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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.
Had dinner on July 9 and while the fried chicken was good, the rest of the sides that went with it sucked. The mixed greens were awful and the cook truly deviated from basic mom's mac and cheese (my dinner partners and I all commented on who could mess up basic mom's mac and cheese). The add insult to injury, we were not allowed to substitute our sides; I knew immediately when they told me what was in their mixed greens that they would not taste good. As for the mac and cheese, I wanted mashed potatoes instead of the mac and cheese, but was told we could not substitute - good luck if your digestive system cannot accommodate their sides! Again, the chicken was good, and my guest who ordered the skirted steak was satisfied with her meal, but did comment that she was refused a substitute the last time she ate there. So, be prepared to get some side dishes that will not stack up to what you might be expecting - as the cooks at Farmer Browns do their own thing (as I guess they should). However, Farmer Brown need to be a little more accommodating to their customers' wishes to substitute their choices when they cannot or do want want the sides that accompany their main dishes.
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.
CAUGHT BY CATCH! On 2/17/2012, A friend and I went to Catch because of a Groupon coupon. When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly host, Todd, who showed us both rooms and said we could pick where we wanted to sit. We came at 6:00 PM. We decided on the smaller room, closer to the street, and sat next to the fireplace and Todd gave us pillows to sit on since the chairs were wood. We then gave the Groupon information to our waiter and Ron, the manager, came to assist us, since my friend had not hit the link. Ron brought in an I Pad and assisted us in retrieving the code so that we could use our coupon.He was so sweet. We then ate Point Reyes oysters on the half shell that were extremely tasty with a Brut champayne which was exquisite .The dish was Fetuccine and Lobster which was magnificent. We did not have desert, because we were full, yet had some wonderful coffee. There was a piano playing over head and Alberto, our waiter, was very friendly and helpful. The ambience was beautiful. We will definitely go there again! If you want a beautiful evening, try Catch. We were caught!
I was there was for my bday last November. So that is how much I liked the place, I wanted to have my bday dinner there. So we now were a group of 10 and were served by the same waiter, which I still loved. He had this coolness about him. In our party were two children under the age of 8. The menu wasn't too accommodating to them so we had to make something up for them. But that was no biggie. The setting was still nice. we were able to sit by the window to enjoy the view and we were LOUD. If you look at this place, you would think that you cant be loud, but you can. it wasn't busy, so we acted as if we owned the place. they didn't mind. Its an Italian/Seafood place. we know the Italians get very vocal while they eat. So any who, the prices are a tad steep for those that do not like to spend over $30 a meal. this does include your entree and a specialty drink. I highly recommend if you are an out of towner or opting for a nice date
Since 1970's, when first seated at this restaurant, coming from New England and East Coast fishing villages, this is the only place we consider a "must". We have stayed in town at hotels, bed and breakfast inns, wherever, but always make Scoma's our special dining. A visit to Fisherman's Wharf and this restaurant will leave you with lifetime memories and dreams of a return. Sometimes it is lunch hour, for a leisurely cioppino treat, best ever, served with sour dough bread, and more seafood than one can hope for! My husband's family lived in the Bay area for years, and we were directed to this spot, look for it down at the pier as signs are small. This restaurant caters to return visitors, not on the tourist recommended sites, but locals rate it best. Hope you enjoy it. Now in North Carolina where we have some good seafood also, but this is the place to really feel like you are in San Francisco.
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.
Ok, I think this place is great. Well yes they were out of many of the things on the menu, but what they did have was very tasty and fresh. And actually it was really spicy. Like I'm surprised more people didn't complain about that instead of what they do complain about. I like really, really spicy so when I like it, usually people complain. but ok, This place is GREAT for groups. lots of seating, very yummy botomless free tea. Very much a cafeteria style ordering, food prices are great. The bathrooms are pretty foul, I've used gas station ones that were nicer. but overall it was a great time. But then I was just happy with the food and the fact I had a big group and we got a place we could all sit and eat pretty fast. I must say it did take a while to get our food, but then maybe that's why it tasted so fresh.. Maybe not such a bad thing ... eh?