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690 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Financial District / Embarcadero
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A French restaurant in the San Francisco's Financial District.
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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."
Dined on 6/25/2014
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."
Dined on 6/2/2014
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."
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."
Dined on 6/13/2014
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."
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."
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."
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."
Dined on 6/11/2014
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."
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"
Dined on 6/9/2014
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."
Dined on 6/6/2014
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."
Dined on 6/5/2014
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."
Dined on 6/2/2014
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. "
Dined on 5/23/2014
Only one server/host...a bit over
worked and serving a bit delayed for us, so food not hot...second serving was good"
Dined on 5/19/2014
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."
Dined on 5/10/2014
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!"
Dined on 5/8/2014
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."
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."
Dined on 4/29/2014
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."
Dined on 4/25/2014
Friendly service. Well-prepared
classics. Loved the duck confit."
Dined on 4/24/2014
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."
Dined on 4/5/2014
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."
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!!"
Dined on 4/1/2014
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."
Dined on 3/28/2014
Food was great but space
challenging as it is loud. The poor waiter seemed run off his feet .... but no complaints on service"
Dined on 3/25/2014
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."
Dined on 3/21/2014
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!"
Dined on 3/7/2014
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."
Dined on 2/22/2014
Took a friend for a birthday
dinner and the service was great as was the wine, the food, and all of it!"
Dined on 2/20/2014
Very personal service and
attendance, food comes quickly enough and hot! A cozy bistro ambience. Good prices."
Dined on 2/8/2014
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."
Dined on 2/7/2014
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."
Dined on 2/4/2014
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."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Pork Loins were awful, no taste,
no spices, tasted like rubber Chicken pie was ok, sauce not so good"
Dined on 1/28/2014
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."
Dined on 1/17/2014
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."
Dined on 1/24/2014
Lunch was great. Tasted two enters
and both were exceptional."
Dined on 1/21/2014
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."
Dined on 1/17/2014
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."
Dined on 1/18/2014
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