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Baker and Banker
Baker and Banker

Baker and Banker Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bakerandbanker.com
  • Phone: (415) 351-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Every night 5:30PM- 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Banker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush Street
  • Public Transit: 2,3,4 muni lines,Post and Octavia
    1 muni line, Sacramento and Octavia
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available only on Fridays and Saturdays for $12.
A word from Baker and Banker
Husband and wife team Lori Baker and Jeff Banker opened the doors to their Lower Pacific Heights restaurant in December 2009.The dining room, decorated with caramel colored walls and leather banquettes, sits in a historic turn of the century Victorian that once served as an apothecary. Chef Jeff Banker prepares seasonally driven New American cuisine that utilizes produce and meats sourced from local farms. Pastry Chef Lori Baker turns out hand crafted breads and sophisticated versions of classic American desserts. Our wine list has been carefully chosen to maximize the diners experience with a mix of Old and New World labels. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "But...they charge $5 for the bread basket and don't tell you. I know it's not a big deal but that just irked me to no end b/c I ended up paying $5 to eat 1/2 a piece of bread...but now I know and so I'll be sure to skip the next time I go."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our food very much. The duck is amazing, and the "Toad in a Hole" is also very good. Desserts were outstanding: we tried them all! The best was the cookie, which I'm sure I'll not forget in a long time... and I am not a dessert person! The wine selection is great, although a little bit overpriced. The rest of the check was surprisingly not high at all. The only downside, in my opinion, is that it is too noisy."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food at Baker & Banker - I'd heard a ton and been dying to try it. To start we shared the corn soup which they split for us in two bowls - I'm a HUGE corn soup fan and this did not disappoint. I also had the Toad in a hole which was the most INCREDIBLE vegetarian dish I'd personally ever had (I'm typically a carnivore). Last we finished with the fried peach pie... and halfway through we ordered another (seriously). Best dessert I ever had."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I went for last monday's (14th July) nightly special, steak and frites, and it, per usual, was sensational. Ethan (my server) recommended the corn and lobster fritter soup, which I couldn't stop savoring. Lori and Jeff (owners) stopped by periodically to check on me (as did another server-Darla)..I feel so much at home when I come to this place, and truly hate it when the experience ends. Oh, and yes, the wine pairing was sensational (both sauvignon blanc and a french bordeaux). I don't normally do desserts, as I was pretty full, but had the strawberry shortcake, which was wonderful and artfully presented. Kudos to my favorite restaurant in SF for another great dinner event."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food is great, but the space itself is very drab. Adding a nice big bouquet of flowers on the wine bar, maybe a flower or two on each table, and some art work on the walls would make it more inviting and romantic. The interior is rather uninteresting unlike the food. Also, wines by the glass are very limited and expensive."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As a frequent patron to this charming establishment, I brought my two long time Irish friends here for dinner, and they were blown away by the extremely charming and forthright attention to detail and caring that these folks give to all their patrons, including us. We were showered and pampered with so much attention, but not to the point of obtrusion. Ethan, Mark and the sweet hostess and a few of the other servers (whom I don't know their names) were all charming and delightful. The special of the day didn't disappoint along with the 2 appetizers. The only disappointment was that we had to leave their presence and couldn't be pampered any further. My Irish friends said it was the highlight of their stay thus far in SF."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Delicious food, friendly staff, did not have to wait long, would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were welcomed with a warm neighborly smile as soon as we entered the restaurant and were escorted to our table. I was very appreciative that they actually had made a note of our dietary restrictions and had already informed the kitchen. Our group ordered duck, salmon and mushroom. All three dishes were fantastic. The deserts were awesome and my companions almost skipped the meal to just dine on every desert on the menu. I will be definitely returning for another fantastic dinner/service. One request I have is for the restaurant to have gluten free bread available."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Baker and Banker. Our waiter was just the right amount of attentive, knew the menu and wine list and made great recommendations. We had the lamb and the duck entrees. Just fantastic! Had to have the cookie and ice cream for dessert, don't miss that! The restaurant has a very charming, comfortable vibe. Really lovely."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent food top to bottom with an even better wine list."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Baker and Banker is everything that it's hyped up to be and more! The staff was very attentive, even the Chef / Owners came around to say hello and make sure everyone's meals were outstanding. For my money I'd say that Baker and Banker is nearly on par with Gary Danko minus the cheese cart."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went on monday the 23rd for their version of Southern Fried Chicken, and it didn't disappoint (again). I've had it once before, and it was truly succulent and juicy, and served over a bed of mashed potatoes/gravy (which could have been a little more) and their homemade slaw (yummy). My friend and I also had the hamachi appetizer, which was incredible as well. We couldn't get enough. We enlisted the help of the sommelier for a few suggestions on wine pairings, and we were amazed at what he came up with, as well. Ethan, our server, was incredible and paid attention to detail and made sure we were happy and content. Jeff (chef) came out to check to see if everything was to our satisfaction. All in all a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I'd heard about this place before and definitely wanted to check it out with my significant other. I was there for work alone and didn't know when I'd be back - so I went ahead and tried it. For such a recognized restaurant, I would have expected it to be larger - but it was actually quite quaint and charming. I went on a Sunday evening, so it was quiet. The food was exceptional and the service was fantastic. Don't know what could have made this place better."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my first time to eat at Baker and Banker. The food was very good-rich flavors. The corn soup was great-a must get! The service was just okay. I was hoping for a bit more from our server-he wasn't very personal, more serious and didn't talk much to us at all. Cute, intimate restaurant with good energy :)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not necessarily the drivers of the Roman mob, but we began with the artisanal breads and finished with the ice cream and chocolate covered cookie. The games began with a quick slaughter of the lettuce cloaked special. The Steak and Lamb gladiators fought gallantly next, a Spanish Tempranillo overseeing the whole of the coliseum. Pollice Verso. (Let's see you if you really know your latin...)"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We can walk up the street, sit down and walk back down the hill totally satisfied - and I don't have to wash any dishes. I think this is becoming the new "Bucks" - lots of business people cutting deals, even on a Sunday night. Thus, quiet, and even those tables that brought children, these are children you want to be with - polite, quiet, well mannered, with parents who recognize you are in a public place and children shouldn't make the evening dinner anything but delightful! What a wonderful restaurant - the food and wine delicious, the attention to clients warm and friendly, and overall, a consistently wonderful night out. Keep watching the details and don't change!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Besides baking their own delicious breads, B&B delivers on all promises. They have a menu of seasonal food, very well prepared and professionally served. Wines are well curated. It really is a fine neighborhood spot that rises above most."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • " We arrived early and escorted to the small wine bar where the sommelier helped us select pinot in our price range. We were timely seated along the wall near several other 2 tops with friendly adjoining diners. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive in describing the dishes. The dishes are multi textured with complex flavors to delight the palate. We had an excellent calamari appetizer in lettuce cups, followed by fettuccini with porcini, duck breast and concluding with sinful, warm chocolate cookie with ice cream. I rate this romantic because of its small size and warm interior. It is also one of the neighborhood gems one finds in SF with impressive wine list, interesting and imaginative dishes and attentive owners."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants even though I don't get there often enough. The dishes never disappoint, the staff is friendly, informative and not intrusive. This time I had their delicious corn soup (after an amuse bouche of their home-made savory jam on toast), a basket of assorted breads, and a beautiful piece of trout that was done so well that I ate the crispy skin also (not usual with me -- it's usually left behind). The waiter was helpful in the choice of wines. I find it's a total dining experience at Baker and Banker. Oh, and did mention that a chef comes to the table at the end of the meal? That's another warm gesture to make one feel at home and cared for and keeps it on my "favorite" list."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Both Baker and Banker shine at this gem. The menu is creative and everything on it is amazingly flavorful. It is refreshing to not have huge portions when the meal is so decadent. So if you are starving, by all means order the bread basket. Not only will each item in it delight you, it will keep you from being too hungry at the end of the meal. But save room for dessert. We had a hard time choosing which delight we would have from Chef Baker! The sommlier also shines here. Let him pick out something you have never head of and just go with that. He made an outstanding choice for a Cabernet that we are going to order a case of right now!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was the 2nd time at B & B after they took over the old Quince space. We preferred the romantic ambiance that Quince had over this darker slightly sleeker look. Overall I found the dishes on the salty side although I like it saltier than average. The appetizers - soup, calamari wrap and tartar - were nicely done. For main we liked the duck but was slightly disappointed with the lamb trio and scampi risotto. The desserts mostly came with a sherbert or ice cream and were ok at best. The service is competent and both Baker and Banker came out to greet us which is a great touch. There was no valet and parking can be challenge although not close to the level of mission or north beach. Nice dinner overall and we'll be back"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was okay, had the corn soup with lobster fritter. The soup was good but not great, the fritter could have been anything, all I could taste was fried batter. For the entree I order the scallops which where super fresh and cook perfectly. The couscous with it was good too but nothing wonderful. There where also two foams one white and one orange with absolutely no flavor so I don't know what they where meant to be. I also have never had a foam that I liked and do not like something that looks like dish soup on my food; so I may be a bit bias on this point. Dessert was the blueberry buckle, not good, I believe they use the microwave to reheat it. But the creame fresh ice-cream was good. No I will not return to eat here :("
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Although this place was listed as a "hot spot" several years ago, it was a little out of my orbit so never stopped by. Since then, although the food at B&B is still quite good, the very high end has moved to more bold flavors. The combinations at B&B are good, but there's something missing about the level of pure raw power in the cooking. For example, a corn soup described as "very sweet" was much less sweet than I expected, having similar later season soups at other restaurants. A carrot foam - carrot has a very strong taste and foam should be intense - was only slightly carrot-ish. The entire package of the restaurant - ambiance, service, food was pleasant but didn't stand out in a very competitive class of restaurants in san francisco."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food is good. Cute area. Tables for two are a bit close. Duck is delicious. Strawberry trio dessert was disappointing. Bread basket was just ok... Not worth $5. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great dinner at B&B last Saturday night. We started with the smoked trout on a latke which was a great combination of flavors. For entrees, the duck was fantastic with a confit wrap that was fun and tasty. We also had a halibut and calimari entree which was prepared just right. As for desserts, the XXX was probably a little overrated but the greek yogurt panna cotta was above expectations. Lastly they have a short but fun beer selection. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "What changed? We had a great experience on New Year's Eve we decided to invite friends. Very Disappointing-lamb was salty,duck was fatty, and sardine was too fishy. We may not go back!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Has been one of my favorite, go to restaurants in the city for a couple years and it did not disappoint. The Filo & speck wrapped asparagus were delicious & the salty foam with my bay scallops was inventive & delicious."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent menu which changes daily. I had great scallops."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was outstanding fresh flavorful and amazing! The bread, desserts were fabulous I couldn't stop eating! "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Our dinners were superb. The dishes were well thought through and included several different and complimentary tastes. The smoked trout on latke is outstanding - I may have 2 as my main next visit."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This was our first time here. Everything was fabulous. The basket of bread was different and very tasty. We shared the smoked trout. I had the scallops and my date had the fettuccine, both were fantastic. The service was great too."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood, and am fortunate to get their weekly monday web specials. The last 2 visits I thoroughly enjoyed the "Southern Fried Chicken" dinner and most recently the "German Wiener Schnitzel" meal. Neither of these disappointed. I also love the starter menu. Their daily soup specials are always wonderful (love the spring pea soup) and most recently I had the smoked trout over potato latkes, which were sensational. I always opt for the wine pairing, which is given to me by a most knowledgable sommelier. All in all, the experience at B&B is a true 4 or 5 star S.F. dining experience and I recommend it highly, whether visiting or in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The only negative was the waiter missed writing down one of our appetizer orders and we never got it. And there was a long delay between the first appetizer and the main course. And quite noisy. But the food was great."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A wonderful environment for an intimate meal and unbelievable food and service"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is a rare find, an ambitious, creative California restaurant without pretense, serving supaerb seasonal American foodi In a comfortable, causal and confident, friendly and attractive environment. Ab authentic San Francisco version of what you might expect to find on a lucky day in Paris - a place you want to come back to."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Very well done, sweet wine guy. Duck duo dish & garlic soup most notable :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Elegant and comfortable at the same time. One of those restaurants you hope to stumble upon. Fabulous bread, very nice wine."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Every course was fantastic. Soup. Appetizer. Entrees. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The flavors of the food intertwined perfectly with each other. The presentations were artistically beautiful. The service was gracious and pleasant. The sophisticated palates of my three dining companions (a wealthy Ukrainian-born industrialist, his lovely young Financial-whiz of a wife, and my sexy craft spirits saleswoman of a girlfriend) confirmed that the night at Baker & Banker could not have been better."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This was our fourth experience at B&B and everything, from ambiance to service to cuisine, was absolutely sublime. We introduced four friendss to the restaurant and they are still raving about the food and service. What a pleasure. We look forward to returning very soon. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014