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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MB
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.

DA
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!

OT
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.

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

As good as the first time.

H
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, excelente servicio. Recomendable

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RR
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.

TD
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.

L
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, drinks, service !!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

B
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.

PH
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.

AL
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.

S
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food.

D
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!

JD
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.

AS
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.

c
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.

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

Wonderful evening...fabulous food and service

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

Another amazing dining experience!

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

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

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

Food was amazing and the service was equally good.

N
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.

OT
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!!

MT
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!