Very creative and innovative menu by young chefs. Unfortunately the restaurant is located in an undesirable part of town. In a better location this might a coming star.
I would definitely return to and recommend this restaurant, but they could stand to work some kinks out of their system. The food was original, and for the most part worth repeating (my friend's fish was reported to be surprisingly underwhelming , but all else was great), but I agree with others who noted an uncomfortable chill in the air. They should try to work that out because the atmosphere could be quite a draw if they fixed that. The space and lighting (dimly lit with the exception of the brightly glowing floor to ceiling view of the open kitchen) are quite enticing, but no one wants to feel a draft when they're eating.
What stuck with me is how we waited a peculiarly long time to receive our drinks. How hard is it to open a bottle of wine, pour it and bring it to a table? They were not that busy that this is explainable. We ordered our drinks and food all at once but sat for an eternity waiting for anything to arrive. We would not have minded waiting a while for the food. It is understandable that food takes time to prepare. But while waiting we would have enjoyed the simple distraction of a glass of wine, and I have no idea why that took as long as it did. I was afraid to order a second glass because I worried we'd be on our way out the door before it arrived, but I took a chance and ordered a second glass only to wait another eternity for that to arrive as well. What is up?! At least with the second drink order our server acknowledged the problem and comped it (the first instance wasn't acknowledged), but again this should be the simplest thing a restaurant does, and they were not that busy so there seems to be a timing and service issue that needs to be addressed.
That said, this is a welcomed addition in this area. There are not many dining options in this zone, and sometimes you want a place near the Market Street shopping or near this BART station. Too me it is not "sketchy" as others have noted, just a typical downtown urban mix of things.
Most of the tasting menu was very good. The duck breast was the best ever! And I have had my share. Perhaps, it is the aging... that makes it sooo good? We will be back! The duck breast is a keeper for the Menu, Please!
Innovative food for foodies. Best-value prix-fixe dinning ($75 per person) in SF!
Really great tasting menu. Everything was fresh and interesting and but not fussy. Servers were all wonderful, giving just the right amount of info, but willing to answer questions.
Plates are meant for sharing, we had a couple of veggie dips and they were good. A little pricey, but overall it was a good experience. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. Recommend it.
Great energy! We enjoyed Gibson - from fun cocktails to dessert! The bone marrow flan was out of this world! The flavors and texture were wonderful. We loved the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant - casual but still upscale.
I have no idea how anyone can recommend this place. By far our worst dining experience in San Francisco. The service was horrendous. They messed up dietary restrictions twice, didn’t ask if wanted wine, forgot to bring silverware on 3 occasions. Brought the same dish twice, which was no surprise as all the servers seemed completely confused and had no idea what they were even serving. The manager tried to apologize by offering a glass of wine on the house only to fill our glasses with the sediment to at the end of the bottle. Overall the restaurant has an interesting take on food but the worst delivery one could imagine. With all the great food options in SF, this one should be easily passed over.
Found this place on a list of best new restaurants in SF for 2017, and I have no idea how Gibson made it on Thrillist. I would never return and would advise any other diners to not waste their money or evening when the SF food scene has so many better options at a much cheaper price.
Gibson tries too hard in every way, resulting in an overwhelmingly underwhelming experience. Our server was over-enthusiastic about a menu that under-delivers. Flavors were not balanced, and the attempt to be so unique and noteworthy fell flat. The only positive was the beautiful plating.
The server failed to inquire as to any dietary preferences, and had the bone marrow dish split, plated, and one portion put in front of a vegetarian, even though we did not mention or request this dish for sharing. When that portion hasn’t been touched and the other had, he commented on how one diner absolutely “loved” the dish and barely acknowledged that the other portion had not been touched. The carnivore at the table ordered the aged ribeye for an entrée, and the server didn’t ask for preparation preference. When it came out from the kitchen, it was simply RAW (far beyond rare), and inedible. The server forgot to put in a drink order (it had been over 20 minutes) and passed the delay off on the bartender rather than taking accountability.
The cocktails are all primarily variations on the listed drinks, with extreme departures from expectations, resulting in a completely missed mark. The old fashioned contained maple syrup that made it nauseatingly sweet, and the flavor completely off base. The bar also lacked the ingredients to make some standard drinks, so ordering off-menu was a challenge.
Overall, the palate and flavor balance of the dishes was underwhelming or imbalanced, or the ingredients or names of dishes were misleading. For example, the “bone marrow” itself is almost completely overpowered by other ingredients in the dish, with the marrow an ingredient rather than the highlight.
I am quite shocked that this restaurant got so many positive reviews. The smoked duck that was highly recommended in many reviews turned out to be undercooked, bland and chewy. Grilled beets it came with were burnt and bitter. The appetizers were no better either: bland and some plain inedible. The best part of the meal was the bread. Definitely not coming back.
Everything about the dinner was exceptional.
Initially I made a reservation for 6, and they were accommodating when I asked to add 2 additional people. The drinks were excellent, and wildly creative. I started out with a French 75, which was light and fresh, and then had The Garden, which was a wonderful blend of savory vegetable flavors. Unique and refreshing,.
The ambiance was wonderful - classy and clean, sort of a deco modern that felt upscale but not overly fancy. Reminded me of Blue Water Grill in NYC.
The dish preparations were wonderful - at their suggestion we ordered 6 or 7 things and shared across the table. The steak was delicious, the currant and cauliflower was fantastic, and the bone marrow flan was light and, again unique in the best way.
The service was also amazing. The way they treated my friend with celiac disease blew me away, preparing all of our dishes (except for their excellent bread) gluten-free without us asking. They also got us out on time to make our show at the Curran.
Total for 8ppl was $530, including $100 tip.
Again, everything was exceptional, and we’ll be back soon.
Everything was great but honestly it turned out to be $80/person for dinner
Quite costly. Right???
Gibsons was good, but the neighborhood is so terrible that it really affected my experience.
Service is attentive and staff is helpful and knowledgeable. We had the tasting menu and the Food is creative and enough courses to satisfy everyone! Dessert in the tasting menu was not up to the excellent standard of the rest of the meal and could be improved!
Dieses Restaurant bietet eine sensationelle Küche an und ein ganz wunderbares Tastingmenü. Wer Lust auf Inspiration hat, sollte sich das nicht entgehen lassen.
Super disappointed by the food. The decor of the restaurant is nice and the open kitchen is appealing but the food & cocktails were total let down.
It was fantastic!
They don’t have any heat in the dining room and need to fix that. Limited menu and wine list. Nothing special.
The food was delicious, the drinks were alright but what made the overall experience less enjoyable was how cold the restaurant was, even sitting next to the open kitchen. The manager said the HVAC system made the place very cold which wasn’t helped by a side door left open on a January evening. He did offer to let us change tables but said it wouldn’t really make a difference.
As others say, other than the location which is sketchy at best (Uber driver was reluctant to drop us off!), the food was great. Yes the portions are small but there are lots of them and the total amount of food is just right and excellent value.
Such an exceptional experience in all ways. Everything Inputninto my mouth was exceptional from the cocktail to the dessert. Beautifully presented. Excellent service.
Although the menu seemed like a regular menu, the portions are very small. If you’re hungry be prepared to spend a lot or go somewhere else.
Tasting menu was inventive with many delicious and surprising items. Fun. My only thought was that several items were a bit similar and trading out one for something with a very different texture, etc, might have added more. Service was outstanding. Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly. Staff seemed to love the restaurant and they shared their enthusiasm. Good atmosphere but very noisy. This trend in design is okay but it makes it hard for soft-talkers and those with weaker hearing. Our table for five was largely split into mostly-separate parties. Overall: delicious and fun and still very reasonably priced. Recommended!
This gem in the Bijou Hotel provides a casual and comfortable ambiance that enables you to focus on what's most important - - -the food (and the wine). We did the tasting menu ($75/person) which affords the opportunity for the chef to present you with a few items of his choosing from the regular menu complemented by some creative things that are not. Food is served for sharing and in the "small plates" tradition. Everything was prepared with fresh ingredients, and was very creative and artistically presented. I give a special shout out to the sourdough bread loaves served hot (truth be told---I had a second one---best I have had in recent memory). We went with the wine pairing ($55/person). The wine list is very selective and interesting, and strictly French or American. Only one pairing didn't work (a white that overpowered the food, but I admit is was a challenge to make it work). The service was very good, as the entire crew works as a team. This was a great experience in a great environment. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Interesting and intriguing. I loved being surprised and trying different things. Recommended.
Great food and ambiance!
Great music, but a little loud. Food is impressive. Wine and cocktails and inventive and relevant. Would go again.
Much to like - terrific service (the waitress and the hostess both seemed genuinely proud of the food), fun decor, very interesting menu. Well made and unusual cocktails. But nothing really blew us away. Nothing bad, but the flavors were so understated as to be underwhelming.
We had a lovely meal for New Years Eve dinner! We really enjoyed the different courses and our server was really wonderful and attentive. However, I can’t help but be disappointed that I spent $280+ dollars on a meal that we had to eat at a table that was next to the kitchen and galley. I am not certain if we were seated there because we are young and seem nice, but it was pretty embarrassing to take my fiancé on a date and be seated at the servers’ station/hang-out spot.
I’m so sorry to write that this was really not good. Way overpriced considering the tasting menu was very one noted, ingredients were repeated
Food and wine pairings were exceptional even by our picky french standards
Tasting menu and wine pairings was perfect! Such a treat! Thank you!
Christmas Eve pre-fix dinner could not have been better. 3-4 starter plates full of great flavor and variety. House made sour dough bread with currants and cauliflower spread-i would've been happy ending my night with that. The main dishes unbelievably tender prime rib, creamy spinach, and what ever glazed they put on those carrots thank you!
All the food was so delicious! So many little great details. It was a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. I can’t wait to go back and experience the full menu!
We would rate this a 3.5 overall. Food was interesting but not consistent. Bread was delicious and service nice. Favorite dishes were the charred veggies and the carrot dishes.
Excellent food. But felt rushed til we asked to slow it down. Beautiful decor w/ retro feel BUT loud hip hop club music Does Not Fit!! Went early; interior freezing cold. NOTE: martini w/ olives does not mean "dirty."
Gibson is trying way too hard. Interesting menu but the execution is poor and table quickly becomes bizarrely overcrowded with props. Swing and a miss.
Great service but what a disappointment. The food was quite a let down. We actually had to send back the dry aged rib eye. It was raw. The bone marrow flan with lobster was Awful. The food is without character. Very bland.
One thing I love about San Francisco, is that the standard of food quality starts at a higher level and goes up from there. We selected Gibson, as a spot to celebrate my girlfriends' birthday, shortly after our arrival in SF, and it wound up being a worthy choice. We value quality over quantity, and overall value as well, and the Gibson delivered! It's more of a small plate sharing type of menu, which suited us, and nearly every dish was a pleasant surprise of taste combinations that kept us constantly delighted. It's been 2 weeks since, so I'm not able to be specific, but we left quite pleased with our choice. The atmosphere was nice, as well.