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The Commissary - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
631 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
The Commissary is offered by James Beard award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins and the Presidio Trust. Its Spanish-influenced California cuisine is driven by sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients, true to Chef Traci’s culinary philosophy. The menu is comprised of a variety of shareable, tapas-style dishes and larger "raciones".

The restaurant pairs authentic Presidio elements – such as lighting fixtures reclaimed from a historic Army gymnasium and Douglas Fir table tops fashioned from salvaged wood – with a comfortable, contemporary design. In additional to traditional and bar seating, the Commissary features dining on the shaded front porch, and “Chef's counter” seating surrounding an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs in action.

The Commissary is a destination unto itself or a wonderful place to enjoy a meal after a day in the park.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Social Hour: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 561-3600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Minnich

  • Catering

    Presidio Foods Catering provides custom menus and full service event planning for venues within the Presidio. Please contact catering@presidio-foods.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Commissary offers unique private dining spaces, as well as full and partial restaurant buyouts. The private dining room is a warm and intimate setting that can accommodate small gatherings for up to 20 guests. Our exhibition kitchen offers a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy a front row view of the chefs as they prepare their creations. The front porch is an outdoor dining area overlooking the 7-acre Main Parade Ground and the historic architecture of the “heart of the Presidio.” The Commissary also offers the main dining room or full restaurant for larger occasions such as weddings and holiday parties. To learn more, please visit our website and click on the private dining tab.

  • Private party contact

    Randalyn Young, events@presidio-foods.com: (415) 686-1669

  • Neighborhood

    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

  • Cross street

    Sheridan Ave.

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking just steps away from The Commissary; it is metered from 9:00am – 6:00pm and is free for the remainder of the evening.

  • Public transit

    The Presidio Trust provides a free shuttle service to, from, and within the park. To learn more about PresidiGo shuttle stops and MUNI connections, visit https://www.presidio.gov/transportation

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 631 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. BB

    BrendaB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent!

    The Commissary - Permanently ClosedResponded on March 20, 2020We are so grateful you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back soon.

  2. K

    Karen

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Whenever I go to a place in California that specializes in tapas I am disappointed. For tapas I expect the simplicity I experienced in Spain many years ago - just small bites of freshly prepared, uncomplicated snacks. Instead I am presented with a menu of overwrought, overthought and overpriced dishes, with many ingredients but no outstanding flavors. I wish I could say The Commissary is the exception, but alas, no. My potato croquette was in fact tasty, but at $12 for one very small croquette with caviar and creme fraiche, this no longer simple fare. My octopus with chorizo and olives was tough, and bland. The braised chicken was tender, but not memorable. Then there is the wine list. When wine prices start at $60 I just feel ripped off. If the price had been as modest as the wine, I might have been happier.
  3. RS

    RayS

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Delicious food, small portions, and high price tag. Not an especially great value for the price.
  4. P

    Pete

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at the counter. The dining room is VERY noisy, but you can actually carry on a conversation in the back kitchen area.
  5. d

    dwmath

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time. The food was very good. We had green salad which was unique presentation and quite good. Main course was patrole sole and chicken. Again very good. Free parking.
  6. L

    Lalex

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food .
  7. LH

    LockH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on all accounts.
  8. N

    Nilly

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Good cocktails, but the food was remarkably bland. The sole was overcooked.
  9. T

    Tomf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great venue. Lots of history in the Presidio. food and service were very good and I will go back gain
  10. S

    Skinnygirls3

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Over seasoned. Love the spot. Great service. Maybe my tastes changed - everything is over seasoned and I can taste the freshness of the meal.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Service had a very nice vibe. Interesting delicious dishes, moderate to small portions (tapas). Tasty unusual cocktails.
  12. D

    Danielle

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Normally great but service was off . Really love the food and cocktails.
  13. SE

    SusanE

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful as always!
  14. GG

    GaryG

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. It's beautiful, parking is easy. And it's quiet! Even when its full, you can still hear your companions in conversation. The food is consistently good - though our entrees were not all exceptional. My steak was delicious - but not a stand out from good steaks at other restaurants. The vegetarian dish was actually the big hit in our party of 4. Cocktails are definitely outstanding. And service excellent. We will definitely be back.
  15. RS

    RonaldS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Portions were extremely small--e.g. a salad had 3 -4 leafs of lettuce. Four adults had four different dishes--only one of the four felt food was superior--other 3 thought average at best.
  16. LG

    LisaG

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Eat in the "kitchen" if you can! Excellent food and service!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Waiter was fabulous but, as always, food delivery was slooooooooowwwwww
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing and I love sitting at the counter and watching the cooks prepare the plates. Been several times and it's consistently great in terms of food, service and ambiance.
  19. AM

    AmyM

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was checking this out for a rehearsal dinner venue. We loved it and have booked out the restaurant
  20. C

    Classic

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us wanted to sit in the kitchen. They very thoughtfully gave us a corner of the long bar that surrounds the kitchen. It’s fascinating to watch their team build each plate to perfection. I had Petrale. Even the pearl onions were outstanding. Duck was a different delicious presentation. I started with melt in your mouth octopus.
  21. MP

    MichaelP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    After going to Jardiniere every year, we are spoiled.
  22. JH

    JeffH

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - creative, flavorful, and well-prepared. Fun drink menu, especially if you like bourbon etc., but a nice wine list as well. Most plates are easy to share (and it's more fun that way!). The vegetarian dish wasn't quite as interesting as it sounded - could have had more of a variety of veggies, but the bomba rice was really good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a good experience here. My favorite place to sit is in the back around the kitchen.
  24. n

    neighborx

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Homey quiet feel in the Presidio. Draws locals and not tourists. Food and drinks are creative and well prepared but not over architected. Pricey for a comfortable family dinner or couples outing. But it is San Francisco pricing for quality food. Two had duck and two had fish and all were thrilled
  25. BL

    BonnieL

    San Francisco

    239 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    239 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the New Year’s Eve menu. A few minor hiccups- we were served the oysters and the amuse course shortly after ordering cocktails. We asked the server to bring the food after our cocktails arrived - which they did about 30 seconds after we got our drinks. The first few courses seemed to arrive too quickly but then the pacing slowed down, thankfully. As for the food it was creative and tasty. For me the sun choke veloute clashed a bit with the pickled mushrooms but my husband liked the contrast. The diver scallop dish was tasty but we both thought the sauce was over-salted. Enjoyed the duck confit but we’re surprised the duck ( which got first billing in the ingredient listing) was a mini portion and the greens looked less like chicory and more like something else. The dessert was good but I thought the chocolate cake was a tad dry. Loved the steak course. Wish there was a bread option to sop up the various sauces. All in all a nice evening. Guess I expected perfection instead of almost perfect.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I were out celebrating our parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. We spent a lovely day in the Presidio and couldn’t have asked for a better ending to it by having dinner at The Commissary. It was our first time here and I have to say it was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. My parents are hard to please when it comes to dining out and they both left happy and impressed with the service, food, and personal attention to detail. I couldn’t have been more grateful to the staff for creating such a special experience for my parents. The restaurant took the time out to personalize our menus for the occasion and treated us like VIP customers, which far exceeded our expectations. Our waiter was also extremely knowledgeable, warm and friendly. Service quality is at the top of my list when it comes to dining out anywhere. I will definitely return and recommend this beautiful establishment to anyone looking for a special place to escape to.
  27. DM

    DavidM

    Seattle

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it... food, ambiance and service. In fact, so much that we dined there again the following night!
  28. LV

    LadyV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food is delicious but the portions are unreasonable small. For example a friend ordered the such entree and for $33 got only duck, some sauce and some micros greens and aloe if empty space on a big plate. I ordered the vegetarian entree and over half my plate was empty! The delicious veggie Seminole and tempura mushrooms were tiny morsels in half the plate, literally the other half was empty! Really for 24 dollars a plate of veggie food they could do better! Disappointed with portion size and prices, but the taste is good.
  29. M

    Marko

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I’ve never seen a group of cooks touch food so much. Really gross that the Chef was spearing numerous steaks with the same temperature barb... after he has been inserting the bard into his mouth to check the temperature??
  30. BT

    BellaTc

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely weeknight dinner. Great food nice service.
  31. m

    marie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Love this restaurant ! It's one of the few places in San Francisco where you can dine comfortably because this place is huge! we never felt rushed, so we got to enjoy the good food and an actual conversation without straining to hear each other. Service is really good - very attentive servers who knew the evening's menu well. Too bad they don't open for lunch - I bet this place is equally nice during the day.
  32. J

    John

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the place. I highly recommend it. My only complaint was that our food was a little slow in coming. Other than that the room is great, the kitchen counter very fun, food outstanding. Definetly go.
  33. RI

    RICONO

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pricey and limited menu
  34. FG

    FranklinG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute stunner of a Restaurant! Can't say enough about the service, the atmosphere and of course the FOOD! I highly recommend you sit at the chefs table, its makes for a great experience. Thank you Commissary for the delicious Amuse buse and the great care you give.
  35. a

    antiqueroman

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yes. Friendly, attentive staff, good food, pleasant atmosphere.
  36. KK

    KurtK

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only complaint is the address . it is in the old military base and there is the same address in town.they need to give you a heads up on the web site. I taxi driver had a kitten trying to get me to the correct address. Once there (late) all was fantastic.
  37. c

    costos

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This was our second night at the Commisary. This time just the two of us and we sat at the kitchen counter. It is great to watch the performance of the chefs and to see our dishes being prepared! And, Traci was in the kitchen and stopped ove to say hi and chat. All in all, a near perfect dining out experience.
  38. CG

    CortG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, esp since I’m disabled. They took care of me well. Drinks and food (we only did small plates so can’t speak to entrees) all excellent. Pace and vibe on a Thurs nite invited hanging out, which wait staff was happy to accommodate.
  39. J

    Jonathan

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The perfect staycation. 1.5 to 2 hours in beautiful Presido National Park. Bi-weekly get-away and you won’t miss a real vacation. Looking forward to dinner on a really foggy night.
  40. LL

    LunchtimeLouie

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was unimaginative. Service was fine prices were typically high. The room and bar were lovely.

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The Commissary - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 631 OpenTable diners.

The Commissary - Permanently Closed does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sheridan Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

  • Hours of operation

    Social Hour: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking just steps away from The Commissary; it is metered from 9:00am – 6:00pm and is free for the remainder of the evening.

  • Public transit

    The Presidio Trust provides a free shuttle service to, from, and within the park. To learn more about PresidiGo shuttle stops and MUNI connections, visit https://www.presidio.gov/transportation

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eric Minnich

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 561-3600

  • Catering

    Presidio Foods Catering provides custom menus and full service event planning for venues within the Presidio. Please contact catering@presidio-foods.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Commissary offers unique private dining spaces, as well as full and partial restaurant buyouts. The private dining room is a warm and intimate setting that can accommodate small gatherings for up to 20 guests. Our exhibition kitchen offers a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy a front row view of the chefs as they prepare their creations. The front porch is an outdoor dining area overlooking the 7-acre Main Parade Ground and the historic architecture of the “heart of the Presidio.” The Commissary also offers the main dining room or full restaurant for larger occasions such as weddings and holiday parties. To learn more, please visit our website and click on the private dining tab.

  • Private party contact

    Randalyn Young, events@presidio-foods.com: (415) 686-1669

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