If you care about reducing your carbon footprint as much as you care about fancy toast (and don't mind paying for it), you'll love The Perennial.
The 3 or 4 course meal is amazing ! So many choices !
We were served in a timely way and made it out to the theater on time.
We never felt rushed.
The food is delicious ! The crunchy black rice and the chicken are our 2 favorites.
Don't skip dessert - they are wonderful and not too heavy !
Needed a place quick to meet friends before the theater.
Chose it based on the menu's seasonal veggies and it w-a-y surpassed expectations.
Definitely want to return.
Bad service, mediocre food
Food will not suit everyone. It is very good but can be a bit unconventional.
Gorgeous food, all of it very inventive. We had trout, steak tartare, salads, bread, chicken, and desserts. Seriously amazing.
Very convenient for Orpheum Theater performances. New chef, so no more heavy salt on food!
I loved the food! It’s truly special and unique! Do the 3-course menu option and you’ll be well fed. The waiter told us most plates are too small, but I did not find it to be true. I would have been satisfied with an appetizer and an entree too.
The staff at Perennial were so friendly and welcoming. They helped up navigate their menu, creative cocktail list and wine list perfectly. We had an excellent girls dinner here, weren’t rushed and the noise level is just perfect to hear each other’s conversation. I highly recommend!
Expensive but nice
The service ruined the evening.
The manager was extremely unaccommodating after our head count shifted from 7 to 5.
If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies I would not recommend.
Spent over $600 and was treated like garbage. The food was fair. Some items were overly salted, some were just neutral - nothing to write home about. Everyone at the table got a different entree and all walked away with the same impression.
Also joke of the night. They charge you $1 for every "taste" of wine. We were buying a bottle for the table and informed that if we'd like to try it, we'd have to pay a $1. Such poor taste. The service took this dining experience from neutral to awful.
Go to Delfina instead and have a lovely dinner. Just my two scents.
I booked The Perennial San Francisco to take some customers for dinner. We were all visiting from the Midwest.
We had a group of 10, and were served off a limited menu. I was called by the restaurant staff ahead of time telling me of the limited menu.
The food was mostly vegetarian, and all delicious. I am not a vegetarian, nor were any of my customers. This was not an issue. We found the food delightful, and the wait staff was courteous and answered all our questions.
I would eat here again.
The food was fabulous ! and the interior and setting are beautiful and calming I love the regenerative ethos and the bread is fantastic ! very accommodating for pre theater and not rushed but efficient. will come again soon !
We loved it. Excellent service, tasty and unusual menu. Good cocktails. We will return.
Perennial was a pleasant surprise and believe it is still a yet to be discovered gem. The four of us did their 3-course tasting menu. The food was delightful, beautifully composed and plated. Service was prompt, but could use a few slight refinements. Would definitely return again.
I highly recommend this place. Amazing experience.
The restaurant is big. The menu is limited, and the service was exceptional.
This was the second time at The Perennial and both times the food was spectacular. Incredibly creative chef and the selections simply taste superb and like nowhere else I've ever been. Easily one of the top ten restaurants I've EVER eaten at anywhere
First time visit, pre theater meal so we arrived early 5:45. The place was already quite busy. My wife had the trout cruda and I had the radishes and mustard greens. Top marks for both presentation and taste. Both subtle and not overpowered. We split the heirloom carrots, which was excellent we especially enjoyed the contrast with the crunchy black rice. For the main we split the special of the day a wonderful prochetta. To round of the meal we both had desserts, the hazelnut and tallow waffle which really needed the acidity of the grapefruit to offset the richness of the waffle and the chocolate mousse and sourdough crumble which was a tad too crunchy for our taste. Overall excellent meal, excellent service and one for the rotation when dinner in the theater district.
Amazing staff, amazing food, quality and thought behind every detail.
On a quick business trip to San Francisco I had one evening to myself, and I'd read about The Perennial so made a reservation. Not knowing the city very well, I didn't realize it's really close to several theatres, so my 7pm reservation had me catching the tail end of the rush - all good, but might choose to go a teensy bit later in future once the throngs have cleared. Sat at the bar, since I was there by myself, and it was a great spot for chatting with fellow diners and people-watching. From pre-dinner cocktail to delicious dessert my meal was absolutely wonderful. Their small plates and appetizers are layered with a mix of subtle tastes and textures, everything is presented beautifully, nothing too heavy or so strongly flavoured that it would interfere with any other aspect of the meal. I had the four course option, which was filling but not too much so - I couldn't figure out which course I'd delete if I only had the three course version, so I went all the way. And knowing the care they take to have as little impact on our ecosystem as possible, and that they make all of their ingredient choices based on long term sustainability, it's clear that you can absolutely do good while being good. Highly recommend, and I'll be back!
The food overall was a huge disappointment. Food was overly salted. The texture of the food was fairly disgusting. Would not recommend to anyone.
Absolutely wonderful experience.
My husband and I first came to Perennial about a year ago and I fell in love and have been raving about it ever since - the food, the flavors, their purpose and mission, their drinks - everything was amazing. This time I left with a starkly different opinion, one that I never expected. It was underwhelming. Food quality was top notch but flavor was a little off. Their use of textures though was spot on. The last dish, pictured with my review, was incredibly flavorful, great use of textures, and was my favorite dish, but they massively under-delivered with a poached egg that was an additional cost to the dish. The yolk was congealed and part of the egg white was under-cooked (how does that even happen??). I've cooked poached eggs a number of times, it's one of my favorite ways to cook eggs, and have both overcooked and under-cooked them, but have never managed to overcook the yolk while under-cooking the egg white. Perennial was knocked off it's top 5 spot for me and much to my surprise, I don't think I'll be returning.
We were pleasantly surprised. 9th and Market is a place we'd never consider dining since we don't visit the theatre. Came expecting pretty average farm-to-table-style new American and left talking about all the interesting dishes we had. The spread of house-made bread is a must. Portions are moderate, not too big or small. Everything was more flavorful, composed or interesting than we expected. Price isn't bad for what you get — the two of us stuffed ourselves and the bill came to $130. Friendly service, great dessert.
Very non-traditional and exciting flavor combinations. Three of us shared 10 dishes and found each dish was a treat for the senses. Excellent service and knowledgeable staff.
Everything was excellent. Great value for healthy food and friendly staff.
Fun place with great food and cheerful service! We'll be back!
Food was underwhelming. Under seasoned. Flavors not quite right. Disappointed because I've been many times and loved the good.
We really enjoyed the food , some great and innovative tastes. The rom was too noisy our first visit. Not as busy our second visit, so the ambiance was enjoyable. Sat at the bar table, entertaining, kitchen staff was very professional in manner and execution.
The food If it was not the best duck and trout ever I dare you to find better. I would love to have dinner again and again at this establishment The starters also are not to be missed. We have the grains and also a order of heirloom carrots
Loved the creative combination of ingredients, as well as beautiful presentation. What you are able to make with kernza is amazing!
Amazing, inventive food! My mouth was pleasantly confused through all three courses.
I felt at home in the casual living room dining room kitchen open floor plan. The bar is neat and utilitarian, the cocktails were fantastic and unique. The build your own pre-fix menu four course meal was wholesome, earthy and made local fare elegant and exotic. I wanted an espresso but instead got a fresh brewed cup of delicious coffee. Service was spotty but pleasant and helpful.
Cocktails and food were creative, very savory and so well-prepared; medium-sized portions left us feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Menu is rather limited in number of choice. Beers and wines seem quite overpriced: $14 for a glass of Sancerre???
Perfect place to go before a show at the Orpheum. The staff took our order quickly, suggested best meals to order quickly, and we even had time for dessert. Would definitely return!
The food was wonderful, and the tiny portions were intense and flavorful. Attentive service, paying special attention to getting us out the door in plenty of time for our show.
One thing my wife and I found annoying was the tiny print stating that there was a “carbon footprint surcharge “ for any beef or lamb dish and it would be added to the total bill. Just add $1 to the price on the menu. You don’t need to make a big statement.
Amazing dinner..nice concept just simp le delicious
My girlfriend and I both had the four course tasting menu. I loved being right next to the open kitchen. It was awesome to hear the chefs call orders. I recommend going for the four course tasting menu! Everything is pretty seasonal, so I'm sure it would change as the seasons change. The best thing I ate that night was the pork belly and mussels. The waffle for dessert was really good! Every single course was delicious and beautifully plated. I love when servers/chefs explain to you in detail about the dish that you are about to eat.
A great dining experience. Came here with colleagues and friends and was surprised and delighted at the care and detail out into every dish. The four course is a real steal. The beef tartare is to incredible and the grains WOW. How can I describe that. Think of a creamy but crunchy risotto. Even the carrots were incredible. If you are going to a show at the Orpheum, this spot is the perfect place to grab dinner before. The happy hour looks great too!
Food dishes had too much going on. Too many flavors and textures, not all of them good. Almost everything just missed the mark.
Cocktails better than the food.