Gary Danko

4.8
545 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.”
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Nightly, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
We will be closed July 2, 2018 through July 4, 2018 for maintenance.
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Phone number
(415) 749-2060
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gary Danko
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Private party facilities
Our Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 10 guests for a special celebration, business dinner or a gathering of friends. Our dedicated staff will ensure you and your guests have an extraordinary evening. We are pleased to open the restaurant for private lunches accommodating 10 to 65 guests.
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Private party contact
Stephanie Reynolds: (866) 758-6145
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hyde
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Parking details
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Public transit
Hyde Street Cable Car
Muni Bus: 47 and 30
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

What Insiders Are Saying

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 545 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner

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OT
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
2 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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OT
San Francisco
3 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
162 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
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a special occasion.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gary Danko is always a special treat! We love the experience from start to finish, but especially enjoy the cheese cart.

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent quality of food, as always. Service struggled a bit, but it was a most enjoyable experience.

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JH
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. All courses were delicately prepared and wonderfully paired with a brilliant wine selection. Worth every dollar. We will be returning.

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GA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time here for a special occasion. Portions are just right. You will be full after a 3,4, or 5-course meal. Wine pairing was superb, especially wines from France and Spain. Will definitely return for a solid fine dining experience again.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner
Can’t wait to go back!

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious as always, so I will come regularly.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Gary Danko never disappoints. Great time with our besties, everything we ate was absolutely fabulous.

My favorites of the night was the golden caviar, foie gras, seared scallops, roast maine lobster and the duck.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant we’ve ever visited.

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service with un-fussy food. The Thai curry crème sauce was perfect for the seafood. The choice of artisanal cheeses was superb.

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SL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even in SF, where new restaurants pop up every week, I'd been looking forward to trying Gary Danko and was not disappointed. Service was exquisite. Had the prix-fixe menu (5 courses) with wine pairing.

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SR
East Texas
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, Service impeccable, food delicious, a wonderful 5-Star celebration!

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L
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind of old school formal but in a good way. Lots of people running around fawning over you. The food was uniformly delicious, although not the most creative we've ever had. Probably the best meal we had in our 12 days in California... Although it should be for the price.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service at Gary Danko.

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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and also our friend birthday. The service was excellent, the food spectacular! The service was very elegant!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dinner with sister before she gave birth

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful service and food.

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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with nice wine selection and great service!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we ever had! Can't wait to return.

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

With so many good restaurants in the City, we haven’t been back to this one for many years, so I decided to try it for a birthday dinner with my husband. We were not disappointed! Service, from beginning to end, was excellent. Food was top quality. Ambience was perfect for us. This is a keeper, we’ll be back!

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

First time at Gary Danko, celebrating our anniversary. One of us ordered the tasting menu paired with wine and the other ordered off the menu. The tasting menu and pairing was solid. Off the menu, the ahi tuna appetizer, bass plate with sofitas and the lamb (wow!) all have wonderful flavor combinations. Service was attentive and personal. Left very satisfied with the dining experience. Wasn't going to take any photos but very much appreciated the anniversary dessert so took a souvenir shot.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute must!

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TF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love you guys. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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ET
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately was not able to dine

However they are not clear on their cancellation policies, same with open table

I was charged and open table and Gary Danko keep pointing the finger at each other

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience: food, service, ambience, was Simply Delightful !!!!!!

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RD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and well proportioned. Service was superb! Sommelier provided excellent advice and selected a delightful Pinot Noir to compliment all of our main courses.

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Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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r
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in SF. Very pricey,but definitely worth it.

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