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Little Gem - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
540 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Little Gem is a modern California eatery dedicated to the simple pleasures of a delicious meal. We focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients to make wholesome, flavorful dishes. Our produce is naturally raised, responsibly sourced and local whenever possible. An ideal spot for meeting friends, pre-theater dining, a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Little Gem is the face of new casual dining. Please note: Reservations are taken for dinner only.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm Friday - 11AM-10PM Saturday 9AM-10PM Sunday 9AM-9PM

  • Phone number

    (415) 914-0501

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dave Cruz

  • Private party facilities

    Little Gem is available for private events and buyouts. The industrial-chic decor lends itself well to a variety of events for 20-50 people and we can tailor menus, beverages and the experience to your preferences. We also offer complete offsite catering services.

  • Private party contact

    Please call the restaurant: (415) 914-0501

  • Neighborhood

    Western Addition

  • Cross street

    Gough

  • Parking details

    Street Parking or Paid Parking at the Performing Arts Garage across the street at 360 Grove between Gough and Franklin.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    There were ants crawling around. When pointed out, the wait staff killed the ants by heavily spraying Windex on them. The strong smell of the cleaning fluid permeated the air. It totally destroyed the taste of my wine and food. Will not go back. Very unfortunate.
  2. a

    alans

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good id tasty and of good value. Service needs to be tightened up. Not clear if there is a real system for serving and for getting foo out--particularly the desserts.
  3. s

    sweetboo

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food portions have shrunk since we first started coming here. If you want a big portion and don’t mind eating salad for dinner it’s best to order that. I ordered salmon which was less than a usual size portion of fish - even smaller than my palm which is small to begin with. My husband ordered the bean/tomato/rice dish and it was a big portion. He was fine with that. He always orders it because he knows it’ll be a big enough portion to fill him up. Prices were up too compared to past visits. Service was ok, servers are all gracious and nice. We will choose a different restaurant next time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Salad was fair. Bibimbap was good. Maitake and beans was awful. We didn’t eat it. No one checked on us during the main course - if they had we would have sent it back. And they didn’t take the dish off the bill despite eating so little and us commenting on the poor quality. Never again
  5. CH

    ClareH

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service!
  6. B

    mrB1

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love visiting this restaurant before concert or Opera performance. Excellent food and the wait staff is friendly, professional and fast. They understand that concerts have starting times and comfortably feed you and get you out in plenty of time without feeling rushed or pushed.
  7. AP

    AlecP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Food was fine but whole experience was overshadowed by TERRIBLE service. I booked a 9pm reservation for my girlfriend's birthday on a Thursday. Our server took our order and never returned to check on us at any point. At 9:45pm we were in the middle of our meal and still had half a bottle of wine left when we noticed that the staff turned on ALL of the lights in the restaurant and starting turning over chairs onto the tables. Our check was brought by a different server as our server had left for the night. When we asked for dessert we were told that the kitchen was CLOSED. Very unexpected given all of the positive reviews I read prior to making my reservation. If you're going to close your restaurant at 10pm then DON'T offer 9pm reservations to your customers. It is completely unacceptable to make your customers feel rushed out when they spend nearly $150 on a dinner. We had to walk over to Monsieur Benjamin to have dessert -- mind you, they were still accepting reservations for 10pm and the staff was appalled to hear the way we had been treated at this mediocre restaurant.
  8. JO

    JanetO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Enjoyed our dinner at little gem very much. We didnt realize their food was both gluten and lactose free and it didnt matter. ..it was very good. I had let them know it was our anniversary when I made the reservation and they started us off with celebratory sparkling wine. We split a wonderful butter lettuce salad with quinoa and kalamata olives. Then we each chose an entree; one salmon and the other chicken. Both were very tasty. We finished with desserts of almond cake and chocolate pudding...yum. then off to see Hamilton.
  9. D

    Dustin

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everytime we're there the staff is exceptional and so is the food.
  10. H

    Honukulady

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Little Gem continues to be a favorite of ours. The menu changes seasonally (We hope! and that favorites will reappear.) The staff is attentive and friendly and the kitchen always delivers something fresh with interesting flavors and seasonings. Some items may depend on personal preference, but we've enjoyed whatever we try.
  11. RL

    RebeccaL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was truly as the name implies, A Little Gem! The food was great and the service was quick and attentive.
  12. b

    bacchus

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall5food3service3ambience3
    Lackadaisical service, overpriced wine, and food that attempted More than it delivered.
  13. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner was amazing. We had the asparagus to start -- simple prep with lemon zest and olive oil -- yet amazing. So much better than the asparagus that I make at home, and I thought it was good. The spaghetti squash with cashew cream sauce was unbelievable. I am on a paleo type diet right now, and I was able to really enjoy this extravagant and healthy meal. Thank you!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A great location -- so close to the Opera House and Civic Center. Food was excellent and good choices for those who are vegan or vegetarian.
  15. HC

    HeatherC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    It was sweet! Looking for an organic spot with paleo, gluten free options, this was perfect! Would for sure recommend to friends looking for a nice healthy and aesthetically pleasing spot, and would go again if I'm in the area.
  16. TS

    TiffanyS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  17. s

    smorr

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was my second visit to Little Gem and not their best night. We were there at 5:15pm and they were out of sparkling water!? There were some glitches with our food as well as at the table next to us. But the food was delicious, the main entree servings were large enough to take home leftovers, and the service we received from our waiter Courtney was fantastic! Despite the off-night, I would go back again.
  18. AM

    AllanM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! The food is delicious and light, the ambience is cheery and attractive, and the staff is so helpful and accommodating! We're definitely going back to try other menu options!
  19. D

    Diann

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location and ambience. Staff is friendly and food is very good - especially the Bibimbap!
  20. JM

    JoanneM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and wonderful service.
  21. GS

    GillianS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great healthy restaurant (gluten free, refined sugar free, I believe all organic) for a casual meal. The NON bread is AMAZING.
  22. GF

    GabriellaF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    sweet place, good food, good karma, just overall great experience. Will be back
  23. MB

    MBlaire

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I hate to be that person writing a negative review, but I was really disappointed about this place. I see it in the press all the time and was excited to give it a try. While it has the trendy/hip vibe to it and the menu has serious potential, the food is bland/under-seasoned and the service is bad. It took quite some time to provide our table with water after sitting. We requested a shareable plate and that also took a while. Lastly we asked for hot sauce which our server didn't bring us until my friend was on her last few bites of her dish. Meh.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and Service was amazing! I wish it was a little more cozy but don’t let that keep you from the delicious food!
  25. KM

    KathleenM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pre-Ballet dinner which was fabulous! Food, price and service were excellent!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We weren’t super impressed. Service seemed odd. We had no less than 5 different individuals approach the table. It was not clear if we had a specific server. At one point an individual approached that I thought might be one of the chefs. He started to speak. I turned to him and smiled; however, people at our table we talking and he just walked away. Menu seemed limited.
  27. D

    Dustin

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and the waiter answered all our questions about the preparation of the dishes we ordered. We lingered and were not rushed.
  28. P

    Pokey

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I would recommend Little Gem to people who have dietary restrictions. The two fish tacos were good, but I needed a little more. A salad or veggies would have been nice compliment. My dining partner had the beef bowl, which she enjoyed and looked very good. We shared the lemon dessert, which was wonderful. The basil tea was quite weak, which was a disappointment. The servicer was good. The charge for a bottle of wine, which was not ordered, was cheerfully removed, once pointed out.
  29. DC

    DeniseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were perfect! Linen napkins and more comfortable chairs or added seat pads would have made everything more perfect!
  30. y

    yogamom

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice drink selection, atmosphere; food ok, some dishes better than others. Salad and fish tacos were nice, but mushroom bean bowl, so-so -"lentils" sub/add-on was actually under-cooked split peas.
  31. Y

    Yazz

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, healthy food that works with so many dietary restrictions! Please get the tartare -- that dish was the highlight and i wish we ordered 6 of them haha
  32. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great fresh food an a lot of options to make changes to any dish on the menu. Service was terrific - our server was pleasant, knew all the ingredients and very amicable to let us swap rice for green or shrimp for pork. Clean bathrooms too.
  33. MJ

    MJLinCA

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Service was exceptional. The food was unique and delicious. The prices were fair and I would recommend this restaurant. I will be back.
  34. s

    s1moore

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always reliable, always warm and friendly, always good food. So excited they're opening another on Union Street!
  35. D

    Didi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The noise level was too high and the atmosphere was dark, cold, and hard chairs. The food was great!
  36. WH

    WillyH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It really is a little gem! Great menu. All we tried was very tasty. Service was excellent. All gluten and dairy free as well.
  37. m

    misslynn

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Little Gem and the wait people as well. We are strictly gluten free and it feels great to know we can have anything on the menu and it will be delicious. We took our non gluten free friends and they loved it also.
  38. SF

    SFOSteve

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were a party of three: 1 vegetarian, 1 gluten-free, 1 omnivore. It's hard to find a restaurant with adequate choices for all of us, but this menu looked like it would. And it did. What came out of the kitchen, however, was disappointing. My bowl of rice, veggies and short rib could have come from any inexpensive Korean-inspired restaurant with the same impact: nicely cooked, oily, salty and very fresh ingredients. It's clear that Little Gem starts with excellent food, but the kitchen needs greater skill in turning those ingredients into an exceptional plate that would inspire me to return even on nights when I don't have tickets at Davies Symphony Hall.
  39. RR

    RobR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We've been to Little Gem before and love it. The service team is always friendly, well informed about the food, and responsive. We asked a few questions about menu items, for instance, and our server went into detail about each dish. I had the short ribs this time and it was outstanding. Like most dishes, the veggies can outshine the proteins. My wife had the tartare and really enjoyed it. Again, the veggies stood up well. Our friend had the tomato soup which had a aromatic spice she didn't really like, but the tomatoes were chunky and fresh. For dessert, we shared the almond cake and found it a little dry. We would have given 5 stars except for the dessert.
  40. NN

    NNOu

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Started well with two servers, one seemingly training the other. As it got crowded somehow the servers disappeared. Food was edible but not great.

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Little Gem - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gough

  • Neighborhood

    Western Addition

  • Hours of operation

    Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm Friday - 11AM-10PM Saturday 9AM-10PM Sunday 9AM-9PM

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking or Paid Parking at the Performing Arts Garage across the street at 360 Grove between Gough and Franklin.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dave Cruz

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 914-0501

  • Private party facilities

    Little Gem is available for private events and buyouts. The industrial-chic decor lends itself well to a variety of events for 20-50 people and we can tailor menus, beverages and the experience to your preferences. We also offer complete offsite catering services.

  • Private party contact

    Please call the restaurant: (415) 914-0501

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