Gary Danko

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
855 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.”
What 855 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

y
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

j
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.

DJ
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

G
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary the evening was stellar

FL
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.

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

The food was incredible and the service was also unbelievable!

F
Denver
50 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.

j
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.

F
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience. Good ambiance, service and energy. The wine pairings were superb and the food was great.

MF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We will definitely go again.

BD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing holiday date night at Gary Danko! Everything was great - food, service, atmosphere. I loved the holiday decor - white trees with bright pink and blue faux butterflies. Food favs: beef filet, lobster, chocolate souffle, bananas foster. A wonderful night!!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding...Period!

MB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences that we have had dinning. The service is magnificent. The food is scrumptious.

e
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless evening. We celebrated my husband’s 70th birthday in grand style at Gary Danko. Everything was perfect from the first moment we stepped into the restaurant. We were greeted warmly, seated quickly (great table!), and served professionally. Can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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。

Report
AY
New York Area
66 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
109 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
15 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.