Parallel 37
Parallel 37

Parallel 37

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parallel37sf.com/
  • Phone: 4157736168x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Every morning from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Rotondo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Parallel 37 is available for buy outs of up to 100 people. Please contact Liz Pasha at liz.pasha@ritzcarlton.com if you are interested in buying out our restaurant for your special event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stockton & California Sts.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet charge of $10 per vehicle - please have ticket validated before leaving the restaurant
A word from Parallel 37
Parallel 37 offers globally-inspired cuisine that is artistically creative, disciplined and intriguing, perfectly paired with wine, beer or handcrafted cocktails. Sourced locally, Parallel 37’s hyper-seasonal produce is farmer-grown, while meat, poultry and seafood utilize sustainable practices. Whether creating your own global journey by selecting from our three-course menu of ever-changing seasonal dishes, or embarking upon Chef Rotondo’s five- or eight-course, market-inspired tasting menus, guests will enjoy an approachable and collaborative dining experience resulting in a unique journey for each table.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Parallel 37 reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)special occasion (34)romantic (24)notable wine list (18)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Creative food presentation
    Joyce
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Unrenarkable decor and inexperienced staff. Go once just to say you did it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fantastic food. Ambiance a bit sterile. But would go back .
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliably good Ritz restaurant
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    nothing special but good food, although a hotel restaurant should not force you to have 4 courses in prix fixe format. nice bar & atmosphere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understated Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a terrific meal in a wonderfully comfortable environment. Service was understated and well-informed. We had the five-course tasting menu and it was a perfect combination of styles, ingredients and portions. We were celebrating our anniversary (which I'd noted when making our initial reservation) and we were presented with a special dessert commemorating it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maryeats
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was fine and the special little chef surprises were great (a sorbet & dessert bite) The restaurant was very empty...6:30 on a Friday night. Hostess was excellent...
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  • Lovely, romantic, delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It's rare to find a "hotel restaurant" that is remarkable. Parallel 37 is the exception. The food was a 10 out of 10; service was informed and elegant; presentations were artistic, creative and refined. We will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Great Experience
    DSCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Selected Parallel 37 at random, had read about it. Went with my wife. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Everything was spot on and paired wine was excellent. Specifically enjoyed a 'barnacle' dish and the duck. Service was on par with the food. Will definitely go back. Both of us had a cocktail before the dinner and were very happy with our selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 37 get 100%
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The best food I've had in years! The service incredible! The ambiance 1st class!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfection
    wonderful
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wife and I celebrated our 20th here. One of the best meals of my life. We each had the five course tasting menu (it was more like 7 courses because it included a starter and a melon sorbet palate cleanser). Each dish was perfectly cooked, interesting, beautiful to look at, and delicious. Service was impeccable. The highlight was the duck, which was the best duck either of us have ever had. Truly a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Interesting Selection, great food
    davidtherock
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fantastic food, great mix of flavors. I wish I had the time for the tasting menu as it looked absolutely amazing. I did get to try three great courses and each was fantastic. I had Crispy Octopus, Rabbit and California Lamb and nothing was disappointing. The service was attentive without being too fussy and I felt very well taken care of. Side note about the location: As an out-of-towner I did not know that a tunnel went beneath where the restaurant was and thinking I could just walk there without directions went entirely under the place. If you aren't familiar, just make sure to go up the stairs.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food without the service
    michaelsfood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Came here for our 10th anniversary. My wife has hosted business event at the hotel so we thought we'd try the restaurant. Had a drink before hand at the lovely bar. The good service ended there. Our waiter was not only unprofessional - he was absent most of our dinner despite the restaurant being practically empty. Our food was more often served by the bread server who couldn't tell us anything about our dish. Of course, our waiter began showing up around desert and check time. The 1st and 2nd courses were great but the main courses were extremely small. My wife was satisfied with her Halibut, but my "rib eye" was bascically 3 small bites of meat. Desert was very good.
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  • Beautiful, elegant and delicious
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I did not know that this is inside Ritz Carlton (my favorite) nearby. It is not just steak house as the 3 course menu (very reasonable) can be ordered by your likings (but do not forget to include the steak! Yummy) Service as typical as in Ritz is impeccable and quality at par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Excellent at a reasonable price
    DrMDK
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had early reservations because we wanted to attend a show so were first in. As the restaurant filled, guests were quiet and more staff appeared. Service was first class and food was just fabulous. Combinations that I had not seen before that the chef likely tasted and determined that they did, in fact, go together. It was our anniversary and they asked on the way in. Prepared a special dessert treat that was unexpected and delightful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dr. Joseph Robb
    Michael
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Have been in SF for four days now and the best dinner we have had was at Parallel 37. The food and presentation reminds me of Gordan Ramsey's NYC restaurant in the London Hotel in NYC, though ambiance was not close. I expect I wlil book a table there again tomorrow night. Service was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Perfection!
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was a stellar experience for my dh birthday. Zach was phenomenal and the rest of the staff was phenomenal. Not enough adjectives to describe this culinary experience, also thank you to Alex the concierge at the Ritz for recommending this wonderful place. Every course better than the next and the wine pairings were spot on, thank you Parallel 37'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend!
    AngieinSF
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Delicious prix fix menu- all courses cooked perfectly. Solid wine list. Not best ambiance bc it's a hotel restaurant but great service. Brought hubby here for 40 something birthday.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our yummy little secret!
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant is our yummy little secret. We seem to have no problem getting a table; the restaurant is quiet enough to hold wonderful conversations in, the food is spectacular and the staff is wonderful. It's like SPQR without the hassle! What's not to like?
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  • A really lovely meal
    laurelrose11
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We did the 5-course tasting menu. It was really quite good. We had lovely trio of amuse-bouches, and 5 filling courses. The quantity was just right. This particular night, it seemed a bit heavy on cabbage flavors, with cabbage being in several of the courses in one way or another. Overall, a really great experience that my friend and I both enjoyed.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best meal in SF!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I had a fantastic meal! We each had the three course prix fixe meal paired with wine. We were wowed with each course and the wines were paired beautifully! We had asked for a slow paced meal and this request was honored wonderfully! Each course was plated beautifully and the taste was exquisite! We ate at many highly rated restaurants in SFand this was by far the best!
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  • Parallel 37: Memorable
    Margot
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After moving from Sydney Australia, I have to admit our expectations of hotel food were low. Particularly coming from a city with world class food, we were pleasantly surprised with Parallel 37. The innovative presentation and flavours were comparable with Sydney's best 3 hat restaurants, in fact, it was as good as "Sepia" (Australia's Restaurant of the Year 2014). The sommelier demonstrated expertise in recommending matching wines for our chosen courses and the overall experience was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Poodle
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fantastic food wine service in a Beatiful decor !!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night in SF
    Eastcoastfoodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful time at parallel the staff was friendly and very passionate about there food and wine, and we soon found out why. The wine pairings were great and the food was amazing the chefs asian twist on traditional meals was a work of art from sashimi style amuse bouche to farm fresh quail with parsnip pure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful venue really good food.
    pamnessVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We visited Parallel 37 without knowing much about it. I didn't even realize it was in the Ritz Carlton. Visually the restaurant was lovely, a mix of flowers, wood and a hint of luxury. The food was really good, not amazing (with the exception of the duck), but really really good. We picked the three course option and enjoyed it very much. The service was a little slow, but the atmosphere was so nice it didn't matter too much. It is expensive, but I will go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Fabulous Flavors
    DeliciousandNutritiousVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Each dish uses such a creative combination of ingredients. There are lots of ingredients, but each one tastes so fresh, delicious and distinctive, and yet together they are just wonderful. We had the three course meal the first time we came, and this time we had the five course meal. The transition from one dish to the next was just right. It was a very leisurely evening with good friends but before we knew it, we were having dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haute Cuisine
    IanM
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very creative food and presentation, and very expensive. Portions are small, so don't go here for a hearty meal. Quality of meat (lamb and beef in our party's case) was, we all agreed, exceptional. I would have liked just one plain thing to offset the richness of the meal, perhaps a real, ordinary bread roll! Wine list is expensive too, take the wine pairings with the meal instead.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only a great chef can prepare these
    DeliciousandNutritiousVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I wasn't expecting to like Parallel 37 as I don't like the current trend toward so casual, focus on drinks but the dishes we had were just spectacular. The chef chooses some very unusual combinations but the results are amazing. I didn't want to leave a single bit on my plate! The bouillabaisse arrived "dry" - just the pieces of seafood, then the server poured the broth into the bowl, and each spoonful was so delicious. All the combinations worked so well, no one ingredient overpowering the others, but each contributing to the wonderfully complex flavor of the dish. We had the three course dinner, to which the chef added dessert. We're going back next week to try the 5 course dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I went here for a meal for our wedding anniversary. The staff were excellent, and it seemed that everyone of them had been briefed it was our anniversary and they took excellent care of us. We had the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was outstanding and the wine choices were an excellent compliment to the dishes. Everything was fresh, seasonal and very contemporary. I was a little concerned about going to a hotel restaurant, but it still had a very upmarket vibe. Occasional hotel guest with some spoilt / noisy kids did not take away from a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, can be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    5 stars hotel but not 5 stars restaurant. Food is fine, environment is fine, but no view, view taken by the bar on the other side, seem like just a breakfast place at the back of the hotel. May be I have high expectation.
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    great for brunch
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  • Great Anniversary dinner!
    mjp19VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My wife and I had a great anniversary dinner here. We had the 3 course prix-fixe. Our favorites were the lamb, rib eye, halibut and the octopus, which was topped with a shiso sorbet. The chef is very innovative and the presentation was excellent. Dessert is included (pastry chef selects your dessert for you), so it is really a 4-course prix-fixe, which I thought was a good value at $65 for 4 courses. My dessert was a pistachio mouse with cherries that was delicious. I would highly recommend Parallel 37, especially for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An elegant and expensive spot.
    Alan
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is a spot for special occasions. The service was outstandingly polite and helpful! The food however made a number of small missteps that disappointed. Our main complaint was that on two of our dishes, the sauces employed overpowered the main course item reather than compliment it. Overall though, my partner and I had a positive experience at Parallel 37! Great service.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous secret spot
    voltairineVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Have dined here a few times and it always just gets better. The service is outstanding, the flavors are phenomenal. Do not miss the opportunity to dine here before they get too crowded!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 358 reviews are from the Parallel 37 reviews archive.
  • Special occasion
    TigerFoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was part of our 40th wedding anniversary weekend. Zack our waiter was great and the food and wine pairing was in outstanding. What a very pleasant surprise and we will be back often.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Way overpriced for the quality
    GamsNEggsVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I expected much more. I liked the ahi appetizer was the best. The quail was so-so, and the lamb was barely cooked, even though I asked for medium (lamb sausage was yucky). The free deserts were terrible. This place is all about presentation, not about flavor. Also, somehow I missed that this is a hotel restaurant, inside the Ritz. For $100/person (only I had wine and there were five of us), the food should have tasted much better. Big on pretension but lacking on what a restaurant really needs to appeal to customers. I won't go here again.
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  • A pleasant surprise
    FastidiousVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We ate here because one member of the party was staying in the hotel. We had the prix fix menu for $65. Though only a few choices for each course, it was still hard to choose. The combination of tastes and presentation made each dish an experience to savor. It is a place to return to!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic Fathers' Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our first visit to Parallel 37 and we were very impressed. We had the five course tasting menu. The food had many fresh ideas and everything was beautifully prepared. It was one treat after another. The wine pairings were interesting and perfect.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise find
    Bucky
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary so we decided to splurge and stay at the Ritz Carlton. The restaurant inside was an amazing surprise. We both has the 3 course meal with the wine pairing. It turned into more like a 5 course meal. Several chef special items were added by the staff. Not sure if it was because they knew it was our anniversary. All dishes were excellent.
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  • Superlative food without attitude
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    All the delicious and inventive food of a place like SPQR or Sons&Daughters, without the attitude or pretension! And of all places, at the Ritz! This chef can prepare something you might otherwise hate (for me, it's squid ink pasta) and make you LOVE it! Quiet enough for intimate conversation, a complete rarity in Bay Area fine dining. They have no problem accepting us in casual dress; there's valet parking (or if you prefer, the Sutter-Stockton is a block away). Good wine and good beer. At $65 for a three course dinner of this quality, it's a steal. The servers are pleasant and relaxed, very knowledgeable about the menu and give good advice. A+ to our new "go-to" SF dining spot.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    EnchanteVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Definitely my new go-to place for lunch! The food was very good for lunch; you have the standards (e.g. club sandwich) which is comforting, but also have delicious unusual items on menu (e.g. cherry gazpacho). And the FRIES....ooooh the Fries!!!! Going back just for the fries! The price is reasonable considering it is in the Ritz-Carlton, and the service was FANTASTIC! Very rare to find service that is very high but not snooty. Looking forward to try their dinner next.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • amuse bouches > menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The free amuse bouches were better than the menu items
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  • Excellent in every way.
    ccharrisonVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    From the cocktails to the dessert, our meal was excellent. The service could not have been better. The hostess who seated us was friendly and our servers were all very attentive. The food was perfection. We had been in the restaurant last year and macaroons had been on the menu. When we mentioned how wonderful they were, even though they were not on the menu at this time, someone got busy and whipped up 4 different flavors that were ready by the end of our meal. I can't wait to go back the next time we are in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.