Dana's

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687 reviews
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Welcome to Dana’s! Tucked away in a lovely tree lined area known as The Livery in Danville, you'll find Dana’s, a fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge where you can come to enjoy exquisite cuisine, great wine, fun drinks and great company. We are focused on taking traditional flavors and bringing them to life with creative combinations and bold presentations. With many choices on the menu at all times, our kitchen will cultivate dishes that explode with bold flavors and are designed to please even the most discerning palates.


We hope you join us soon!
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HG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the two lobster tails and told the waiter I do not want them over-cooked. When it was served I noticed the two looked very different. One was great but the other buried one looked like a return. Definitely over-cooked and suer tuff. I told the waiter and he agreed and just said sorry. It was definitely not worth it.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and it was very pleasant. Alfonso was our waiter and he was very tentative.

LB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

My friend and I like Dana's a lot. We have been there a several times together. Last time and this time also we were served red wine that was MUCH too warm for a red wine (a Rutherford Cabernet). We were surprised for a second time that the red wine was not served at an appropriate temperature.

Our server was polite, not very attentive, and was wearing way too much cologne (Alfonso).

PM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food and excellent service. We ate outside because the weather was so nice. The only problem was an inconsiderate person who kept his car running the whole time in a parking space a few feet away from our table.

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Generally speaking the food was pretty good. Nobody was in the restaurant and I cannot understand why. Service was not very good since the waiter had no idea how to explain anything on the menu.

N
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Dana's in awhile and definitely will go back. Our lunch was delicious and excellent service.

D
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The petrole sole dinner was amazing ! We love Dana’s

CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DH and I felt like going somewhere that serves upscale food in an elegant atmosphere without having to shout just to hear across the table. We've been to Dana's before and thought it would be a good choice. With their tall, upholstered booths and the small size of the place, the noise level remains reasonable even with their open kitchen on a busy night. We could actually hear the lyrics and melody of the music playing instead of just the faint thump of the bass. Sorry about my rant, but I've gotten so tired of the cavernous wood and metal aesthetic with acoustics designed for torture that so many new "it" places seem to have (Danville Brewery, e.g.). Dana's was refreshing. Granted it wasn't that busy, but considering it was a Tuesday night, they had a fair number of customers. Not surprising considering the food is consistently good and the service is attentive. I had the filet of sole (served piping hot) and DH had the eggplant (generous serving!). We split the lemon ricotta ravioli as an appetizer and the cheesecake for dessert. We each had a cocktail. Very nice waitress and good busser who kept our waters filled. Glad we chose Dana's.

D
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were superb.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Quiet, great staff and food is wonderful!

BH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Went in for dinner at 7:30pm on a Saturday night and by 8:30 were one of only 2 tables left. The customers seemed to fit squarely into the "retirement age" bracket throughout the night. Our group of 5 had mixed reviews on the food, but most of what came with my Ribeye was still cold when it arrived (5-10 mins after the rest of the meals).

The one bright spot: Our server was an absolute gem; funny, attentive, and not overbearing.

Overall, not an experience I'd wish to repeat. Some work needs to happen in the kitchen to bring this place back to life.

AP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great people. Good for foodies. Great full bar also!

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I had a “date night!” Food was awesome! Service was great! Overall it was a perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the awesome weather we are having!

5
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dana’s has a great location in a quiet tree lined area and has recently installed booths outdoors for our more comfortable dining this visit. Food was excellent as always, and Henri provided excellent service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Father’s Day dinner on the patio. Always good! We dine here often.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Father’s Day

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day

DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have dined at Dana's often, but last time it was a major disappointment. The filet of sole used to be good, this time it was overly battered, not fresh, and over cooked. The salmon was dry and sub par. The spinach fettuccini sauce was not adequately distributed throughout the pasta itself, instead it surrounded the pasta like a moat around the island of pasta. We sat outside, but they were blaring the television sound from the bar through the speakers. And to top it all off, they trundled a garbage can through the dining room and outside dining area during the height of dinner time!

LS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great new appetizer options. Staff is very accommodating.

PM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Food was excellent. Wine tasting event and music made this special.

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've eaten at Dana's four times and it is always a good experience. The service is always
good and this time it was exceptional. Dory was our server.

SR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here but plan to go again due to great service, delicious food and reasonable prices. It was a lovely night so we sat outside which was delightful.

L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our lunch at Dana’s. The Food was great! I had the Fritto Misto Salad , tasty Monterey Calamari with cashews, cilantro, carrots in a lovely chili ginger vinaigrette & Aleppo Aioli. It was wonderful!
My friend had the Blackened Ahi Tuna Steak Salad. It looked beautiful & tasted fantastic! Highly recommend these items.

AL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love going to Dana's. It is privately owned and has a wonderful neighborhood feel. The owner can be seen walking around and nodding politely not wanting to interrupt our dining experience. It's casual but elegant with white table clothes. The staff is friendly and will greet you with "welcome back" when you arrive if you are a regular. The dining area has been upgraded to include some very nice booths. They also have outdoor dining with booths. I had the Petrale sole which was perfectly done in a lemon butter sauces, creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable. One of our guests had the Neiman Ranch pork chop and he raved about it. Their Caesar salad has a homemade dressing that is garlicky and tangy...yummy. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the food and lovely ambiance. They also have a bar area that is fun to sit and dine in. All in all, it has become one of our favorite go-to restaurants for friends and family.

PW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service very slow with an almost empty dining room. Had to asking for our requests such as ketchup, more tea, etc.

JI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We have always enjoyed going here and love many of the dishes including the salmon, filet, steak salad and sole. On this trip, we arrived at 7pm with reservations (on Mother's Day) and were seated at 7:40pm. We left at 9:50pm. The restaurant was overwhelmed (I guess for the holiday) and the kitchen was amazingly slow, and there was a lot of tension -- we saw many upset guests.........also, they were out of salmon, filet and had only 1 order of scallops (we ordered 2). When we were served, the sole and chicken were really good -- the scallops were overcooked and the ribeye (substituted for the filet) was average. The crab louie was generally good, but all of their salads use iceberg lettuce -- they should mix it up. We were provided a bottle of wine for free and our server Robin was great, and kept us posted on the ongoing challenges. We hope they figure out the issues, as we generally enjoy going here. The manager was not overly sympathetic.

BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Wait for main entree was 45 minutes and 2 of us just had salads with salmon and steak. Salad was terrible and steak was burned. I understand it was a busy night since it was Mother’s Day but it was under staffed
We will not be back.

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

3rd time and won’t go back
Reserved and showed up at 5:30 for dinner on Mother’s Day and hoped to best the crowd- ended up waiting 1.5 hours before getting our meals and only after I had to go to the kitchen and push the chef and waitress; and many other patrons were also complaining- 3rd time this has happened- waitress kept apologizing - will never go back nor recommend to friends at my country club

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Mother’s Day brunch. Out of food, bad quality, overpriced

DA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service , great time with my kids

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This was the worst Mother’s Day experience for our family.

d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Petrale and the Crab Salad were excellent. The service was spot on.

KF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Dana's, and the staff is wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a window table in the bar area & they were very accommodating. The staff was amazing. Friendly & attentive. Food was great. We will definitely go back again.

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific This wasn't our first dining at Dana's, but the rating is the same... outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I read several great reviews and was not disappointed. Food and service stood out. We'll be back!

RQ
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Eduardo was excellent!! He was very helpful and smiley. The filet was wonderful .
My husband had the special, Spare Ribs. They were more like pot roast. We love coming here.
Wish you would put the Brushetta back on the menu though!!

VC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is our new favorite! Great vibe and amazingly good food.

JE
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here on a Friday night and the food was very good. We had been a few months back as well. We had Dori as our server both times and she is friendly & efficient. We had cocktails, brought our own wine (corkage is $20), caesar salads, clam chowder and entrees. My husband & son both had the NY Steak special. It was tender and accompanied by potatoes and asparagus. I had the scallops as they were delicious the last time I had them. I was not disappointed. We were too full for dessert. We were seated at a booth s
o it was not too noisy and we were left alone to visit & dine at our leisure. Great spot!

S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was excellent from the time we entered until leaving a couple of hours later. Private booths make for distraction free dining with friends. The food was not only great tasting, but beautifully presented. The eggplant parmesan is a work of art .

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