We'd walked down the alley a number of time when in SF, but had not gone inside. What a great surprise. Funky, fun decor, great cocktails, excellent service. Interesting menu choices. My husband enjoyed the duck less than I did - it's served medium and we forgot to ask before ordering, but I thought it was delicious. We split appetizers and one entree. We would definitely return.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great bday dinner!
Great place to take my boyfriend for his bday dinner. Great atmosphere, food, wine, and service. However, we were both hopping gor Spanish tappas. My boyfriend came to Gitane a few years ago and loved the tapas, so he did miss this.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
With one dining experience Gitane became one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The temperature of the restaurant
The temperature of the restaurant was to warm. We dined inside upstairs and felt that it was too stuffy and hot inside. There needed to be air conditioning on, but other than that the decor was pleasant and the table was nice. We had excellent service and great recommendations by the server. We wanted to eat light and the server definitely picked out a great recommendation with the Sole entree and the Dorango appetizer. We enjoyed the taste of the food and presentation was excellent!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for the food, not the service
Guinea hen was delicious. Service lacked a lot! Our server literally only took the order for entree and never returned! We didn't have water the entire meal.... A little ridiculous since it wasn't that busy
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've had only wonderful evenings at Gitane. Food is perfect, service is trés professional, ambience is fantastic. I leave this restaurant walking onto Claude Lane feeling like I'm floating on air. Only note: the desserts were huge portions. After perfectly-sized appetizers and entrées, was stunned to find a huge pudding and tray of donuts/fondue given to my partner and me. Not that they weren't delicious-- but it was difficult not to eat them all and get overstuffed. A weird complaint, I know, because everything was perfect (including the dessert). Celebrate that special occasion here. Or create one of your own. Really, a wonderful experience.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Atmosphere was awesome, mellow for a Friday night as it was after 4th of July. We all enjoyed the boudoir feel of the place. Tuckered out from festivities the day before so we didn't drink but we were all starving. Thoroughly enjoyed the lechon and rabbit/sweet meats apps. Meatballs were okay. The game hen entree was a bit heavy but we were won over by the anchovy paste on top. Really made the dish. We also had the rabbit entree which was also delicious but none of us were wild about the sausage. Doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert? Amazing. Definitely would return. Definitely recommend.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading many great reviews about the restaurant, we left feeling a bit disappointed. The service was very good, but the food is just ok. The paella and the pork appetizer were pretty good. Everything else was so deconstructed and put back together that we were not sure what we were eating. The flavors on the plate don't seems to go well. I am a light eater, but even I felt the portion was small.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of both worlds
Our experience here was wonderful. It's a very funky restaurant, located in bustling alley giving you the feel of a cozy neighborhood spot. However the food and service are fine dining quality. We had the conejo& caracol, and the sole. Both were excellently prepared and delicious. Our server was extremely knowledgeable as was the bartender. Great cocktails, and wine list.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great bar, fun place all was good, I had a great time the food was good but the beans were uncooked
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed celebrating a birthday for my daughter at Gitane. The fig appetizer was superb. Service was very good, ambience was romantic. The restaurant location reminded me of finding a hidden gem in Europe! The steak was excellent, the sturgeon was a bit dry. Overall very nice evening.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Start at the bar, and be sure to spend time. Their selection is incredible, the bar tender the most knowledgeable I have ever met. Shared tastes of tequila and mescal, my new fave! Moved to upstairs for dinner, and couldn't be happier with food, wine and service!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was magical. Everything was amazing. Go check it out you will not be disappointed
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Despite yelp reviews that called Gitane romantic, we had a business dinner for 4 that was fabulous from the cocktails, to decious appetizers and entrees, all the way through desert. Sometimes it's nice to go somewhere off the beaten path and unique when you dine for work - Gitane was perfect that way.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent eclectic menu. Really
Excellent eclectic menu. Really delicious. Cool decor. The day we dined there, San Fran was hot so the restaurant was stifling hot. They need air con, or fans at least.
Overall, very memorable....
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Excellent Find
Gitane is a great spot for an upscale, but not over-dressed dinner. Meals were substantial and delicious and service was impeccable. I'll definitely be returning the next time I'm in SF.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a fantastic 4 course tasting with excellent wine pairings. Great service.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Restaurant-French Quarter
A trip to this little restaurant made for a special birthday. Interior is lovely. Food and service are 1st class.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good find
Great food with a few different things on the menu. Defiantly worth a visit.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, creative food with
Excellent, creative food with some unique flavor combinations. Service was also very good. Atmosphere is high-end kitsch. My only suggestion would be a few more choices on the cocktail list.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing spot!
When having dinner at Gitane, make sure to make time for their wonderful bar and bartenders. Everything, from the staff to the decor to the amazing food is pulled together and works together. I've dined here several times and it's consistently over the top.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find!
The food was stunning, and the service was friendly and wholly unpretentious. We had a lovely, leisurely dining experience.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only way to describe our experience is AMAZING! I think it was the best meal I have had in decades. The atmosphere was very romantic, the servers were friendly, attentive, yet not too obtrusive. We will go back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very pleasant place to have
A very pleasant place to have a good, quiet visit with a friend.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wine list was a little
The wine list was a little hit or miss, but the staff let us try a couple until we found what we wanted. We chose the sauv blanc with our fresh green salad, Spanish rice, and duck entree. The food was perfect, and especially delicious were the sauces. The service was attentive, but strange; we had for servers throughout the meal. It won't deter me, the food was fantastic and I'll be back soon.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mediocre Spanish Restaurant
I had high hopes for this restaurant after reading several reviews but was not impressed. I started with the quinoa salad which was very good. My husband ordered the scallop appetizer. It was good but came with only one scallop. We also ordered the rabbit & pork sausage with mixed bean stew to share. My husband said it was the saltiest dish he's had! For entrees we had the guinea hen & was a little underdone. I had the flatiron steak which was a little salty also. With all the great restaurants in San Francisco I will not be going back here.
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
PERFECT DINING EXPERIENCE
Everything was perfect...the ambience, the service (except took a little long to bring us our check), and the food was superb.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best romantic dinner
This was our last dinner before I move to another city. Great atmosphere with favorable music.
Dishes were perfect! Couldn't be better!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Food - very nice!
Gitane is definitely a restaurant which is nice for a special evening/occasion for two or with friends. The food was great and the ambiance too! We haven't been to the bar before or after but the scene looked good as well. Had a great evening at Gitane
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Spanish Restaurant
Hard to find down a small lane off Bush St downtown but worth it. Taking in the great funky decor and ambience over two levels, our party of three enjoyed shared appetizers before our mains of sturgeon, duck and flatiron steak. All dishes were excellent but the sturgeon was the standout and one of the best fish dishes I have eaten. Wine list was good and we had a bottle of Portuguese Albarino which complemented our meals.
Altogether a very good meal and experience.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
East Coast Foodies Loved It!
A local gem hidden in a cosmopolitan alley; fun to find. Dined on a Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A sophisticated, fun interior; Alice in Wonderland elements, especially upstairs. Vibrant bar with engaging murals. Wonderfully creative interior design. Delightfully friendly, engaging staff. Warm, cordial, and knowledgeable waiter. Prompt service yet not rushed. A 5 course fixed price tasting menu and a lovely variety of a la carte dishes. Delicious, beautifully plated appetizers: Cordero - lamb tongue, sweetbreads, black lentil salad; Verano - red quinoa, fruits, vegetables, smoked yogurt. Simply sumptuous entrees: Wood Oven Roasted Sturgeon and Pancetta Wrapped Guinea Hen Ballotine. Highly recommend for "off the beaten path" experience.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Je ne sais quoi?
This is a great French/Spanish Tapas place, so think of the Gypsy Kings being on your plate! YUM! The restaurant is also very eclectic in a good energetic way. We had great cocktails and then went with the chefs tasting and wine pairing, we were not disappointed.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was interesting and really very perfect. Our server was less than friendly but the hostess went to great lengths to accommodate our seating requests and was friendly and helpful. Feels very trendy and is good for a special occasion.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Kind of Place
In an alley near Union Square, you really have to know its there. Bar & counter service downstairs doesn't prepare you for the upstairs dining room which is really cool. Spanish by way of San Francisco... Really a delight! Unique food that delights the mouth & good wines that aren't overpriced. The place is a real find in this part of town... We'll definitely be back next time we're in town.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The right quantity
I admire their sensibility toward each dishes. The quantity is just the right. Since many restaurants receive the negative comments when their dishes don't have piles of foods on the tray, I wish the Gitane would keep its sophisticated amount.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As I expected
All in all a very pleasant experience. Good food,great service,portions were great ,perfect for some one with a small appetite or who likes to have several courses, as I do On a future trip I will definetly return.
I left my credit card behind and was quickly tracked down, something I truely appreciated.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food in an unusual setting
Good food in an unusual setting make this restaurant worthwhile.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
The menu is well composed and follows Spanish regional themes. Great service - attentive without being intrusive.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We choose Gitane because we love tapas. We have enjoyed amazing tapas in San Sebastian, Barcelona, Logrono as well as other cities throughout Spain. Although we have yet to find anything to match the tapas in Spain, Gitane did a great job providing quality food and great service.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great yet a bothersome situation
We had a birthday. Food is fantafabulous. Every single thing. Wonderful hostess but terrible server. Table next to us and we ended up complaining. Server was rude, condescending, and down right ignored our request. One of our guests got so upset she had to just leave. I would go back. It was perfect in every way but they need to check on server quality.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous food and ambiance.
What an unseen gem. On a back alley lies a true restaurant that sparkles with great food, service and ambiance .
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is fabulous. Great atmosphere, interesting Spanixh menu, attentive servce, goo location for theater goers
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hope to return soon!
I noted on our OpenTable reservation that it would be my wife's birthday, and the maître d' noticed and saved us a coveted table, and the waiter brought dessert (buñuelos/beignets) with a candle. Thanks so much for your attention to detail and for helping make the occasion special! Terrific, professional service.
Very satisfactory bar menu; my wife appreciated the wine list and enjoyed her selection, and I my Booker's bourbon.
Very appetizing, reasonable portion sizes, everything artfully presented, fresh and delicious (my wife enjoyed the cod, and I the duck)—thanks so much!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place! Had dinner here for my birthday... I had the guinea hen, and my date had the vegetarian entries. Both were tasty.. I every much enjoyed my meal and tasty Spanish wine. Will definitely come back to try other menu items.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique menu and decor
Gitane is very well decorated and does a great job setting the mood, especially given their space constraints.
The menu was filled with things you don't typically see and for the most part they do a great job putting them together.
I'd recommend staying away from the pickled artichoke (I think I managed to choose the only lackluster dish on the menu there) but otherwise go wild.
Great service and a wonderful setting.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic! Started with the marinated local sardines and the suckling pig. The pig was amazing and the fresh sardine were bright. Followed by the Rabbit and Sturgeon, the rabbit was wrapped in prosciutto and could do no wrong and the sturgeon was in a broth with beans. The earthy wine just made it all come together.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little place downtown SF
Went to Gitane for dinner with work colleagues and friends. We sat outside so I do not know about the noise level inside.
I love the location. Great little place in the heart of downtown SF. Food was good - it was a bit more "fruffy" than I like, but if you are into tasting interesting and unique combinations of food, this is your place.
Everyone enjoyed their dinner, and sitting outside was a unique treat. I would recommend it to anyone looking to experience something different. If you want basic tapas, this isn't your place. But you should still go for the drinks and the patio!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been wanting to have
I have been wanting to have dinner at Gitane ever since I first met a friend at their visually stunning ans seductive bar.
The appetizers I enjoyed at the bar predicted that the food would be equally delicious at dinner.
That the main dining room was hidden upstairs and private, tucked away and discreet intrigued me.
Go with a friend, on a date or with another couple, but do go!!
Already planning my return!! You will enjoy this!!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another home run!
Back for a third time and our experience gets better with each visit. The food and service are the best in the city!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the cocktails in the bar to our wonderful dinner & excellent service, everything was perfect for an evening out with good friends.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM