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At Farallon, Chef Mark Franz serves coastal cuisine with French influence. The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh. Expect exciting combinations and show-stopping execution.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
Happy Hour daily in the Jellyfish Lounge and Oyster Bar 4:30pm-6:00pm
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$50 and over
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Cable Car, 38 Geary Bus, 1 California Bus
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Opened in June 1997 by famed restaurateur/designer Pat Kuleto and Chef Mark Franz, Farallon is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square in the historic Elks Building. Recognizing the demand for large parties, Pat and Mark have also created three private dining rooms on the fourth floor.
Farallon Ratings and Reviews
Unfortunately we did not enjoy Farallon. My wife ordered the saberfish. She said it was a strong flavor. I ordered the yellowtail. Rather than be light, white and flakey, it was grayish brown and rubbery. It was terrible.
They were extremely nice about it, and let me replace it. I then asked for the tuna appetizer (I know I like seared. tuna, and my stomach was a bit upset from the yellowtail). The tuna was very veiny. Certainly not the caliber that I expected.
The service was good (though the waitress appeared a little annoyed imho), and management did what they could to make me happy. I just wish the food was better.
Farallon is a feast for the eyes and usually the mouth. A couple misses tonight. We allowed 2 hours for an early dinner. Apparently our entrees had an accident and had to be redone. The swordfish was hot, but way oversalted as was the sauce. We asked for still water ( the only options given being sparkling or still) and instead of tap water were charged for bottles of spring water at $17). The table next to us later was offered tap water as an option. Our waiter disappeared just into dinner service although one of the floor managers provided attentive service. We ended up literally running for an 8pm show, due to the delays. A 5% health surcharge was added to the bill. With entrees upwards of $42, you'd think that could cover employee costs. Tonight was a miss.
Chose it for the fish, and didn't lose in that. Started out with happy hour in the bar, with perfectly created mixed fish ceviche. Daquiri fixed to perfection, red wine nicely poured. Didn't forget about us, and came to get us when table ready. Service nicely personal, not overwhelming, recommendations solid, and food very, very good. Will go back, and recommend to others.
I went to the Farallon for a business dinner based on a review from an executive dining guide and I was disappointed with the quality of the food. For the price, I expected more of a fine dining experience but the Farallon seems to be more on the quick production side of things. I had the Ceviche for an appetizer and the fish was very good but the dish was a little bit on the spicy side and it was served with pork rinds, which I thought was odd for fine dining. I had the sole for my entrée but the sauce was very overwhelming. My colleague ordered the Oysters for an appetizer and the Swordfish for the entrée and she seemed to have better luck with her meal, which is the only reason I gave the overall experience a good rating. But for me, I felt like I just didn't get the value for what I got.
The appetizers were excellent. Table service was spotty. The yellowtail was the fishiest piece of fish I've been served in decades, if ever. It was just this side of disgusting. The room was nothing short of spectacular, with those sea-themed vaulted ceilings. I'll give them a mul ligan on the fish, but not on the service.
Anniversary Dinner for 2 was excellent. Responsive staff relocated us to a quieter, more romantic table at our request. Outstanding sommelier offered great wine selections. The food service was timed well. The food was delicious and with unique flavors. Outstanding ambiance with memorable room decorum. Highly recommended.
you should have more control over the sitting at the Oyster bar. We tried to sit there while waiting for our reservation to be ready but a lady was sitting there and had about 4 sits reserved for her friends while we had no place to sit to get a drink and order some oysters before our dinner reservation was ready. I did not appreciate to have my wife standing waiting on our Anniversary.
Not as impressed as many of the reviews that I based my selection on. Rather limited menu that I would have thought meant they had optimized each dish. Salad was overwhelmed with dressing and fish was partially under cooked. Not what I expect from what is billed as a high end restaurant. I would not revisit and could not recommend.
We were very disappointed having eaten here many times before. Our fish was over cooked, we sent it back and our scallop appetizer was not great. The manager was very accommodating, paid for our drinks and took the entrees off the bill. We left and ate perfeclty cooked trout at Bluestem Brasserie.
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