615 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Cuisines: Burgers, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, European, Continental
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07/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
5 of us went to dinner there Wednesday and had a great meal.
My wife and I (wel leave in the neighborhood) went back this evening, set at the bar, and had another fine meal.
Unfortunately, when I asked them about a reservation for tomorrow (friday) night they said they were too busy to talk to me about it and to call in at some unspecified later time.
So much for encouraging repeat business!
09/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
i guess due to its location, which works great for me as i live down the street, this place tends to draw a a crowd from the hood.
i couldnt be happier. i can always get in and i always have a great meal. certainly a nice night out place to eat and worth every penny. Great service as well
10/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I have been to The Richmond several times, and it never fails to deliver on all counts: 1. terrific food; 2. ambience; 3. service befitting a high-end restaurant; and 4. value for money. If there were anything negative to mention, I would .. but there really isn't. My only other comment is that The Richmond isn't what I'd call a family restaurant, so I'd suggest getting a sitter for the evening. The Richmond is the perfect destination for a romantic dinner or a quality dining experience with friends.
03/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Everytime we go it gets worse and worse. Although seating might be quick the service is horrible. It takes forever to get your drinks and the food is slow to come out of the kitchen. I noticed last time we went the kitchen decided to put green oil on every dish that we had. The chef or someone came out to clear our plates and the first thing I noticed was the dirt under his finger nails...ew! There are some good dishes such as the braised ox tail over scallops and braised short ribs, but the short ribs were no longer on the menu. The price for 2-people was way over priced for the type of amature service and none to great food. Hopefully they can turn it around.
12/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My fiance and i had a great experience at the richmond resturant. the food was great, our service was great and we didnt have to request for anything it was all done on time and in a professional manner. the staff was great . the chef came by and asked if everything was ok and of course it was wonderful. my highest recomendations to the richmond resturant. thanks again
11/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We walk by this restaurant all the time and we finally decided to try it. The food was amazing, creative and delicious. The service was very attentive - they gave us complimentary champagne as they knew it was our anniversary; they offered amuse bouches; the chef came out to visit with diners twice; they were in tune with our timing. We had a hard time choosing from the menu but everything we had was exceptional - oxtail and scallop on creamy polenta, roasted beets and carrot salad, poussin stuffed with chicken sausage, yellowtail on mouthwatering creamy celery root. The flavors popped. The desserts were terrific. Prices were reasonable. Intimate ambiance. Highly recommend it!
05/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
How is it that I haven't gone to this restaurant before? Is it possible I was prejudiced because of the location? (meaning, how could a great restaurant be located in the Richmond?) Shame on me. My husband and I went there Saturday night. I'm not embarassed to admit it...we are foodies. He had been there before for two different business meetings and raved about how outstanding it was...and insisted we go there for our anniversary. I admit it...I was ""wowed."" Parking is a challenge if you don't live in the neighborhood. My husband ran in to say we would be a late for our reservation because of parking. John, the owner, directed us to a spot. When we walked in, it reminded me of a couple of intimate neighborhood restaurants we've enjoyed in New York and Rome. Everything was remarkable. The beet salad was incredible...the salmon was excellent. The wine list is one of the best I've seen at any restaurant...in any city. Some of the best ""boutique, hard to find"" wines, like Paul Hobbs, are on the list. I can't wait to bring my foodie friends here...including the ones from New York. I look forward to my next visit.
02/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Went to dinner on a Saturday night with my boyfriend's family. The service was terrible! I was given attitude when I asked for bread, then ended up waiting over 30 minutes to receive it. They ran out of diet coke and my second diet coke was actually half of a glass, for which I was charged full price. We waited a long time for the check and the waiter never checked in to see how our food was, nor offered us desert. Three of us ordered the steak. It was very chewy and not worth the effort to eat it. The oxtail was good but unoriginal. With all the great restaurants in SF don't partonize this one. The service was terrible and the food definitely doesnt make up for it.
12/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I tell you what, despite the fact that I am still in a bit of a food coma from the amazing meal I just had, I just have to write about it while it is still fresh in my mind. First off we started with the beet salad with a delicious goat cheese filled pastry, which really made the dish sing. We followed this with the potato leek soup, which was so full of flavor it was gone before I knew it. Oh and then the entree?s. I had the fresh tuna, which was served with oyster mushrooms, while my girlfriend had some of the best scallops she has ever had. Everything about this place, from the service, to the incredibly affordable wine list (there are some gems on the list which are almost being given away), to the fresh bread they put on the table is really top notch. This was our second visit, and I know we will be back again soon.
11/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have gone to The Richmond on at least 5 occasions in the past several months. It has always been a delightful evening, and we have always been made welcome. I took some friends there for their birthday and the wait staff was ready with a wonderful dessert at the end of the evening. There is no pretense in this lovely establishment and both the waiters and the owners are cordial, efficient and have a great sense of humor.
I don't think there is anything on the menu that I have yet to try. Great burger, wonderful scallops, incredible shrimp on a bed of clam chowder...one of the best appetizers ever. The heirloom tomato salad is stunning. The chicken wrapped in bacon is heavenly. I love the the salads...the heirloom tomato salad is not to be missed. I also love the potato leek soup. Just the right blend of flavors. The fish and meat dinners are both wonderful. The Richmond is tied with Delfina for having the best chicken in the city. I have a sister-in-law that is a vegan and she always has something fantastic. ""Bring me something vegetarian"" always seems to result in the best meal at the table. The wines are always good and reasonably priced.
I don't have much to say about dessert as I don't usually have it.
As other reviewers have said, make reservations and plan enough time for parking, if you drive there. It's a gem of a restaurant, worth the with parking issue. I was just there yesterday and look forward to my next visit.
09/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
First off what constitutes a wine bar. This place has a 2 top table and a few stools at the bar. It was very cramped. Is that a wine bar? OK, the food was good, very good but small portions. Service was barely acceptable. We had to ask for pepper. Twice. We purchased a bottle of wine and the waiter never came back to refresh our glasses. The service left a lot to be desired. Maybe it was an off night.
09/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Everything about this place was incredible. Service and food were top notch, and you can't beat the prices. So nice to have a 5 star restaurant out here in the Richmond district- a nice change from the usual haunts. We've sent all our friends and everyone has loved it as much as we did- we will definitely be back.
08/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Simply fabulous. The food was simply divine and the service was friendly and spot on. I had the arctic char and $19 and an amazing Pinot Noir at $25 a bottle. At these prices you should dine here often. The deserts and appetizers were amazing as well and they even comped us a glass of wine at the mini bar while we waited for a table. Dining nirvana.
08/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The Richmond offered a really nice night out. The restaurant itself is quite small, but very charming. The wine list was a little pricey, but our waiter helped us locate a decently priced bottle which was quite tasty. The food was great, with some really interesting appetizers, including a ridiculously good (but SO rich) potato leek soup. Another member of our party had a tomato salad as a starter, but it just so-so. Our main courses were spectatcular, and perpared to perfection. Every member of our party was very pleased. The port-braised chicken was excellent, and the New York steak was superb. Also, make sure not to miss out on the very creative desserts! The prices were very acceptable--about $200 for a group of 4, where each of us had a appetizer, main course, we split a bottle of wine, and shared 2 desserts. Highly recommended. Oh, parking is a DISASTER around the restaurant, so plan ahead.
06/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We had no expectations prior, and were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of service and the food. The wine list is eclectic/interesting, with a wide range of prices and tastes so you are bound to find something you'll like. A nice touch: The waiter poured a drop of our wine into his own glass and toasted us together. Instead of bread and regular butter, you get three different blended butters to try - and the tray was replenished after we ate through the first serving. A salmon paste button sandwitch (my description) appeared between courses and was delicious. I had the manicotte (sp?) and my wife had the halibut (as did our friends) - all fantastic and full of different flavors. The waiter was very attentive and considerate. The food arrive hot and timely. In general, one of the best experiences I've had in SF.
04/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This place is terrible! I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, I asked the waiter if there is anything special they can do. He said, ""oh i'll just stick a candle in something"" then when it was time to serve the bread, the waiter had the nerve to say, ""move it"" (in reference to her napkin) The service was also very slow on a thursday night. When we emailed the owners, they never replied to us. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY.
04/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This place is ALL about the food. It's a welcome relief to have dinner at a restaurant and feel like you're paying for great food and service instead of hype and trend. We had a lovely meal - The Richmond is to be highly recommended - truly, a fine dining experience. I'm still thinking about the delicious blue cheese crepe that came with my steak. Fabulous! And, did I mention the service? Stellar.
01/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We tried this wonderful new resturant this evening based on the location and the 14 wonderful reviews. WE WILL BE EATING HERE REGUALARY! The service was wonderful and the food incredible. From the starters to the entrees, we were impressed. This little gem is an amazing place. The wine list needs work, but not a problem in CA when we are lucky enough to bring in our own wine.
12/19/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I took my husband out to dinner here on Dec. 1. We had a great time except that our waiters forgot my husband's birthday dessert, which I had requested in advance. I was intrigued by this because the manager said he would comp a birthday dessert. When we arrived, however, the waiter moved my husband's gifts out of the way without comment. When we finished dinner, I expected the dessert and a ""happy birthday"", but again there was no acknowledgment. Overall, however, we had a great time. The food was good, and the waiters paid fairly good attention to other finer details like placing the coffee cups with handles at 3 o'clock, replacing silverware, although we ran out of water and bread was not offered to be replenished until we had finished our appetizers.