all.