Chez Spencer
Chez Spencer
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Chez Spencer

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezspencer.net/
  • Phone: 4158642191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday- Thursday: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday- Saturday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm Sunday- 5:30-10:00 pm Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Laurent Katgely
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for availability and information or email at events@chezspencer.net ask for Hilary.
  • Private Party Facilities: Email for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessy Jones 4158642177
  • Special Events: Your invited to join Le Cercle Rouge (the red circle) purchase a Chez Spencer gift certificate from now to May 20, 2012 and 5% will go to Glide Food Bank and you get membership into Le Cercle Rouge. Go to www.chezspencer.net to find out more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Folsom & Harrison Sts.
  • Public Transit: Bart stop 16th St and Mission St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of street parking.
A word from Chez Spencer
Chez Spencer is an elegant French restaurant and bar tucked away on 14th Street. Rolling gates open into a flowered garden with a fully covered heated patio. The restaurant is set in a soaring, loft-like space with a wood-burning oven at its center. Chef. Laurent Katgely has won glowing reviews from The New York Times, Gourmet,GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, etc. Chef Laurent has been on Food Network- The Great Food Truck Race, TLC- Top 10 Fab Food Trucks,Best Food Ever and Oprah Winfrey Show . Chez Spencer opened Spencer on the go- French Take-Away truck, which is parked on Folsom & 7th St, Wed- Sat starting at 6:00pm.
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Chez Spencer reviews from OpenTable diners
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    I've driven by this restaurant a dozen times and wanted to try it after seeing it reviewed on Check Please. I was not prepared for the beautiful interior with arched wooden beams framing the high ceiling or the casual elegance I encountered. The food choices were excellent and everything we ordered was superb. We enjoyed every bite and sip of wine in a comfortable but beautiful ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Was very disappointed in both the food and the service. I had been to the restaurant a couple of years ago and had really enjoyed the food. This time I was shocked at how mediocre/poor the food was. $30 steak was overlooked. Food was under seasoned. Soggy pastry on the escargots lollipops - they clearly been baked ahead of time and reheated. Only redeeming quality was that the waiter was kind enough to let us tast several wines to allow us to pick the wine that would pair best with the food. What happened to this place??
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notes on Chez Spencer
    irishice
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The menu was a little hit and miss. The sweetbreads were wonderful, the scallops very good (though not knock-me-to-my-knees good), the chocolate lamb was wonderful, the asparagus (what there was of it) was good, The parmesan risotto was ordinary and over priced (I make better at home), and the filet mignon was surprisingly tough (for filet), but had a wonderful sauce of morel mushrooms and with some kind of truffle infusion. All said, I don't think I'd go back, and if I did I'd be very selective in my choices. Our server was polite and efficient, a bit distant, no special good vibes. I loved the ambiance with jazz in the background and the feeling that you'd found a hip secret hideout.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as special as past
    Oldsoho
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Food not as carefully prepared as past. Squab over cooked. Steak brought out too rare. An ambitious menu nice wine list. Attentive service
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Near ACT Theatre Mission Armory
    robert
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Popped in for dinner before a play at the armory. Reservation was for 5:30 which allowed plenty of time for dinner before the play. Try the asparagus and the beet salads - Excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inside? Outside?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I want to start by saying that our meal at Chez Spencer was amazing. Unfortunately the seating or staffing situation that evening seemed less than ideal. We were seated in the front area away from the main dining room and rarely saw our waiter, or he us. It took ages before we had someone come to take our order. Though I liked the ambiance in the 'outside' seating area next time I'll request the main dinning room as the staff seemed very dotting of the patrons there. Regardless I would like to return as it is a treasure of a place and I'm sure they will sort this thing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The ambiance at Chez Spencer is pitch perfect--understated elegance meets romantic French garden. Plus, the food is spectacular, standouts include the asparagus, filet mignon, scallops, and the cod. Haven't been disappointed yet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Food quality and taste were were acceptable and "typical" for a restaurant in this price range but not outstanding. The best dish were the seared scallops. The setting may be viewed as trendy by some guests and as sub par by others.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We had a fantastic evening! Everything was delicious. Entrees are $30+, which was a little steep...but overall a great date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We had this restaurant on our must do list for some time now. We ate there on our 35th anniversary. The food is fabulous and such a romantic space. Next time we will try the patio outside. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Be sure to check this place out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening.
    TobalaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Celebrated an anniversary there and it was special...not noisy and very good friendly service. My husband had a Sweetbread appetizer and they were the best we've had anywhere. Ihad a butter lettuce salad with superb dressing. For the main course I would highly recommend the duck in a lovely sauce (not too sweet) with small light crepes and venison which was extemely tender and flavorful. We shared profiteroles for dessert that were yummy with a dark chocolate sauce which I would have liked more of. Athough it is a bit pricey, I would highly recommend Chez Spencer for a special occasion or just a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made the reservation in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    I made the reservation in advance and they called to confirm on the dinner day. We got there on time but spent 5 minutes find a parking spot. when we arrived, the hostess informed us that our table was not ready and the guests were having dessert. she offered patio seating but we declined and wait. the hostess was very nice and kept us informed. we waited 10 to 15 minutes and was offered next available table inside. the foods were great except when we ordered two desserts and they brought out 3 desserts and charged us 3 portions. we didn't order but paid for it. two were the same dessert. we would have order the 3rd dessert different than what they brought out. one thing - food odors can really got on clothes
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    I don't have a single negative thing to say about Chez Spencer. The entire experience was a delight. Would recommend it as a 'must' to anyone living in or visiting San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I really enjoy this restaurant.
    susbuzzVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    I really enjoy this restaurant. It has a very relaxed feeling with really good food and very friendly and efficient service. I recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Very intimate, great place for a romantic date. The food was delicious and the service was elegant with out being stuffy. I am looking forward to comeback again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My date ordered the tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    My date ordered the tasting menu & had the truffled mushroom soup which was rich and very good, had the pan seared scallops which were the best she ever had, and the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly. I had the butter lettuce salad which was very good due to the dressing and the Parmesan risotto which also was good. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Always terrific! My go-to
    T8SDAD
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Always terrific! My go-to place when important guests are in town. Great wines, cozy atmosphere, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    OTUser
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Excellent food and service. A very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a wonderful dining experience.
    robt
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    It's a wonderful dining experience. The one thing that did not feel quite right was the Bus person was not friendly at all and a bit rude. The waiter was Fantastic. The food was very good, but a bit pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Disappointing
    ArbitratorVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Across 14th Street from the Wag Hotel, you enter Chez Spencer literally through a hole in the wall - once in, you're in a high ceilinged, loft-like room with a semi-industrial feel. The food is French - the preparation last night seemed a little off - I had sweetbreads that were almost perfectly sauteed, but were then doused with a vinaigrette that was so sharp it puckered my mouth; the lamb was beautifully grilled, but it was tough - very tough; my wife's filet mignon was well seasoned, but the morel and maitake sause was unaccountably watery. Service was friendly, but after taking our order, our waiter simply disappeared. At $160 for two that's a pretty steep proposition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • One of our favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    One of our favorite restaurants in the City. My wife and I celebrated our 7th Anniversary here on Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Never Going Back!
    KsmoVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    After researching this restaurant, my husband & I were excited to celebrate our Anniversary at Chez. Unfortunately, our server was unattentive, lacked professionalism and had no personality, at least with us. We had ordered a bottle of wine & we had to keep filling our glasses since our server rarely ever came over to our table & when he did he didn't pour our wine or even ask how everything was. We couldn't leave quick enough, we ended up going back into Union Square to a newly opened wine bar where they were friendly. Since we were so UNimpressed with our server we can't remember his name but on the receipt it's server #8. He needs to take lessons from Meghan at Kuleto's; she's friendly, professional & attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very innovative menu with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Very innovative menu with a fine array of choices. Wine a bit pricey. Excellent service, attentive but not pushy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food! bit of wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Excellent food! bit of wait for table 9very crowded)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation made no difference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Rude hostess - we were not seated for over 30 minutes after our reservation, and with no apology for this delay. Their bar service was frustratingly slow as well. Won't be going back.
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  • Great food, amazing ambiance
    Whitt
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Service a little spotty--forgot to bring out water for us 15 minutes after we sat and desserts (it was my birthday) went out to the wrong table--the one next to ours--but the ambiance and quality of food (while expensive) made up for it. The server, I must say, was very informative and helpful in helping us determine what to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were here for a birthday
    karin
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We were here for a birthday celebration which I specified on the Open Table website. Without a reminder they brought a card and candle with the dessert- a very nice touch. The service was good, though they want ed to whisk plates away too quickly. Another waiter nearby had a loud piercing voice that raised noise levels considerably. The food was quite good. The escargot lollipops were dry but perhaps they were meant to be. I ordered the lamb rare and it was definitely not rare. Most of the pieces verged on well done. It was so tasty, though, that I ate without complaint. This restaurant had seating for large parties as well as strategically placed intimate seating. A good special occasion spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've had drinks at the bar
    MlsfVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    I've had drinks at the bar at Chez Spencer a couple of times over the past year, but hadn't stayed for dinner. The ambiance is really fantastic - a beautiful building, with spare but very tasteful decor...a great place for a quiet friday night wind-down dinner. Food was quite good across the board. The venison and sturgeon were great, lamb good and duck ok. Appetizers were generally strong (beet salad, asparagus, escargot lollipops). Dessert (profiteroles) was great. The service was ok. Our waiter was not particularly friendly and seemed sort of annoyed when we asked for recommendations (I hate the "it depends on what you like" answer). I like to hear a little more excitement and passion about the restaurant's offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great experience.I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Always a great experience.I appreciate the fact that it is consistent.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A very fine restaurant, attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    A very fine restaurant, attentive and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    We loved the menu and the waitress was very friendly. We ordered 1. Red & Gold Beet Salad: Love the generous size of the beets because many other places serve small dices or few slices. Touch of the blue cheese is excellent. Refreshing & satisfying overall. 2. Morrocan Eggplant: The is something very special about the dressing. Perhaps I liked the slight spiciness so I used my bread to soak up the dressing. 3. Escargot Lollipop Puff Pastry: The moistness, slightly flakiness of the pastry and the escargot blended very well together. In fact it was hard to tell apart which is the pastry and which is the escargot when I bite into it. 4. Pan Seared Tai Snapper Consome: We ended our savories with this light broth and fish dish. Perfect!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food was outstanding.We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    The food was outstanding.We especially loved the Sturgeon as a main course, and the scallops appetizer. Our main waiter seemed a bit distracted and inattentive, but the host stepped in and helped us with wine and made sure we were being taken care of. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the dishes. It was quiet and romantic, we liked the ambiance. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • One unfortunate side effect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    One unfortunate side effect of the open kitchen being so close to the tables, was the frequent smell of cooking fish wafting over guests. Not appetizing, especially if eating meat. Other than that, everything is very solid. The outdoor space is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It lived up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    It lived up to its reputation and I had longed to have dinner there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved everything about Chez
    salseraVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Loved everything about Chez Spencer! The ambiance, food, and service are notable. I love that it is a little gem tucked away in the most random part of the Mission district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was all very good. our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    food was all very good. our main server wasn't overly friendly or attentive but not rude either, all the other servers like the water girl came around often and were very nice. would definitely go back sometime
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Put quite simply: A wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Put quite simply: A wonderful experience and Laurent is the best. John R.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful gem in the heart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Beautiful gem in the heart if the mission. We live in the neighborhood an were pleasantly surprised by ambiance, which was quite nice. The servers seemed to be amateurs, not knowing how- when to fill wine glasses, remove plates, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very responsible staff, delicious
    MBBBVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Very responsible staff, delicious food, lamb & duck, fine French wine list, great table overlooking the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though the restaurant
    KrakVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Even though the restaurant was still 1/3 empty when we left, we were sat outside with heaters that were too hot, and loud-blaring Jazz. Food was okay. Wine list is poor given size/pricing/SF location. No need to ever go back.
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