Lovely surprise-We'd walked down the alley a number of time when in SF, but had not gone inside. What a great surprise. Funky, fun decor, great cocktails, excellent service. Interesting menu choices. My husband enjoyed the duck less than I did - it's served medium and we forgot to ask before ordering, but I thought it was delicious. We split appetizers and one entree. We would definitely return.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLots of FunI came here on my 30th Birthday. Everyone in the restaurant was so nice to us, and we had such a great experience. The food was delicious (as was the wine) and we ended up staying for 3 hours! I want to thank everyone at Gitane for such a special birthday experience.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden GemA great restaurant which transports you into another world as soon as you walk in the door. The interior design alone is a reason to come and check it out. However, the food is just as pleasurable. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. I would recommend coming here for a special occasion or with an out of town guest.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGitane Continues on a RollGitane continues to excell in all key facets of the dining experience.
We recently had a pre-theatre dinner with the fish entrees, petrale sole and the pescado asado, exceptionally good. The flavors and texture of the latter dish was outstanding and memorable; well worth the cost of the dish which is the most expensive on the menu.
The Spanish centered wine list is interesting and accessible through the very informed knowledge of the wait staff. Service was excellent; both timely attentive and non-intrusive.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the inovative menuHad a great time in the retro burlesque dinning space. My favorite was the innovative menu of dishes and flavor pairings I never tried before. The Monday night secret menu a definete plus!6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGitane has beautiful, funGitane has beautiful, fun details throughout the restaurant to please your eye. The setting is an experience by itself. I also enjoyed the steak, and they had no problem substituting extra spinach for my potatoes. Claude Lane, the little alley it is on, is so sweet too.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was so tasty andEverything was so tasty and fresh! Never disappoints!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and WineFood quality very good and inventive combinations; tasting menu was very good and the wine pairing spot on; the four pour sherry tasting can substitute for the wine pairing at a lower cost.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat fun!This was a real find! Located in a cool alley. It was very dark and seductive. The food
Was very different and exceptional. Would definatly go again.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMcommentvery good choice for an evening out or business dinner5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMnever disappointedI wanted a very special place to have dinner with my parents for my 24th birthday. My mom is a chef in Texas and is very peculiar about restaurants, but I knew that Gitane would not disappoint! The food was delicious as always, and my mother wouldn't stop talking about how good the food was. Success! We had an amazing dinner and we all left Gitane as a happy family!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMRomance wedgeMy friend and I came here for a dinner, and they gave us a wedge table that was very intimate. We were the only ones not making out on in of these tables- awkward. Otherwise it was all amazing!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGo GitaneRecent meals at Gitane have been consistently enjoyable with regional Spanish specialties that have interesting ingredients and are well prepared. Recent hits have included the salmonete appetizer and the pancetta rabbit with snails. Our groups have included friends/family bewtween the ages of 22 and 72, and all enjoy the energetic atmosphere and striking decor. Plus it's open later than most downtown restaurants.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved the atmosphere, theWe loved the atmosphere, the food, the hostess, and the waiters. Couldn't be better!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMA delicious dinnerThe tasting menu paired with delicious wines was delicious. The decor is very unique and interesting. Service was efficient and friendly. Highly recommend Gitane and we will be going back on a regular base.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMID DOCFood is excellent. Ambiance and service are excellent.
Entree portions could be a bit more generous5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSwank Dining AtmosphereGreat knowledgeable server regarding specialty cocktail selection, wines which weren't our local variety and entree choice questions. Highly recommend the Alcachofas/Artichokes appetizer, also had the Albondigas/Rabbit and Pork Meatballs. Entrees were both delish...the pancetta wrapped rabbit and the plump monkfish. The bar scene looked like a fun place to hang or even dine at. We had a great little triangular romantic table in the corner...great dining room atmoshphere and a nice spot for 'Date Nite'!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMgorgeously loungy atmosphereI'm going to dream about the boquerones for weeks.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFun decor and lively bar.Fun decor and lively bar. Food is delicious and cooked perfectly however portions could be a bit larger. Next time I will try the tasting/pairing menu which looks very interesting however everyone at the table needs to partake. Couldn't convince the others in my group to try it.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMDON'T MISS OUT ON THIS GEMI loved everything about this place. The food was amazing! The decore is beautiful. The ambiance divine. I will definately return.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWords Don't Do in JusticeThe tasters menu and wine pairings were simply stunning. From the white asparagus starter through to the dark chocolate and cherry desert, every dish was well prepared with balanced and interesting flavor combinations complemented with delicious wine pairings that were spot on. The presentations were nicely done with a fine staff of team service, in an intimate setting. I can't wait to come back to San Francisco and make this a regular dining destination. Don't be put off by the lane (alley) entrance location, the décor is surprisingly warm and welcoming.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I enjoyed ourMy husband and I enjoyed our evening at Gitane so much. We loved the decor, and thought our food was quite delectable. The service was impeccable as well. So, overall, we were extremely happy with our choice, it did not disappoint!
Thanks!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food! We had theAmazing food! We had the pre fixe meal, and were just blown away by the deliciousness. I can't wait to go back again.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect pairingsThis is the first meal I've ever had that made feel like dancing after experiencing a dreamlike symphony of wine and food . We had the pairing of food and wine from the passport menu. I have always enjoyed food and wine pairings, but never have I had such complimentary combinations. Each sip of wine enhanced the taste of the course in front of you to the point the wine was part of the course completely and should not be separated. Simply wonderful meal and the restaurant is beautiful.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service wereThe food and service were great, as we're the cocktails. The lighting was really nice, not to bright.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen i walk in the restaurant,When i walk in the restaurant, the interior was differnt. Its actually look very fun and good place to hang at the bar. I order scallop and fish for appertizer. Scallop was good but way too pricy. I got only one piece of scallop and a little piece of sweet bread for 16$ but its was pretty good tho. The fish is alright, well serve and tasty. For entree i got flat steak and duck breast. The food portions in here are pretty small. But the food was good.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMYou won't find a more interestingYou won't find a more interesting looking restaurant in San Francisco. Beautiful bar. Food is great although I preferred the menu before they shifted to the focus on one single area in Spain. Hoping that will broaden again.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMstaff was very friendly andstaff was very friendly and inviting..from the hostess,our waitress,and other wait staff. we had great recommendations from our waitress,who was also very knowledgeable w the menu and wines. food was yummmy! cant wait to get the duck again.. and the steak..and the ham plate...and the meatballs :-)4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming hideawayLovely menu of fine unusual choices not found elsewhere. Perfect smaller portions of healthy ingredients sated that palate without stuffing the belly leaving all of us feeling wonderful after the delightful meal. Finding the charming place in its little alley hideaway was part of the exploratory challenge. Gitane is just he sort of special place we wanted to find during our week in San Francisco. Thanks to friends we had booked before coming.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFanciful decor,like enteringFanciful decor,like entering another world from Claude Lane. Inspired dishes and decor alike. I enjoyed the glassed in brick dining room that seems suspended in mid air almost as much as I enjoyed my Monkfish entree. Great spot to meet others.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMNever had Spanish food, soNever had Spanish food, so the waitress was very helpful to explain the menu. Food was very good, the wine was perfect. Great atmosphere, loved the décor and the staff were very nice. I recommend people visiting the restaurant.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was great. We lovedEverything was great. We loved the rabbit (?) meat balls!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWOWWent with high expectations, not disappointed...from greeting to ambiance to food to desert
outstanding.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the 5 course tastingWe had the 5 course tasting menu with wine. Four of the dishes were very good: white asparagus salad, torta de quesos, quail ballantine, and lamb shoulder, all with outstanding wine pairings. The accompaniments were mostly excellent with the exception of the overprocessed smoky eggplant puree that came with the lamb and tasted only of smoke. Sponge cake/ice cream underwhelmed after such a quality meal.
Service was very good and the room is quiet allowing for easy conversation.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good Spanish food. TastingVery good Spanish food. Tasting menu was delicious with a superb slow-roasted lamb shoulder as the star. Wines are well-chosen. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly and very accommodating.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM