The Perennial

4.5
447 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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
Tue–Sat 4:00 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
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, 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 447 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit. Always different and always excellent.

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H
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Innovative food and drinks. Few places achieve set menus with such variety of local ingredients. But you can order a la cart too. Good for vegans, GFs and foodies. Worth a special trip; I’ll go back to explore new dishes.

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N
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. My friend and I had a beautiful vegetarian dinner and shared all our dishes including dessert. We left stuffed and very happy. The flavors are unique and inspiring, especially those of the apple and squash soup!

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ML
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant focuses on sustainability and environmental stewardship AND serves delicious food and drinks! Highly recommend it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Eh. Food was lackluster. Definitely not worth the price!

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1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our Anniversary. We were treated with excellent service and the meal was incredible. We love going to the Perrenial everytime we get the chance.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We attended the Commonwealth Club presentation on climate change and heard from two restauranteurs - one being The Perennial. We were quite impressed with what they are doing for our environment and made a reservation for our upcoming opera night. The food was excellent! Wonderful combinations and adequate but not overwhelming portion sizes. The timing was just right leaving us plenty to walk to the Opera House. A wonderful find! Give them a try.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! The menu was creative and everything the table ordered was divine. I definitely will become a frequent customer.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Vibe was weird. Understaffed and it was a popular theatre night so everything felt a little rushed. Food is underwhelming.

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WC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we had a really great experience here. The cocktails were delicious and strong, and the waiter's recommendations were excellent. Awesome, attentive service the whole time! The food was all hot and perfectly cooked. The presentation was beautiful! The dessert (whipped tallow cream with lemon) was INCREDIBLE! Probably the highlight of the meal, which I feel is rare at restaurants. However, my date and I agreed that although the food was delicious, it was also very salty. We were parched when we got home! 4 drinks and the 3 course meal for 2 plus tip came out to just over $200, so pricey, but good for a nice date in SF!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, this was a pretty solid experience with good food. The only major hiccup was having to send the beef entree back to the kitchen because it was so undercooked no amount of chewing would digest the bites enough to swallow. Actually a shocking circumstance considering how delicious the first courses were. After returning the dish for a new (supposedly more cooked) version it was only slightly less chewy and still couldn’t swallow multiple bites. All that said, the drinks were delicious (highly recommend ‘Sea and Smoke’ and ‘Broken Spanish’) and we would go back again (and just not get the beef entree :)

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Portions were small. Dishes were creative and beautifully plated but flavor seems to be lacking. They offered a prix fixed menu of three or four courses. We each chose the four courses plus the bread appetizer which cost $17 but still left hungry. I like the location since we were going to a show at the Orpheum. The relaxed contemporary setting and drink selection was nice.

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OA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner probably should have allowed more than 90 minutes to truly enjoy ambiance. Staff attentive to our deadline.

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R
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great food, creative and delicious! Wonderful service. Great stop before a show at the Orpheum.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was fine, but way overpriced for smaller than average portions.

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C
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is good-looking in a Scandinavian modern way and the food is mostly inventive and delicious aside from the Bizzarre peaches and potatoes dessert. We thought it was too expensive.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I rarely write reviews. I am doing so now because I want this restaurant to succeed, which is currently is not.

The concept of sustainability is excellent and taken seriously. The space is warm and classy and beautiful. The food is solid.

The service was awful. Our server disappeared for long periods of time. I made a friendly quip about how he had disappeared for such a long time; he did not apologize, but said that he had a team helping us. I did not see them either.

The food took ages to prepare. Poached chicken and grilled vegetables do not take half an hour. (Side note: you don't offer vegetables as an entree unless you're offering a truly excellent preparation, which it was not.)

And the portions are tiny.

Sorry to have to write this. I hope the owners read this.

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Overall it was the service that turned us off. We were asked twice about if we had a show to go to but never if there was any allergies. No one checked in on the courses to see if they were okay. One item ordered never received. We were offered the bread complimentary because we ordeeed 6 items and did not want the pri fix but then got charged. No offer of a second drink until the last course. They bread tho was amazing

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and everything was amazing from presentation and plating to execution of complimentary flavors did the 4 course option and our server was wonderful and informative, this place has every reason to be pretentious but it is the exact opposite will definitely be back

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic but it came out very slowly. We waited a little too long between courses but we had nowhere else to be so it all worked out.

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h
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After theater (matinee), late afternoon dinner. We arrived slightly before the food service opened and the staff made us comfortable in the bar area where we ordered very delicious cocktail mixtures. I'm very "old school" when it comes to drinks that I like (Manhattans, martinis, bourbon/water etc.) but the menu descriptions so intrigued me that I surprised the rest of my party by ordering a Perennial special cocktail. The drink was delicious! I am now a member of the 21st century!
At the dinner table the service was quite good. For tables of more than a couple of people there is a novel way to order dishes so that everyone can share. I'm still not sure that I understand it but the bottom line was that the food that came to the table was quite good and the service in delivering the items and explaining the items was exemplary. There were many new ways of preparing the food and the chefs were on top of it. Why, I even tried the way that cauliflower was prepared and I can't stand cauliflower - after eating a piece of the stuff I found that I still don't like cauliflower but that's just me versus cauliflower. Aside from that everything that arrived at table was very tasty.
Perennial is not a restaurant that I would have found or tried on my own but for a special occasion or for a stop off for a cocktail it is a place that I would return to.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Hot or miss some dishes were good others aweful!

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AN
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Portions are really small for the price ...
We left the restaurant still hungry even if we paid more than 200$

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend and I celebrated his birthday dinner and it was delicious. Food and kitchen was displayed with such class and I recommend the strawberry gazpacho and fresh bread served from the beginning of our dinning experience. I'm looking forward to another visit but next time it'll be drinks.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Don’t add 20%. That’s annoying.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambience

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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GO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I had eaten at Perennial a year ago. Then it was a great experience. Food was interesting and delicious, servers were knowledgeable about what made the place special. The food this time was a big letdown. I had a son and his gf visiting from New Orleans and wanted them to get a great dining experience. Food was mediocre at best. We are vegetarians and enjoy great food. Will never go there again. For the price I expected flavorful interesting food, and would have been happy to pay the cost. Most of what we had was bland and uninteresting. Big disappointment.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice experience. Food is interesting and fine.

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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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CH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. The beef tartare was of fthe chart great

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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