Gardenias

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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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vippanhandler
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful, sophisticated and friendly. Neighborhood spot, no pretension , good diverse menu and yummy

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Rebecca
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience2

This was our first time dining at Gardenias. We enjoyed the food and ambience. However, our waiter seemed to rush our meal even though we mentioned we would like dishes coursed out. We’ll be back.

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AlexB
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was charming.

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vipRobinW
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gardenias has become a regular go-to in my neighborhood. The food is solid, the atmosphere is friendly, the service is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Date night for two, reviews looked good. Sunday night holiday weekend so it was dead at 6:45pm. Waitress was not friendly and seemed rushed, it was dead. She walked away mid sentence on our wine selection to another table then walked back? Asparagus was good, braised short rib ok, raviolis cold and lacking sauce. Everything needed salt( bad sign) Wanted this place to be better. Nice location but just average experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little place! The decor and atmosphere was beyond charming. Our server was personable and very attentive, even on a busy Saturday night. It took the host about 10 minutes to have our table ready (not their fault - the previous party at our table was taking too long) but she was gracious and let us sit at the bar while we waited.

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vipAlex
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day prefix seemed like a rip off. $90 for 4 courses, one of which was shared between my husband and I. For it being a small prefixed menu the restaurant seemed unprepared and made multiple parties wait 15+ min for their tables. The meal was fine, and didn’t warrant the high price point.

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vipAK2020
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We went to Gardenias for Valentine’s Day dinner. The menu sounded amazing, but the food turned out either bland or inedible. They were also trying to cycle out tables as soon as possible, so the attention was minimal. For $100 per person, the experience overall was not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. It was a special Price Fixe menu. I ordered the Shirt Ribs which were more fat than meat. I did not complain since I was more wanting a peaceful meal. Everything else was pretty tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very good. Wine by the glass was VERY expensive ($16) per glass. I was the only one at the bar.

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vipLovetoeat
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great find! We’ve walked by many times and finally made it in. Lovely atmosphere, service and food . We split several appetizers and an entree. Each item was delicious. My favorite was a steaming bowl of soup and the duck entree, absolutely wonderful!

This is a definite do!

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MorgenB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The main courses were delicious and a decent size. The restaurant was not too large and felt comfortable and homey. The one area that I felt could improve would be the appetizer pricing/size. The cheese plate was $16, but only contained six small pieces of cheese; it seemed a little overpriced. I also wish there were a few cheaper wine options. Overall though the food was delicious and I would recommend for a nice meal out.

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Rich1har
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Keep in mind we’re older folks... the noise level was very high, made conversation a little difficult. My food was great but 1 at the table of 4 felt theirs was only average. My daughter and husband enjoyed it.

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vipMotik
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We ordered three appetizers: Socca cake, squid and gnocchi .
Socca cake was too dry, squid itself was well prepared but it came with large slices of very strong jalapeños which totally spoiled the dish. Gnocchi were very good though. In general, appetizers look a bit overpriced.
For the main course my wife and our friend had duck and I had short ribs. Duck was less than inspiring, my dish was ok. Overall food was below expectations for a Michelin Plate restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. We ordered a bottle of chardonnay, 1 glass of red wine, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and a cup of coffee. $217 plus $40 tip. Will come back

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vipWynH
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was thoughtful and attentive. The dinner choices were creative, artfully presented and well prepared. The room was cozy and quiet, allowing full conversation. Overall, the meal was a very pleasant experience.

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KileyR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here twice now and both times have been very impressed by the quality of the food and service. There's a nice variety on the menu, including several vegetarian options. I really love the vibe of the restaurant and the atmosphere they've created.

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NicoleF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

For an upscale restaurant, Garedenias was a let down. The food was fine, the service was fine, and the price was too high for just fine food. I paid $25+ for a ricotta ravioli that could have been sold for half the price elsewhere. Ambiance was quiet and cozy and the restaurant was trendy, but it didn’t overcompensate for the mediocre food or service. I wouldn’t go back again.

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vip1CHS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening! The food was very good and the service was incredible. Great wine list. Great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely good.

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dzeats
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Assessment of noise level might be inaccurate as not a busy night. Squid app was excellent.

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vipSheilaB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Gardenias many times and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious and creative; the service great and a wonderful ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and terrific staff. Will def be back!

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vipSonomaSearching
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
My sudden change of heart after I ordered was met with a smile and taken care of immediately.

I was really impressed and happy to have switched to the Shaved Brussel Sprouts for an appetizer.
The New York Steak was cooked to perfection, the wine recommendation was right on.

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vipMichaelB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value for your money. I like that they don't automatically charge you with service charges when you have 5 diners.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was really nice quality. Loved the cauliflower soup. Nice neighborhood restaurant with friendly service. I'd definitely come back.

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vipBlesy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Our server Jeffrey was knowledgeable and friendly without being solicitous. Every dish we had was excellent, the shaved brussel sprout salad, the NY Steak and the Risotto. Yummy! Don’t forget the desert 😊. Nice ambiance too. We’ll definitely be going back!

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hmbfox
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful, cozy restaurant on acold night. Foods that were not outstanding were raw brussel sprout salad and duck leg (just too plain, hoped for more flavor). Standout dishes were crostini, cauliflower soup, opah and mushroom risotto. Service was excellent. Loved our table in the window. Wines by the glass were pricey but very good. Will return.

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vipClairB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stumbled across Gardenias on a recent afternoon shopping on Fillmore and learned this is where one of our neighborhood favorites (Woodward Gardens) had decamped to. Booked a table for Saturday and enjoyed dinner with my husband. The space is a lovely low-key blend of Shaker-style tables & chairs, time burnished chandeliers dimmed to warm light and marble topped bar. The only off note is a series of rather bright ceiling lights in the middle of the restaurant in front of the bar service area which mars the ambience - a dimmer would help! Our servers were warm and knowledgeable of the menu, although did not seem all that familiar with the (very good) wine list. The dishes we tried that stood out were the short ribs and an incredible figgy pudding cake dessert. The pork chop dish was oddly "springy" dishes and a bit out of synch with the season. Next visit we'll try the gnocci and socca cake which our dining neighbors appeared to enjoy. Overall very happy to find Woodward Gardens has blossomed into Gardenias and will look forward to our next visit!

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vipblaineb
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food I ordered, sauteed calamari, was way more spicy than in past. I couldn't eat it. But the waiter brought me a simple salad instead that was very good.

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vipGelatonut
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice spot. We shared the pear crostini appetizer which was very good. Next we shared the scallop appetizer but thought it was fair, didn’t like the fact that it was chilled not that it was paired with grapefruit. Next was ravioli with ricotta and squash, this was delicious. Finally we Thad the pear torte and it was also delicious!

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vipStephanieS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food!!

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vipJKoh
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.

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

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

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AdrienM
San Francisco
3 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great time but food was a bit uneven.

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vipME14
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.

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

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

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vipGordonP
San Francisco
23 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!

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vipDeeCee
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is excellent as usual. Our favorite restaurant for great San Francisco food.