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Traci Des Jardins’ signature restaurant in Hayes Valley and home base of 20 years. Modern French techniques with a San Francisco sensibility, a dining experience that can be both elegant and easy. We present a range of experiences tailored to reflect your mood: a multi-course tasting menu, leisurely, romantic dining, efficient and delicious pre-theatre plates and a bar and lounge for catching up over cocktails and small bites.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Dinner reservations can be made Sun-Thurs: 5:00pm-9:00pm Fri and Sat: 5:00pm-10:15pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet. $20 Cash only, due upon arrival.
Civic Center BART, 21 Hayes, 49 Van Ness/Mission, 47 Van Ness, F Market
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We are available for lunch or dinner receptions through our special events manager, Tommie Murphy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Available for groups of up to 160 seated and 200 for standing receptions.
Events may be hosted throughout the restaurant or in Jardinière’s upper
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Jardiniere Ratings and Reviews
Disappointing all around. We had our wedding dinner there a year ago, and were hoping to have a special anniversary dinner. I let them know when I made the reservation, and was told we would have a lovely table and they would do something special. We had the least desirable table and not one mention of our anniversary. Not a good experience, and unlikely we'll go back. The food is excellent, but the experience ruins it.
We had heard so many great things about Jardiniere, but after dining there for our 25th wedding anniversary, before seeing a show, were not that impressed.
The salads were not crisp, the desserts were disappointing and the prices were high.
We expected more from the cuisine, for the prices they were charging and the reputation they have.
Jardiniere has consistently excellent food. The portions are just the right amount. The duck was delicious as well as the fish. The panacotta dessert was light and delicious and enough for two people. The wines by the glass, as always, were very well chosen. Jardiniere is a special treat before the opera or the symphony. It is also a treat for dinner after an event.
Great cocktails, nice ambience in the Lounge. We were a little confused as to who our server was at the beginning of service.
There were two different brands of dinner knives on the table when we were sat.
The shortrib was savory, the fried quail outstanding but the Sturgeon fell a little flat. Sides of polenta and green beans were good.
Blueberry dessert was like a danish - not a bad thing but not exactly as it was described. We would have expected this more as a breakfast dish.
Always outstanding! Robert, our server, was fantastic. Very informative and a dry wit. Thanks for that, lad! Lovely blond bartender, didn't get her name, a fantastic mixologist AND she provided me the recipe for the bourbon drink I so enjoyed. If I'd only remembered the opera started 5 hours earlier.....
Only complaint: a little pricey for small portions especially wine. I declined a second glass after the first glass seemed so small-didn't look like a 5 oz pour. Otherwise no problems with waitstaff, noise or quality of food- just glad they provided me with two rolls so I didn't go away hungry
Very close to the San Francisco Symphony, Opera
Attractive restaurant on the inside, had reservations and was seating promptly
Service is polite, friendly and efficient
ahh but the food was a downer
Frites and pommes (fries were disappointing - salty)
oysters (some had fishy taste) usually a sign of not being fresh.
sturgeon with corn sauce was delicious except there was something in the sauce or fish that was gritty
Our polenta side dish never arrived and we inquired about it. It was also on the bill and we had to request for it's removal.
We have dined at Jardiniere many times and this was not our best experience, unfortunately. We have noticed that the menu has become increasingly limited with just a few items per category. This does not have to be a problem, but it can be if one has dietary restrictions. On this occasion my husband's trout was practically raw. It was gelatinous and not at all appealing. My duck (which I have had there many times) was tough and difficult to cut. Our oysters to begin were lovely and the dessert good, but obviously the main course is important! We won't stop going--hoping it was just an "off night." But, since it is an expensive restaurant, one does not want to be disappointed with the food.
Of the dozen or so restaurants in Hayes Valley we have visited this is the best by far. Mainly, the food was really good: radishes and cucumbers, little gem salad, the sous vide trout, the wagyu steak. Also the Lexington cocktail. No room for dessert. Without being at all stuffy, the experience was clearly dining in a first-class restaurant. Service friendly and professional (though could have been a little quicker). We don't often spend a c-note each for dinner, but we will again.
Food and service were subpar. They included a higher priced item on our bill than we had ordered, and even after they admitted their error they pushed back and tried to keep the higher charge on the bill. Really inappropriate-I felt like I was at work negotiating a hostile deal with a dishonest counter party rather than enjoying my anniversary. Shameful behavior. We will not return.
Incredible food! The short ribs were melt in your mouth fantastic. The quail was fried but still felt light and was very flavorful. For starters we had the foie gras terraine which came with the most delicious butter fried multi-grain toast that we ever had!
The wine list was very well curated and fairly well priced given usual restaurant market ups on wine. With the Somm's help we picked not only a unique but delicious Champagne to start with the foie gras but also had a 2000 Beaucastel CdP that went very well with our main course.
To finish with dessert, I did the "100 yrs of Port flight" which was very reasonably priced to try a 10 yr Taylor Fladgate, 20 yr Churchill, 30 yr Ramos Pintos and 40 yr Graham's Tawny Port. The 30 year Ramos Pintos was the star of the flight and I can still taste it even as I type this review days later.
Overall, we felt the meal was good, but not great. I think the salmon would have tasted better if the salmon was cooked. The almost raw salmon was not a taste that I liked. Although I like crisp green beans, the green beans that night were extremely crisp, almost tough, and would have benefited from another minute or two of cooking. The Winter Gem salad, the pomme frites, and the semifreddo dessert were superb. Our waiter was also superb. This was my second dinner at this restaurant, and I thought the first dinner was better than the second. But overall, it was good and I will still continue to dine here.
Dinner was fine- not spectacular for the price point. Food was just kind of boring. Identical menu to what we had last time, only more lackluster. Staff passed us several times without checking in- my wine needed refilling. Not sure anyone checked in to see how the meal was... Hosts very friendly.
Very pleasant place humming with chatter and clinking of glasses at the bar; server was assiduous; amuse-bouche was a corn tea that rang a faint reminder to beef tea - quite warming; warm and crispy bread on request; chilled eggplant soup with beans - quite the novel gazpacho with Indian herbs and avocado; there was an unexpectedly long pause before the entrèe finally came - the lightly seared king salmon was very tender and fresh and the aesthetics of the dish was impressive and thus was well worth the wait; melon sorbet (2 scoops!) with crisp waffles was a sweet satisfying end to my repast. The server introduced the vegan burger "the impossible burger" - sounded delicious and should be a good choice for green Mondays. Unfortunately there was another wait for the check to be settled, and that somehow deducted marks off this meal which would have been great value for money ($71.77 excluding gratuity).
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