Gardenias

4.6
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539 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Mentioned in current Michelin Guide.

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

Bar seating to encourage last minute drop ins.
1 block from the AMC Kabuki Cinemas.
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SS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food!!

JK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid experience all around. Small, intimate setting with attentive service and menu items that are a little different, yet still grounded in familiarity.

MY
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Main dishes a little too salty. Fish dish tasted not fresh. Appetizers were good.

AM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gardenias met the expectations we were having for this dinner. The starters were good, the entrées were delicious! My wife loved the duck and I enjoyed all the flavours of the Muhroom dish. Gardenias is great for an intimate dinner with excellent food and presentations.
This is an absolute neighborhood gem!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great time but food was a bit uneven.

ME
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service beautiful restaurant, great for any occasion. Will definitely go back again.

ZL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a delicious meal and a wonderful dining experience at Gardenia's.

OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardenias is quickly becoming our new favorite place to
Done in the city. For us, it’s just the right size for the two of us or one other couple to join. The service is attentive, professional, and personable. The food is of high quality and the menu changes frequently. We’ve already booked our next reservation for just a couple of weeks from now!

BK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this neighborhood gem. Excellent date night spot following or before a movie at the Kabuki. The service was exceptional and the food was absolutely delicious. Staff were fun and energetic while the atmosphere was quaint bistro style that offered open arms for the intimate conversation for 2 or the family in for shared meal. We really enjoyed it and look forward to adding this to our list of small neighborhood gems across San Francisco.

KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. The food is exquisite - the flavors are so well balanced. The ricotta ravioli was the best I've ever eaten. The ricotta was so fresh and light. Beautiful restaurant, brilliant food, terrific service.
I will be back again and again.

y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A little disappointed in my meal. It was over cooked, not seasoned well and just presented strangely. Kinda felt like I was served a business class equivalence meal.

MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Do not sit in the front of the house near the door! It’s freezing and the most recent night we were there, every time someone walked in, the door was left ajar. (The door required manual closure every time it was opened.) Management knew it, but somehowit was “our job” (for$70.00/pp) to keep closing it or freeze during the entire dinner! Our two front tables alternated closing the door during all three courses. The waiter David could care less. He brought over a glass of something undrinkable after I mentioned that the least he could do is offer up a dessert. He was completely dismissive of the three women at our table which felt doubly annoying. Neither of our two tables who were on door duty would ever return (we discussed it) even though the duck is wonderful!

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute and charming restaurant

MR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was lovely, and the service was very friendly. The noise was a little loud since we were so close to another table but we enjoyed our meal very much and would recommend Gardenias to our friends.

MS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place. It is so quaint and pretty. The servers are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The food is amazing. The only negative comment I can even make is that their desserts are not my favorite but that just ensures I have room for more main dishes! Definitely get the ravioli.

D
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was looking for a place near the Fillmore for dinner before a show. We stumbled on this and what a lucky find! Wine list was interesting, socca cake appetizer was outstanding. Entrees were also very delicious and beautifully plated. We finished with a plum tart that was lovely with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Will definitely go again

MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Neighborhood spot with great food, we enjoyed the fresh flavors and there was a good option for everyone in our group.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for a birthday celebration quiet and cozy, wonderful food excellent service

F
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything that our group had was very good.. will return, for sure!

D
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was good wine 🍷 great
Service was efficient and helpful

Q
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and we really loved it!!

Creative menu and attentive service made it a very good evening!

SF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite love the seasonal food combinations. Never disappoints since sharing allows us to sample many choices. Try not to miss dinner here when we’re in town

T
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant with great service. Small and personable. Dish combinations are unique. Enjoyed our evening at Gardenias.

s
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing appetizers but I’m still not sure about the main dishes! I like this place but neither the duck or the ribs did it to me, just being honest
Wine selection really good , cheese plate excellent, service outstanding ,the girls behind the bar were amazing! I’ll be back for sure

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. And unique. Will definitely come back

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Get the gnocchi.

B
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than ever. Totally enjoyable!!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food w nuanced flavors. Welcoming, fun enviro in space with character and no fuss. Warm and professional staff

b
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at Gardenias and excellent service. We had the short ribs and steelhead which were delicious.And they have nice wines by the glass. I have always found their service to be warm and attentive. Grateful to have it in the neighborhood!

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Gardenias before a show at the Fillmore. Beautiful, elegant ambience for a neighborhood restaurant. Enjoyed our wine selections by the glass. The server was very helpful in her explanations. We had the burrata, fig and prosciutto starter, the steelhead entree, the pesto gnocchi, and the short ribs. All were delicious. It's a little on the pricey side, but if you are careful, you can get a nice dinner for 4 at $50 a person.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating for my party of 8. Great wine list, and very tasty smaller size entrees.

AK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food, lots of plant based options. Seems to be getting better.

O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice, kinda quirky neighborhood place. Nothing matches—plates, flatware—not that there’s anything wrong with that. Somewhat limited menu. I expected more seasonal choices. What was done was done well. In hindsight, we could have used more guidance on ordering; all the entrees are large and rich enough to share. All in all, the wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. $5 for 5 slices of bread was absurd, however, and it didn’t taste like it was made in-house. Don’t bother with desserts. We found a great bottle of wine at a decent price; when we tried to order a second, they were out. Lots of hype for this place right now, saw lots of Pac Hgts types. Won’t go back for a while if at all.

SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it - my all time favorite restaurant in SF!

S
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was delightful. Every bite was exquisite.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, food very delicious, staff amenable and polite all leaving to a great dining experience. Personally we felt the 21:30 closing was a tad early and we ended up being the last diners in the restaurant ( not down graded the scoring for this). We enjoyed ourselves; it was a warm evening and would have been great to have had a table in the courtyard outside.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

LD
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a delicious and delightful meal. Everything was beautiful and delicious. I think the steelhead was probably one of the best salmon dishes I have ever had! Thank you!

OT
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Perfect spot for a date or dinner with friends. Delicious food in a cozy atmosphere :)

I
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere is very nice, and the service courteous. I felt the food is not as carefully prepared as it could be. The steak was smothered in cooked veggies and sauce. It was hard to appreciate the beef itself, and I would have liked the choice of how much sausce to apply.