Jardiniere

4.6
4830 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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 available upon request, leisurely, romantic dining, efficient and delicious pre-theatre plates and a bar and lounge for catching up over cocktails and small bites.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Monday–Thursday, Sunday 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
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Phone number
(415) 861-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Audie Golder
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Cross street
Franklin St.
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Parking details
Valet. $20 Cash only, due upon arrival.
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Public transit
Civic Center BART, 21 Hayes, 49 Van Ness/Mission, 47 Van Ness, F Market
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Special events & promotions
We are available for lunch or dinner receptions through our special events manager, Tommie Murphy. tommie@jardiniere.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Intimate private dinners for 2 - 16, large group seated dinners for up to 56, receptions up to 100 & Restaurant Buyouts Available for groups up to 150 seated and 300 for standing receptions. Events may be hosted throughout the restaurant or in Jardinière’s upper or lower level private dining rooms.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best impossible burger hands down. They make this an ultimate high class experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service, and the food was unique and delicious. I especially enjoyed hearing from the sommelier Jonathan, who was entertaining and informative.

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F
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, it is the only place to go before the symphony, opera or ballet! And they are particularly helpful when juggling guests before a performance ! In this case it was George who deserves the kudos for our wonderful evening even as we rushed off to the symphony lecture! Thanks to all of your wonderful staff as well!

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GC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 3

The place is very nice and the service is excellent actually outstanding but the food was not great.

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LP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ambiance was great for a Friday night. Dinner was at 8:30 and we were brought to our table quickly. However, despite friendly staff, the overall service was quite slow. It took at least 15 minute before our waiter came to take our order - we knew what we wanted within 5 minutes of looking at the menu. Our dinner ended up being a little over 2 hours from start to finish. Would have been a better experience if we could have shaved off 40 minutes.

We ordered an appetizer, pasta dish, fish, and beef dish, followed by dessert; all of them were quite delicious. Would come back for another meal in the future.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

There were many good tables for two available, yet we were taken to a corner very close to the next table. By the end of the evening, we knew the table next to us history, background, family dynamics, income, etc. The food was good but portions very very small. The Dessert was overpriced. A very small cake with an added small vanilla ice scoop was $18. Would not recommend. Certainly overpriced and not worth the hype.

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had an enjoyable dinner. We found the service to be a little on the slow side. We were seated for quite some time before the server came over and took our drink order, and then subsequent dinner order. But once that happened, the rest of the dinner was enjoyable and the food was great.

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DB
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I love the atmosphere at Jardiniere. The drinks were outstanding, and enjoyed the unique touches like decanting our wine in a scientific beaker. Food was solid as always.

The only disappointment was the waiter. He was dull, unattentive and overall not very interesting. I realize, we tend to spend more on a nice meal experience than most, but when you spend $900 for 4 people, I think it is fair to expect a little more from the server.

I will go back and hope for someone better.

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KA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot pre opera. Convenient delicious and great food

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KU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pre show format worked for me. Service was attentive. The wine folks are spot on. The pre show slam they get hurt their offerings. The new format worked for me Thursday.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was a problem with my entree so they took it back, comped me for it and gave me my choice of replacement for free. Satisfied overall.

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EC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Forced to have pre-theatre menu before 7pm. Unfortunate. but choices were good.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was lovely, menu perfect - fresh, local and delicious. Couldn't go wrong with any selection on the menu. Excellent service and everyone so accommodating. This was a birthday celebration following a performance of Tosca. Enjoyed every minutes. Will be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect for out of town family. I found the food over salted (2 out of 3) dishes.

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n
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Jardinere since they opened 20 years ago. Never disappoints.

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t
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Still ..after all of these years -a solid dining destination.
Great dinner

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our favorite place to dine -- and the food was amazing as always! Our server was a little glitchy in terms of rapport and couldn't answer all of our questions (and didn't admit to it). Definitely don't BS about what's on the cheese plate, servers -- just go look at the labels. Still, a great night! And every other service experience we've had there or had that night was off the charts (on the yay end).

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Starters and desserts were amazing. Mains were small for the price and they were good, but not particularly memorable. Service was a little shaky at times, and outstanding at others.

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good pre-opera meal but somewhat limited selection

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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first time with the special pre-opera menu with options for 2 or 3 selections. The service was quicker because of the abbreviated menu but I missed seeing the full menu. But I will agree the timing was good for we opera goers.

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere is great! Food is spot on, though not quiet spectacular; you're paying for the location and vibe and service. Service was great as well, though there were a couple noticeable gaps. Staff is excellent! Also, the menu we got in the restaurant had more items that the menu online did, which was a nice surprise.

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s
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A beautiful restaurant- friendly and excellent service. Food is creative - we’ll prepared and presented and very good. Highly recommend!

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LB
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited for the impossible burger with my mum from Scotland, & were welcomed & treated very well. Were seated in a cosy corner table, service was exceptional with a sommelier serving wine& food was very tasty. Restaurant busy& other food looked well presented.

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LI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant atmosphere. Not an everyday sort of restaurant, but perfect for a special night out. Very well located next to SFJAZZ and other music venues in Civic Center.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was delightful, not intrusive. Miyagi oysters could not have been better. My duck breast was a bit dry but the red rice and spices were superb and the confit delicious. The halibut tartar was beautiful, light, and tender. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Looking forward to our next visit.

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LE
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. We tried the impossible meatballs( good) Foi gras was amazing and the pome fritter was really good too. For dinner we had the duck and Wagyu steak which were both delicious!
We had the upside down cake for dessert and loved it!

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L
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The location is perfect for so many activities and I love the way they check if you are attending an event to make sure you have plenty of time. Food is always good and waiters explainatin of items on menu are extremely helpful. Always enjoy our dinner.

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GG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought it was a really good menu for the price. We were celebrating being a year away from getting married, and we went all out. Got a nice bottle of wine oysters the whole deal and it was a very fair price! Would come back for sure!

Thanks guys!

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ER
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was quite nice, but overpriced. Servings were very small. The atmosphere was lovely and intimate. Service was terrible: despite it not being very busy, and there being several servers, every single interaction took too long - we were waiting before someone offered us a drink; we were waiting before someone took our orders; we were waiting for about 15 minutes to get a second drink; and we were waiting so long for dessert that my cake arrived lukewarm. In a less fancy place, I'd totally not care about these things, but they also didn't let us taste the wine; spilled water when pouring, and didn't wipe it up; and forgot to bring my husband's dessert.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary there. We drove from Sacramento specially for having dinner in Jardiniere. We loved this place, great service, great food, great atmosphere. Now We have a new favorite place to celebrate our special occasions. Thank you Jardiniere team for your amazing service!

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I have loved patronizing Jardiniere since they opened twenty years ago: excellent food, creatively prepared; perfect location for the opera, symphony, etc.; professional service; accomplished chefs advancing the art of cuisine. This last visit was a bit subpar, but they have proved their mastery many times in the past, so I cannot hold one minor slip-up against them. However, my dear Jardiniere, when I ask for a steak to be done "medium," please don't send it to the table rare. That feels like an insult, as if I don't know what I really want.

See you again soon.

Joseph

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jardiniere has been my favorite restaurant for a long, long time. When I come the city for the opera or symphony, it is the perfect place for dinner before or after the performance. Yes, it is convenient, but the food is wonderful (they have a great new menu), the atmosphere is that of a Paris bistro, and the wait staff is the best anywhere. Anywhere.

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F
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Jardiniere is a very pleasant restaurant, cleverly designed , i love the central well and the lighting.
The service is impeccable, the wine list eclectic and expensive, the menu is refined although not French per se. Yes the chef use French techniques, the king salmon is poached sous-vide for exemple, but the result is contemporary American. Each dish I tried came great and well presented. This place is ideal for dinner before the concert, at the philharmonic or the opera nearby. If you come after the concert, hurry up to order as San Francisco is more like a red neck middle west town for the night life: everything close so early!

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DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice welcome and good cuisine. Very nice place. Will recommend it and return

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Welcome was good, seating was poor considering the advanced reservation. We were celebrating a birthday and they seated us in the back corner near the bussing table. Food was good; however, portion size was underwhelming. The supporting waitstaff was excellent, and deserving of the 5% SF tax...however, our main server was uninterested in our experience and needs. We had three (3) full courses, and he never once asked us how our meal was - disappointing. The only saving grace, was they remembered we were celebrating a birthday and brought out a candle light dessert despite no confirmation of the birthday request. Overall, we’d give 3 out of 5 stars.

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T
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went there because it is near Opera house and Symphony hall and it had a good reputation. The service was good . We ordered King Salmon. I am sorry I have to say it was not very impressive. We love Salmon and eat lots so I was little disappointed the Salmon was not much special at all. The salads and dessert were good. I do not mind pay more for special meal but this is just not the case for us. May be we did not order right one so I still recommend to go there but not order Salmon.

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C
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-show menu and meal. Wait staff very helpful. Definitely going back

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was phenomenal!

My girlfriend's salmon was extremely tasty and the presentation was perfect. I had the chicken and while it was very good, it was nothing to write home about. I may be a little bias since I prefer a grilled chicken breast over the way it was cooked by the chef at the restaurant.

The cocktails were definitely worth trying. They were inventive and very, very good.

The ambiance was very nice as well. We had a corner booth and had a great view of the entire restaurant.

All in all, it's an exceptional restaurant and I would highly recommend it to anyone celebrating an anniversary or a special date.

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OB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was that it was not up to standard: the food was ok, but too fat, the portions were very small (even to European standards, where we are from), it was too expensive. Further it was cold, there was a continuous draft. Service was friendly.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and the sevice was so thoughtful. We appreciated your caring attention
thank you so much!!!!!! Lee Faberman, for 3 , Thurs sept 27th before Opera

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