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Jardiniere
Jardiniere
  • Address:
    300 Grove St.
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $50 and over

Jardiniere Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jardiniere.com
  • Email: info@jardiniere.com
  • Phone: (415) 861-5555
  • 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: French, Californian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "When we arrived at the restaurant we were afraid it was going to be pretentious and the food awful. Our experience was quite the reverse. Our waiter as helpful. The food was different and imaginative. A great evening."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time and finally came for my year anniversary with my partner. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable about the food and made us feel very welcome. The food was prepared with attention to detail. All of our dishes were spot on. Also, they had the best oysters I can ever remember having! The only thing is I wish the music they played in the background was a little less elevator-ish. All around this was a beautiful experience and I will highly recommend this place to all my friends!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Jardiniere was all it was touted as. The food was absolutely amazing . We ordered oysters to start and the gnocchi , followed by the chicken and the halibut . Our service the entire time was impeccable. They knew exactly when to bring the next dish. Whatever you order don't miss the desserts . There is one that has small bites of everything delish !! Bon apetit"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service! We enjoyed the entire evening and had a very memorable meal."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Booked a table here after screwing up my reservation elsewhere for what was to be a special birthday dinner. Not sure why it was so much easier to get a table because the food was fantastic and the space is very cool. We sat in the balcony looking down on the bar and up at the domed ceiling with its starlike design. The cocktails were delicious as well, and we loved the design of the glassware."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Was really looking forward to our dining experience based on other reviews I'd read and was somewhat disappointed. The service was extremely slow...we sat for probably 15-20 minutes after being seated before a wait person took a drink order. We then waited another 15-20 for the drinks to arrive. Again, another 20 or so minutes before our order was taken...I must say I enjoy an unhurried dinner, but this was a bit extreme. The food wasn't exceptional...very nice...but nothing exciting for the $$s. The space, however, is lovely and one can enjoy a good conversation without having to shout."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Not as great as it once was, but good although expensive"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "wonderful food, but the waiter was not servicing very well. Don't know if he had a bad day, but we left a small tip. The rest of the staff was helpful & courteous. I'd like to return to give it another try after the great comments I had heard from friends."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Still one of the most beautiful dining rooms in San Francisco, with a classic modern menu beautifully executed. Prices are high, and portions small, so don't go looking for comfort food or to leave feeling you've over indulged. But for a classic meal with full flavors and true refinement in execution this is your place."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This is not the first time I have been to Jardiniere, although it has been about 10 years since my last visit. The food was very good, as always, but I felt that the portions have gotten smaller. I'm not a big person, or a huge eater, but for the prices, it would have been nice to have a bit more on the plate."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We always go there for dinner before the ballet. It is just a wonderful experience all the way around. Food and wine are excellent. Service is impeccable."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This is absolutely one of the best restaurants I have ever been to!! The food was amazing and worth every dollar I saved for my wife's 30th bday!! The service is so good, they know what they are doing and is just the amount of attentiveness needed. The layout is one of my favorites. Being a restaurant manager, I would absolutely love to work in a restaurant of this caliber!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great location for pre-theater. Attentive service, delicious food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I came to San Francisco for our anniversary and decided to have the dinner and Jardiniere, and what a treat that was. The service was fantastic, the food amazing and the wine list and knowledge from staff was excellent. And to top it off, the chef wrote "happy anniversary" on the plate in chocolate, which was a special treat. If you like good food and wine, this is a place to go, you wont regret it"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu. With the exception of one offering, it was all imaginative and prepared to a high level indeed. The exception was the lamb. This dish arrived at the table at room temperature and this was not good for small cubes of lamb that were tough as well as cold. Everything else, especially the seafood and Wagyu beef dishes, were perfectly prepared. The staff was helpful and attentive without being obnoxiously in your face. This was a special birthday dinner, and well worth the expense for the experience. We left satisfied without feeling bloated."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Two of us dining, seated right away for our 5:15pm pre-show reservation. Slow to be greeted by our server, and that was the theme throughout the meal. With every interaction, the lag between the next interaction would increase exponentially. Our server suggested two wines, and offered to bring me two tastes, which never arrived. We ended up ordering two more cocktails instead, but it was just awkward. We were on a timeline, so it would have been nice if our service had been better coordinated. The food never suffered. Everything we got was hot and expertly prepared. The Bonne Bouche for dessert was a treat and great for sharing. I'd go back again, but would be more clear about communication my expectations of service."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "In every way a restaurant can be a great time Jardiniere scores excellent or very good: the place itself is quiet and tasteful -- lots of space around the tables, a subdued color scheme -- the service is wonderful -- the food is so tasty -- innovative but not show off. portions are on the border of minimal but without even a touch of being a rip off."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I wish I could give them more stars. We enjoy fine dining and I am glad we chose Jardiniere for a special night with my dad after going to the SF Symphony. Food is exquisite. Everything was perfect, i would like to highlight the service, everyone is very attentive and made our night even more special. Noise level zero, we were able to talk and feel like we were in a very intimate room.Thank you very much jardiniere, we will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very expensive and tiny portions. My guest and I both left hungry. Food was delicious…just not enough of it for the price paid."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Can't say enough of Jardiniere, very impressed with service and the food!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We entertained another couple and found the restaurant very nice and the service very good. The food was good, the fresh oysters were great, my pasta with crab was delicious but the main course of halibut was nothing to write home about. We all had fish so not much else was tried. We brought our own wine and then ordered another bottle but still were charged the cockage fees. I always feel a good restaurant should waive that if you buy their wine too. Dessert was good not great. Had the chocolate specialty which I expected to be out of this world but it was just a chocolate pudding. Cheese plate was solid. The big plus was the great attentive service and the food is certainly above average. It is very pricey. We would go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had an amazing chef's menu dinner with wine pairing and each course was a pleasant surprise and delicious treat. The wines were exquisite and each bite of food was fresh and flavorful. Service was also very attentive and excellent without being intrusive to our conversation and enjoyment of the evening. Splendid and extraordinary experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "If you like great food and excellent ambience then Jardinere is the restaurant for you! Don't miss a chance to enjoy an evening meal you'll be thrilled with!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Walking upstairs to our table, the smell of old juice and liquor wafted up from the bar. We were then seated for 50 minutes before our dinner order was taken. After that, our server passed our table 10 times without making eye contact with us despite the fact we had empty wine glasses. The food was unimpressive. We both had salads to start (extremely small portions and nothing to speak of), then shared a crab pasta (that was ok), I had the duck (super unremarkable for a $30+ dish) and she had the lamb (served tepid, also nothing special). There are plenty of restaurants in SF that have been around a lot longer but have been able to maintain their original standards. Jardiniere is apparently not one of them. Not a good way to spend $200."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "As always, he service was impeccable and thoughtful, ensuring we got out on time to get to the performance we were going to. On top of that, the food was literally exquisite!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Stellar ambiance, meal selections, fine wines (even by the glass) and waitstaff that truly know their product (inside & out) with passion and confidence. We shared the TAJARIN PASTA WITH DUNGENESS CRAB, YUZU, LITTLE GEM $30 ($24 for a smaller version). Entrees were PORK STEAK WITH RHUBARB, WILD ONION AND WHEATBERRY ($28) and the DUCK BREAST, CONFIT, SALTED KUMQUAT, TURNIP AND QUINOA ($30) with sides of roasted beets with goat cheese ($9) and the duck fat potato - fries ($11). The entrees (tonight) were a little off, which is VERY rare for Jardiniere. Tuesday might have been the B team in the kitchen?! Notes: Valet parking ($15) or a parking garage located next door. Go early and have a drink in the stunning bar, prior to dining & ENJOY."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I booked on Open Table a Monday Night Series spring lamb dinner at a 49$ price point and with dining. When I sat down and was shown the menu the entree was goatchatta and the price was 55$. I could have left the and should have. The goat dish was very lean and therefore dry and tough. The octopus salad was ok and the dessert was too sweet. The manager did honor the 49$ price. I was advised that the place was overpriced and pretentious and this was true."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Timely service, beautifully presented great food. The GF bread they bake themselves was a neat surprise! Fantastic wine list, very knowledgable staff and superb service. We'll be back - on our next trip to opera or ballet!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My friend and I were desperately in need of a "perfect" evening after a stressful week. This restaurant is close to our scheduled ballet performance but exceeded our expectations with our wonderful waiter, excellent food selection and elegant ambience. An occasion to remember."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food selections change so its always interesting The pasta with crab was exceptional The scallops are always delectable Our waiter was polished and friendly"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As someone who has frequented Jardiniere since it opened, it never fails to satisfy and bring joy to any "event" or special occasion. Great food - great service!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My husband brought me here for my birthday (St. Patrick's Day). As it was a Monday night, the restaurant was offering their prix fixe menu (which is truly a steal). Every course was thoughtful and delicious, and the wine pairings were truly excellent. They even offered a vegetarian entree substitute for my vegetarian husband. Our waiter was extremely attentive, informative, and friendly. This is really a special place and we won't hesitate to come back!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Being of Irish decent, I wanted to see what Jardinere would 'come up with'! It was not my grandmother's preparation, (her was always good), BUT, THIS WAS EXCELLENT! There is a 'goumet-side' of Irish cooking, and-it is at Jardiere!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "they do an excellent job getting you out for curtain tijme at the nearby ballet, symphony, jazz and opera"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The meal was absolutely fantastic (I can't even begin to articulate how wonderful the flavors and presentation were--best dining food we've experienced near Davies), great wine and cocktail list, nice ambience, relatively low noise level in the dining room area of the lower floor (even though we were seated next to the curtain between the dining room and bar area), and attentive yet discreet wait staff. Although a bit above our normal price point range, we very much enjoyed it for a special occasion (celebrating two friends' birthdays as a dining out experience prior to the symphony). For a great dessert, try the bonne bouche -- a plate of wonderful small concoctions (again, as assemblage of wonderful flavors) that two of us easily shared."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Jardiniere remains an exceptional dining experience. Old favorites remain on the menu (often with slight but welcome changes), new items are, without exception, always excellent and sometimes an adventure. The service just could not be better. Our only regret is that we usually only go to Jardiniere when we have to be at an 8:00 pm symphony, opera, or jazz performance - we need to change that, and spend a comfortable late dinner without any other distractions."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you want to be stunned with great food, great service, and a romantic atmosphere then Jardinere is for you. Lovely, fresh selections were presented in an artful way. Wait staff was most attentive. Our food was truly gourmet, with an eye to presentation. A wonderful place for before or after an arts event at the nearby Davies Hall, or the Opera House, or ballet. Something for every foodie on the menu. We will definitely make it a favorite on our list of San Francisco eateries!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was my second time at Jardiniere for the Monday nite special three course dinner. It is a great way to try the wine pairings which come from countries which match the theme of the meal. The Portuguese menu on Feb 24 was fabulous, with equally charming and delicious Portugese wines, and the March 3 menu for Mardi gras, with a Louisiana style was almost the match. Highly recommend this restuarant for it's ambience and service as well. From Berkeley"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The first time we did the tasting menu and wine pairing. It was the best SF dining experience we had in 7 years. This time, we went with the standard menu. Everything was great, but not as much as the first time. The place is pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "every element is well executed. Try the bargain Monday-night prix-fixe with wine pairing. Every visit has been a source of warm memories."
    Dined on 3/3/2014