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Atelier Crenn
Atelier Crenn
  • Address:
    3127 Fillmore Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Neighborhood:
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $50 and over

Atelier Crenn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.AtelierCrenn.com
  • Phone: (415) 440-0460
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30 PM -10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Dominique Crenn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our Garden Room is ideal for Private Dining Events. Please email Rachel @ateliercrenn.com for more information or call (415) 823-6723

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Filbert
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered one block away, on the corner of Fillmore and Greenwich, directly in front of Balboa Cafe.
    Fee: $18 per vehicle


A word from Atelier Crenn
Atelier Crenn
Poetic Culinaria
An expression of taste, scent and vision. A gastronomic discovery inspired by sustainable and seasonal cuisine. Where solid tradition and new inspiration are at the forefront.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "The design of the space felt very much like a large studio apartment. It was like eating at home with wood floors and being able to see into the kitchen."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Of the 3 two rosetee restaurants i visited in San Francisco this was the best. Cooking was very imagininative. Of all the courses in the tasting menu,obligatory on a Friday night there was only 1 that i did not like:but that was my personal taste. Would go again"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Tasting menu was paced well and delicious. Service was attentive knowledgeable but friendly and not food snobby."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was quite possibly the best meal I have ever had, above French Laundry, Benu, Saison . . . The presentation of each course was absolutely gorgeous, and also served the additional function of supplying texture, temperature variances within each dish that was complimentary and captured the essence of the food. Overall, a wonderful experience, and well worth the price."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food was unbelievable. A little too precious for my taste but truly wonderful/unique. Should be a San Francisco institution -- very small plates not withstanding."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our wedding with the help of a gift certificate to Altier Crenn. Our experience was amazing. The food was unique, bursting with flavors and unparelleled presentation. The staff's attentiveness was superb, from everyone taking ownership with delivering the meal's courses to refolding my napkin each time I left my table. The staff have set the bar, and I doubt I will find their equal. The only downside to the evening was the noise level. At times it was difficult to hear/understand the wait staff and my spouse. Otherwise, a perfect evening of memories that we will forever cherish."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have to admit that the premise--a menu based upon a poem--left me with extreme skepticism. While I can't say the poem itself was especially memorable, this was certainly one of the most imaginative and singular meals I've ever had. The dishes were inspired and the sommelier recommended a set of excellent wines! Our meal lasted almost four hours, which is not a problem and should be expected at a restaurant of this caliber, but be prepared in case you want to make plans afterward that are time sensitive."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is obviously top notch, no need to reiterate all the previous reviews. The service though was something else. The front of the house is a well oiled machine. From the moment I was greeted to the gracious goodbye, they didn't miss a beat. My water glass was always full, our table was always clean, the empty dishes were always cleared in a speedy manner. Just overall an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went for the 17 course tasting menu as a birthday occasion. We loved the service,( impeccable,) creativity of all the food and the way it was displayed. ( roasted carrots wrapped in very fine orange peel served on a branch of moss, nitrogen foam, chocolates in a wooden log of moss and many sea shells etc. It is a place for those with a very educated palette as sometimes you are experiencing the essence of something rather than the actual something . The salad was a small piece of meringue with small pieces of green inserted in the top. This is a very high level of cuisine using all the latest technology and the thoughtful creativity of the poetic menu. $1400 for 4 with 2 bottles of our own wine. Loved the tomato course."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was good, but I think the quality of the food did not match the price."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have eaten in many places throughout the world. This includes El Bulli, Fat Duck & numerous other top & Michelin restaurants. I have to say that this is a first. The menu is a poem so you do not know what you are getting & each dish is a line of phrase from the poem. From arrival through to paying the bill, I cannot find a negative thing to say and that is hard considering I own my own restaurant in Australia & find it hard to enjoy a meal as am looking at all the negatives. Love love loved it!!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was a joy to be surprised abc delighted over and over by the 20 courses. For the best of occasions."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife anD I dined at atelier crenn last weekend, as we were in town for one night and wanted to be dazzled with wonderful food. Let me first say we have dined at many fine dining establishments such as this in the past. We had the grand tasting menu, and the wine pairing to go with it (all $820.00 worth) while the presentation was amazing we both felt the food itself was a bit boring in taste. As for the wine pairings I would recommend picking a bottle your self and enjoying it because they were way off base. As far as the atmosphere it was one table on top of each other and no privacy what so ever...... I was looking forward to going here for some time but unfortunately was let down a bit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I really would love to give Atelier Crenn higher than 3 stars, but just can't. I have eaten at many fine-dining restaurants with tasting menus and have never walked away hungry, until I ate here. After spending well over $200 for a meal, I had better be satisfied, satiated and happy. I wasn't. To be fair, the presentation of the teaspoon-size portions was artistic and beautiful. But there was a disconnect with flavors. The food fell short on flavor, overall. The other piece that was quite unnerving was that at numerous points throughout the evening, there would be anywhere from 1-3 members of the kitchen standing in the doorway to the dining room just watching the diners. If they have that much time, make bigger portions!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The experience was wonderful. The food was thoughtful and beautiful. The connection to poetry and narrative was compelling. Chef Crenn went out of her way to my table to greet me, and she was sweet. Pacing was a bit slow at times. My only real issue was the table next to me, who had be there for five hours and grew more overbearing toward the end; to the point where they were brushing servers aside to take photos of the dishes as soon as the plates dropped. The front of the house did admirably to handle the situation."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Presenation was innovative and beautiful, and the food was tasty. Lots of complex flavors. I was afraid the food would be laden with seafood but it was a well-balanced amount of sea and land. Their uni was delicious, and I generally do not eat uni. Lots of surprises. The portions were small and at course #5 or so of our 20 course dinner, we seriously thought we had to go get a pizza afterwards. However, the last couple of courses were more filling, and with dessert, we felt just right. My only complaint was that the food was served a little too fast. i am not one to enjoy a 4 hour dinner, but we were done at 2.5 hours. I thought if they could schedule a little longer "break" in between course, 3 hours will be perfect. Will return."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had enjoyed the depth of taste in each course, which also flowed well from one to the next. The precision of science and effort created some of the other surprises that caught our attention through dinner. The wine list was heavenly. The Sommelier was customer-, experience-centric and knowledgable. The service was really good too. The dining experience has left deep and good memories for us."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Challenging, poetic and extremely tasty food at Atelier Crenn."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Many places aspire to be different. This one does it differently - from the menu to the presentation to the most important thing about dining - the food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food and exceptional service. Very creative dishes and interpretations. Dinner lasts about 4 hours or so but is well paced. The chef takes the time to walk out and meet the guests."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Atelier Crenn was one of the most remarkable dining experiences we've had. Crenn is a true artist. The food was provocative, the plating, the utensils…every part of the food experience was given great thought and care, without being stuffy or forced. The beginning service was a bit slow, but things picked up. Mind-blowing flavors, scents and textures kept us anticipating our next course throughout the evening. Too expensive for me to be much of a repeat customer, but so glad I went."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I basically never write a restaurant review on here. I am breaking a decade long silence for this restaurant. Simply the best restaurant in San Francisco. It is for a special occasion, a discovery, a romantic dinner. Dominique is so sweet, as she came to greet every table. Her culinary art, because we are talking about art, is "extraordinaire", like we say in France."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It was an 4 hour affair and we enjoyed every minute, every bite."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "An immersive food experience. Four hours of gastronomic bliss."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "You guys are rock stars. This was the ultimate food experience. Took my wife as a major indulgence and spent 5, yes 5, hours in food heaven. Wine pairings were spectacular. There was not one course (of 20) that were not a delight to all senses. Found myself giggling a couple of times out of sheer pleasure. Yes very expensive but in my book worth every penny (and I don't part with my pennies easily). Any bad review of this place just didn't get it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a joke. Cramped quarters, robotic service and Lilliputian portions. Spare yourself the overflowing disappointment and visit Benu, Coi, Quince or any number of other restaurants in San Francisco instead."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food lived up to all the hype, although after 5 hours we left without finishing the last two courses. The evening began perfectly with the wine and food coming at a nice pace and very attentive service. The service waned, however, when the chef left the building and the tables filled up. The courses got farther and farther apart. The som came back less and less, despite purchasing several hundred dollars in wonderful wines. We expected a 4- 4.5 hour service but this went on way too long and frankly, a restaurant of this caliber and pricing just cannot let this happen, period. PS It is infuriating when your water glass remains empty for long periods of time at a place like this."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went to Atelier Crenn for our 8 year wedding anniversary on June 3, 2014. The ambience was great and the service was outstanding BUT the food and wine pairing for the RIDICULOUS price was beyond terrible. The wine paring was $150/pp extra and you MAYBE got 1.5 glasses of wine for the entire tasting menu. We had the Chef's Pick menu for $200/pp and expected amazing food. I think out of 11 tiny courses 3 were satisfactory to the palate. And many of the wines DID NOT pair well with the courses they were placed with. For almost $1000.00 for 2 people (including tip) I am extremely disappointed and cringe to know that they ripped me off so badly. There are many wonderful restaurants in San Francisco - don't waste your time & money here!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have a pleasant dinner in Atelier Crenn. Creative, delicious and full of surprises! highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Absolutely great food, well served. Excellent wine pairings from a knowledgeable Somm."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The space is small but cozy. the staff was incredibly helpful and educational and really helped us understand all that we would eat. And to cap the night off we got to take a photo with chef crenn even though she was very busy. This place is expensive but worth all the memories "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "...the impeccable service and attention to detail in all aspects of the dining experience made for an absolutely sensational evening. Ian was quite attentive in his assistance with wine selection. The pastry chef is a creative genius in his presentation. It was also a rewarding treat to be within earshot of Dominique issuing accented directives to her team throughout the course of the evening. And to follow along the poetic menu, line by line, whilst each creation was presented was possibly the most unique culinary adventure in which I've ever had the pleasure of partaking. I cannot in words express my gratitude."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "A wonderful dinner experience! We had the Chef's Grand Tasting Menu and enjoyed every bite- so creative, unique, and delicious! The service was excellent; very friendly, helpful, and on top of everything. The menu is unique and we enjoyed following the poem for each course. Chef Crenn came to each table to introduce herself. It's not often this happens and we enjoyed meeting her. We have been to many Michelin star restaurants and this is one of our top favorites!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We came into the city after a week in Napa to specifically eat at this restaurant and we were blown away with the experience. Each and every person was warm and attentive. The service was impeccable and seamless. No matter who was serving, pouring, or clearing, there were smiles and a true desire to make sure our evening was wonderful. The food was pure art - both in taste and vision. Nothing short of spectacular. Wine pairings were perfect and definitely the way to order. Chef Crenn thoughtfully visited all of the tables which was lovely. To enjoy this restaurant, just show up with an open mind and eat what is put in front of you with no reservations or hesitation- just trust in the chef."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was the best high-end meal I have eaten. Certainly better than Manressa and arguably better than French Laundry. We went on a Friday, so only the grand tasting menu was being served. With each course I wished the portion was bigger, but by the end of the meal I was glad they weren't - I wouldn't have been able to finish otherwise. There was a whimsy and creativity to the progression of the meal. I won't go into the detail of each course, Ruth Reichl did a much better job than I could in her recent blog entry. The wine pairing was almost impeccable. In one course an excellent Rioja was served, but I felt was a bit overpowering. I would have gone with a Sancerre Rouge. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was good but it took such a long time to get through all of the courses.... We did not choose the signature because we were told it would take 3.5-4 hours, however the shorter menu still took 3-3.5 hours so we were more sleepy by the end than anything."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited Atelier Crenn to celebrate our anniversary when we were visiting San Francisco from the UK. We love fine dining and thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Atelier Crenn. There was a relaxed atmosphere and the service was spot on. Having the chef come to speak to us during the meal was a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is by far the most creative food "artwork" I've ever seen. Spectacular presentation, extremely clever cuisine and absolutely delicious. All the staff was extremely kind, attentive and seemed to love what they were doing. Everyone must try this restaurant before they die."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We visited the restaurant at 8 p.m. - even some nicer tables were empty and stayed empty, we were seated on a very small table next to another small table. The waiters continously touched me with various body parts. The seats themself a very low and hard, for me uncomfortable. The food was good, but far away from 2 Michelin stars. The chef herself was not in. May be this was the reason? The desserts were two Michelin stars alike!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was amazed by the creativity and artistic presentation of the whole experience. We had a party of four and all of us have been to many top michelin rates restaurants around the globe. The wow effect was certainly there and all of us had a wonderful evening. At the end, we really could not think of any dish out of the 20 that we did not enjoy."
    Dined on 5/17/2014