I don’t understand why this place is rated so highly. Maybe they just had an off night?
Food was very bland. And that’s not good in my books especially when I paid $110 for the ribeye! Also ordered the whole fish and that also had no flavor. Spent over $350 for dinner for 3 people not including tip and walked away feeling just, meh about the place. I personally feel it is a bit overrated.
What was so difficult about the experience was that we were so looking forward to eating the food, and we were disappointed. The ladies with me are professional chefs and own their own catering companies. They are very good at their craft, so they were expecting great food. Not only that, we understood that the oysters was $4 each; however the server never asked if she wanted more than one oyster, so we only got one oyster. My girlfriend wanted at least a half a dozen, but the server assumed she wanted one. Other than that, the ambience, hand crafted cocktails and the wait staff were great!
Great service: knowledgeable patient and attentive. We have various appetizers including the octopus and shrimps for main course . Others had the rabbit with pasta and mushrooms. The jus would be even better paired if ticker. We did have deserts: poached pear with meringue. All very nice tasty. A bit pricey but we had a very pleasant experience. The building is brick and wood, low light, comfortable seating. Nice bar space. A+ service.
The food overall was quite good. We had the octopus and the scallop appetizers, the scallop in particular was exceptional. For the entree we had rabbit and for dessert an apple based dessert whose combined flavors were delightful. The portions were on the small side but the flavors were fresh and memorable. The ambiance and look of the place was modern industrial chic but sedate enough so that the experience was relaxing. The service was attentive in just the right amount, not too much, not too little. The only down side to this experience were the drinks. We tried four different cocktails, two new to us and two part of our tried and true repertoire. All four were flat and bland and not flavorful enough. It was as if the sweetener police has come by and forbidden all sweetener for all drinks. The mojito did not have nearly enough mint, the cahipirina did not have enough brown sugar, etc. But that was the only down side. Everything else was absolutely delightful. This is a great place, pretty sophisticated, don't be fooled by its location in an alley.
Lovely & delicious!
Ah... I have often walked by the restaurant admiring the chic exterior. No more... we decided to try the restaurant and bar on Valentines Day. What a treat! The bar was spacious with comfy couches and loungers. The spirit selection was a bit light wrt cactus juice but they more than made up for it with their wine list. The dining room upstairs was quite a bit more crowded. The food was proportioned and well seasoned, I had the fois grois followed by the rib eye steak. Yummy.
Casual upscale environment. Excellent food. Courteous staff. Looking forward to coming g back for their roof top menu and opening!!
My wife's pork chop was cold when it came. I thought the service was mediocre.
Steven was great!
Great service. Wine list was not big but quality choices. Good energy
Executive Chef Matthew Dolan and the team at 25 Lusk turned out a splendid meal. Our table shared awesome caviar, octopus and ravioli starters ... and it kept getting better with every course. Rabbit, pork, shrimp. And an exquisite lemon mousse dessert. Our waiter (Steve) was on top of his game and the sommelier was a help with the perfect Pinot pairing. A marvelous evening in a special spot.
Amazing food and wine pairings. Went for the Restaurant Week menu. Dishes came out phenomenal.
A large group of us visited yesterday evening for SF Restaurant Week. Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the industrial chic vibe. It is classy and modern without being stuffy.
In terms of the food, all the flavors were bold and memorable. I like the play of texture in each dish and the pop of something unexpected.
Amuse bouche - Mushroom cheesecake - Wonderful and velvety with a beautiful umami flavor.
Ahi tuna tartare - Very refreshing. Loved the freshness of the ahi tuna with the crisp and avocado mousse.
Artichoke and Parmesan risotto: Rich and creamy with a lemon notes. Two of my friends mentioned that it was too lemony but I disagree. I personally am a huge fan of lemon and did not find it overpowering. I thought it was quite well-balanced. Additionally, the shallots that they used has this wonderful smoky quality to it that was reminiscent of bacon.
Lemon mousse: They ran out of the lime posset so I was able to order a dessert off the regular menu. I feel extremely lucky for having been able to do so because this dessert was simply divine. The meyer lemon mousse was refreshing and sweet without being bitter (or too tart) and the play on texture with the peanut brittle was brilliant. It was a playground of flavors in my mouth.
Overall, well-done on a balanced Restaurant Week menu. It was able to accommodate my vegetarian, pescatarian and meat-lover friends. The only thing I would discount is that the dishes tend to be on the saltier side. I think the flavors stand out well enough on its own that a little less salt would give it greater balance.
I will definitely be back for the regular menu and for that lemon mousse!
One of the best meals I have ever had in SF! We dined during Restaurant week & had the
Pre- Fixe menu....it was superb.
Very nice lounge and dining room is elegant. We'd visit again.
San Francisco Restaurant Week!
Loved the food. The staff was a little rude.
A birthday dinner with my fiancé, it was excellent here!
SF restaurant week menu showed different options for appetizers and main course for vegetarians. When we got there the sauce for the appetizer ravioli was exactly the same as the main course risotto. Food ended up tasting exactly the same between the app and main course. Also, the wine pairing was not that great. Looks like they were trying to cut corners and use up white wine that wasn’t that popular or moving fast enough at the restaurant. A bit disappointed as we did go as a group and ended up spending quite some $.
Went with some girl friends for Restaurant Week and shared everything on the menu. Everything was delicious especially the ravioli, as well as the craft cocktails. Service was excellent and the meal was paced just right.
It was restaurant week in San Francisco and their special menu was amazing. Ahi Tuna Tartar, Prawns on a bed of veggies and lettuce and the desert was delicious as well.
I will definitely come back!
We had requested a quiet table so that four old friends could catch up with each other. Accordingly, 25 Lusk seated us upstairs in what was likely one of the lowest noise spots--last booth overlooking downstairs. We were able to converse easily throughout the evening.
The quality of the service mirrored the quality of the food, ie, superb. Portions were adequate to more than adequate. When one of the group mentioned a perceived shortcoming in one of the preparations, the server took it upon himself to have an additional item brought to the table, without our having asked him to do so.
25 Lusk is not inexpensive but it is certainly not a restaurant one leaves with the sense of having been gouged, an unfortunate sensation experienced far too frequently in these days of Best! Newest! Hottest!--and a cadre of other exclamations. I will definitely return, take the very same booth, ask for the same waiter, and then settle back to enjoy the evening.
We dined during Restaurant Week and the offerings were all quite good. We were 4, so we each ordered something different from the choices, so we all got to taste. Nice that they had wine pairings with each course. Regular menu is not inexpensive, but food was great.
We may have made a mistake going during restaurant week for the dinner special but because we dine out often we wanted to try Lusk25. The advertised price was $40 per person. We were seated at a booth next to the entrance to the dining room. The three course meal was good but small portions. My husband's entree was appetizer size so he requested bread. My entree was two slices of a filet mignon which was very good but I had to pay a supplement of $16 for that choice. My tuna appetizer was excellent. And the dessert was very good.
Our waitress did not seem terribly interested in anything but hurrying us through. We ordered two martinis and one glass of wine. Our bill was $180 including tip. If a restaurant participates in "restaurant week," I would imagine it is to attract new business. If that's true for Lusk25, then they have to up their game--one with more reasonable portions and two, with better service. That said perhaps our experience would have been better with ordering off the regular menu.
In spite of the otherwise high reviews, my wife and I both found the food to be uninspired and derivative. We are no strangers to fine dining and maintain familiarity with various food preparation styles. My wife had the roasted chicken and parts were clearly under done, with the overall meal being largely tasteless and underspiced. I had the BRAISED RABBIT MALTAGLIATI which was also pretty boring. The only high point was the thinly melted sheeps milk cheese on top. We also ordered the lobster Mac and cheese, which is a favorite that we regularly get from many other restaurants. It was a gigantic portion for a side, but again it was lacking in flavor. It is easy to find it done better elsewhere. Overall, we liked the exposed brick and high end look of this restaurant, but the food was just blah.
Always a great meal! Love this place and the food is always amazing
Santa got me this chef's cookbook on fish which made me decide to try his restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised that such a good restaurant had escaped my attention, since I am always looking for good fish restaurants for my fussy, pescatorial husband. They also serve excellent non-fish dishes. Attentive staff. Every dish was tasty. A real find.
Had a great meal with great service in a great space. The whole fish (cod) was delicious and impressive, the pork belly was yummy and the octopus was perfect.
The restaurant has what one expects of a kitchen focused on sophisticated California cuisine. We all enjoyed our appetizers (tuna tartare, pork belly, mushroom soup). For the mains the roasted chicken was excellent. The pork chop was a bit dry (despite being highly recommended by the waiter). We had hoped to try the Flank Steak but they had sold out for the evening which was disappointing. Service was generally attentive, but on occasion slow - something I've observed previously with this restaurant.