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Permanently Closed - CHIAROSCURO

1215 reviews
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$31 to $50
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chiaroscuro is an Italian restaurant in San Francisco that offers a fine dining atmosphere and dishes cooked by a native Roman chef. The menu includes options for lunch or dinner, all of which can be enjoyed with the chiaroscuro wine list, featuring a variety of imported and local beverages.

Tyr the braised brisket ravioli or the chickpeas pappardelle with braised lamb ragu for a starter at chiaroscuro. Main dishes include lamb chop, oven roasted squab or a daily fish special. Try the vanilla bean cream puffs or the dark chocolate ganache to complete your meal at chiaroscuro. Guests can also enjoy a three-, four- or five-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Closed Sundays - We will open for special events (please call for more information)
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Phone number
(415) 362-6012
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alessandro Campitelli
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Cross street
Montgomery St
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on September 12, 2016

I can't leave a review because the place has shut down permanently. I only found out on the day of our resrrvation because I wanted to arrange something soecial. I called them on the number provided by Open Table, double checked it against a google search and their website. The number no longer exists, and on google search it states that it's permanently closed. Not cool.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Open Table did not know that this restaurant had closed. My husband and I went into the City for dinner and walked up to the restaurant that was completely empty, with only wires on the floor. We were lucky enough to get a credit from Groupon for our money back. There needs to be a better system of not being able to make a reservation for a restaurant that is not longer open.

BirthdayGirl (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

This restaurant is closed. It would have been nice if they had notified OpenTable to delete the restaurant from its system before I made a reservation there to celebrate my birthday.

sriprank (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Restaurant had closed down without notice. I was still able to make a Reservation but the Restaurant was closed.

vipGregW (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

This restaurant has closed. I had to scramble to find a replacement.

MaryH (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

restaurant was closed!!and I had business clients with me

YumYum (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

It was my son's birthday. We and our guest arrived to the restaurant at 7pm (as per our reservation) only to find the restaurant closed and a number of other people who made reservations at this place standing in front of the closed door not knowing what to do.

I don't know who's fault it is - Chiaroscuro's rest management who failed to inform OpenTable about closing the business so that OpenTable would stop taking reservations for this restaurant or OpenTable's which did not process business closure request in time - but this was one of the most frustrating experiences I ever had, it ruined the plans for the special occasion dinner and undermined the trust I had towards OpenTable services.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 6, 2016

Hard to actually review this restaurant. We were visiting SF and booked on Groupon. Open Table sent an email to confirm our reservation. We were looking forward to a great meal. Got there and the restaurant was CLOSED! Not just closed but permanently closed!! There was no notification anywhere till we walked there and saw the place was partly disassembled.
Safe to say, we won't be going back!
Now, hoping Groupon will refund our money!

ntt1 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

They did call and warn us that there were issues with its liquor license. Went anyway and food would be even more wonderful when you can order wine. Food was still delicious.

davidmillvalley (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

This was actually our 3rd meal in 4 months. All have been characterized by spotty and generally poor service. The wait staff tries to up sell on wine and includes a mandatory 18-20% tip. Even with few customers the staff gathered in the back at the open kitchen. At times I had to get up and start to pour my/ our own wine. When a course was cleared the plates were scraped and stacked at the table Generally the service was slow as was the order process.
AS regards the food some was quite good but everything was generally served on cold plates and at luke warm temps. On the last visit the rolls were warm but had clearly been rewarmed and were hard. Neither our friends or I/we will return. It maybe that they will not be there in a month or two anyway

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

Choice of Three or Four course meal at fixed price. Food good but small portions

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2016

Third visit to this restaurant. The appetizers and meat entrees (except for the overcooked lamb chops) were quite good. The most disappointing thing this time was the normally flawless pasta was extremely salty.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

I took my family to Chiaroscuro for my younger daughter's birthday dinner. My daughters are (now) 8 and 10, but they are learning to appreciate good food already. They love Italian food, and especially pasta, so I thought this would be a great place for everyone. They had the three pasta "trilogia" course, and loved it. Everyone had a great dinner and a great experience!

Fleuri (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on August 17, 2016

Poor service! The server made us felt like second class citizen because we had a Groupon voucher. We were to receive the equivalent of $72 worth of food, but instead we were only credited for $60 worth. Even though we only had 3 people, we were charged a full 18% gratuity based on the $72 face value plus extra food ordered . For the way we were treated we will never be back. Food was good but way overpriced.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

The food and wine paring were delicious. Great service. The lovely dining experience.

Mickey (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

The food was excellent. The service a little slow. But, the restaurant is very expensive.
Don't be mislead by the Michelin Guide. They tell you that the meal is prix-fixe, but don't in any way indicate how costly it is. A meal for two with 2 glasses of white wine was $225.00.

Ultragoh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Food was delicious and very well presented. The server was professional and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back.

luvwine (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Ordered Prix Fixe menu of 3 courses, upgraded to 4 course. We noticed that the servings were smaller than adjacent tables for the same menu items. Our server told us that because we ordered the 4 course Prix Fixe, the servings were smaller, even though we paid an extra fee for the upgrade. It made no sense to us.
Upon arrival we informed staff that we had to leave at a certain time for a theater performance. Due to slow service, we had to box up 1/2 of our entrees and skip dessert.
The server did reduce our bill by one dinner and was very apologetic.

vipchoclove (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

I arrived at the restaurant about 10 minutes early for my reservation, but was not seated for 20 minutes, even though the table I was seated at was free at the time I arrived. The restaurant
kept other people ahead of me in line waiting for their tables too, for no apparent reason.
Service was also very slow for ordering our food. When I asked what the fish of the day was,
I was told it was a black cod that the chef would prepare in a very special way, but they
apparently didn't want to tell me what that special way was. Well, it was indeed a VERY
special way, because when when the food arrived at the table, we were told that trout was
substituted for the black cod! How unbelievably rude! The trout was good but nothing
special. My scallop appetizer was quite good. My wife on the other hand was very unimpressed
with her food. We will not be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

The food was wonderful. I picked a white wine that was great. A wonderful red wine was picked for us.

Service was ridiculously slow. We arrived to an empty restaurant, tables were set, for our 7 pm restaurant, but had to wait 15 minutes to be seated at our table. We were not alone in having to wait. Further, we did not finish our meal until 10:30. Even assuming a relaxed dining environment, 3 1/2 hours is much too long. Our server was very, very, helpful and nice, but again, 3 1/2 hours is much, much too long.