Jardiniere
Jardiniere

Jardiniere

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jardiniere.com/
  • Phone: 4158615555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner reservations can be made Sun-Thurs: 5:00pm-9:00pm Fri and Sat: 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Morgan Mueller
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We are available for lunch or dinner receptions through our special events manager, Nicole Yasinsac. nicole@jardiniere.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin St.
  • Public Transit: Civic Center BART, 21 Hayes, 49 Van Ness/Mission, 47 Van Ness, F Market
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet. $15 Cash Only.
A word from Jardiniere
Jardiniere, opened in 1997, is housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco's chic Hayes Valley neighborhood. Highlights of the elegant setting include a gorgeous bar and stunning staircase. The highly refined and sensual food of Chef/Owner Traci Des Jardins is a celebration of Northern California's best seasonal bounty prepared with classic French technique. The J Lounge features a full list of specialty cocktails and wines, and offers a variety of creative lounge food and small plates. Its proximity to the theaters makes it an excellent place to dine before or after a show.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Jardiniere reviews from OpenTable diners
291 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (209)fit for foodies (188)romantic (181)notable wine list (139)neighborhood gem (66)vibrant bar scene (56)hot spot (35)good for groups (31)late-night find (28)great for brunch (7)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Never disappointed!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great evening. From the ambiance, to the food and the service all went perfectly. We've been before and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First but hopefully the last
    betbezej
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've long been a fan of Jardiniere. The food is wonderful, the ambiance is perfect for any occasion, and the service perfect. That service was noticeably lacking last Friday night before the opera. Even though the staff was aware of our 7:30 curtain, the long delay after our 1st course left us with 30 minutes to finish the meal. The lead server never stopped by to explain the delay or apologize until I flagged him. Well aware of our curtain time he even added that we might have time for dessert - if we hurried... It was no busier than it's ever been when symphony and opera are in season, and staffing seemed at full force so I'm not sure what went wrong. I'll return again but it's the first strike against my favorite SF restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    For the prices they charge, I didn't find the food to be very interesting. Service was excessively attentive.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • iluvfood
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    After the show, table for two birthday celebration dinner. We were welcomed with open door, they knew who we were, and from there treated like royalty. Chose the paring dinner. Wines perfect with 8 course chef selected meal. Our favorite and would be requested as a last supper was the Tuna an Wagyu Striploin. The taste still lingers... impeccable evening impeccable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable!
    veroVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We dine here regularly. Perhaps because this was a Tuesday evening, my "vegetarian" selection was very, very salty and a lot of oil was used in the salad. May be a different chef during the week. However, the experience is always a positive, wait staff excellent! Wine selection excellent!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food
    Honeymooners
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food and wine both fantastic and very good value (Monday night fixed price menu). Service from our main waiter was slow and stuffy although host, bar staff and other waiters all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Monday Nights
    sfjeff
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I went for the Monday night pre-set menu, and it was fantastic. Totally worth doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still at the top of their game
    WhiskeySteve
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went to the 17th anniversary of Jardinière. I cannot say enough about how the food was just perfect. First course: Duck Confit Salad. Nobody does duck better than Traci. (I was at the closing of Fleur de Lys and they had duck and it was on the rubbery side.) Second course: 10 hour short rib. SOOO tender and flavorful, no knife needed. Served with potato mousseline and consommé. Out of this world. Third course: Apple tart. Awesome. Service was, as always, impeccable. (Michael- server 1071, and Joanna at the bar.) I have been enjoying le Jardinière since 2004 when I worked in the area. I've been to all of the top restaurants in SF, and TDJ and company are still THE BEST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hawaii28VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Chef has not miss a beat. It has been years since I have been here but the food is still outstanding and the service was even better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jardiniere Tasting Menu
    jmkf
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The tasting menu was superb - however as we were treated to SO MANY amuse bouches (thank you Chef!) the two ladies in the group were not able to eat every single course! The gentleman enjoyed everything and all of us cleaned our plates for the first 4 courses! The tuna was a little salty, otherwise it was a superb meal. We are more accustomed to smaller portions in tasting mebus we have tried around the world. At Jardiniere the portions (particularly in the meat courses) were a little too large. The service was attentive and yet non-intrusive. Just what we like. Bravo and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True French Theme at Jardiniere
    opentabler7VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Just got back from France and Paris dining and this really has the true French spirit and taste. I was here years ago and loved it and finally returned. Exquisite tomato salad and short rib and perfect dessert. Great wines and cocktail lists. Very friendly professional service. They just passed their 17th anniversary on Monday. I hope they continue many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    iheartsf415
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Spent a memorable dinner for my mom's 80th Birthday. Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. Our server was full of knowledge, very kind and down-to-earth. We had a few "compliments from the chef" tastings that surprised us, and everything that we had on our palate knocked us out the park, and left us blown away. I would love to recommend this place to anyone who is celebrating something special - a big birthday, an engagement, a wedding anniversary, etc. Ambience was so beautiful with warm lighting and the dome ceiling that resembles the sky... Thank you Traci des Jardins, Matt and Morgan, and all of the crucial staff that make this place stunning in so many different ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping
    ThatsItVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was just ok.Not great, not bad..For the price the food has to be better. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service Trumps Odd Menu
    Leimy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had been a while since visiting Jardiniere and found the format changes to the menu were a bit challenging. There were fewer appetizer options (and we like ordering a bunch of different appetizers), and the range of entrees seemed narrower. My friend and I were hard pressed to find something appealing (not too heavy before an opera). The waiter, however, explained some of the appetizers a bit more fully and we were delighted with the few choices he highlighted and some of the side dishes proved more like appetizers. Had he not intervened, we might not be recommending a visit to friends. So the lesson here is to ask for help. The wait staff is very knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jardiniere
    Kiwi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Poor service, great food- that which arrived! Disappointing after the commentary on this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Does not get much better
    Stanley
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As always, food was a real delight and suggested wine pairings were spot-on. My roasted duck combo was superb, rest of the party was happy with their plates too. Will be back - my daughter is yet to try that bacon-wrapped rabbit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment from old favorite...
    PamelaJVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Up to this visit, Jardiniere was one of our favorites, especially for dinner before the theater. I'm not sure what happened, but the service this time was substandard and the food was just okay. The desserts were great, but the entrées and sides, in particular, were ho hum. In the past, the service has been exceptional (even with a theater crowd on a Saturday night), but this time we had to remind them about my husband's cocktail, we never got asked if we wanted seconds on bread, we had to waive a waiter down to ask for coffee refills (and it was really hard to get their attention), and we were given the check about an hour before the theater without being asked how things were, if we wanted anything more, etc. Not sure if we'll return.
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  • Stressful dining for Opening Night
    DonfVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Once again Jardiniere was a major disappointment on opening night of the Opera. The food quality has certainly improved and the number and professionalism of the servers was outstanding. But on a night when management knows the house will be full and the kitchen is going to get slammed, a great kitchen staff will make sure everyone is fed in a very timely manner. Waiting an hour and ten minutes for an entree is absurd. This is the second Opera Opening Night the kitchen has made the dining experience a nail biter. Sorry, love the space, the service staff is now great, but because of a poorly managed kitchen the experience was very stressful, once again. Sorry, but for me two stressful experiences is one too many.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great service!
    slwilsonVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We love this restaurant, but unfortunately the salmon was over-cooked and the hen pasta was a little plain. The stuffed rabbit was amazing. Service, drinks, and cheese plate were as good as ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wear Something Warm Tho'
    gslover60VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We began with caipirinhas, which aren't on the menu but our request was immediately greeted with "Of course." The caipirinhas were excellent, as was the wine we chose. Warm delicious bread was placed on the table within a few minutes of our being seated. I had the tuna crude with horseradish sauce and it was the best tuna I can recall eating. I followed with a pasta dish of chanterelle mushrooms and pork. Often pasta dishes taste alike, but the pasta dish my husband had differed completely, although both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exquisite and special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food at Jardiniere is always a huge treat. Every morsel is perfectly prepared and the service is attentive and kindly. The ambience always feels festive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • weird evening
    nigel54
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    No one on check in desk, get own drinks from bar. After seated 20 mins before server arrived. The place was quiet so why? Only one first course arrived. Of the 4 main courses on offer one was off as we were told 30 mins into the meal. Second courses arrived without the side orders, they came after we finished. Wine waiter invited one of our party to taste the wine and then did not bother to ask if fine before pouring out to all The food when it arrived was good but just totally unacceptable management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great anniversary dinner
    Eric
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Did the tasting menu, which was great and comparatively well priced. Upstairs along the railing there are several great tables for two. Sommelier was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hham
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    very helpful staff - starting with my calling in both late for the reservation and lost- with accomodating me and giving great directions the wine list is extensive and lovely the food wonderful. my dinner partner is vegetarian and had a wide choice too gorgeous setting with balcony seating over the bar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to take a date!
    Opsman
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service is impeccable! The best! The food was fantastic and presentation was very well done. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a higher standard of dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atacked
    Improving
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were reviewing the cocktail and wine list and we accosted by a woman. Not sure if she was the sommelier or manager - for us to make a selection. She really disrupted a nice evening. In contrast, the waiter was great and very helpful. The entrees were terrific, except the chicken was unremarkable- I expected more. The deserts were over engineered. Too many competing flavors/textures. I hope it was an off night, because previous dinners have been great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstandingly Consistent
    MITONELOVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food at each course. Made sure that every diner had some food in front of them at each course. Timely wine service/refills.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Meal
    HaveForkWillTravelVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I hadn't eaten here in years, and now I wonder why I didn't eat here sooner. Tremendous meal, greate service and excellent wine list.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    LuvwineVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What a pleasant experience in this elegant restaurant. Everyone knew the food and wine, they were great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    FancnanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Rarely do my husband and I feel like we have a perfect meal. Well, this was it! It started the moment we entered the restaurant and continued until we left. Perfect food and service. Friendly but not intrusive wait staff. This is definitely on the same level as Danko's and the other find restaurants of San Francisco and the wine country. We got the tasting menu and wine flights which are expensive, but in the right price range for this kind of restaurant. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Customer
    GiantsFan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    While the food was good, portions are small and selection limited. Our waiter was terrible, very affected, condescending and spoke fast, like he was reading from a script, such that he was hard to understand. He detracted from the experience so much that I will probably not choose this restaurant in the future. I was the one in our group of 6 that picked this restaurant, and was embarrassed by the experience. High prices for a disappointing experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food, but bad & weird & slow
    Billy2013VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As above, Traci gone all the time nowadays, so really bad & slow & weird & disjointed service. Waiter awkward & disappeared most of evening :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodiePhyl
    FoodiePhyl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful meal as usual, however very disappointed they no longer accept the Passport dining card. We give this card as a gift to us clients and always tell them about Jardiniere being a supporter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jardiniere is located in a beautiful brick landmark building and offers a First Class Experience from start to finish. A majority of tables surround and overlook the absolutely stunning bar below and they do offer booths as well. The waitstaff at Jardiniere is beyond excellent and they know the menu intimately. The food at Jardiniere is a culinary work of art, presented with just the right portions and pacing between courses. The variety on the menu offers something for everyone. The Corn Soup ($14) was excellent, Risotto ($19 / $25) was over the top and the Duck Breast ($30) was simply outrageous. The new GM should help with off nights, that all restaurants can have. Valet parking ($15) or a parking garage that's literally next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CitiGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    After an odd experience last week, it was back to wonderful!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the Monday night prix fixe
    DrSlew
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Three courses with wine pairings so we could try all their amazing food for $55. The cocktails were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fan1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very enjoyable expereince. Staff is very professional and caring
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite SF Restaurant
    Mitch
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Jardineire was our hands-down choice for 20th anniversary romantic celebration. We ordered the Chief's Tasting Menu and relied on wine recommendations from our server. Every single course was a visual and culinary work of art and we could debate for days to determine our favorite. The wine was outstanding and matched the meal quite well. We appreciated the surprise tastes in between some of the courses. And, it was a very classy touch to comp us on dessert wine and also to inscribe our hazelnut mousse plates with an anniversary message in dark chocolate. The pacing of the meal was just perfect. We never felt rushed, yet the server ensured that all was served within the 2 hours we had available before theatre. I look forward to more!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    naninniVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The restaurant is really a cozy comfortable venue. and the food was very good with proper size proportions. Wine list very expensive. Just felt it was missing something. also felt bread on request is not proper (not sure if they charge for it-and would have felt embarrassed to say no we don't want great if there was a charge ( only wanted 1 small piece)- we waited over 20 minutes for the appetizer and just didn't want to drink up the expensive wine without food to go with it. so we were 2 people- 1 appetizer to share pedron pepper w/charred octopus-outstanding entree was the duck. and the lamb- both very good and again proper portion- so not sure why the waiter tried to persuade us to order a side of vegetablel with them -
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary
    MikeSF
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Dining at Jardiniere is a culinary adventure. From the appetizer through the dessert, the incredible flavors of each dish are to be savored. We have dined here before but this was the first time I tried the Risotto. It was simply the best that I have ever tasted, which did not surprise me. The service, as always, was superb: attentive and graciously friendly without being overbearing. When we received a confirmation call regarding our reservation, my wife mentioned that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The shared desert plate we were served had "Happy Anniversary" inscribed very elegantly in chocolate. We simply love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate