Gary Danko

4.8
440 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 440 People Are Saying
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4.8
service
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

GET THE RISOTTO

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Enfolds you in fine service and exquisite cuisine every time...enjoyed every morsel

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2018

All in all a good experience. Unfortunately my girlfriends beef was a bit too much grilled. Even if she ordered medium well I would say it was too much charred and dry. I would not have served that to my guests.
The rest of the food was excellent. Great sea food and desserts. my bison was also very good.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2018

Excellent! All of service was amazing and so thoughtful and positive. The food was delicious and the entire experience was 5 stars. Bravo!

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2018

I was shocked when I was able to make a reservation 3 days before the day I wanted to dine. It was for my husband's birthday celebration because my son who lives in Southern California was also in town. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. My husband and my two adult children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Excellent service and great food

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Food was delicious, staff very attentive, atmosphere lovely, menu varied.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

It was a wonderful and magical evening!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I like this restaurant. I’ve been there several times. Unfortunately, our most recent visit didn’t go that well. We asked that our food not have any onions in it. We were reassured that none of our plates would have onions. We ordered the lamb, and it came with a large quantity of onions. It may have just been a simple mistake, but it shouldn’t be happening at this restaurant. Aside from being disappointed, I might not be back for a while. It was the one thing we asked them to do, and they didn’t come through.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Amazing they get service! Will be back again and again

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

A wonderful all round experience. Attentive but not suffocating service. Knowledgeable but not stuffy staff. The food was amazing. Top of the list for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Birthday dinner. Absolutely fabulous.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

A birthday celebration...it was delicious and a great occasion!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excellent service. Awesome food :-)

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great spot for a celebration! We loved every dish!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

While the restaurant is lovely and the service impeccable the food did not leave a lasting impression. The food was good but in my opinion not worthy of the level of restaurant and accolades it claims to be. Glad we have eaten here but won’t be back. Too many other great dining experiences in the city to enjoy. It was nice that you could decide on how many courses to have and that portion sizes are adjusted accordingly.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We were blown away with the cuisine and service on our first visit to Gary Danko.
While guests can choose a chef’s tasting menu, the a la carte menu has many selections of appetizers, seafood, meats, and desserts. Guests can pick whatever 2, 3, or 4 items they wish. Four desserts? Why not! It was hard to choose, as there were so many more things we wanted to try.
The wine service was outstanding. For one course, our server poured the wine pairing that was not on the wine list, and she poured half glasses on request so we could pair a wine with each course.
And the little touches (amuse bouche, a dessert with a candle, a box of little cakes to take home) were delightful. We’ll be back. We liked Gary Danko over our last visit to the French Laundry.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Simply one of the best places I've been. Great menu and awesome service by Andrew

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Fantastic food, best service anywhere! Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Overall I enjoyed my dinner. However we were not asked if we wanted s cocktail or wine or champagne. I asked if they had it. Then the wine connoisseur came over and asked my friends what they would like me I wanted Champagne and I was
Never showed s menu. No one asked
us if we preferred a cocktail. I did not even know they served hard liquor.
The food was excellent and the service very good.
There are so many great restaurants I would not rush back

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

A special occasion restaurant for sure. The staff work as a team to ensure you have a lovely evening. Food was good, but none of the dishes we had from the tasting menu were stars.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was our third visit to Gary Dankos. It is probably my favorite restaurant anywhere. Everything is always wonderful. I started with the risotto appetizer, followed by the lobster and then the chocolate soufflé (which was the highlight of the meal). I hate that I haven't tried many other dishes on the menu but since I only visit SF once a year, I like to stay with the tried and true. The restaurant also has a good selection of half bottles of wine which makes it nice since my husband drinks red and I drink white.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Excellent food from a wide menu with good choices. Excellent wine list especially range of half bottle choices. Service was absolutely brilliant.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Very lovely dinner, great food, wine, attentive service and quiet ambience. The only drawback would have to be the slightly squeezy feel restaurant and the toilet being behind the waiter's service area, which means you'd have to walk past all the servers who are preparing to serve dishes and be careful not to bump into any of them.
All in all, it was still a wonderful experience and I would go back again. Recommended for dates and business dinners.
お料理、ワイン、サービスは全て素晴らしかったです。お店は少々ゆったり感が足りず、トイレ行く途中キッチンから出てくる従業員を気をつけないといけないところがマイナス点でしたが、それ以上お味とサービスが良かったでしたので、再度訪れたいと思います。デートと接待にはオススメです。

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The wine and food were great but the service was disappointing. We felt rushed throughout our meal and the server was very unfriendly. She asked us 3 times for our meal preferences before our wine was presented which isn’t proper. We insisted on making a toast before we ordered our entrees! When a dinner and wine is $300+ per person, the experience should be able to be enjoyed. 😒

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

THE HIGH CRAFT OF THE FOOD; THE THOUGHTFUL, COMFORTABLE ROOM; THE WARM, EXCEPTIONALLY PROFESSIONAL STAFF: NOTHING SHORT OF THE PERFECT DINING EXPERIENCE.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

There is not much room between tables. It is not a good place to talk. But very good service.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

It was good in general, but the portions of the entree and the dessert was out of my surprise, and way too much! The wines were I credible, loved the Krug that we ordered. Overall atmosphere was great, and ambience was nice setting, although had to get used to the side by side seating initially.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The food was absolutely fabulous. I love the tasting menu option as well as the option to build your own menu with the set prices. Allows you to try so many different amazing options. Came with a party of 4 and we all loved everything we ordered. And I must add that the coctail that we had to start while waitinf for our table was amazing. I can't stop thinking about it. I wanted to go back the next night just for a cocktail.
Where I think they can imporve on is the intial experience. I dine regularly at establishments like Gary Danko and while I know the Valet is contracted out they do represent the restaurant and the experience. They did not greet us, in fact they stood behind their podium and looked at us until we got out of the car and walked up to them and asked for service. Usually someone stopping in the middel of street right in front of a valet podium generally wants valet service. Did not say anting just grabbed the keys. No one opened the door for us even though there was someone standing there (and we were 4 ladies). The hostess was quite dull too. She defintiely acted like she hated her job and was not happy to be there or to have dining guests.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing food amazing service. They went above and beyond to make out dining experience great. We were defiantly under dressed but they still treated us with the most respect.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

As I had tasted Gary Danko's cuisine before when he was the chef at the Ritz Carlton and in his restaurant in San Mateo, I expected at least that level of cooking, but I was disappointed with two of my three courses. The crab salad with avocado and quinoa had a distinct flavorful taste. But the risotto with crab and rock shrimp barely had any taste and no rock shrimp and while the Maine lobster was plentiful, the potato puree was totally tasteless and had no hint of mushrooms. While the service was attentive, the waiter steered us to expensive wines by the glass without showing us the menu. The meal was expensive, but poor value.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

All I can say is “wow”! This was my second time there and it was even better than the first time 2 years ago. The service remains impeccable. I don’t know how they do it. Everything is taken care of in seamless fashion with servers visiting and checking on you all of the time but it is never snooty or annoying. Amazing. And then the food! I had two of the best dishes I have ever had including at three star Michelin restaurants in Paris, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Reims. The oysters with caviar appetizer was perfection - captures the briny sea with perfection in taste and color and the scallops dish was perfectly cooked and perfectly accompanied by a pea based sauce that brought out the sweetness of the scallops perfectly. And then there was the wine pairings-Jeremiah the Master Sommelier Wine Director (one of 236 in the world) put together the most exquisite wine pairings with each dish that were both surprising and original and perfectly paired to bring out the best in each dish - Txaolina with the oysters; dry muscat with the scallops. Genius. How this place does not have three Michelin stars baffles the mind. A wonderful memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic food/service/environment. Will visit again next time I am in San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

One of the best meals we have ever had! The staff was amazing and incredibly attentive and knowledgeable!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Nearly 24 years ago at our wedding reception for 250 at the SF Ritz Carleton, Gary Danko was the Chef. People are STILL talking about how fabulous the food was then.

Now, my husband and I will be remembering for as many, or more, years his birthday dinner at Gary Danko Restaurant.

Sure, it is a bit pricey, but well worth it. And our primary server (there are many working each of the two lovely, well-appointed dining rooms), Boris, was a delight.

Depending on your pocketbook, one might even be able to eat this incomparable food more than once every quarter century. I recommend it, if possible, to dine here for at least special occasions - like it is a Wednesday.

We chose 4 and 5 courses, sharing the cheese course. And what a delight the cheese cart is!

Everything was great. Some standouts were the scallops, and a risotto course, oh! and stuffed quail ETC!

A truly lovely, and not stuffy (no neckties on men!) yet elegant memorable dining experience.

Go, if you possibly can and make your necessary reservations in advance as they can be difficult to obtain.

Enjoy and savor!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Best restaurant I have ever been to & I’ve been to MANY! Impeccable service, friendliness, knowledge of the menu, delicious food, nice portion sizes, & worth the price, I would go back in a heart beat. Make reservations way ahead, it’s always booked. Amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The desserts were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Everything was flawless. From the gracious hospitality to the delicious meal, wine and cocktails. We always love dining here!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Best dining experience in all of San Francisco. Exceptional food quality with the best service and atmosphere you could ask for.

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