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Gardenias, San Francisco, CA

Gardenias

4.7
4.7
705 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-7122

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Gardenia's can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Margie Conard: (855) 402-3197

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Parking details

    Parking lot 1 block away at Fillmore and Post, under the AMC Kabucki. Metered spots in Fillmore street not enforced after 6pm.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange Satsuma, Yuzu Salt, Ponzu Shallots, Shiso Virgin Oil$14.00

    • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Frisée, Roast Grapes, Dates Sheep Feta, Pistachio, Banyuls Vinaigrette$13.00

      • Roasted New Carrots, Beets Sunflower Shoots, Tahini Za'atar$13.00

        • Chicken Liver, Sage, Red Wine Country Pate Crostini$12.00

          • Yellow Roma Tomato-Bread Soup, Leeks, Regigiano$11.00

            • Bread & Butter$5.00

              Entrees

              • Ricotta Gnocchi, Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, Spinach Gorgonzola, Truffle Zest$26.00

                • Braised Short Ribs Pomegranate, Jerusalem Artichoke Purée, Herbed Chard Pomegranate Molasses$34.00

                  • Long Cooked Duck Leg Parsnip-Celeriac Gratin Caraway Red Cabbage$28.00

                    • Roasted Kabocha Squash Leeks, Hummus Socca, Cilantro Oil$25.00

                      • Sautéed Black Cod Roasted Fennel Amarosa Fingerlings Saffron Broth, Sherry Aioli$33.00

                        Dessert

                        $12

                        • Lemon Posset

                          • Plum-Almond Tart, Creme Fraiche

                            • Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, Coconut Meringue, Dark Chocolate Sauce

                              • Wine Roasted Bosc Pear Crisp, Pecans, Ricotta

                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                What 705 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.7
                                4.7 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.7Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.7Ambience
                                • 4.3Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                • San Francisco

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                                1. MR

                                  MarkR

                                  San Francisco

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had vegetarian friends in from out of town so we chose here because of the menu choices. All the dinners were top notch especially the short ribs and the fish. The deserts were also great especially the mint ice cream made from fresh mint.

                                2. JC

                                  JaniceC

                                  San Francisco

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Such a thoughtful menu, right up to the desserts. Diners are also some of the most nicely-dressed in the city!

                                3. MH

                                  MonaH

                                  San Francisco

                                  16 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  16 reviews

                                  Dined on May 16, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Once again a fabulous meal at Gardenias. The short ribs are melt in your mouth divine, and fish entrées are always superb. What really makes Gardenias stand out is the over the top creativity of their farm to table vegetable accompaniments with entrees, and the salad and veggie starters. Too many to list, so I'll just note my most recent starter of roasted young carrots, sweet potatoes and beets served over a luscious thick tahini sauce and topped with a carrot top pesto. Yum!!

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                  This was our first time dining at Gardenias. It was a good experience all around. They have a decent wine selection and we bought one of the least expensive wines which turned out to be a great choice! Their short rips and pork tenderloin were on point. The white bean, pistachio, and olive tapenade was delightful. We had the appetizer, prosciutto wrapped asparagus paired with burrata and golden raisins. It was okay but didn’t make sense. Could have used crostinis or even croutons. It was a great little neighborhood spot we’ve been wanting to try and we will certainly return.

                                5. s

                                  simonian

                                  San Francisco

                                  43 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  43 reviews

                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                  Second time visiting this cute neighborhood restaurant - food was a bit uninspired so we were disappointed. I love the space but with both front and back doors open, you do get a bit of a wind tunnel effect - it was cold! I get it that this is likely for Covid safety. Just be warned, you will be cold and your food will get cold rapidly. Scallop crudo was just ok - the combination of chile oil and other toppings didn't really add much. Salad with strawberries was good, but this being peak strawberry season, we were sad to see hard, not very sweet berries in the mix. Gnocchi was described by server as pan browned when in fact they were absolutely not browned at all and a bit flabby. Desserts were ok - not great. Overall, I'd say if I lived in the neighborhood, I might give it another chance, but since I don't, I'll pass.

                                6. MH

                                  MonaH

                                  San Francisco

                                  17 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Outstanding as always! Gardenias is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and a true foodie's delight.

                                7. CP

                                  CaptainPhillips

                                  San Francisco

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  we had a great time right before a concert at the Fillmore

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 2, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Such incredibly delicious seasonal food in a beautiful setting!!! I’ll be back again and again!!

                                9. MG

                                  MargaretG

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fabulous food and excellent service. A little gem of a restaurant!

                                10. JJ

                                  JJESS

                                  San Francisco

                                  10 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It’s been a few years since we last were there, but the food is outstanding and the service was attentive.

                                11. KM

                                  KarinM

                                  San Francisco

                                  8 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on April 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  EXCELLENT EXCELLENT Restaurant! One of my favorites! I had the braised ribs with polenta and broccoli which was phenomenal followed with an absolutely delectable pear tart this time. Highly recommend..

                                12. s

                                  sfleah

                                  San Francisco

                                  23 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  23 reviews

                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a fabulous meal! The carrot appetizer, the leek soup and the swordfish entre were delicious with fresh ingredients. The meringue dessert was the perfect way to end the meal. YUMM!

                                13. S

                                  Spanky

                                  San Francisco

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Sublime and intimate dining experience.

                                14. M

                                  Metalmark

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                  The entire environment, food, service and ambiance was positively lovely. Highly recommended quiet, local bistro style. MB

                                15. DP

                                  DennisP

                                  San Francisco

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on March 27, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  First time at Gardenias. Would recommend it to anyone who wants fine food, fine service, and a wonderful environment in a small, quaint restaurant. Would love it if they had a few non-alcholic drinks.

                                16. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Atlanta

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  A true gem if you are in the Pacific Heights area of town! The menu is seasonal and I can’t wait to bring friends and family back!

                                17. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent!! I can’t say enough good things. Our server was so knowledgeable on the wines and on the food menu. It was a quiet night for them but I never felt rushed to leave the restaurant. The ambiance was like someone’s country home. Definitely perfect for dates or visiting friends/family. I can’t wait to have a reason to go back.

                                18. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 27, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent service, knowledgeable server, great ambiance (back patio is fantastic), and delicious food across courses. Excellent wine list is well. Very creative, thoughtful, and well-executed from appetizers to mains to desserts. I thought the dessert menu was particularly lovely with more options than you’d expect. Value was also incredible. Will definitely be coming back.

                                19. AM

                                  AnaMarieU

                                  San Francisco

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on February 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I wouldn't call this place child friendly, so we almost had second thoughts about bringing our little ones here but they have a palate for good food and no regrets here. No special accommodations needed. Staff was lovely. Baby, toddler, mommy AND daddy were all 100% satisfied with zero complaints.

                                20. PS

                                  PatrickS

                                  Seattle

                                  29 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  29 reviews

                                  Dined on February 21, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great neighborhood restaurant that makes you feel like you are family. Great food and great service.

                                21. LS

                                  LarryS

                                  San Francisco

                                  27 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  27 reviews

                                  Dined on February 20, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The menu is small but outstanding. The dishes are complicated and all were wonderful. Nice intimate restaurant.

                                22. h

                                  hungry

                                  San Francisco

                                  11 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on February 19, 2022

                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                  Food was grand. The gnocchi was perfect, kobucha squash delectable. Waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu and helpful snd sweet.

                                23. SJ

                                  StJohnHalfpenny

                                  London

                                  43 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  43 reviews

                                  Dined on February 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The host and waiter were warm, knowledgeable, and professional. The outdoor dining area was intimate and comfortable. Our appetizers and main courses were expertly prepared with fresh, quality ingredients, and the wine selection tied the meal together perfectly. Great dining experience.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  Very nice back patio dining.

                                25. DD

                                  DiningD

                                  San Francisco

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  What an incredibly memorable meal! A great combination of fresh ingredients, artistic combinations of flavors, wonderful service, and great value! We'll be back!

                                26. JB

                                  JujuB

                                  San Francisco

                                  13 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on February 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It's a shame that I am coming back to write this review. CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I HAD TO EAT BUT DO REMEMBER THAT IT WASW DELICIOUS AND WORTH YOUR TRIP! LOVED THE ATMOSPHERE TOO!

                                27. k

                                  kurtdismas

                                  San Francisco

                                  36 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  36 reviews

                                  Dined on February 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  this is just a terrific restaurant. great food. attentive staff. good value. treat yourself.

                                28. J

                                  Jan2017

                                  San Francisco

                                  28 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  28 reviews

                                  Dined on January 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The Evening, both food and service, was perfect.

                                29. AC

                                  AprilC

                                  Tampa

                                  4 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on January 7, 2022

                                  overall3food3service5ambience3

                                  The best part of the experience was the service. The food was fine but nothing spectacular. Wine list minimal and also fine. Not too pricy for the neighborhood. I wouldn't go again but had a fine experience.

                                30. R

                                  Rick

                                  San Francisco

                                  37 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  37 reviews

                                  Dined on January 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Gardenias has a back patio. Sheltered and heated. Terrific. And the food was excellent. We will go there again.

                                31. DH

                                  DavidH

                                  San Francisco

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on December 18, 2021

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  We very much enjoyed the ambience at 8 pm (on the patio under a heat lamp), service and food, which was innovative and tasty. Our only quibble was with the dessert, vanilla bean ice cream with creme brulee, as it had a rather thick gummy cap of a chocolate sauce -- less and more liquid would have been better.

                                32. J

                                  Justmuscle

                                  San Francisco

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on December 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  This restaurant was a "happen to find" when I was looking to book reservations last minute. I saw the menu on OT and liked what I saw, so I thought we'd throw caution to the wind, and boy am I glad I did. We had a glass of Owen Viniard Pino Noir and started with warm bread and butter with the Minestrone, which was tasty. Next, we had gnocchi with mushrooms and cream and steelhead with quinoa and fennel, radicchio, and golden sweet potatoes for entre. The salad was meh. Arugula, apples, dates, and a super lite vinegarette that was tasteless, but all in all, it was a great night! We're going back!

                                33. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Atlanta

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on December 12, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It’s the best restaurant in our neighborhood. Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent atmosphere.

                                34. S

                                  Shokokecks

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 11, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Gardenia's is a reliably good and lovely place to dine. The food is tasty - not trendy, but interesting enough and tastes like it was made in someone's kitchen (not just assembled). Seasonings, textures, aesthetics of food are just right. We enjoy coming here for a reliably tasty and pleasant meal in a comfortable environment. The only drawback is that they have doors open for COVID reasons - so it was quite cold in the dining room. We wondered if it would actually be warmer outside with the heaters on!

                                35. p

                                  pickyeater

                                  San Francisco

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on December 6, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is my go-to restaurant with family and friends for inventive and reliably delicious food and delightful service.

                                36. d

                                  djsf

                                  San Francisco

                                  48 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  48 reviews

                                  Dined on November 22, 2021

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  Very good food given the limited menu items. I discovered this restaurant was an offshoot of the former Woodward Gardens. We sat outside on the deck which had heaters, very cozy. We each tried a different entree which worked out well as we got to sample the great variety of flavors....short ribs (the best), pork with pears (really good), and the duck (tender to perfection). Service was excellent and made me want to come back just for that.....but I found it off putting that the bread came with a price tag of $8 (stated on the menu) and when the server said “looks like you need some more” I certainly did not think there would be an additional charge for a total of $16 for two small plates of bread.

                                37. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Louisville

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 19, 2021

                                  overall3food2service3ambience3

                                  The food was okay not very good for the price. It was expensive but just okay food and wine. Sever checked on me like twice. I wouldn’t go back .

                                38. JT

                                  JenniferT

                                  Hawaii

                                  94 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  94 reviews

                                  Dined on November 19, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Everything about Gardenia is great! This neighborhood place serves outstanding food in a cozy atmosphere with friendly and experienced service. Our group had duck leg confit, steelhead trout with lentils, burrata and pears, brussel sprouts salad. Each taste was fresh, perfectly cooked and packed with flavor. The wine list offers choices that go well with the food. This place should be on everyone’s list.

                                39. S

                                  Scott

                                  San Francisco

                                  15 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  15 reviews

                                  Dined on November 15, 2021

                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                  Enjoy dinner and back garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                40. k

                                  kurtdismas

                                  San Francisco

                                  37 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  37 reviews

                                  Dined on November 15, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  fabulous food, attentive staff, excellent value. the food here is always terrific. a continuation of the remarkable run at Woodward's Garden.

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                  • Contactless payment available
                                • 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

                                FAQs

                                Gardenias is rated 4.7 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Google Map for Gardenias

                                1963 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA 94115

                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  Fillmore Street

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Pacific Heights

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American, Californian, Contemporary French / American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking details

                                  Parking lot 1 block away at Fillmore and Post, under the AMC Kabucki. Metered spots in Fillmore street not enforced after 6pm.

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Additional

                                  Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (415) 621-7122

                                • Private party facilities

                                  Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Gardenia's can accommodate all your special event needs.

                                • Private party contact

                                  Margie Conard: (855) 402-3197

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