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.
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.
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???
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.
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.
Location is great before show at the Orpheum. Concept is great, but something is missing. Sort of a phony vibe. Maybe it was an off-night. Funny that everyone who spoke to us assumed we were tourists, explaining a bit condescendingly how things were in San Francisco. We said something to one of the servers about a long-time restaurant in the area that caused him to respond with surprise, "Oh, you live here?" LOL
Bartender told us that the reason they don't serve scotch is because there isn't a 'local one.' But there were a number of french wines on the wine list. (Oh, right, we don't have 'local' wines) Ha. As I said, "phony."
There were five of us at dinner and we all ordered the three course option (starter, main, dessert). What really stood out was that each dish varied in taste and texture from one region of the plate to the next. The dining area was attractive and the acoustics were excellent so that the five of us could easily converse without raising our voices. I'd recommend to anyone!
I found the Perennial on Open Table. I am a chef, but living in Napa and working in a corporate environment and having three little children has taken me a bit out of the buzzworthy restaurant game. After looking at the menu and realizing the aquaponic and eco friendly culture that they are working toward, I thought since we were going to a show in the neighborhood this would be my treat to myself for the evening. It did NOT disappoint in the least.
After being seated, it took a little longer than it should to be offered drinks and to talk about the menu (especially since it was the perfect time for pre theater diners to be starting). Once it was known that we were going to the theater though, the server gave a couple of suggestions to work us out in time and our dining experience began.
I ordered the pisco cocktail and asked a recommendation of wine for my first course of the "coastal toast". he offered up the Chardonnay, which paired beautifully. Unfortunately, I got my Chardonnay before my cocktail, which seemed rather strange but as it happens the cocktail was a pretty good compliment to the toast as well. My wife got Pork Belly & Mussels which was seared perfectly and was delicious.
The next course was the Trout for her , rich and buttery with pickled radishes that cut right through. Duck for me with perfect crispy skin, sauteed kale that wasn't cooked within an inch of it's life and vibrant, earthy beets prepared two ways. Dessert hit home though. A lovely slice of pan d'epice topped with tangy frozen yogurt, crispy fennel chips, candied fennel and fresh blood orange. I would go back just for that. My wife had the waffle which seemed a little more approachable, but extremely tasty none-the-less.
I was drawn by it's mission and the Perennial exceeded expectations. If i was still a chef living and working in the city and had more free time this would be a frequent destination. As it happens I will make it back there whenever I can, even if only yearly.
Food selections don't work together. Taste was fair, not great. Service not great. Very expensive. Had a valentines reservation. The night before I get a confirmation call saying, "and by the way, tomorrow's menu is prix fix at $69 a person". This was too late for me to make other reservations somewhere else, but I thought this would be a good experience. Also, the wines on the wine list I had never heard of, I found one that I thought I would try and asked for a taste. I was told they charge $1 for the taste. Cost wasn't an issue, but the petty nature of the charge was. I eat out a great restaurants in SF all the time, this one is a no go on so many levels.
I had been wanting to go to Perennial for a couple years now and was SO THRILLED to finally have an occasion to spend with them. As a vegetarian I'm always stoked to see restaurants like Perennial creatively using vegetables an changing things up with how they prepare them. My main dish had eucalyptus smoked hedgehog mushrooms in it and they were so delightful and something I had never seen before! I was thoroughly IMPRESSED by their dishes and their thoughtful staff that I wish I could eat here once a week!
Perennial was entirely worth every penny we spent and I cannot wait to go back again!
Steak was tougher than rubber. Server told us it was because we waited too long to eat it and “meat gets tougher as it gets cold”
Great Valentine's Day spot. The pre fixe menu was sublime and surprising filling. Definitely worth the $69. And as usual, the restaurant is simply beautiful.
Second time at the Perennial and decided to bring my Fiancé here for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner. I will give the benefit of the doubt as it was a holiday dinner but was not as impressed as my first visit. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful so keep up the good work! And the drinks are creative and amazing. However, the food fell a little short for me this time. What I really love about the Perennial is the creative and new flavors, yet each dish felt as if something was missing to bring it all together. Will still give the Perennial many more shots, however, and am excited to see what they have in store the next time around. Keep up the good work!
Ambiance is good, although they have carpet, which is weird for a restaurant but wasn't off-putting. The food and drinks were fine. Not great, but not bad by any means either. The plating/presentation was uninspiring. For example, we got two different cocktails that came without a garnish, which isn't a big deal but felt sort of incomplete. Portion sizes are pretty small too, which isn't a complaint and is more of an FYI. The service was typical lackadaisical hipster service. The only real complaint that I had was I didn't feel like the experience lived up to the price. If it was a third cheaper I'd have felt a lot better about this restaurant but as it stands I came away feeling like the Perinneal didn't quite live up to the expectations it sets for itself.
Food was exceptional. Little pricey. Service was below average. She may have been busy and we were in a bit of a hurry to see a show. Have to walk through some pretty rough humanity to get to the spot, but hey, that's urban living right
What a nice touch! When we arrived, my wife was greeted with a birthday card signed by the staff. All staff was very attentive. A busy bartender took the time to provide a cocktail recipe, and all of the staff was friendly. We’d been there for New Year’s Eve dinner and were happy to see Anna again. The aptly named “Happy Spoon” (uni, caviar and creme fraiche) was a great way to start. The trout and ribeye were great. We’ll be back!
Me and my two female physician colleagues frequent many restaurants and were out for a nice night - cocktails, dinner and theater. The moment we arrived at The Perennial the coffee cups we were holding were taken from us because ‘outside drinks aren’t allowed’. We thought- ok fair enough because we were actually looking for a trash can- but it was done so in a rude manner. We were then seated at our table and when we asked for the happy hour cocktail list (as it was 5:30) and the bar was reserved and closed for a party that was going on, we were told only people at the bar could get happy hour prices. In all my years of all types of dinning in various cities, states and countries, I have never come across such a ridiculous rule. Our waitress then went to have a pow wow with four other workers and came back to reenforce what she had just said- because we had made “dinner” reservations we couldn’t have the cocktail happy hour prices unless we moved to the bar and by doing that we couldn’t order dinner just bar bites 🙄. Mind you- it’s 5:30 and the restaurant is empty (except bar party). Since most of the bar was closed we had to sit in this small area outside the party section. Ok so we moved. Needless to say we lost our appetites. Ordered a cocktail each and some popcorn. We couldn’t finish the cocktails because of its salted and perfume-like taste. Popcorn was over salted if you can believe that. The rest of menu cocktails we saw was very limited and we were very unimpressed. So unfortunate to have wasted a night in San Francisco in this manner considering all the choices available. Ourselves and our many colleagues frequent this city for conferences and we will definitely make our poor experience known.
My wife’s new favorite.. a great meal all around... can’t wait to go again!
This restaurant probably isn't for everyone as the mix of foods and flavors is out of the ordinary. And IMHO it's spectacular. We had 4 courses plus the "full spread" bread accompaniment (highly recommend) and several different cocktails. Nothing was a disappointment and everything was unique and flavorful. I also loved that the portions were small which encouraged sampling more items. Afterwards I commented to my friend "my mouth is still thinking about that food!". Another plus - each dish arrived at exactly the right time, a rare feat for any restaurant. I recommend getting the "full spread" bread accompaniment and the How the Kurnza Crumbles chocolate dessert was amazing!
The restaurant and service was amazing. We went there for SF Restaurant Week, but it was disappointing to find that the difference from the regular menu was only $5, so it was not worth going during this week, could have gone any other occasion. The food was excellent, minus the duck plate, which my friends didn't like at all. But overall the concept of the food and its freshness is delicious. Wine is way overpriced.
Terrible neighborhood! Fantastic food! This is one of my favorite places in The City.
Phenomenal. One of the best restaurants I've been to in my life. In addition to being sustainable and organic (including sustainable materials in construction and utensils), the chef has provided a selection of menu options from pre fixe that complement each other in multiple ways. Each dish is complex but articulated with precision in terms of the blend of flavors, textures, color and even temperature. Balancing salty with sweet, fruity with savory, gritty with smooth - the chef has created jazz in food presented elegantly and without chaos. The plates come across effortlessly but you know they've been orchestrated with care. Try the duck - which includes a hearty breast chunk cooked medium (no blood needed) with crispy skin along with a confit that has the texture of chewy tofu then balanced with crispy kale flourettes. The salty fennel fro-yo is complemented with icy blood orange. It's all excellent - bring friends and try lots of dishes.
This meal was hands down one of the best my wife and I have had eating out in some time. The layers of flavor, texture and over all awesomeness is every dish were incredible. From start to finish I felt like we were transported to a dinning experience that we usually have to travel to Napa wine country for. Amazing!
Wonderful experience - highly recommend. Evening street parking is easier than I expected as long as you park before you hit Mission or Market St.
Although everything I tasted was delicious, nothing, other than the toast, stood out to me as something I absolutely had to try again. It was a lovely atmosphere and the place offered great, knowledgeable service. I certainly don't regret visiting as a once-only experience. However, the price just doesn't justify the small portions. For nearly $100 per head, I expect to leave satiated; instead, I left wanting to grab a quick bite somewhere before catching a show.
I was not impressed with the food. A bit too precious for me without much substance. I like the sustainable ethos but probably will not go back. Also they do not offer tastes of wine. They say it is because they are sustainable and tastes mean wasted wine and dirty glasses. Well they only have 4 reds by the glass. Not
much waste there. Besides even if I don’t think the wine will fit with my meal I will finish it no waste there.