The Perennial

4.6
421 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
The Perennial is a restaurant and bar that champions progressive farming, serving sophisticated yet satisfying food and drinks that are part of a regenerative food system.
Best New Restaurants in America -- Bon Appetit Magazine; GQ Magazine
Best Bars in America -- Food & Wine Magazine
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 500-7788
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Myint and Michael Andreatta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
Closest Public Parking Lots:
Market Square Garage
City Park
California Parking Inc.
City Park
EZ Public Parking
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Public transit
We are located on Ninth Street between Market and Mission, in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco, within two blocks of the Civic Center BART station & Muni's F, 6, 9, 9L, 21, 71, 71L, and 83X lines.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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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.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 421 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great ambience

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great concept, beautiful restaurant and concept, but the food was just average for San Francisco. I wouldn’t go back just for the food.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent overall for the innovative experience. Some dishes were slightly over seasoned. Otherwise a must try.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Really nice experience. Food is interesting and fine.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great time celebrating birthdays! Super attentive and accommodating servers. Great food, drinks and price points! Amazing tasting menu that is very affordable. We will be back again!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Chef Andreatta managed and prepared colorful and flavorful creative dishes made from locally organic CA sources. We enjoyed discovering these dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Unique and delicious combination of foods. Beautiful presentation and perfectly timed with no pressure to speed through the courses. Looking forward to another meal.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Nice concept but so-so food for high prices. The flavor combinations just didn't work for my palate. Strawberry gazpacho tasted like sweetened yogurt; trout dish slightly sour.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

It's a pretty eclectic menu with a huge focus on sustainability. I was concerned with some of the ingredients at first knowing florals can have a really overpowering taste. We started with cocktails and bread and it was at this point I knew we found a special place. The cocktails were perfectly balanced in a way I wasn't really sure you could do. Each flavor came through but nothing was overpowering. The bread was the next step and it was wonderful. Dark, dense and flavorful. We went with the whole spread where each spread was completely different and awesome. I highly recommend this because you're not getting this just anywhere.

Next was dinner and again the balance was just amazing. I can't explain how perfectly it was done but each note was present in just the right amount. Not only was the flavor perfect but the textures were balanced the same way. A true artist crafted these items and they're beyond what you're expecting.

Save room for dessert because they all look amazing.

In summary we experienced perfect balance in a laid-back environment for an extremely reasonable price. This should be on your dining list.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent dinner. The beef tartare was of fthe chart great

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Good food. Rather skimpy portions but creative and tasty. Wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Staff was super awesome and fun. Food was inventive without being pretentious. Great wine selection.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This was our third visit and we loved trying some new menu items.
Everything is delicious and seasonal and now we can say dependably outstanding !
And they check your time and get you out on time for the theater.
This is a Gem in this area where pre theater dining is limited !

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We enjoyed the food (great variety on the menu - flavors, textures, etc.) and the cocktail menu. Waitstaff took care of us on our anniversary - I would absolutely recommend.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The restaurante narrative is interesting (fighting climate change) but the food could be more tasty. It ends up being pretentious.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

we had a great experience...food, service was awesome... looking forward to going back

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Reasonably priced 3 and 4 course prix fixe dinners. Artful presentation of the plates of each course. Food is mostly locally sourced. Several vegetarian options on the menu. Lively cocktail menu. Friendly, helpful wait staff. I'll be back!

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I was looking forward to this dinner based on the articles I’ve ready on sustainable menu. I was very disappointed with the food - it didn’t have much flavor and the mains were sou vide and looks pretty unappetizing and felt like warm. I would say to step it up a notch to get more people trying this wonderful concern.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Simply incredible! We did the four course meal after a couple of bar bites as we had a lot of time. Our table by the kitchen was perfect allowing us to follow along as our meal progressed. Some of the most interestingly complex flavors I have ever enjoyed. We talked about our meals all night and into the next day. How have we missed this in the past? This will be our go-to for theater nights. The strawberry gazpacho was the winner for me. My friends had difficulty choosing a favorite bite, but settled on the toast, and the pimento cheese! Oh and eat ALL of the desserts!
Again, simply incredible.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was very inventive, beautifully presented and delicious. And their commitment to the environment seemed sincere and thorough. Service seemed either exhausted from a long day or just not into it. Maybe it’s better as a lunch spot - they close at 9pm on the weekends, which I thought was strange and made us feel like we needed to hurry through our dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve ever had

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We enjoyed a very healthy and most delicious meal at The Perennial. It's great for vegetarians. The cocktails were very unique and had interesting names, like the Muir Woods. They were herbacious and yummy.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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 !

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Bad service, mediocre food

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food will not suit everyone. It is very good but can be a bit unconventional.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Gorgeous food, all of it very inventive. We had trout, steak tartare, salads, bread, chicken, and desserts. Seriously amazing.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Very convenient for Orpheum Theater performances. New chef, so no more heavy salt on food!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Expensive but nice

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1.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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 !

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We loved it. Excellent service, tasty and unusual menu. Good cocktails. We will return.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I highly recommend this place. Amazing experience.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The restaurant is big. The menu is limited, and the service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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.

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