Permanently Closed - The Commissary

4.5
631 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

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BrendaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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Responded on March 20, 2020

We are so grateful you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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vipKaren
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on March 13, 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.

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vipRayS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

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vipPete
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 22, 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.

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dwmath
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 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.

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vipLalex
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food .

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LockH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all accounts.

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Nilly
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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

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Tomf
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue. Lots of history in the Presidio.

food and service were very good and I will go back gain

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Skinnygirls3
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

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Danielle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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

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SusanE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful as always!

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vipGaryG
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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.

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RonaldS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 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.

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LisaG
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eat in the "kitchen" if you can! Excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waiter was fabulous but, as always, food delivery was slooooooooowwwwww

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

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AmyM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichaelP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After going to Jardiniere every year, we are spoiled.

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vipClassic
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

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vipJeffH
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipneighborx
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 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

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vipBonnieL
San Francisco
236 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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.

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vipDavidM
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LadyV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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.

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vipMarko
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 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??

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vipBellaTc
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely weeknight dinner. Great food nice service.

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marie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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.

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vipJohn
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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.

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RICONO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pricey and limited menu

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FranklinG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 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.

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vipantiqueroman
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes. Friendly, attentive staff, good food, pleasant atmosphere.

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KurtK
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 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.

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vipcostos
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on October 29, 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.

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CortG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 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.

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 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.

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vipLunchtimeLouie
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

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

Permanently Closed - The Commissary does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thecommissarysf.com/contact.

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