Gardenias

4.7
630 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
What 630 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Quiet
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJosephB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

JF
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.

DP
DianaP
San Francisco
1 review
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!

SF
SFFoodie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Excellent short ribs. Interesting appetizers.

MH
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.

MM
vipMisterM
San Francisco
31 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
9 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable meal!

OT
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.

KE
KENNETHM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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Thomas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely little restaurant with great food. Intimate setting, & food presentation & flavors were great.

BM
vipBMcB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood find. The ambience, perfect lighting, wonderful wine by the glass & bottle selections, great service and delicious food. I love a menu that offers thoughtful options without being overwhelming. My only complaint is I wished they had a full bar but at least options on Fillmore to have a cocktail before dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was outstanding. Wine list was incredible, we were beyond happy to spend our anniversary here and hope to be back soon.

KF
KelseyF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back since quarantine. The food was just as delicious as I remember and the backyard patio was perfect and felt intimate. Like dinning at a friends house. You can’t go wrong with any item on this menu

PE
vipPEET
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to come back. Food was very yummy!! Service and ambience was very nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it and will
Be back. Really delicious and cozy neighborhood spot. Service was great.

KM
KarinM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF! I am a good/excellent cook, and do not find many restaurants where I am delighted with how the dishes taste. Gardenias has a wonderful menu, the dishes are beautifully prepared, and are absolutely delectable!!! I have had several of their tarts for dessert which have all been superb!! Last night the brown butter strawberry tart had a crisp buttery crust and the baked strawberry filling was perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of sweet....and whipped cream on the side ( Much like baked goods found in France/Europe). The wait staff is experienced and very good, and the seating is cozy and lovely. We had the Gnocci and Black Cod... both superb.

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vipGreenbird
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome neighborhood restaurant. Love the cozy ambience and delicious food. Great dessert too.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down this place is a 10/10. Excellent food and service. I highly recommend! We will return again and again and again!

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vipMagslc
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience on the small patio out back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had in awhile.

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Lokitrickster
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardenia is efficient and consistent. After a long Covid-hiatus, the kitchen was still em pointe and service prompt but not hovering. The menu is focused and the wine list fairly priced and with variety, but not overwhelming

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vipLovesfopera
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. Split the leek appetizer. Light and very nice. My friend raved about the cod and I had the spring vegetable tagine. Portions are a little small.

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ksimo91
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, seasonal food with friendly staff and a chic but relaxed ambiance! I look forward to returning!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Freezing cold inside, leaving doors and windows open due to Covid, wear layers

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Asparagus and Scallop apps were very good. Mains of short rib and cod both lacked some flavor. Dessert was Basque cheesecake, and strawberry tart. Both tasty but not show stoppers. Nice affordable wine list, nice little outside dining area.

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vipcreekdwlr
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food in a neighborhood setting. Perfecto!

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vipmarkm
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place with great service and tasty food!

JC
JasonC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great neighborhood place!

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Giovanni
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great setting, delicious food, large wine selection, and a helpful staff to actually help you pick something from that selection you'll enjoy.

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vipTheLL
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have eaten here many times before and liked it very much.

Unfortunately, it was not a great food experience. We shared a gnocchi course to start. It was rich and quite good. A good start

Entrees were duck leg and the black cod. Both dishes were substandard. The duck was a bit cold and the sides were a disaster- the vegetables were a literal pile of mush, totally inedible and the root vegetable gratin tasted old and dry. Similar problems with the cod. Underwhelming fish, mildly warm and poorly prepared sides

Cheesecake was also only OK

It was a let down. Hope they get their feet back under themselves- but based on this, I don’t have a reason to go back

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vipChereD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The location is lovely, service is fantastic. We ordered 3 apps, 1 of which I really like. Ordered 1 entree, vegetable tagine, which was outstanding. Loved our waiter.

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vipAlexandraW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible dinner! Everything was fantastic: the starters, the entrees, the dessert, the wine, the tea, the ambiance! Will come back for sure. Top notch!

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vipMonaH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always inventive and superb. A true foodie neighborhood gem! Nice wine list, and the wait staff is always willing to provide sample tastes of anything by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dad is 90 and we hadn’t seen him for over a year

FAQs

Gardenias is rated 4.7 stars by 630 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.