Gary Danko

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886 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.”
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vipMarcB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s 58th birthday and we enjoyed sitting with Andrew at the bar greatly even though we had a table reservation.

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vipDanielleA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Service is always professional and attentive. Most of our dishes on this visit were very good, although a few were sadly under seasoned. Regardless, we had a lovely evening, and will return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the best fine dining restaurant in San Francisco. The food is fantastic and always interesting. The service is impeccable. It’s a little pricey but worth it.

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fishinrod
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as the first time.

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vipHarold
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, excelente servicio. Recomendable

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RichardR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It just does not get any better than Gary Danko. The food and service were both superb. Friendly, but professional service, and food prepared uniquely and intelligently to let the natural tastes shine through. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special night out.

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vipTheDoctor
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to dine at Gary Danko. Food and service are always over the top.

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vipLindav
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and food! Might just be my favorite meal and restaurant of all time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine was fantastic, even for my vegan friend! Very nice service, attentive and polite.

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vipLycha
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

There is a date on the bottom of the goodies(to-go-cupcake). We asked the waiter what that date was. The answer given was the date the cupcake was made, he said it proudly emphasizing how fresh the cupcake was due to it is always made fresh the same day. BUT we have 4 cupcakes at the table. Two had today’s date, the other two had tomorrow’s date. SO two cupcakes were made IN THE FUTURE!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, drinks, service !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A regular favorite for us for special occasions. Never fails to impress!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my twins birthdays and mine as well. This was the only thing they wanted to do to celebrate their birthdays.

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Bonifide
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is excellent and Gary danko delivers. The attention to detail is amazing from coat check to food. It is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion but as far as food being memorable I definitely can’t say that. But thanks for making our experience memorable.

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vipPeterH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the be best. Friends love it. I’d eat there ever night if I could.

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AndrewL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a amazing experience, we have been going to Gary Dankos for years. Food is extraordinary, service is great and is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

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vipSandy
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Heard a lot about this restaurant and it is one of the legendary ones in San Francisco. The food was excellent. As expected, it is expensive and a splurge. The service is impeccable but I gave it 3 stars for service because I asked for a table by the window and was not given one. As we were seated, 2 window tables opened up, both of which remained open for over an hour, so I am not sure why my request was not granted. Our table for 2 was in the middle part of the restaurant with lots of traffic going back and forth that did significantly diminish the experience. Overall 4 stars and of course, at least one visit here should be on the San Francisco restaurant bucket list. Restauranteurs need to be aware of how important seating request are to clients.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food.

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vipDelish
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary Danko- consistently good food, service and great attention to detail. Thank you for making my parents 50th wedding anniversary so special!! I am so grateful that you allow patrons to set up payment in advance to avoid what I refer to as the classic Asian argument of “No- give ME the check” - what a relief! Also, being able to have a special floral arrangement on the table for when we arrived- absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all that you and your team does!

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JulieD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

After 20 years this restaurant has not missed a beat. It is an incredible fine dining experience and is consistently outstanding. The only reason I gave food a 4 star is because we received the wrong dish but it was still delicious and we ate it. You can spend this kind money at other more trendy fine-dining restaurants in SF but Gary Danko remains a gold standard and cannot be beat by newer, less established places. Hands down favorite.

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vipAlexandraS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best dinners in the city. Service is outstanding and the food is balanced, delicious and always beautiful! Thank you again to all the staff for always somehow making each visit more memorable than the last.

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culinaryhappygolucky
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was my second visit to this restaurant. 1st time was amazing. Maybe it was an off night but the food was not spectacular as I had hoped and way overpriced.

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vipJules
New England
38 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening...fabulous food and service

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BobM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dining experience!

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vipWCReviews
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive restaurant but worth the price. Fantastic service and exceptional food.

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DKW1
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was equally good.

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vipNeener
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This is my 2nd time dining at Gary Dankos. And this experience did not compare to the 1st visit. Food was excellent!
I was disappointed in the servers. It felt like they were rushing us thru courses, trying to take plates when we were not finished with that course., and a bit rude at times. They just didn’t seem to like being there. Not sure if I will ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Gary Danko many times and I always appreciate the great service!!

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vipMTYD
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time here. We went for our anniversary and had a fantastic meal paired with some lovely wines.

We both had a four course meal paired with four wines. It was especially nice as we both could pick and choose any four items off of the menu. Thus we each picked different dishes and had an amazing time sharing each throughout the night.

The service was superb and atmosphere was very romantic.

My only criticism is the styling seemed dated and in need of a revitalization.

Otherwise I highly recommend!

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vipJLRA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and impeccable service! Our 3rd time back but some patrons can be a bit loud for an upscale establishment.

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yotw
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They were great with our babies! we were a little worried about taking our two years old there, as they had no high chairs and is more of a fine place, they give us bench seats was accommodating and the food was good. Even the baby pasta had good cheese and the kids loved it.

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vipjyoon
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Glazed oyster dish was exceptional, scallops and lobster were very good, duck breast with duck hash was good and fillet of beef was ok. Grand marnier soufflé was over the top.

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DaoJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Kept rushing us to order, would seat us for 3/4 attendees , food only only ok esp for price

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G4ge
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Energetic ambience. And amazing dishes. But very pricey...!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary the evening was stellar

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vipFoodLover
Sacramento
56 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants anywhere. I'm a foodie, and San Francisco is a foodie town, and Gary Danko still standouts. The food is amazing, with plenty of choices, and the service is outstanding. There is always someone to help you in a friendly and accessible way. Truly an outstanding experience.

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vipJesseR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was also unbelievable!

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vipFoodluvr
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food and ambiance but very rushed meal. We were in and out in an hour and fifteen minutes. This is not an inexpensive restaurant and should have provided a more leisurely, enjoyable dinner. Two nights later, we dined at Acquerello, which is a MUCH more fabulous restaurant.

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jm547
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for years.. Gary Danko is a master and his restaurant is his masterpiece. Everything was perfect. Cant wait to go again.

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viphappyFoodie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, ambiance that stands the test of time. The menu evolves slowly, allowing you to enjoy time-tested recipes. Wine list is diverse, outstanding.

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