Gary Danko

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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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EP
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m astounded. The staff are so attentive and knowledgeable. The wine pairings are some completely spot on, the food impeccable. What a complete joy.

JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as the first time I visited, took my son for his 25th Birthday, all he did was smile at me after every bite! We did a 9 course meal!!!

E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I’m surprised this place has a Michelin star. It was just ok. Out of the five courses, one was fantastic, two were so-so and two were sub-par. They were so slow bringing the wine - terrible service overall. With all the good restaurants in SF, def go somewhere else. We won’t be going back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

素晴らしいサービスでした。

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AY
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to introduce my 18-year-old daughter to my favorite place in San Francisco. As New Yorkers, we’re no stranger to good food and excellent service. Nonetheless, I never fail to be wowed by Gary Danko. Everything- from the attentive but not overly solicitous service to the sublime menu, from the amuse bouche to the spot-on wine suggestions- continues to meet my expectations, and more. And my daughter thought it was wonderful, notwithstanding her picky tastes.

E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Aji appetizer was delectable and the branzino melted in my mouth. Yum! The butter cake was amazing! Service is first class.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular in every way. Third time there, the last being more than a decade ago, and if anything it's gotten better. The definition of fine dining, San Francisco style.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s amazing flavor

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had in the country. Thank you. I will see you again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing welcome. Sensational food! Brilliant service!

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

been in over ten times but this time, the check in gentleman was so rude that my guests noticed how condescending he was.

KA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good with many choices though I felt my food was light on flavor. The waitstaff was very responsive and knowledgeable. The environment was nice, comforting.

R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites!! Always classy, always delicious!!

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The experience was good. The servers did not have great humor and thus made things a bit awkward and very serious but the food was good!

B
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A place for a special dinner experience, but maybe & probably past its time.

The famous owner chef Gary Danko now more or only with an ADMIN role now & x years it seems, NOT there at night or cooking his named food & present at night when they are there & doing their real work, dinners only. A bad sign & ominous. When the cat is away, the mice play. The rumors I hear.

The good & bad...

High quality foods, but some WAY overcooked or very bland tasting. The famous risotto dish WAY to watery & overcooked. I am told they cook it during the daytime when not busy & so NOT FRESH for the order. The desserts bordered on very bland & boring...except the bananas foster made tableside, simple & yummy!

Worse, you give CREDIT CARD with your resy, they also call to confirm before & DEMAND your call back & when I did, the young woman Rep “Amber”, tells me that she works OFF SITE & don’t know Mr. Danko or even the name of the current Head Chefs. What? Huh? That was in a Friday, then Sat I start getting unwanted & unauthorized TEXTS from them wanting or DEMANDING more confirmations! They take your money upfront upon resy & call 2-3 days before meal with MANDATORY $$$ then, & then keep HOUNDING you?

Moreover, upon entry, the Host tells me that they don’t carefully read the reservation SPECIAL REQUESTS/Comments Section ? What? Huh? The 1st Server then violates one of the comments/requests upon us being seated? What? Huh?

Way toooooo many Waiters (they call “Captains” & “Floor Managers”), like a few other way too formal SF eateries. You get your menu with one, make an order with another, then can’t find either one later. Way tooooo complex & impersonal!!! No connection with customer!!!! At least our “bread boy” was consistent...

The wine man, maybe “Jeremy” talked way tooooo much & long, almost destroying the experience & quiet. Is he on speed?

Last there 20 years ago, I’ll wait 20 more for the next visit..IF it exists by then. I tried. I survived. Next.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as usual. Fantastic place to celebrate a birthday in intimate settings

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was extremely amazing and my friends loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of if not the best dining experience in SF. Can’t say enough. They’re the best.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special event. Love

TW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night celebrating my sister’s birthday. It was her first time and she can’t wait to go back. The food and service were outstanding as usual, and Steven remains the star of the team.

We’ll definitely be back!!

NN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there because of the great reviews for my friends birthday, they did not disappoint. Had 4 course with vine pairing, enjoyed it very much.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was canned (for tourists) in its presentation. They had a lot of people working there but it felt super fake. We were rushed out after our meal so they could seat the next table. We weren't camping as we only had 3 courses so we weren't there very long. We were just enjoying conversation and as soon as we took our last sip of wine 3 different people came up within 3 minutes to ask if we needed anything else. I asked, are you waiting to seat the table and he said yes. So we left. Kind of a bummer overall really. Food was fantastic though.

AD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, however there are many places with equal quality food for much cheaper.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! One of the best dining experiences I have ever had, if not the best! Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

anniversary

WK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were fantastic. The decor seems a bit dated. Overall Gary Danko is fantastic cuisine.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary Danko is a master wizard In the restaurant industry!
Thanks

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife ordered both the 4-course dinner and it was incredible. The meals were fantastic and the fact that you can choose many different options was excellent. The courses were also very generous, something you wouldn’t expect in this type of restaurant. Congratulations!

g
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, it was total perfection and breathtakingly attentive service

KA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish this was the most exquisite dining experience we have ever had. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. I highly recommend this for your next special occasion

M
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous service, wonderful atmosphere, good food. Classy restaurant for a special occasion. My husband loved his meal but mine was very good not great. Nothing was bad just not something I’d order again.

l
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by friends, made a reservation to celebrate major birthdays. Wow, what a meal. Fabulous food, thoughtful, exquisite service. We experienced it all. I had pork tenderloin and sister had beef filet, European style cheese course followed by desserts. Butter cake and lemon soufflé. Magic! Wine pairing available but we just shared a half bottle.

RW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the crab salad appetizer with quinoa. Quinoa is okay, but I don’t think it belongs in a crab salad. So this is my only complaint about the meal.. I also had the seafood curry dish which was excellent, as well as the apricot soufflé. Really excellent dishes, both of them. Service was also excellent, ambience too.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous special occasion restaurant! Great food and wonderful service.

R
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ESPECTACULAR !!! No hay otra palabra que lo pueda describir mejor

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect place to surprise our loved ones. Starting from their service till desserts, everything is first class; served with sheer perfection.Highly recommended to celebrate special occasions with loved ones. Risotto, quail and Tres leches cake, must try!

A
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Nice selection of items from the tasting menu especially the seafood! The service was disappointing and felt below average for a fine dining establishment. This negatively impacted our overall experience. We felt this could have been avoided with better communication among staff and attention to diners.

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing at Gary dankos I was surprised I got in the same day. As there was ton of cancellations around 3-4pm but had a fun time for my birthday

F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best restaurants on the west coast, great service, wonderful food, amazing wine list,

DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary Danko is definitely one of the best restaurants that my Husband and I have encountered throughout the years. The other night was our 4th time there, and it was spectacular.. Our Wait person, Suzanne, and staff contributed to this wonderful evening.