Gary Danko

4.8
639 reviews
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Contemporary French / American
Nineteen years after opening its doors in San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, Restaurant Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients, and personable yet impeccable service. “You don’t just open a great restaurant,” says Chef Gary Danko, “it’s a constant work in progress.”

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8.4

Gary Danko is a taste of a fancier, older San Francisco you're probably not used to. Fortunately, it's a very delicious taste.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Gary Danko for our birthday and we had an amazing dinner. The waiter made us feel very comfortable and appreciated. We received complimentary soup starter and also birthday passion fruit cake. It was an outstanding experience!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute phenomenal food and

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VN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfectly outstanding!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Susanne went overboard in entertaining us. We loved the whole experience. It was our daughter’s birthday and they did everything to make it a memorable day.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was probably the best I’ve ever had. Waiter and sommelier were excellent. Very expensive, but superlative quality.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. Service is excellent.

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SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and the service takes this place to another level. Such a special place and memorable experience. We will definitely be back...when we can get a reso!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

We ordered off vegetarian menu, also had asked for no dairy. What a disappointment with a no imagination or flavor bland quinoa with 3 broccoli florets on the plate. The most underwhelming meal in 10 years of being vegetarian especially considering we’re in CA. And the most ridiculous pricing of $45. Very disappointing!

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

Great service! All the servers were attentive! The food was amazingly good and so worth the 3 months wait! Would definitely come back again!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Most of the staff were gracious and helpful, but the service from the somm was substandard. I have never interacted with a more arrogant or snobby somm in SF. When I attempted to share feedback to the manager, he was defensive, dismissive, and did not seem to care to hear my feedback. We will not go back to GD or recommend it to any of our friends.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Classy. Not help your seat to the table and place your napkin in your lap, but fairly elegant. Higher money gets you they nicer room. It was just 2 of us, we were lucky to be sat at a table for 4. It makes a difference depending on how many courses you order.
Table bread wasn’t warm, and cold unsweetened/unsalted butter wasn’t the easiest time to spread, but the bread was a decent wheat version of freshly sliced baguette, soft middle with crunchy crust.
The sommelier knew his wines, could take you on an adventure during tastings. Unfortunately, pairing with entrees was more difficult due to the variation of flavors available, and getting both a red and white to cover all the possibilities was tough, for our palettes.
Staff was friendly and helpful, not overbearing or belittling in any way, attentive to quickly remove dishes and replace silverware each course.
The courses, approach with an open mind at times but hold your standards. The lobster with potato purée was good if you avoid the bold blood orange and added a touch of lemon juice. I’ve never had scallops not flipped and served the correct temperature, with the done side a crispy buttered “end” that would over power the soft scallop if not parsed into diced portions. Watch the risotto, while sauced correctly, my serving was rice half uncooked the first go.
We enjoyed selecting 4 types from the cheese tray before entrees arrived.
She was less impressed with her cooler than medium salmon, which could have had the skin pan crisped in butter like my scallops.
The pork tenderloin was a good experience we both agreed needs to stay on the menu through the year, savory and sweet and satisfying texture of being served the perfect temperature. I felt the lemon pepper duck was closer to a comfort food flavor, medallions soft and bits of thick maple bacon accompanying the duck and hash, another great mix.
If you want to wow a date with feeling exclusive, this is a good choice.
True foodies are left wanting.

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here on numerous times, no fail each time, superb food & service!!

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JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Small and cosy restaurant. Arrived for a 7.45pm booking to a very busy restaurant with people waiting for their tables and a full bar so there was no where to really wait.

We ordered from the a la Carte menu. The food was good and what you would expect from a good restaurant.

Food service was good, but drinks service was a bit slow.

Overall, it was a good experience but found this restaurant a little overpriced for a good fine dining experience.

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

We absolutely loved it. My wife and I chose this place for our first date as a married couple while on our honeymoon. Service was impeccable and food was phenomenal. We will definitely come back for an anniversary.

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

Amazing! Food, service. Wine, everything is perfect.

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C
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s very good but the prices are simply insane. The service is incredible. The staff is highly trained and the food was great but the prices are simply ridiculous for a meal.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Branzini & Pisco Sour! Service is exceptional!

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GL
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had three seafood courses and shared chocolate soufflé for dessert. Everything was amazing. Our server, Andrew was very knowledgeable about wine and recommended an Aligote that I VERY much enjoyed. LOVE this place!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother son trip

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience- great for special occasions. Small restaurant for memorable meals.

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GT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Food and service was impeccable. It’s all in the details.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Perfect!!

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San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to Gary Danko many times as we always celebrate our special occasions at your lovely restaurant. Food and service are excellent. I just have one negative comment. The bread you serve with meals and the cheese course is not great. The night we were there - February 21 - all bread was not served warm and seemed to be stale. The bread was hard and dry. Just a comment - perhaps it had been sitting out before serving but I like breads to be served warm.

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way!

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s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was truly a great time, I cannot wait to go back!!

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RM
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service. We love this place.

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NC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience! We had the oysters/caviar, lobster, rock shrimp risotto, seared scallops, creme brûlée. It was to die for. Did I mention that we always had our glasses refilled and bread always on our plates? The service is second to none. An amazing dinner for my husband’s birthday. ❤️

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's Day

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My wife and I had guests visiting from overseas. we decided to invite them for a very special dinner at Gary Danko.
Positives:
The food was excellent. The wine manager a great guy. The personnel (Bread, water, food dishes and cheese servers) were all superb.
Negatives:
1. Very rude valet staff (It was raining heavily when we arrived. As soon as I opened my car door, the first valet guy came to me and shouted "20 dollars". I had my guests with me in the car and did not want to make a scene so I told him to follow me to a dry area near the entrance to the restaurant. As I was reaching for my wallet, the second valet guy standing behind the valet desk started shouting "20 dollars 20 dollars". I asked him to relax and to lower his voice but he got very defensive and embarrassed me in front of my guests.
2. Our waitress had a chip on her shoulder during the entire dinner. When I asked her why it is taking so long to get the wine, she said "You are not the only customer here. The wine manager is busy with other customers". The kindness of the wine manager and the cheese cart guy later made up for her rude behavior.
3. At the table next to ours (to my immediate right) there was a party of 4 very loud young asians (2 males and 2 females) behaving as if they were at Burger King.
Overall, our guests were very pleased and except for the 3 negative experiences that I listed above, I was too.
Hopefully, next time I will have a perfect experience.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Very Expensive, but that was to be expected.

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RC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and staff were wonderful. The restaurant was a little louder than we prefer but it did not take away from an excellent dining experience.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and evening thank you to the entire staff that served us!

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AR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Old classic, still a great place to eat a special dinner.

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! One of my favourite places in the world!

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, very friendly and delicious food. Elegant restaurant that is perfect for those special occasions!

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

Always the best dinner ever.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We went to celebrate a job promotion and CNY. After they seated us and got our drink order they kept us waiting for over an hour for our first course. They didn't even offer a drink, top up our water glass, nothing.

The caviar we ordered is from Costco. At Gary Danko we had Costco food.

Then, they fed us mud. Didn't bother washing the vegetables. See photos.

We couldn't finish our entree and boxed it. And as we had ordered the 4 course we boxed the cheese.

They offered us a dessert wine as a consolation but it had cork bits floating in it.

We got home and was sick.

We paid $886.09

This is a restaurant that once was wonderful now it has the conceit to believe it can treat customers poorly and like idiots.

After writing them about this they agreed to refund us back our tip $100.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner at Gary Danko. It's always the best in San Francisco

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had the 4 course (chose your meals). Each meal was superb! I had the Rissoto with Rock Shrimp and crab, that killer. Then the seared scallops, followed by the lobster. I mean, I can't say enough how amazing the dishes were. And finally, the seasonal sorbet. Pics won't do this place justice.

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