Gardenias

4.4
439 reviews
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$30 and under
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From the owners of Woodward's Garden, we welcome you to Gardenias - a new 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.

We offer both small and large plates and a thoughtful beverage list that includes wine and beer on tap and in bottles.

Guests are welcome to drop in for a drink and a quick bite — there is bar seating, a patio, and sidewalk seating that we do not reserve and encourage last minute, walk-ins! 1 block from the Kabucki Sundance Cinemas.
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San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They are understaffed in kitchen tonight. Long long wait for hot food. Dessert came quickly.

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WT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and she gave us very thoughtful responses to questions. I felt like she genuinely wanted us to enjoy ourselves. In fact, everyone was very welcoming. Makes me want to make Gardenias a regular hangout.

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FS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service was good. We did feel a little rushed, but it was Valentines day

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in SF.

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was pretty good but wildly overpriced. $5 for bread and butter? $26 for THREE raviolis? Our server was very nice, but I probably won't return.

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IL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Ambiance great! Will definitely be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I had a lovely dinner

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OT
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gardenias is a lovely spot. The ambiance is magical, service good, and the food delicious.

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood pick. Delicious food in a relaxed but distinguished environment.

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TN
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great service, fabulous fresh food and a delightful ambience. Will definitely be back.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice ambience for a special occasion such as I was celebrating. Simple, chic, atmosphere. Wait staff was attentive. Food was pricey but very good quality.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

my husband and i walked by this place so often so finally last night i decided to take my hubbie there for his birthday. it turned out the food was so horrible. we ordered scallops for appetizer and scallops were so thin and overcooked. the quality of scallops were cheap, not the best quality. when our enteees arrived. my fish was so dry and overcooked. my hubbie ordered short ribs and the meat was mostly fat. there wasn't much of meat there. and the bowl was filled with lard. i did ask for a replacement of my dish to ricotta ravioli. it was a big mistake. the ravioli was under cooked. pasta was raw and chewy. i was very disappointed with the quality of food. i wouldn't recommend this place and for the price. it was expensive for poor quality of food. we appreciate hood food. we are foodies but this restaurant is a big no-no.

i decided to book at l'ardoise this coming saturday to make up for the bad experience we had at this restaurant. i look forward to dining at l'ardoise with my hubbie.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot with amazing food. The menu changes regularly, but I've never had anything here that I didn't love.

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

Every dish my friend and I shared was cooked to perfection with wonderful flavors. Definitely going back.

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b
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably best ricotta ravioli I've had. More like pillows, with grilled squash pieces rolled in parmesan, and crunchy breadcrumbs.

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WP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, romantic ambiance, great and helpful staff!

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BA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Dana and Margie's previous restaurant Woodward's Garden and were so happy when they opened Gardenias. The same amazing dedication to a wonderful dining experience can be found here. This is our go-to special event restaurant and are never disappointed.

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DA
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so romantic! Me and my homegirl came here for NYE dinner. They had same day reservations and once we showed up I was shocked. It was so cute to be open on NYE. I believe we split the filet and the a bottle of rosé and it was so nice. Very pretty, not too busy perfect vibe of what we see look for on NYE.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A creative flair with vegetables in every dish, great service, and smiles all around. Thanks for a consistently wonderful dining experience.

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CJ
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a cold dark night and this was a nice warm friendly place. It was perfect for a delicious meal with generous pours before a show at the Fillmore.

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Y
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. The sauces for the brown butter gnocci, short rib and fish were perfect.

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N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and interesting choices, since we started eating at their original,location Woodward’s Gardens many years ago. It is perfect for a premovie dinner or after or for any reason.

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MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Salad needed more acid. Too heavy with Honey. Service nice but a bit slow at first and it was not crowded. Food good but nothing special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I took my granddaughter out to dinner before she went back to college. We had a seat by the window and were able to hear and talk easily. We split a butter lettuce salad with walnuts and gorgonzola. The salad was almost too salty to eat, I'm not sure what happened, seemed as though no one tasted the salad dressing.. We each had a pasta dish that was delicious. We split a dessert of a lemon meringue tart. The lemon was tasty, but the meringue had the taste of a blow torch, slightly browned, but not fresh tasting. Our waiter was very attentive and made the ok meal truly nice, although he couldn't make up for the salad and dessert.

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Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner before a night at the Fillmore. Everything we enjoyed was prepared perfectly. We would return in a heartbeat.

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PB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Great service and nice wine list. It's a charming spot. Two of us ordered the steak medium rare-it was very overcooked. The squid appetizer was good. The socca appetizer was extremely dry. Basically the food was kind of so-so...but the ambiance and our waiter were great. Want to support neighborhood restaurants but not sure we would go again to Gardenias.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santiago, my waiter was almost better than the food. The wine suggestion paired with the meal perfectly! I cannot wait to go back and try other dishes!

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious combinations. Perfect for sharing and potion size good for having a lot of tastes. It’d be a shame to be unable to try several of each course. Always enjoyable

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Gardenias is a beautiful neighborhood spot. Unassuming, but the food is on par with the best SF has to offer. This is one of my go-to spots to take friends who are visiting from out of town.

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P
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I had high hopes for Gardenias after reading the reviews. However, our party of five was disappointed. The one real positive was extremely good service. No complaints in that regard at all. The food was OK - nothing really excellent and nothing really bad. There is certainly much better food to eat at Gardenias' prices elsewhere in the city.

The primary problem for us was the noise level. As the restaurant filled up, the noise level became unbearable. That was not something I expected. So it was virtually impossible to carry on a reasonable conversation. Anyone expecting to have a nice quiet meal can forget about it at Gardenias, if the restaurant is over half full. That one point would kill going back, even if the food had been superlative for the price.

I hate to be negative, because the personnel were all really very nice.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

45 minutes waiting to get our table... (booked in advance)
But very good food and nice place !

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LG
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was in SF and looking for a place for dinner with a colleague and came across Gardenias. It is a lovely place and also has what looks like a wonderful outdoor dining area though on the night we were there a bit too cool to take advantage. The place was not very crowded on a Wednesday night in November and we had a table in the window and conversation was very easy. I suspect if full the noise level would be higher. We shared the squid appetizer which was excellent. I had the duck and my colleague had the short ribs. Both were very good though there could have been a little more "duck" on the dish. We shared a cheese platter to round out the evening. Would definitely be back again.

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CA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have seen this place popup on my open table a number of times and finally decided to give it a try. We booked our table (bar seating only) and were on our way. Our server, I think he was the only one in the entire place, didn't find our reservation and sat us by the window. Service was slow and took a while to get our main entrees. We ordered the fennel and hummus app which didn't come with bread, we had to pay $5 additional to our app for bread and butter!? An app that was already $15 turned into $20. Either way I'm glad we tried it out but once was enough for us.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place: the look, the food, the service!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great - except for the price point which precludes it from being a routine place & forces it into competition with many of my favorites which are more conveniently located.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always creative combinations that are very delucious

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b
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around superb!! Friendly service. Unique food combinations. creative. Just a real delight.

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AB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gardenias never disappoints. The food is top quality, delicious and beautiful. Service is friendly, efficient and never annoying. Everyone there is working to give the best experience possible. And did I say it was delicious?

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B
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food very creative. we dont eat meat but very good non meat options. we live in the neighborhood and it is an upscale addition to the other eateries in there.

one of the owners, Margie is usually available for any questions you may have. A lovely woman.

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From my first step inside, I was smitten. Gardenias had such a warm, cozy ambiance. Great wine, kind staff. Our avo toast was superb. I ordered risotto, it had too much oil and made my stomach hurt; ate half, took the rest home. So many fantastic menu options, it was hard to choose so I plan to return soon.

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