Gardenias

4.8
656 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We would like to welcome you to Gardenias - a neighborhood spot in the best sense of the word. Locally sourced and seasonally influenced, our menu pays respect to the unique bounty of Northern California.

Newly added outdoor seating, as well as patio in back.

Mentioned in current Michelin Guide.

Open Table Diners’ Choice Award winner every year since we opened.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 656 people are saying
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MeganB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardenia's is our go to restaurant for an excellent meal and low key cozy vibe. Where we like to be with our oldest, warmest friends and celebrate our most special occasions.

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vipInesW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My coworkers birthdays ! Fabulous place , food and service !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Gardenias. It’s a quiet neighborhood joint that isn’t crowded or pretentious, and has a comfortable ambience. Both the food and the service was terrific. I’m envious of the locals who get to eat here often.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gardenia's is so so so consistently wonderful, delicious, and really helps with the hard times we are all still working hard to get through. Thank you, Gardenias - all of you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Menu is limited, bread and butter costs $8, pork chop was a bit overcooked. The seared scallop appetizer tasted well but again, the scallop is almost fully cooked rather than seared. We ended up having a snack right after our meals because we don’t feel full. It is ok to try once, but for the price we paid, we have had better dishes elsewhere.

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vipHKGuy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Cozy and intimate, excellent food though the menu is small in terms of choice. I will certainly return for more.

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend forgot her CDC vaccine card- but the hostess made a table for us outside up front and everyone was so lovely we had a great dinner with excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service. Adorable restaurant with fresh seasonal food.

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vipLisaE
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were delicious! Unique combinations with the freshest of ingredients. A lovely vibe.

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vipClare
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond. It was a beautiful and delicious evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, it was a great experience. I would definitely come back here for another meal with friends or fam. Had the seared scallops as an app and the short ribs for dinner. Excellent sauce on the ribs and the polenta was cooked great. Brussel sprouts were a bit on the crunchier side.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fabulous, wine was unique and wonderful, service was great. Dessert superb and interesting flavor combo. Great ambiance- cool, chill, and chic. Will return again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardenias created a wonderful warm (despite the open doors) and safe environment (smooth and simple covid protocols) to stretch into an evening of reconnecting with friends. The menu was a curated best of the season. The seared scallops with sauteed corn was my favorite bite of the evening. My duck entree was also superb.

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peacock
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between 6 of us we had all 5 entrees and each one was delicious. Our server was personable and attentive, and the small courtyard in the back provided the perfect ambience. Highly recommend!

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NancyC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! All fresh ingredients beautifully prepared. A high point in our visit. Many thanks.

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vipSharE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lovely outdoor table and very attentive waiter. Food was excellent. Only negative was we were asked to leave at 2 hour point as they said 6 people were waiting for our table. We were a table of 4. I had not quite finished my wine and felt rushed out. Their outdoor seating area is small but should plan 2.5 hours for a group. We were seeing friends from out of town so rather an abrupt ending.

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vipJbell
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very cute spot with a superb service and wine.

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vipkurtdismas
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined many times over many years at Woodward's Garden, when it was operated by the same team. We mourned the passing of the restaurant. We came late to the party that they had relocated to Gardenias. It is a greater distance to travel, so we put off going. That was a mistake. Not a tragic one, but close. We deprived ourselves of the many pleasures of dining here for too long. Needless to say, we will not repeat that mistake.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find! Jeffrey was right on with his recommendations and the dishes were outstanding! Wonderful ownership and involvement brings a huge difference. Will definitely return.

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vipRonS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, intimate spot in Pac Heights. Really interesting dishes with fresh ingredients.

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JVDubya
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice cozy neighborhood vibe with excellent service. Menu was creative and volume of choices not overwhelming. Dishes were well presented and flavors were pleasing. The prices are a tad steep, which may be an offset of covid limiting tables and staff. Overall a wonderful experience and will visit again. Did not get to experience outside patios but rear patio looked lovely

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momakitty
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, they kept doors open for air circulation and outdoor dining option. Wait staff busy and cheerful. They may be under staffed but made up for it in ambience and food. Pinot was perfect pairing. Food outstanding

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vipPeterS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Understated place but really good food - interesting combinations. Service was very friendly. We had a very enjoyable meal and would certainly return. Nice garden area at the rear.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every plate was clean which is not our usual— this is going to be our new place!

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vipRebelR
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant and a warm, friendly and chic place.

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vipJosephB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best dinner we have had in San Francisco. A true neighborhood gem. And we eat out a lot.

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Piatigorsky
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem of a neighborhood restaurant with a quiet, calm & comfortable interior and a small back patio (also warm). Brief but creative menu of well-prepared options and some very nice wines. Seared scallops in corn mash was mouth-watering and could have been my full dinner if I had ordered more. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and friendly with prompt service. Well worth venturing a little from the fray for this experience.

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JamesF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and a helpful attitude relative to wine choices. Will definitely visit again.

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DianaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anazing food great service woukd def go agsin!

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SFFoodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Excellent short ribs. Interesting appetizers.

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vipMonaH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always innovative and delicious cuisine. The menu always has 10-12 appetizers and 6-8 entrees.

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vipMisterM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Gardenias for a romantic anniversary dinner. It was a simple, cozy neighborhood gem. The food was delicious -- every salad, soup, entrée, and dessert was tasty, fresh, and well prepared. The service was excellent.

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SierraSusan
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my birthday, and the place was recommended by a friend. It had a comfortable local eatery feel. We split the scallops with corn and micro greens appetizer. Our waiter recommended we split instead of each getting an order. He was right, the size was ample, and it was delicious. We both ordered the duck leg with a delicate creamy wine sauce, potatoes and shallots. Unusual and very delicious. For dessert, I had a small raspberry, chocolate mousse with a cookie. Mark selected an citrus cake which he found delicious. The waiter was accommodating for our selection of wines, and brought us several samples. They did not have a Chardonnay available by the glass, so I selected a white vintners blend. Again, they did not have Merlot by the glass, so Mark selected a red blend which he enjoyed.
The place was a bit cold as they left the doors open for ventilation because of COVID restrictions. This may change in the future. We both brought coats and were fine. Note the menus were different from what was on the website.
We both felt this was our best meal in San Francisco. Prices were reasonable. For example, the duck legs were $28. Our wines were $14 each, a bit on the high side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal start to finish! All dishes very inventive with vibrant flavors. Prices very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at gardenias. Very happy with our experience. Will definitely be back.

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vipLaneR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers, entries, dessert and service were excellent. Would definitely return soon. Chqrming restaurant.

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KENNETHM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Small menu of interesting choices, artfully presented, professional service. Would definitely return.

FAQs

Gardenias is rated 4.8 stars by 656 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.