Jardiniere

4.5
4903 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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

1st Seating: 5-6:30pm - $175 Four Course Dinner, Optional Wine Pairings - $75
2nd Seating: 7-9:30pm - $245 Five Course Dinner, Optional Wine Pairings - $85
2nd seating includes live jazz trio beginning at 7pm, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Happy New Year!

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What 4903 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's tasting menu was delicious. They accommodated all of our restrictions.

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SE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted to celebrate our anniversary and we couldn't have found a better place: beautiful, great ambience, delicious food, elegant, impeccable and very kind service. Honestly, we recommend it and for sure we'll repeat more than once.

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SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We’ve not gone to Jardiniere in a year because we became disenchanted. We decided to give it another shot. Disappointed. Never again.

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ND
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a well established and well run restaurant with exceptional food and service. They have not lost their touch and the food was FANTASTIC. Started off with Caviar and Champagne, moved on to the Kumamoto Oysters with cold vodka and then had the salad and entree's. The Cavatelli and the Cod were * Five Stars all the way. Ended up with the cheese selection for 2 - OMG! All of this with a fantastic bottle of French Bordeaux. It was worth every penny and then some. Our server was excellent. Great choice for a nice dinner out!

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

Food wasn't as great as I was expecting, flank steak medium rear was too shewy, my partners chicken was dry.
Deserts were fabulous.
Selection of wine it's great, and the person who was presenting has great knowledge and very positive vibe.

Would go back for drink at the bar.

Peter

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

Excellent food; pricey

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

Wonderful warm bread salad! Nice selection of beers in addition to the fine wine list. Perfect for before events at War Memorial or Opera House

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

WE ATE HERE BEFORE A PERFORMANCE, WHEN ONLY THE PRE THEATER MENUE WAS AVAILABLE. THE CHOICES WERE UNINTERESTING NOT VERY GOOD. IT WAS A VERY AVERAGE MEAL AND RATHER PRICEY FOR THE CHOICES.

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RI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

the food is good though sparse. server was pretentious and gave us little attention because we were not ordering cocktails or wine. on theater nights they only do fixed priced but nothing on the web site to let us know

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As ever, the service is outstanding. Our server remembered to ask about our symphony at eight as well as asking about food allergies. The food is always creative and tasty. Well worth the price!

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S
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places when you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and impressed my date

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NA
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going there forever. Love it, love it. It is hard when you go before a performance. You can try all you can, but to really enjoy your meal and drinks, two courses without desert is best. They do a great job every time, but if you are going to a 7:30 opera, you either have to be there at 5:30 or you will be rushed a bit. Food is always incredible, from the warm bread salad to the short ribs! Great service, they know us and treat us like gems!

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HR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The evening was delightful. Our waiter and the rest of the wait staff
were all gracious and responsive. The food was soooo goooood.
Even they called when one of our party lost a teddy bear pin.
Thank you

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

As always, delicious food and wine, very learned wine waiter, the only downside was that the servers' shifts seemed to have changed midway through the pre-theater dinner so it took quite a while for the food to appear, which may have been why a very nice tiny cup of soup arrived.

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RR
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new prix fixe menu during performance season is quite nice. Thoughtful choices so that, even though more limited that the regular dinner menu, there is something for everyone. And all courses are executed with the same expertise and care that Jardiniere has always been known for. Nice wine list.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had early reservations on a weekday ahead of the SF Symphony 730pm performance. Been many times as such. I was surprised that they only had a prix fixe menu before 7pm. Full menu after 7pm. As recently as June 2018 the full menu was always available. I was disappointed at not having the choices. We did the three course (soup/salad..., main, dessert). My friend and I chose different items (squash soup/salad, spareribs/chicken, apple tart/chocolate crunch). The meal was extrodinary. Every bite was to be saviored! The best meal my friend ever had. One of the best meals I ever had! We couldn't help but rave over each bite! At a reasonable cost too.

The waiter explained they move to this during the 5pm - 7pm period was to accommodate the concert crowd. It put less pressure on the kitchen to get things out resulting in less waiting, and in my view better quality. I agree. I've been to Manresa (3 star Michelin, Los Gatos). This was way better!!

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K
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre-fixe menu is a welcome option for long time patrons. Disappointed that the warm bread salad was almost devoid of the Crescenta cheese.

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R
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They serve a theater menu, prix fixe, two or three courses, on days there is event at the concert hall or opera house. The menu is limited on these days, and further limited by a $35 surcharge for one of the first courses, and $65 for one of the main courses. The food is imaginative and well prepared. The wine by the glass is poured from the bottle. My wife and I were not happy with a rather skimpy pour (clearly less than four ounces), and even more chagrined to see a different waiter pour at least 50% more for a couple at an adjacent table.

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n
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Small portions for $ but very high quality. Exactly what I expected.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic service. Chef’s tasting menu off the charts.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our visits and our meals! Great service and ambiance. Always a delight before the symphony

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D
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We hadn’t been there in awhile and it didn’t disappoint!! Food was delicious, ingredients fresh and interesting, and the menu diverse. Service was a little spotty but staff were very gracious. Only complaint was where we sat, restaurant was half-empty yet they sat us near the kitchen where we could hear staff coming and going. We will be back!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is fantastic and the food is much more European in the way it is poritioned. Lovely ingredients and taste of the food is superb. Great for a lovely meal be careful the wine is huge and some very expensive wines.

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F
London
90 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Jardiniere puts every other restaurant to shame! When our guest thought his dish was too spicy for his taste he did not complain directly to our waiter. However, one of the "captains" had observed his dilemma and persisted in a lovely manner until our friend finally accepted another dish!
thank you for treating your guests as I would at my home!

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of the top and best restaurants in San Francisco’s

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had the pre-theatre menu.
My food: The warm bread salad was very plain. Nothing I could have not very easily done at home. The fish dish - black cod - was bland. The yuzu dessert (I shared it with my partner) and the peppermint tea were outstanding. The pinot blanc, fine.
Service and Ambiance: Excellent
Value: $102 per person, including tip, seemed pricey

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GS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, excellent service but very overpriced. There are many more affordable options in the area with equally good food.

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EM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner with friends we hadn't seen in a long time. Just happened to run into them at this wonderful restaurant before we all went to the doctor

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MV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My meal was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jardiniere has been on my wish list for about 25 years. I finally made it there and the restaurant went beyond my expectations. The food was artfully prepared, especially the persimmon salad, the ambience was terrific, and the waitstaff very attentive. Couldn't ask for more.

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c
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Too overpriced for food that was just OK. Really regretted choosing that restaurant over others. I paid $89 for a starter, main, and desert and at that price I should have left filling it was worth it, but it absolutely was not!

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IY
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service impeccable, if a bit slow. Friendly place, well worth the price.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Although we are visitors, this is our 4th or 5th visit to Jardiniere.
Our previous impressions were excellent. However, this time, two things
upset us.
1-We were ushered to a table with no table-cloth.
Changed the table with our own efforts.
2-Though the service was good at the beginning
when there were few people. then as the restaurant
got crowded, we waited 10 minutes for the second drink.
10 minutes for the bill to be taken care of.
3-As for the kitchen,30 minutes waiting between the starter
and the main course.
Best regards,

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. Service was stupendous! It’s rare to find wait staff so professional and nice; responsive at just the right moments. Not too much or too little. Thank you for a lovely experience.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service was great as well. Came for date night with my boyfriend and we both enjoyed the cocktails and the food. We would definitely go back and try the tasting menu!

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The entree portions were very small for the steak and chicken. We were hungry very soon after dinner.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good but I got the flank steak and absolutely could not chew it. Just swallowed it anyway.

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c
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding pre-theatre menu and value for an iconic San Francisco restaurant. With proximity to several performance venues, they have formalized pre-theatre dining and made it a very nice experience. The staff is attentive and engaging without being obtrusive, the sommelier was personable and genuinely part of making the meal an enjoyable experience and maybe introduce new wines, while readily understanding the amount of detail to provide for the particular diner.

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JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have rediscovered Jardiniere in the past few months. The food is consistently excellent, and the atmosphere is wonderful - quite, intimate, aesthetically gorgeous interior, lovely waitstaff who are attentive and friendly, comfortable. Their signature cocktails are creative but not in your face. I go there often these days for business dinners and my colleagues always appreciate that I suggested it.

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