Maison Danel

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$31 to $50
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French
Bonjour! Maison Danel is a Parisian-inspired full-service tea salon and restaurant offering fine French pâtisserie, fresh-baked viennoiserie, and refined afternoon tea. Join us in our elegant Salon de Thé for breakfast and lunch weekdays, brunch on the weekend, and our signature tea service each afternoon. The restaurant menu features traditional and updated French classics, including favorites we’ve elevated from our long-standing restaurant Baker Street Bistro.

Bakery Specialities: Macarons, Croissants, Chocolatines, Apple Turnovers
Afternoon Tea featuring: Finger sandwiches, pastries, wide selection of tea, champagne & caviar
Menu Highlights: Oven-fresh Viennoiserie basket, Seasonal Tarts and Quiches, Steak Tartare, Eggs Benedict, French Toast

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San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Maybe my expectations were too high for the newly opened Maison Danel given reviews and how difficult it was to get a table (I had to book over 2 weeks in advance) but I was disappointed.

Don't take me wrong, the food and service were good, but my glass with freshly squeezed orange juice, which cost $6.50, was not even half full and they did not have chocolate almond croissants in stock. I also found the menu to be quite limited (I got eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, which were good but nothing special) as did my BF (he ordered a burger, which he didn't like). Neighborhood... not my favorite but I'd ignore it, if food were amazing.

My favorite part was their pastries, I'd be back for those, and our waiter was great, but there are much better places for brunch in the city.

KD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My friend and I went for brunch on a Sunday. It was mostly full and there was just one waiter plus the owner serving the tables. They are both French. Our server misunderstood a couple of my requests so there was a bit of a mix up but not a big deal. The French toast is very good. And the European hot chocolate is magnifique!

AW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the high tea! It was beautiful and such a lovely service. The staff was absolutely lovely, and I would definitely come back.

JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine, not amazing. For the prices we paid, I was expecting to be wow'd.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Waaaaaay overpriced... $80 for tea for two is ridiculous!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a Pleasant day catching up with old friends in a classy venue and cozy ambiance. Pastries are delicious.

CI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious pastry. Lovely tea. Wonderful space. Delightfully French service.
A bit pricey. Fun for a special occasion.

v
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance. Service

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maison Danel is the most gorgeous new culinary addition to Polk Street. Founded by husband's Chef Danel and David this is a culinary gem San Francisco is so lucky to have! Chef David is French-born with an extensive culinary background in France and the US and most recently in San Francisco (they are also the co-owners of Baker St. Bistro).

Not only is the Interior Design beyond stunning and so cozy (you will never want to leave), but the entire dining and culinary experience is also lovely and beyond delicious! Maison Danel offers both walk in counter service and seated reservations (on OpenTable) for lunch, brunch, afternoon tea.... Whatever you're looking to experience the food is beyond tasty with true French recipes from their Pastry Chef Adrien and their Owner/Chef Danel. I found the service thoughtful and attentive and all the personal details in the recipe’s, the Maison’s design and even their logo (Chef David and Danel’s initial’s) is so sweet and touching.

And, the best part about Maison Danel is it's kid friendly as well. Whether the adults want champagne with their tea and the kids want pastries and hot chocolate, there is truly something for everyone!

Be sure to check out this delicious family-owned Maison & Patisserie soon. If you love tea it's perfect for afternoon tea, a coffee, pastry, brunch, they truly have it all!

DM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We had an amazing time!!!

k
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went for their Afternoon Tea with a friend and enjoyed the nice selection of snacks and tea in a beautiful space. The selection of food was delicious, and not so much that you left overly full. When the restaurant was busy it was a little hard to hear each other, but the service was great and they didn't rush us out once our tea was finished.

NN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a posh tea service with a french lounge style and distinctly french vibe, my francophile hubby and I are in love with Maison Danel. Definitely enjoy the tea service with the Champagne float, a delightfully refreshing elixir of champagne and sorbet flavors of the day. From the little croissant sandwiches to to the extensive selection of teas, this tea house does not disappoint. If you are into tea, there is a classic french bistro style lunch and an assortment of prêt-à-porter pastries available. Our favorite pastry is the hazelnut and chocolate croissant. If you love Nutella, you will love this croissant!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My husband and I love tea services and keep looking for these, and sadly miss really good ones here. Maison Danel built my expectations quite high- the pictures looked lovely. The space is done beautifully, the crockery lovely, and the attention to detail commendable. I was disappointed mainly with the food (both amount and quality) that came for the $40 Le Classique.
1. I’ve lived in the UK, had excellent tea services in a lot of places (including Paris - this place is by French owners). I expect tea sandwiches to be made with soft bread and fresh fillings, not things stuffed into bite-sized, cut ends (not even whole!) of fairly dry croissants - there were 2 of these - or put between chewy pieces of cold toasted bread (this was the English cucumber)
2. For the sweet treats, there were a croissant, a pain au chocolat, and a piece of carrot cake - again I felt from their daily viennoiserie collection, not the little fruit tarts, scones, or any piece of cake that I’d expect as part of a tea service. The macaron and madeleine were ok, not terribly impressive.
3. The tea - we ordered Darjeeling - was a tea bag, again a disappointment for us who love (and want) loose leaf tea, at least in a tea service!
All in all, our experience was underwhelming - too little food, and definitely not exciting - especially given how lovely the place and its advertisements looked.

Maison Danel
Responded on February 29, 2020

Bonjour!! Merci beaucoup for visiting us and thank you for your review. Feedback is important to us and I will make sure to share yours with the team so we can improve our offering. Our tea service is portioned per person, so if two guests decide to share a single tea service, it may not be enough if both would like to try everything. As for the tea, we do indeed use loose leaf tea--we just put them in a satchel before we put them in the pot so the leaves don't clog the spout.

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FB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most lovely high tea with my husband. Service was impeccable (the owner himself served and explained everything). Every pastry and sandwich was perfect! The place itself, although located at the Tenderloin, is beautiful. Been recommending it to my friends!

Maison Danel
Responded on March 1, 2020

Bonjour! Merci beaucoup for joining us, for the review, and for sharing your experience with your friends! We hope to see you again soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We went at the end of the day and ordered 2 very pricey services , $55 ea. It was the end of the day and they put some odds and ends on our plate without telling us and then proceeded to charge us for them. We had no idea that our 'assortment' was not supposed to include an apple turnover and a cheese croissant. It was an expensive mistake. Ended up spending $168 on 2 dismal plates. Very sneaky and unpleasant in retrospect. Sammie were dry too tea was good.

Maison Danel
Responded on March 1, 2020

Bonjour! Merci beaucoup for joining us and for your review. You should not have been charged for extra items if you did not order them in addition to your tea services. I found your transaction in the system and refunded the Ham & Cheese Croissant and Apple Turnover. We hope you will consider visiting us again.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

I am thrilled that such a lovely concept would open in SF, everything was delicious, well presented and the service was impeccable.

My friend and I shared a tea service meant for one. Three tea sandwiches, three pastry, and two sweets we had to cut in half ourselves and was barely a bite for each of us this included a pot of tea, $70.00. I am no stranger to spending an entire paycheck on a good restaurant however I thought the cost was ridiculous, a $15.00 charge to share a service meant for one. Really now.

Maison Danel
Responded on February 29, 2020

Bonjour, Miki! Merci beaucoup for joining us! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and the service. Our tea service is portioned per person. For our guests who decide to share a single tea service, we offer a larger pot of tea for two, but the amount of food remains the same. I will share your feedback with the team.

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PN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Going on opening weekend for a new spot was hard for shop. They haven’t worked out the kinks yet, and didn’t have a clear service in place. Had to ask for our orders, since server was receptionist and waiter. Place is beautiful and feels like a french patisserie.

Maison Danel
Responded on February 29, 2020

Bonjour, Peter! Merci beaucoup for being one of our very first guests. Thank you for the review. Feedback is important to us and we will share with the team. We hope you will join us again for lunch, brunch, tea, or pastries to go.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

pastries are amazing. warm atmosphere in family-owned business. ordered from lunch menu, food was fresh and very good

Maison Danel
Responded on February 29, 2020

Bonjour, Maraya! Merci beaucoup for visiting us and thanks for the review. We hope you will join us again for lunch, brunch, tea, or pastries to go. We are hoping to add some new patisserie items soon.

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B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to Maison Danel the first week it opened for afternoon tea ($40 for adults, $25 for kids). The quality of the food was so good that I couldn't believe they had only been open for 3 days. Our favorites were the ham and cheese sandwich (I'm sure they have a fancier name) and the chocolate yuzu macaron. My husband, who usually doesn't comment much about food, said he thought the quality of ingredients and freshness were very high. Adults got tea, while the kids got hot chocolate. The atmosphere was very nice and it seemed like everyone else there was having a good time, too. The only complaint I had was that no one gave us silverware and they got a little busy after our food arrived, so we had to go get it ourselves, but it was opening week. I'm sure as they settle in, they'll work those small kinks out. I'm looking forward to going back to try their lunch and even more pastries!

p
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a nice new addition to the Polk Street corridor. Tea selection is adequate. Strength is in utilizing their croissants for their tea sandwiches.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and my 2-year old niece were in town and we were excited to visit Maison Danel for an afternoon tea service conveniently making an Opentable reservation ahead of time. We were impressed with the warm welcoming space and friendly staff. It felt like we were transported to France in this very French-contemporary atmosphere.

We enjoyed the food, service, and our time there immensely! It was also neat to watch couples enjoying tea together, friends catching up at the next table, so calmly and chatting quietly as they do in Europe. The pastries were delicious, I could eat that everyday if I could. We would like to apologize that the 2-year old at our table had a brief meltdown but she really LOVED that yuzu-chocolate macaron and she literally wanted all of it! She was all smiles afterwards as were we!

All in all, a fun, relaxing experience I've been recommending to friends and now here. :)