Gary Danko

4.8
574 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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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 574 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience, I was a bit disappointed by the presentation of my quail dish, it looked untidy and messy and didn't make justice to the very good taste.

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Gary Danko to celebrate our birthdays (same day!). There are no words. All I can say is that this was perfection. Every course was better than the one before. The highlights, the curried broccoli soup. It was divine. I had the filet of beef which was possibly the best steak I have ever eaten. With onion jam and bleu cheese butter....if this is wrong I don’t want to be right. Finally, the grand-marnier soufflé. Just get it. I will never find another dessert that makes me that happy. Ever.
There’s nothing value-oriented about Gary Danko, but that’s not what you’re looking for there.

It truly was perfection. 😍

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AF
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant experience. Service was top notch. We loved the wine pairings with the tasting menu. The sommelier was extremely friendly and pleasant to interact with. We visited for a week from Atlanta and ate at Michelin star restaurants every night. Gary Danko was far and away the most well-rounded and enjoyable experience. Also, the service here is the best we had in Napa/ San Francisco during our stay. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. We will be back the next time we are in town.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was the first time trying a Michelin star restaurant. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to expectations. The duck breast was under seasoned and the hash that came with it was just too heavy. The food didn't seem inspired. It was, for the most part, prepared correctly and the service was fast, but stale. Overall this is a fine restaurant, but not for the price. I also wish folks adhered to the dress code. I saw jeans and t-shirts all over the place.

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SA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything

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1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great. Love everything about this place. The only sad part about this particular dining experience was that the foie gras was removed from the menu the day before. Not the fault of the restaurant but I would have book sooner if I knew.

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ES
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a delightful experience overall. The dining room was packed for an early Sunday dinner, but the ambience and noise level were cool and calm. Service was impeccable. The food was savory. Awesome!

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, marvelous service, made our special occasion very special. Can’t wait to come back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Tremendous creative dishes. Loved it

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

Great food!

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Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel this just might be the best Resturant in all of California !!.Gary Danko you win in my book The food was delicious ,the service was impeccable .i loved the variety of the tasting menu ,the complimentary appetizer and desserts and even a take home breakfast cake! Wow my highest recommendation for you ! And If I was giving out stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I cant wait to go back.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th Anniversary

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a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best service we've had in San Francisco. Although pricey, for what you get in quality and selection it's still a good value. Daughter said the scallops we're the best she ever had. Came with 4 scallops and they were huge. Sea bass also delicious, as was lobster and venison. Filet was a touch over medium but still delicious. Gran Marnier souffle was amazing.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The manager’s attitude is rude and arrogant.
Instead of trying to understand customer’s words, he was trying to questioning customer in a impolite way to make us feel he is the boss and why wouldn’t you make me understand?

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very polite waiters awesome food great place for a couple and special occasions.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated an anniversary there. Upscale w/o being stuffy... will go back again.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Services amazing and food was great.

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AP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in San Francisco on our honeymoon. I booked a table and although we were seated at our table well after the reservation time, the staff were extremely apologetic, our first round of drinks were taken off the bill and we were given two canapés compliments of the chef.

Dinner was beautiful as was the wine; we were extremely impressed.

We were also surprised with a small congratulatory dessert and chocolates.

We would recommend this place for a special occasion in a heartbeat.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a tremendous dining experience, the food was terrific we had the five course dinner with the wine pairing.
However the hostess was a bit cold and all the servers seemed to be stiffs however attentive.
The sommelier was very good and was extremely professional.
Try the venison and the quail they are out of this world.
We definitely will return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply delightful experience at Gary Danko!

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1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 3. Great food as always - oysters with caviar, lobster, ahi tuna, duck and venison were our favorites. Spectacular service by all staff, explaining every detail of every dish and going out of their way to please the customers. Will be back again.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Most over rated restaurant I've ever been to!!! At least at McDonald's they don't talk themselves up to being something they're not... We were forced to order more food because the manager didn't want us to split food and the prices are so outlandish that you almost have to take a second out on your house. spliting a three course meal for $100 and they made us order more because they basically wanted to make more profit...
I'llvnever eat there again and I will discourage anyone who asks about it.

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely best dinner and service we've enjoyed over past 10 years in San Francisco Bay Area. Definitely with the wait of 2 years 🍷😁

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Wine pairing was great.

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TM
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

As an SF resident, I have been a client of this restaurant for years. Over the last 2 years, it has felt that this restaurant is all about diner turn-over. Get them in, get them out. The service level has decreased significantly, as has the presentation and ambience. We began receiving our food before we even had drinks, and our server offered on several occasions to ‘choose for us’ as we obviously did not choose our cheese course quickly enough. The server did not even explain the various cuts of cheese being offered. Just ‘here it is, and I can choose for you’ ... I also felt the presentation pf the food was lackluster. I am an iced tea drinker, and every time I wanted more iced tea, I had to ask for it. Same with my dinner companion’s cocktail. Overall, the food was tasty, however the experience of fine dining at Gary Danko has become an experience of fast-food dining - at a premium price. There are many, many fine-dining restaurants in San Francisco, and the next time I am considering a fine-dining restaurant, I will very likely consider other choices.

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1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Food delicious, nice ambience, good service and not overpriced as some other restaurants may be.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a wonderful varied meal with an excellent wine from Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles.

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

Birthday
Service, presentation, food - all over the top!
While ordering, the server said the portion sizes were enormous. They were not.

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GH
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place: ambience, service and the food. Oh the food.... simply wonderful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere is excellent. The food is great except for their bread. It’s bad. Very bad if you’re a bread lover and with all of the great bread and bakeries in SF there’s no excuse for a high end restaurant to have only 1 type of bread and a poor one at that.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience for a special occasion.

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CQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. The food was very tasty and perfect amount. The price wasn’t too bad considering it is a fine dining restaurant .

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Too noisy for conversation.

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KP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was just perfect!

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Charleston
169 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and excellent service! Tell Brain to cheer up! Ha Ha! Loved the place! Hope to me back.

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JS
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a special occasion.

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CW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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Best value....All the dishes were highly rated.....and better than the competition of the similar venues.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the dining experience was first class, from the moment we stepped through the door to the end of our meal. Our server Andrew was very attentive & helpful. Have already recommended your restaurant to many of our friends, so thankful to return after 5 years (Christmas) and have another wonderful dining experience. Cheers to the Chef & staff!!!!

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