Restaurant Ducroix

Restaurant Ducroix

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantducroix.com/
  • Phone: 4152400773
  • Hours of Operation:

    Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:20pm
    Wed-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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Restaurant Ducroix reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.1
  • Food3.4
    Service2.4
  • Ambiance2.7
    Noise LevelModerate
55% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (3)great for lunch (2)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Too Bad They Are Closing Shop
    FredUno
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Only one other couple in the restaurant while we were there. After we ate the workers said that they would be closing at the end of June. Too bad. Great French food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy, Slow but Good Food
    QuietCouple
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating regarding our late arrival. However, that said, the one piece of sage advice to anyone who wants to dine at Ducroix is do your homework ahead of time, go online and view the menu, decide what you want, and then, as the wise couple beside us did, when you are seated, tell the waiter seating you that you are ready to order and tell him exactly what it is you want. Print out the menu ahead of time so you can remember, place your order with the waiter that seated you and you will have a much better experience than we did. The couple next to us did just that and by the time they were leaving, we were just receiving our appetizer. That is how slow the service is. The food is very good however and recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average DAT lunch
    pinknarf
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food itself was good, but the restaurant seems short staffed and unorganized. I was baffled as to why most of the items on the DAT menu were not available, just seems like a sign of poor management or false advertising. I'm not sure if I'd recommend or come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Gem..just like Paris
    Helkat
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My husband and I had eaten lunch here and liked it, but we recently had a birthday dinner here. It reminds us of places we have eaten in Paris... very small, casual decor (wooden tables and chairs, no tablecloths) and great food. My husband had the vol au vent which was so good I wanted to grab it away from him. My endive salad with warm baked pears and brie was delicious also. My husband had risotto with chanterelles, a big hit, and I had the cassoulet which I regretfully couldn't finish because I was so full. For dessert, we split a perfect creme brulee. There was wine by the bottle or glass and a limited selection of beer. The server (possibly owner) was missing a waiter so he was in overdrive, but there were really no delays.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    sfFoodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The manager (who is also the only server) is great but busy. The food is awesome. Be prepared to be underwhelmed by the service but the food more than makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Visit - there will be more!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This was our third dinner at Ducriox and it was even more delightful than ever! The salads are perfectly balanced and seasoned - the lamb shank is over the top delicious. My husband had the Duck Confit and nearly licked his plate it was so tasty! Do not miss this delightful neighborhood gem on the edge of the Financial District. The decor is typically French bistro - nothing fancy, tiny tables. Be prepared to get to know your dining "neighbors" - we've met delightful people while dining here. And the FOOD!! Outstanding. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French Food
    FredUno
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is outstandingly good. There was only one server, who also had to be the busboy, for a place that can hold about 40 people. Thus the service was s-l-o-w. No fault of the server, who was in constant motion taking orders, serving food and busing dirty dishes. They need to hire another server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to Recommend
    enigmaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    There was only one waiter, the wait for him was 30 minutes, and then not even water on the table. The food was mediocre, and there was no salt or pepper to vary the flavors on the table. There is no need to further continue to elucidate the restaurants short comings-Don"t Go is the only suggestion
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  • Experiencing Restaurant Ducroix
    Food4FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Tried this 3-course DAT menu: Begins with the crudite salad including Greek mushrooms, carrots, olives, and tomatoes in light vinaigrette dressing...tasted refreshing. Second course was the petrale sole sautéed in a bed of spinach with lemon and capers sauce...tasty and seasoned well. They ran out of the three desserts listed on the DAT menu, so I substituted the creme brulee which was delicious. Service was doable, since it was this one guy who greets his patrons, takes the orders, served, and bussed trays. It is a small restaurant operating with one cook, assistant, and the front person who is constantly moving. They ran out of food early but they were happy to substitute another item without charging the diner more. No frills ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    nurealam
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ducroix was participating in Dine around Town which we (who go out a lot) use to discover new restaurants. Perhaps Ducroix was too popular in the early days of DaT (we went on the 6th) because half of their DaT menu was unavailable (in all courses: appetizers, mains, desserts). Thus we ate from their regular menu. A major error was also made in the creation of one salad which the house couldn't bring itself to admit even when faced with the wording on the menu vs. what was on the plate! Wine by the glass was quite acceptable. Obviously popular with young people working in Chinatown/Financial District. Issues mentioned above mean that we won't return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We have better French [Provencal] at same prices in nicer location in Berkeley. Everything we had [potato leek soup du jour, vol au vent, grilled ribeye, fish pasta, and profiteroles and one glass each of white [sauvignon blanc] and red [cabernet] we disappointing. Not enough favor, no distinctive seasonings or sauces, nothing special about the presentation. Was there on a Travelzoo deal. Otherwise would not have gone and will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was yelled at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Poor service, waited 30 minutes before asked for service, and was yelled at, mocked and eventually we left. Never again and will be telling friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.1
    • Food3.2
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service2.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Restaurant Ducroix reviews archive.
  • Good Value
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We tried the Dine About Town SF Lunch menu. Many selections to choose from. I would recommend the flank steak - well marinated, juicy & perfectly cooked. Open Table needs to double check their business hours. Their lunch hour starts at 11:30am and not 11:00am.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at Ducroix
    Miguel
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I was more impressed with Ducroix when I left than when I arrived. This was erased with the arrival of each course. I cannot fault any of the courses. The food was well prepared, especially the lamb shank. Dessert was out of the ordinary: quince. A spilled glass of wine was cleaned up and replaced even though I was the one responsible for the spill. We arrived a half hour earlier than the designated reservation time and were seated. Fortunately the restaurant was nearly empty at that time. By the time we left, it was almost full. Good food, slow but attentive service when the restaurant was hopping. Some improvement to the décor and tidying up small pockets of unattractive supplies would certainly make this a very attractive dining spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andy
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Only one server/host...a bit over worked and serving a bit delayed for us, so food not hot...second serving was good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The place is a bit small and seemed pretty crowded. The food was very rich and tasty. The service seemed like one of the guys was in the weeds or it was his first day. I saw a lot of unhappy customers waiting for food, wine, the check, etc. There was also some confusion about what dishes they were out of that evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little gem
    RobertaVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    have been dining here a great deal, for both lunch and dinner, and food is always DELICIOUS! very little ambience, but the quality of the food and the fair pricing makes Ducroix a repeat time and again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was okay service not so much
    KiraLauraVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This restaurant's dining room is managed by one rude French guy who services, busses, checks out, seats, does everything for every table except cook. We were seated quickly but it took a while to get our first drink order in which he brought the wrong drink but we didn't say anything. The appetizers and entrees were decently prepared but lukewarm and the chocolate mousse lovely but when the entrees were ready he walked past them for almost 10 minutes before bringing them to us. The "ribeye" steak was definitely not a ribeye. Our sides were COLD and the frites were the consistency of crunchy potato chips. This was our second time here but with so many other wonderful choices for dining in the city, there probably won't be a third.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, abysmal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Waiter was inattentive, inaccurate, and rude. Got our orders wrong, didn't bring certain items at all, water was constantly empty, and service took forever.
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  • Great food....funky place
    travlinLAVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Loved the food, Onion soup...magnificent...salmon superb....atmosphere needs some work. I would go back for the food, but certainly not to impress anyone. Service with a smile, and good wine selection...no signage so look close. Prix Fix...great deal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Friendly service. Well-prepared classics. Loved the duck confit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A no-frill French restaurant (YAY!)
    luku
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Note: This was our first visit. I ordered the canard l'orange. Overall I liked the dish. The duck breast did not disappoint, and that made me happy. The sauce was more balsamic-y, than orange-y. My husband ordered the duck confit, which he enjoyed to the last bit. Good wine selection; they paired well with our food. Now, the service. Usually going to a French restaurant (here or France) can be a daunting experience. Not at Ducroix. I could totally relax and have a great time dinning. Although the host/waiter was busy, he was very gracious. As for the appetizers and desserts, I won't go into details, since they don't matter as much as the main dishes. Besides, they were good. To sum this review, we will return to Ducroix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food!
    RonC
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The place is a hidden gem and is easy to miss if you're not looking closely. Small and intimate with a halfway decent wine list. The food, however, was amazing! Although my wife and I were initially disappointed that they had sold out of Escargot for appetizers, the other choices did not disappoint. Moreover, the Canard L'Orange was better than the one we had at Chez Panisse. The Lamb Shank was also an excellent choice - tender, moist and not "gamey". This is by far the best French restaurant we've been to in a while! Our compliments to the chef!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many better choices....
    DaveyRVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    As others had previously shared, service suffers at this neighborhood restaurant as a single hard working server struggles under the weight of playing the role of both busboy, server and cashier for the entire restaurant. We ordered a bottle of champagne which we eventually resorted to pouring for ourselves. The ahi tuna salad which was delivered to the table charred black burned rather than slightly cooked was better once returned to the kitchen and replaced. The rib eye steak was at least 1/3rd fat, though the peppercorn sauce was good. The dessert, I believe some kind of baked apple, was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Good Place to Go Deaf!
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    When this small restaurant gets full of people the noise level is truly deafening! The place desperately needs some acoustical treatment. That alone prevents me from returning for a meal. I"d go back only with ear plugs. There was only one waiter and no bus boy. When it got very busy he was running back and forth to the open kitchen, a great distraction to my dining. A calm atmosphere is part of the dining experience. A guy running a foot race is not part of that atmosphere. Considering the number of people he had to tend he did a remarkable job. The food was good and I could not fault anything I had. The parsnip soup was delicious.
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  • Good food but loud ....
    TuppytwomsVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Food was great but space challenging as it is loud. The poor waiter seemed run off his feet .... but no complaints on service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Ducroix!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We love the food @ Ducroix...it was our 2nd dinner visit last Friday night. We started off with super scrumptious salads: Nocoise & Endive. Much thanks to Philip's recommendation. Our main courses consists of Duck Breast a L'orange and Lamb Shank...both were done perfectly & delicious. We shared a petite lava cake, just the right size, to finish off a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suspicious about the reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I don't know, folks, the positive, raving reviews I read about this place simply don't match my experience; in any way. The menu choices were limited. The service was good, but the food just wasn't up to my expectations based on the reviews. I found the place dark and dreary. The bright spot? The wine was good. If I was going to take someone out for a special occasion, this would NOT be the place. I think this would be a good candidate for Restaurant Impossible!
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  • Great "hole in the wall"
    J3ani3
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Some reviews said this place was romantic, but food and service was great! It has dimmer lighting to make the place seem more intimate. Wth some creative interior decorating, I think it would make improvements on first impressions. Upon walking in, it feels more "homely" in a good way. With the open and industrial view of the kitchen, bare walls, and chalkboard "specials" menu, that's why I wouldn't call this place romantic. I was pleasantly surprised with the food! Each component of the dishes complimented everything very well and entrees were filling! I would consider myself a "foodie" even this was a first time for me to try French cuisine, the food makes me want to move to France! I would come here again since prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a quaint FIDI French place
    ShalynVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Took a friend for a birthday dinner and the service was great as was the wine, the food, and all of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French gem near Chinatown
    bongoboy88
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Very personal service and attendance, food comes quickly enough and hot! A cozy bistro ambience. Good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    hungryhuman
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Dined at Ducroix with three friends. We loved the escargot and mussels (the mussels are an entree but they were happy to bring it out as an app as requested.) Three entrees were a hit (duck confit, salmon, and steak frites) but my friend thought the lamb shank was a bit bland. The space is quite small and there aren't a lot of tables, though a lack of upholstery means that a few people can make the place noisy; the decibel level really depends on who else is in the restaurant. There is one waiter and one manager bringing all the plates and drinks, so service can be a little sparse at times but always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Find
    FrancesKVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I've always enjoyed the food at Ducroix. I like introducing my friends to the place when I can. The food is usually classic, yet not outrageously so. I had the salade Nicoise, my favorite. Instead of tuna, it had slices of beef (sure didn't look like seared tuna), which was good on a winter day. It didn't bother me, but it might have bothered any other customer that may not like beef. The waiter did not let me know ahead of time about the change in the ingredients. However, it did work and tasted wonderful. I'm afraid that I did not ask my friends about their meals; we were too busy talking and catching up. However, I know they said the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pork Loins were awful, no
    Rina
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Pork Loins were awful, no taste, no spices, tasted like rubber Chicken pie was ok, sauce not so good
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  • Slow & Overcooked
    lionness78
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We sat at the table with empty water glasses, that were placed on the table that way, waiting for bottles to fill them for over 15 minutes. At some point in that time the waiter took our order in an extremely rushed almost iritated manner. That was the only fast thing about our experience. Everything took too long and most of the dishes were quite overcooked when they finally came. All in all we were there for 90 minutes and that wasn't by choice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service took away from rest
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    There was 1 person to handle incoming guests, take orders, serve food, take payments. It took 8 minutes to be seated although there were two open tables (because he was handling everything else). It took a while to get our order taken, etc. We were pretty understanding as he was the only person doing everything. But when the majority of the restaurant emptied out (we had a later reservation after the lunch rush), the service STILL sucked. It was down to us and one other table being occupied out of the entire restaurant and still we had to wait an inordinate amount of time for our dessert to be served, to get the bill, to pay the bill, etc. We were the LAST ones left in the restaurant. It was unbelievable. Can't say I'll ever return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine About Town Lunch
    TheBayiGoumet
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Lunch was great. Tasted two enters and both were exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a small restraurant
    SparkieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This is a small restraurant with not much atmosphere, servers try hard, some dishes were good, some not great. Always like to try new places, but will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a small French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is a small French restaurant which will remind you of bistros in France: good, satisfying food and wine, straightforward decor, and french staff. It's easy to walk by but if you enter, you'll be delighted. Have the risotto. Salmon is very good every time. Restaurant Ducroix is a wonderful find in a city with many pretentious, overdone restaurants, with prices to match. This place feels warmer, more authentic and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 hour lunch
    cathyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Party of 6 for lunch on a Friday (during Dine About Town) - there was only one waiter working for the entire dining room and service was painfully slow. Not the waiter's fault, there should have been at least one or two other people working for the size of the room. Unfortunately it meant we had a terrible experience - I never even got silverware for my dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate