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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "We went here for a birthday dinner and had a lovely experience. The staff was incredibly helpful and attentive very question was answered about the wine list and menu even before we asked on most items. In all the food was delicious, the wine list was extensive, and the service was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Not what it used to be. Menu options limited, small portions, but the setting is nice"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Kudos to the chef! Outstanding and unique French cooking. We ordered appetizers, an octopus pasta (our favorite!) and a chicken entree with amazing frites, dessert. We shared everything and the restaurant split dishes for us. So we didn't over indulge, but came away very satisfied, and got to try many items. The service was excellent and unrushed. We had a romantic table for two overlooking the bar. For parking, to our surprise, the Valet cost $15, same as the garage next door, our car was waiting for us after the concert at Davies, and we drove off while the crowd was still pouring in to the garage to get their car."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is right across the street from the opera house and the S.F. SYMPHONY venues. Great food and a perfect place to go before the show"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Overall: You pay for it, but it's well worth it. Jardiniere is formal, yet approachable. The real gem is the drinks and food. You are presented with a formidable number of wine and spirit choices. I did a scotch flight, but they can do a flight on any type of liquor you like. My wife had a glass of the Riesling, which was good enough for a refill request. In contrast, the food menu is simple and elegant. The a la carte choices are satisfying and delicious. I have yet to try the tasting menu, but honestly, it's only a bit more expensive than going a la carte, so we will try that next time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We don't get to Jardiniere often; we try to avoid it during opera season, since it is very crowded and noisy then. Here in mid-summer this time, and our waiter apparently thought we were a pair of pig farmers from Iowa.He launched into an explanation of the menu, which we halted about minute into it, but he kept showing his superior knowledge for the next 1 1/2 hours of dining, despite our attempts to shut him up. When we were leaving he smirked "Have a nice trip home." and I answered "We are home, but we're leaving soon for the opera season in Santa Fe." He looked stunned. This unacceptable in a great restaurant like Jadriniere. New Yorkers would eat him alive. I left him his 20% anyway (about $60 on a $250 tab for two, by the way)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We went for the Monday prix fixe menu. A fun experience. It gave us the chance to try a lot of new wines."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've enjoyed many wonderful pre-performance dinners at Jardiniere over the years so I hope this was just an off night. The problem with the overly salted entree was compounded by the inattentive waiter."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I had an incredible meal! I can't believe I waited 11 years to dine at Jardiniere!!! Every course was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Delicious and creative menu options. Outstanding service. Days later, I'm still thinking about our dinner and experience. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I really wanted to have some delicious food and I'm glad I chose Jardiniere. The bar staff was friendly and our main waiter knew everything about every dish. We both really enjoyed our plates, however, I know it's pricey there, but the portion size! What can I say, I like to eat and taste, I don't think a second plate of charcuterie should be needed to have enough in my mouth to taste the flavors :( But they are all about customer service, when one drink took a while to prepare, they brought a second one (different distillery) at no charge. A fully enjoyed meal here could easily be your entertainment for the night, if you have the bankroll!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I take my clients to Jardiniere and I'm always certain the food and service will be excellent"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had it all, and all was great! The highlight was the fresh made garganelli pasta with charred squid and peppers...one of the best things ever made! Bon bouche for dessert gave us a 2-bite taste of 10 delicious treats"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Very good welcome, great association food-wine with an outstanding wine list, and good value for money with the three dishes menu on mondays! great experience in San Francisco!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Always consistent. Love the vegetarian pasta, excellently prepared; vegetables always al dente. Superb service!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Overall great experience. Very good menu and service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Usually when we go out to dinner at a "fancy" place, I'm constantly thinking about whether a restaurant is being pretentious (i.e. food not living up to the spin put out by the restaurant) or is just terrific. With Jardiniere, I stopped thinking about that one bite into the entree. Later, when desert came I was reduced to just "Wow"."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "You step into the lovely dining room with the staircase that leads you to the tables above. Seated around atrium/bar surrounded by bricks and windows with summer evening turning into night is festive as can be. Start with champagne and some oysters and seasonal starters & entree. Each prepared perfectly...coupled with impeccable service. They source some herbs and flowers from rooftop garden as well as the honey for the dessert. Wrapped up the meal with hot tea and couple spoons of my husband's dessert...perfectly timed before the start of the opera. Classic SF night out"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I remember eating here 15 years ago. Once again the service and the food was outstanding. Upon entering, the hostess was warm and friendly. Then a gentleman led up upstairs to our table and welcomed us. I must say, Andrew was probably one of the best waiters I've experienced in a long time. He was warm, friendly, knowledgeable of all the dishes and professional at all levels! We had the artichoke for starters, the lamb and the duck for our entrees and the Chiboust for dessert. Every dish was simply mouth watering. The presentation was definitely a work of art! As we concluded the meal to get ready to see "Showboat", all of the staff that we crossed path with wished us a wonderful evening. What an experience!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We have gone to Jardinaire on a couple of occasions. Overall we find the food good but overpriced. The restaurant relies heavily on Opera, Symphony etc and yet the service is so slow, you nearly miss curtain. Our waiter was friendly but did not check in on us very often. The food was good but really nothing super special--and for what they charge it should be special. Some times we go to Jardinaire and it is outstanding. This most recent time was not as great. I don't know if our need to get to theater made the food not as good. I have noticed they have made the menu smaller again which leads to less options. The sommelier was helpful in wine choices and the wine was good. Overall we had a good time."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "THE perfect way to wind up after the Sunday matinee. Just across the street from the opera house, I could say the sommelier was particularly humorless and the wine offerings too, too expensive, but that would be picky and really, an insignificant trade off for enjoying a fabulous meal. The artichoke salad with squid, gemelli and roast octopus, crunchy crust coho salmon and corn off the cob with chanterelles deserved a high-priced wine. We shall return when the coffers have been replenished. Be very hungry and prepare to enjoy a special treat."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very limited menu with duplication of types, e.g., out of 4 entrée choices: chicken, quail(stuffed w/rice!), but no beef nor shellfish. Cheap/run-of-the mill ingredients. Extremely small portions. Unimaginative desserts (strawberry and vanilla sherbet). Big wine list but had very few California wines, very high price point all around."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have always loved eating at Jardiniere! You can tell that the staff takes pride in what they do."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Finally made it and now I understand all the rave! Simply delish"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food, service, ambience, presentation were all fantastic. I just wish that many of the other guests would dress appropriately. Come on this is NOT a jeans and t-shirt place!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We do not mind paying for a very nice meal but the amount charged was not in proportion to the tiny amount of food. We left hungry. Lovely presentation of the food and pretty restaurant but will not be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went in after the symphony thinking we'd just have a quick bite, but pretty much ended up with a full meal. We both thought the risotto was wonderful, with perfect consistency and the fresh herbs on top blending nicely into the flavor. The waitress recommended a burgundy with this that was also great. My wife had the ribs, which were also very good, with the fresh tomatoes and dash of horseradish on top complementing the beef. I also liked the crispy anchovies, although I think I would have preferred more anchovy in the mix. My wife had the Bonne Bouche for dessert and I had the cheese selection. Again, both were quite good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I eat out a fair amount and cannot remember having better service. This was my first time a Jardiniere and while it is not inexpensive, it is definitely worth it. I highly recommend it for special occasions. Our server offer good suggestions, including wine pairing and cocktail that made our dining experience even more enjoyable. While the restaurant was quite busy--Saturday night--it was not too noisy and we were not rushed at all. Truly a great food experience!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "What better meal could one have prior to the opera? Ambiance is great for conversation, staff is always on it, food is superb."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant was wonderful!! Great food and presentation! The decor and ambiance is terrific! We were nicely greeted at the door,the service was good but the only draw back of the evening was our sullen waiter.He was not the most agreable person but the dining experience was superb and we would definely go back! Nicole Baillargeon"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, and the servers etc. were very accommodating as far as our schedule (we had opera tickets)."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Always a wonderful dining experience. Food options and presentation excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "And a wonderful evening. Service and the food were very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Really good food, in appetiser size dollops. Give me more, next time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I never write reviews but felt compelled to say "fantastic"!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Jardiniere has become one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The upstairs dining room is comfortable and bright. The food is beautifully prepared and presented with just the right portions. The variety on the menu has something for everyone and we really appreciated being able to dine with Gluten Free options, as well as fresh seasonal ingredients. The wine list is extensive and expensive. Service was excellent. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Returned to Jardiniere after a long absence and found it just as outstanding as ever. Although the menu is not large, the quality of the food was excellent. One menu change in the pasta section worked well, in that there were two size portions, so a main course serving could be selected, if desired. Our server, Zach, did his very best to be attentive at all times. We asked for a particular table, and our request was honored. If there could be an improvement, possibly a re-working of the dessert menu might be in order. Our choice was delicious, but minimal, and the other others on the menu didn't inspire."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were here a few years ago and did not have a pleasant experience, so my expectations were low for our more receint visit. Nevertheless, all expectations were blown out of the water. Service was superb and Zack managed to get us out in time for the pre-opera talk. Way to go! The duck was perfect! 'Looking forward to another visit. Tip: Even if you don't have pre-opera talk desires, try to get in before 6:30p. That way you can have a leisurely meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We felt welcomed and well-taken care. Since we had tickets for a 7:30 PM show at the Nourse Theatre, the staff took special notice and made certain that we were served in plenty of time so that we had time to enjoy our dinner with ample time to make the show. The whole experience lived up to Jardinere's excellent reputation!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went before the opera--bar terrific. Service upstairs so slow we couldn't have dessert (in a two hour stint at the table) server was harried in the manner of a slammed breakfast hotspot, quick blow by transactions. Food was amazing and extremely, crazy rich. Wanted a veggie to go with heavy plate of duck and cheese swimming risotto--choices are: radish/cucumber salad, chard gratin, deep fried (billed a Caesar salad squash --surprise!) squash and duck fat fried potatoes..all $9 on top of $30 entrees. Was a special occasion night...server knew we were headed to opera, and still had to flag a busboy to get and pay the bill...just not a pleasure of an experience...and for $240 for two, it should have been."
    Dined on 6/11/2014