Atelier Crenn serves chic, contemporary French cuisine with an artistic touch. The menu describes the multi-course meal through expressive poetry rather than the usual prose found on most menus. Mood, as opposed to a particular craving, is important here. Past early course options have included the salad with carrot jerky, the salsify with white chocolate and cauliflower and the squid ink rice paper. Larger plates at Atelier Crenn are beautifully prepared and aesthetically pleasing, such as the king crab with fennel and tarragon sorbet, the duck egg with pate in porcini mushroom broth, the scallop with pear and sea cucumber dashi, and the bone marrow with osetra caviar and nasturtium.
Atelier Crenn's palate cleansers are perfect between-course refreshers. Try the cool raspberry gin and tonic tower.
A Challenge Menu. A perfect service. A very costly wine pairing. A not so good desert offering.
We've done Daniels, Bill Hill, Inn at Little Washington, the now closed la Belle Vie, Robuchon, and Aubergine etc. but on a trip to San Francisco decided to visit the only female chef with a two star Michelin rating. So glad we did! Modernist cuisine is wonderfully interpreted in her hands! Of course, the exciting Kir Breton to start, followed by ocean and (a few) land interpretations of sea urchin and spiny lobster and beef. All marvelous against the backdrop of her poetry and the moss, fern and shell presentations. Expensive, but so worth it! Enjoy, my friend, enjoy.
Food was great and presentation was definitely an experience itself. Service was friendly and generally really good, although there seemed to be a bit of a lag at the beginning of our reservation, we had 8pm reservations & the first course didn't come out until after 8:30. I highly recommend the wine pairings, we got the regular pairings and they were delicious. They changed to a service included model and now the set menu is $295 with 17 courses and the regular wine pairing is $175.
The food was fantastic!! Some of the dishes were so out there in terms or creativity and innovation! I love it when a place like this does not play it safe with "meat and potatoes" dishes. The only downside(not the restaurant's fault) is the type of clientele this attracts. Being a little more trendy than it is classy a lot of younger and annoying patrons will be seen here.
We spent more than $680 for 2 persons. Very expensive, especially we only order a $30 wine by glass. The price is different from what opentable showed...But the meal is pretty worth 3 stars actually. If they can upgrade the dessert flavor, will be perfect.
The poem that was also a hint of what dishes have been prepared. It's a constant guessing game throughout the service
Worth every penny (100,000 of them). Perfectly executed - an evening of delicious and surprising food presented in a beautiful, thoughtful way. We could have skipped the wagu beef add -on (at 95 pp and 1 1/2 inches square it was ridiculously priced) but now I can tell my boyfriend I treated him to a thousand dollar dinner for his birthday - and he and it were worth it.
Each course of the chef's tasting menu is a highly crafted item. Some work better than others. The first "course" is a poem by the chef (Dominique, don't quite your day job), "to guide you through the dining experience." The small and delicious marinated filet of trumpetfish garnished with kumquat slices comes accompanied by the head of the fish itself, the color of an inflamed uvula, that watches you balefully as you eat its flesh. Other courses provide their own interest. A wagyu steak course or a cheese custard (I ordered the latter) are offered as extras if you fear leaving without a full stomach. Whether it's a really great experience for you or a dip into bizarre curiosities will depend on your outlook. (I later found they had burned me for a cancellation fee I was told would be refunded.)
Wow kinda of meal. On par with other top restaurants in the Bay Area. Playful, whimsical, tasty, creative...after the eight course i ran out words to describe the food. Worth it!
Here is what I felt during this three-hour wonderful tour of French cuisine. It was long at all! The only similarity you can find out of the entire tasting menu is surprise. You'll realize what I mean should you go through the journey. Highly recommended!