Gary Danko

4.8
519 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.”
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Nightly, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
We will be closed July 2, 2018 through July 4, 2018 for maintenance.
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Phone number
(415) 749-2060
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gary Danko
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Private party facilities
Our Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 10 guests for a special celebration, business dinner or a gathering of friends. Our dedicated staff will ensure you and your guests have an extraordinary evening. We are pleased to open the restaurant for private lunches accommodating 10 to 65 guests.
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Private party contact
Stephanie Reynolds: (866) 758-6145
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hyde
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Parking details
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Public transit
Hyde Street Cable Car
Muni Bus: 47 and 30
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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.
What 519 People Are Saying
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L
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind of old school formal but in a good way. Lots of people running around fawning over you. The food was uniformly delicious, although not the most creative we've ever had. Probably the best meal we had in our 12 days in California... Although it should be for the price.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service at Gary Danko.

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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and also our friend birthday. The service was excellent, the food spectacular! The service was very elegant!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dinner with sister before she gave birth

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful service and food.

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TO
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with nice wine selection and great service!

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we ever had! Can't wait to return.

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San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With so many good restaurants in the City, we haven’t been back to this one for many years, so I decided to try it for a birthday dinner with my husband. We were not disappointed! Service, from beginning to end, was excellent. Food was top quality. Ambience was perfect for us. This is a keeper, we’ll be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Gary Danko, celebrating our anniversary. One of us ordered the tasting menu paired with wine and the other ordered off the menu. The tasting menu and pairing was solid. Off the menu, the ahi tuna appetizer, bass plate with sofitas and the lamb (wow!) all have wonderful flavor combinations. Service was attentive and personal. Left very satisfied with the dining experience. Wasn't going to take any photos but very much appreciated the anniversary dessert so took a souvenir shot.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute must!

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TF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love you guys. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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ET
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately was not able to dine

However they are not clear on their cancellation policies, same with open table

I was charged and open table and Gary Danko keep pointing the finger at each other

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience: food, service, ambience, was Simply Delightful !!!!!!

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RD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and well proportioned. Service was superb! Sommelier provided excellent advice and selected a delightful Pinot Noir to compliment all of our main courses.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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r
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in SF. Very pricey,but definitely worth it.

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service from start to finish. The food was excellent and well portioned. This was our first visit to Gary Danko and we will definitely recommend it and return when we visit SF in the future.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best overall dining experience for me ever. I’ve been to a lot of Michelin rated restaurants. But Gary Danko delivered in quality, portion size, selection wine list etc. Most of all the service was world class in every way.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute enjoyable dining experience! We've enjoyed dining here for over 15+ years! Love seeing the same wonderful staff that have dedicated themselves working for Danko for nearly 20 years! The food, attentive staff, and ambiance well worth the price!!

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service, decor-everything about Gary Danko was spot on! Have already recommended it to friends who are going to be holidaying in San Francisco!

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CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the finest restaurants of its kind in California.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional.

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Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, but not amazing. If I lived in SF, I’d keep it in my rotation. As an occasional visitor to the city I’d opt to check out other places before I went back.

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MM
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a birthday. WOW! everything from the service to the food was absolutely amazing!!! I can't wait to go back.

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TD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit off this time. Wrong drink served, order confused. Of course the service was still better than just about any other restaurant in SF so it’s not the end of the world. Just unusual that there would be even the slightest hiccup in the service here. Other than that minor thing, the rest of our meal was fabulous.

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Snotty head sommelier, aggressive and pretentious made the start quite unpleasant, lacking smile and welcome. the noisy environment was a bit rough, but overall service and food were nice, and the rest of the staff made up for the mean “head” sommelier.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing, could not be any happier with everything Gary Danko had to offer. The food, the staff and the wine were all top notch. Would 110% recommend and I will definitely return!

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New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal with outstanding service. Menu has a nice variety of foods to select from. Staff anticipates all needs. Food was cooked perfectly with seasoning that complimented the flavor.

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l
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fancy with great service. Price outstrips most other restaurants in the city

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Delicious food. Attentive service. Enjoyed a fun cocktail before dinner at the bar. Gary Danko is a rockstar! We will return.

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiting a long time to get in and was worth it. Enjoyed the evening, service outstanding

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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RG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gary Danko is an exceptional culinary destination; simply put. The food and the service are exquisite - deeply rooted in the traditional French style, but executed in a way that feels modern and approachable. Menu items can be ordered "a la carte," but all guests are encouraged to create your own 3, 4, or 5-course tasting menu. My wife and I spent 5 glorious courses being pampered in every way, and I wouldn't recommend anything less. For the price and the amount of freedom you are given there is no better way to experience a Michelin Star restaurant!

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 20+ years, Gary Danko’s still got it. A flawless experience with amazing food and service at a reasonable value.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have been going to Gary Danko for over a dozen years. Although not the most creative they have always excuted their steady menu, until now. In order to limit food costs I am guessing, the portions have become quite small. Seared foie gras was small and not well seared, the torchon was poorly salted and lacked flavor, scallops needed salt also, and the rum cake recommended was way too sweet. This is not the Gary Danko I am accustomed to.

They executed their dishes beautifully in the past with the highest quality ingredients. This time too many rookie mistakes. And who sent out dishes without quality checks? It wouldn’t be Gary Danko. Disappointed.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew was amazingly knowledgeable and guided us through the menu effortlessly.

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AD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find when on holiday and a perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

From the amuse bouche to the dessert, the food was top notch especially the Ahi Tuna starter.

A choice of Tasting Menu or 3/4/5 courses, the staff were knowledgeable and keen to offer advice.

If we ever get back to San Francisco we will return...

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food well presented and great service. Being in Michael Mina last night Gary Danko is far much better!! There was never a no in any request.

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Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here! Service very good! Perfect for special occasions!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and food was good.

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