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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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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
Traditional French food; none of
that nouvelle cuisine. Very enjoyable."
Dined on 1/2/2014
We were seated at what I referred
to as a "throwaway table" (looked like they brought out a break room table and chairs so they could overbook - table did not even have a tablecloth, but instead was covered with multiple dinner napkins). We were seated directly in front of the boiling hot kitchen; front and center (zero intimacy). Asked if we could choose a different table (some were empty), we were told, loudly (people actually looked up from their dinner) it was not possible (I made reservations over a month ago). Decided to wing it anyway - food was mediocre at best - the filet mignon was tough, smothered in an overpowering peppercorn sauce; the scallops had absolutely no taste whatsoever, and the pear tartin was bland and burnt."
Dined on 12/31/2013
Restaurant was out of the first
two entree choices and the dessert choice. Said they were running low due to the Holidays, but the place was empty at 7pm. Food presented was very good and waiter was pleasant. Wine was good. Seating was uncomfortable."
Dined on 12/23/2013
I've been to Restaurant Ducroix
several times before. A small, intimate place to have a great meal at a reasonable price. This time it was to celebrate a colleague's 50th birthday. I brought a very special bottle of wine from the Napa Valley Reserve to celebrate. Our reservation was at 6:30 PM so I assumed the restaurant would be fairly empty because that's a bit early for dinner. I was right: we were there with only one other party: a party of a dozen guys wooping it up, screaming and laughing so loud that I had to keep cupping my ears in order to hear my colleague talk. And the management did nothing to calm them down. What was supposed to be an intimate evening was ruined. This restaurant is not the venue for such gatherings."
Dined on 12/21/2013
A good find for a last minute
dinner reservation with my girlfriend. Small, unassuming restaurant, very friendly staff. Duck and sea bass were both delicious - good sized portions too, you get your money's worth. Restaurant was nearly empty when we came in at 7:30, but was packed by the time we left. Can be a bit noisy when full, but no other downsides."
Dined on 12/14/2013
The food at this place is simply
Fantastic. I cannot believe the price for this quality of food. Not only it is excellent for the mouth but also for the eyes the way it is presented.... Every visit I make to SF, I never miss an occasion to eat at Ducroix"
Dined on 12/11/2013
We had one night in SFO and had
eaten at all the known hotspots already. We were ready for something out of the spotlight. We tried Restaurant Ducroix and had a reservation on the early side. Very quaint and warm vibe. Server was very attentive. Was a big help with the wine choice. Food was very good and we left knowing we'd be back. By the time we left the place was full and it was obvious a favorite with the locals."
Dined on 11/9/2013
We had a 5:30 pm reservation for 8
on a Monday night. It was a pleasure to be able to hold conversations without shouting. The French onion soup was delicious as was the trout with almonds. Nice selection of desserts that all enjoyed including chocolate mousse, profiteroles, poached pear, and creme brûlée. Overall, a wonderful experience."
Dined on 12/2/2013
This was our third visit to
Restaurant Delacroix and the food quality and service were not as good as before. Food presentation very sloppy. Also---you have to ask for bread---what kind of French restaurant doesn't provide bread as a staple on the table? Disappointing."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I have been to Ducroix several
times now and I am always pleased with their excellent food and fine service. It is a great place to have lunch with friends. The only thing I noticed this time was that the noise level has gone up a bit and it was difficult to hear the conversation. Otherwise, a great experience!"
Dined on 11/21/2013
Food great but staff seemed a bit
overwhelmed At times. Had to ask for bread bowl twice along with water. Escargot didn't seem as perfect as it usually is. Risotto was amazing As were the profiteroles for dessert."
Dined on 11/15/2013
It was an absolute joy finding
Ducroix seemingly hiding in plain site - terrific French inspired menu with surf, turf, and many creative vegetarian options. Two of us dined on a Tuesday evening and the scene was relatively quiet, with less than half of the tables occupied. We both ordered fish entrees - sea bass and salmon, and both were cooked to perfection. Our waiter recommended a Beaujolais to pair with our dinner- delicious. We passed on dessert, though the offerings were very tempting. We'll be back!"
Dined on 11/12/2013
Made reservations for lunch, still
had to wait 1/2 hour before we were seated, and then many more mins before we got our order taken. Food was good, but it was on the heavy side, but typically French I suppose."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Right on the border of chinatown
in a building that doesn't look like much, this was a great find for a few friends looking for a quiet meal out. Sipped red wine and ate terrific classic french dishes, with friendly and knowledgeable service."
Dined on 5/10/2013
Food was great, wine list is short
but selectoon is good - French and Californian Service - I like their style, good pace with appropriate pauses."
Dined on 10/27/2013
This small, charming spot is as
warm as someone's home and as good as any restaurant in the city. The environment is cozy and unassuming while the food and service are outstanding. This little gem is a hidden treasure on the edge of the financial district that's well worth searching out."
Dined on 10/8/2013
I have dragged quite a few of my
(mostly americans) co-workers there and it was always a hit. The only thing is that it is quite expensive for an everyday lunch. Having said that, I still think it is totally worth it. Not a lot of tables but it is usually packed for lunch and they could probably not handle more without more people waiting tables. They have all the classic French food items (and for me comfort food). I have tried the blanquette, the filet Rossini, the boeuf Bourguignon and a few others and was always extremely happy with the quality. Only the wait could make me double think if I should go there, but that's another French concept: a long lunch break of 2 hours..."
Dined on 6/25/2013
The waiter was attentive, the food
great -especially the Seabass. Loved the tappenade & baguette before dinner."
Dined on 8/4/2013
a great place to have an excellent
dinner and be able to have a conversation with your fellow diners. Off the beaten path but what a great find. The service and food were excellent."
Dined on 8/4/2013
I've always enjoyed this
restaurant. I love the French food that is pretty authentic. I've confirmed this with my French/European friends. It's a great place to meet friends for lunch or dinner. And I love that it's not in the heart of the French district (ie Bush St) because I'm not competing with the tourists and local FiDi folks! My favorite lunch is their Salade Nicoise...although I wish it were prepared the old-fashioned way with the cooked tuna, not the ahi. I know a lightly seared tuna is popular, but there is something nostalgic the old way which makes it more authentic. Most French restaurants don't make it the traditional way anymore. But I still love the place."
Dined on 4/22/2013
Everything I ever wanted it to be
and so much more. Our sever Phillip, was perfect, attentive to details, experienced, knowledgeable, and very friendly. The food was everything you want from real, quality, french cooking, the sauces divine, the meats cooked to perfection, the wine pairing sublime. I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted amazing food at a bargain price, I could not believe this place was not crawling on a Friday night. We will be back!"
Dined on 7/27/2013
First of all the service was
outstanding. Super attentive, friendly , and helpful. At one point the waiter even walked outside to help my friend find parking. The food was amazing. I can still taste the lamb shank with blueberries two days later. It's a bit pricey but if you love great food this is the spot to be."
Dined on 7/19/2013
We went this restaurant because of
the good yelp reviews. Not sure what there is to think is good. The person who seated us was not particularly friendly, the food was too salty and uninspired, and the service overall was poor. Would not recommend, and will not go back. Try cafe Claude instead."
Dined on 7/18/2013
We love this new lunch place in
the FiDi. The Croque Madame is as if you're in France."
Dined on 7/9/2013
We enjoyed trout and salmon, with
tomatoes to start. Nice light red wine."
Dined on 7/12/2013
This is real hand made, cooked to
order food. Fantastic ambience."
Dined on 7/3/2013
The caramelized pear, brie and
endive salad is fantastic. Excellent food but pricey. The restaurant could use some sprucing up."
Dined on 6/30/2013
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