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Parallel 37
Parallel 37

Parallel 37 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parallel37sf.com
  • Phone: (415) 773-6168
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday to Sunday from 6:30am to 10:30am
    Lunch: Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Brunch: Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
    Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Great wine. Very good food. Good service. Amazing location in SF. Loud dining Room. Solid overall experience"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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....."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The free amuse bouches were better than the menu items"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Mediocre food and service for exorbitant price. Perhaps was left to run on autopilot on Mother's Day "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The brunch was very good but priced unreasonably. No view in the dining room. It should have been held in the grand room for the price. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It's too bad they don't have the buffet brunch, but their four course menu selection for mother's day brunch was quite good. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went to Parallel 37 for a business lunch with one other person. Very few customers so it was quiet and good for conversation. Nice atmosphere. I could only describe the food as pedestrian. The choices were about what you'd find at a much more ordinary, much cheaper restaurant. My guest had a chicken wrap and I had a club sandwich, both of which were ok, but you can get those items and that quality almost anywhere."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very friendly hostess (Molly), very friendly waiter and staff. DELICIOUS food !!!!! Absolutely will go back next time I am in town."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This restaurant was near where we were staying in Nob Hill. It's actually inside the Ritz Carlton. The waiter ws very accommodating and he allowed us to split a 3-course prix fixe with the warning that the portions were small. Each course that we ordered, plus two or three additional items that he brought us, was beautifully presented and every morsel was delicious! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "super good food, creativity and service. a definite return to dine. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Parallel 37 was outstanding. We chose the 5-course menu with the paired wine, and we LOVED every bite and sip. Our waiter's knowledge of the ingredients and preparation added to our enjoyment of each intricately prepared and presented plate. We have been to The French Laundry, and Parallel 37 is truly on that level of quality, but without the pretentiousness. We will be back!!! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were looking for something not too fancy/expensive, and we saw a sample dinner menu on their website that had reasonable prices. We didn't realize it was inside the Ritz. When we got there, the only menu was a 3-course prix fixe. When we told the waiter that we weren't expecting a prix fixe, he was very accommodating and told us we could order whatever courses we wanted. We ordered 3 courses total between the two of us, and the restaurant graciously charged us for only one 3-course meal. They still brought out lots of little complimentary things to taste as well. The food was very good and we had a nice time."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Just perfect. Service, menus, presentation, food, wine and price. Even got a complementary dessert."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food was awesome. Unique, innovative. Met the chef and tahnked him for his great work!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Carrot Tortellini, lamb and sauces were phenomenal. Lived two blocks away for months, but never thought to eat at the Ritz. Elegant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • ". The food was the most fun we had eating while in San Fran! Everything was incredibly fresh and was put together in the most interesting ways...we had such fun exploring each component of each dish individually and then combining everything to get that complex bite, perfect with comfortable and unusual flavors at the same time. Each portion was ample to enjoyment but not so much that it was too filling before the next course. The staff was so nice and down to earth, and so knowledgeable about the dishes, it was truly a pleasure to dine at Parallel 37 and we will surely return next time we visit!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food is outstanding! I've eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner here and have never been disappointed. Chef Rotundo is a master in the kitchen! Several weeks ago we had dinner there and was blown away? This time we tried the tasting menu and it was so good we did not want it to end. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Beautiful modern setting with a great waitstaff (somewhat casual, not pretentious). You can order A la carte, but we enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu ($135 per person) with wine pairings (+$75 per person). Note: 5 course $95, with wines add $50. This included a little bit of everything (meats, sea food, vegetables etc) including Chicken Foot, seemed odd at first, but it was great ! A little about the Chef: Before taking the helm at Parallel 37 on 01-2013, Chef Michael Rotondo, 33, trained with & worked alongside world-renowned Chef Charlie Trotter at his eponymous Chicago restaurant for 8 years, working his way up the ranks to Chef de Cuisine and ultimately . . . Executive Chef. Note: The Chef's entire Bio is incredible, so book it !!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "We dined here to celebrate my husband's 50th. Splurged on the Chef's selection 5-course meal with drink pairing. The chef was not discouraged by my request for no poultry or pork. Brought out amazing food and drink pairings that we've raved about to friends and family for days since. Fresh fish, delicate flavors, well-balanced and delicious. The server was pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere is modern, but still comfortable and inviting. We will save our pennies and come back again for my 50th."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Not quite but my time on earth during the three-hour, eight-course tasting menu certainly was tasty! I enjoyed the two amuse bouche dishes, the fish course, and granita- grapefruit with ginger. It was refreshing and inspired. Cocktail selection was interesting and not overwhelming. We did not indulge in wine. I was quite full by the time the four-hoof course began, but we persevered. Dessert comprised two fun dishes both quite tasty. My friend was presented with a selection of brightly colored macaroons complete with a birthday candle. Presentation was clean and pretty. Service was thoughtful and friendly. The $10 parking fee is a good incentive. I had a definite food hangover the next day!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I think the restaurant has stepped down a notch after years of greatness from prior incarnation."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went for lunch.Received a very warm welcome as my wife and I approached the entry. Very personalized as we were greeted by name. My wife had a chicken wrap containing apricots and arugula. She thoroughly enjoyed the taste of her entree and its plate appearance. I had bucatini pasta with king salmon and broccoli . Very flavorful dish.it's our understanding that the dinner menu is very different so we plan to return for an evening out."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Pricey, but flat-out phenomenal in every other sense."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was incredible. Unique, reasonable sized portions and unusual mixtures of tastes. Will always be on my list on future trips to San Francisco."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Had no idea what we were going to encounter but this certainly exceeded my expectations. Unfortunately conversation between the 3 of us was limited to "oh my, this is my new favorite, try this, wow" etc. The food was great and the deserts were a great compliment to the meal and not overly sweet and heavy. As for the cocktails, phenomenal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The service was outstanding! Our waiter, Raj, did a splendid job of making us all feel welcome and provided marvelous service every step of the meal. All the waitstaff was courteous and friendly. All is all, it made for a very special birthday celebration."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I should have walked away from Parallel 37 when the hostess was chatting on the phone without looking up to greet us. She was unfriendly and rushed us to the dining room. Dining service was horrible. Staff looked confused. We were ignored even though we were only 1 of the 4 tables occupied. We should have been more assertive. Thankfully the food was better than the staff. As locals, this is a poor experience. We hope to check out dinner in the future... but with so many great restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area... Parallel 37 is at the bottom of our list."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "This was my first time at Parallel 37 and my experience was outstanding. The restaurant was comfortable yet elegant and the food was amazing. The staff was attentive and well timed. Restaurant beverage manager was exceptional."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "An outstanding place. Very lovely and romantic athmosphere. Excellent and very obliging staff that is there when you need them and explain the dishes and answer question with high enthusiasm. I startet with a drink called bar fly which was very tastily. The gem letucce with crispy spicy artichoke was very good and the californian lamb was excellent made. All dishes are very nicely presented. The cucumber sorbet at the end was again a tastily experience. The wine selection is reasonable. I will definitively come back. Congratulations to the whole team who makes an exceptionally great job."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Travel the world in a variety of flavors. Great spot for sharing small and larger plates. Nice selection of wines by the glass - allowing 2 people to pair white and reds with different courses. Pricey compared to Portland, but reasonable for SF."
    Dined on 1/17/2014