The Commissary

4.7
421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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, larger "raciones" and vegetable sides.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Social Hour: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 561-3600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rogelio Garcia
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Private party facilities
The Commissary offers unique private dining spaces, as well as full and partial restaurant buyouts.

Private Dining Room
The private dining room is a warm and intimate setting that can accommodate small gatherings for up to 16 guests. The comfortable and elegant décor features fixtures and accents that highlight the Presidio’s history. The room offers views toward the beautiful Main Parade Ground and ample natural light.

Exhibition Kitchen
The exhibition kitchen offers a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy a front row view of the chefs as they prepare their creations. This space seats up to 28 guests when or serves up to 40 guests for a standing reception.

Front Yard & Front Porch
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.” Just steps down from the front porch is the front yard where a manicured lawn serves as a canvas for events.
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Private party contact
events@presidio-foods.com: (415) 686-1669
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Catering
Presidio Foods Catering provides custom menus and full service event planning for venues within the Presidio.
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Cross street
Sheridan Ave.
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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.
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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 http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/Pages/shuttle.aspx
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Special events & promotions
*Note: Today we will be featuring our Prix Fixe menu. Our al la carte menu will not be available. If you have any questions regarding this menu, please contact the restaurant. Happy Dining!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 421 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great atmosphere being able to see the kitchen and beautiful location. Each dish looks amazing on the menu and looks to have really great and interesting flavor combinations, but in nearly every case the dominant flavor was used too much and overpowered the more subtle ones. Great ingredients and very well cooked, if they corrected the flavor ratios it would take their food to a whole other level.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Birthday party

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We have dined twice now at the Commissary, once with family and once with friends. The dishes we ordered were uniformly excellent and the service was very good despite a couple of glitches. The space itself is warm and inviting, as is the staff. And we love the location in the Presidio and a major benefit is all the available parking! This might become our go-to restaurant! Highly recommended!

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

So disappointed by my second visit. Food was so rushed I had no time to enjoy my date and plates were taken away while I was finishing my final bite. Main was served just after started was finished and I couldn’t enjoy. Will not be going back, we had really loved out first visit.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The atmosphere was unique and lovely, the service was exceptional, and the food was amazing. I sat at the chef’s table and loved watching them prepare. They were great people and I cannot wait to return one day.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We had an excellent meal at the Commissary. This is another gem of the Presidio and further enhances the Park experience. We sat at the kitchen table and interacted with the fabulous chefs. It was such a fun and enjoyable evening. Our food was excellent and our mezcal cocktails were superb. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing - best meal we’ve had in a while.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a reservation but were seating at the show kitchen bar. Not very romantic for our date night. The food was very good and the service also very good and while the show kitchen is interesting I would haver preferred a table. If you are planning on dining at the Commissary be sure to confirm you table/counter location..

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fabulous food. Excellent service. Beautiful environment.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had an outstanding dinner at the Commissary ! The menu is seasonal and features the best and freshest local farmers ingredients. Our favorite first course dishes were the Spanish pulpo, tuna tartare, gem lettuce salad. The seared salmon and the chicken roulade were delicious! They had a special beef filet for 2 or more to share. For desserts we enjoyed the meyer lemon semifreddo, pistachio ice cream and a perfect cherry sorbet. Great selection of Spanish and California wines and creative cocktails, next time we will go early for happy hour! The host/sommelier was gracious and knowledgeable. The servers professional and accommodating. One of my very favorite SF restaurants ever! A wonderful evening!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

What a beautiful place to dine. The presidio is wonderful and this little gem is great. The cheese fritters are to die for. Just give me a big bowl of those and another of the pickled raisins and I’m happy!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had our anniversary dinner at the chefs counter and had a great experience all around. Go if you have a chance and let them know if it’s a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I love this place, I think it's underrated. But this time the service was sub par. We sat down 4 people for a business dinner. There were 2-3 other tables, ie it was not busy. After having looked at the wine list for a very long time, I finally went up to the bar and ordered a bottle as our waiter was no where to be found. The bartender was super nice and brought the wine. But our waiter should have taken our order and I should't have to get up. Happened a couple of times more during the dinner where we had to get up and ask for more water, salt and pebber etc. It was a super slow night and I think they were all hanging out in the back talking assuming everything was OK. Don't assume, go out to the table and check if the water glasses are full and ask if everything is OK. Food was great as always.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This is at least my sixth time at Comissary and they never disappoint. Not only is the food very innovative and delicious but the service is professional and friendly. You really feel as if everyone on the staff is glad to see you and wants you to enjoy your time there.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful place for Mother's Day Brunch, comfortable dinning area. Delicious brunch items and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We ate in the private dining room. It was a special room, perfect fir a birthday celebration!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our first trip to Commissary, but we are regulars at Jardiniere for after opera dining. We will certainly be back...where else in the city is the noise level reasonable and there is gobs of parking and a fine dining menu.

The only glitch is that when we were taken to our table, it was in the open kitchen which has only stool seating. For physical reasons that is simply not possible for us. But we are very early diners, so the hostess was able to come up with a great two-top in the main dining area. Just something to be aware of if you are making reservations and have the same requirements.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Love the location, service, and menu choices. Food is healthy filling and delicious

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great! Grwat, great, great, great, great, great, great great, great, greatest!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The commissary is absolutely greatness the staff is professional and friendly, the food is delicious, drinks are great. Not the cheapest place I have ever been to in San Francisco but definitely in line with a good restaurant in the city. Totally worth it and will totally go back

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

On a busy Weekend evening kitchen was extremely slow and the wait staff were overwhelmed. Like the setting and most of the food. Would like more choices in entrees!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

First time at the Commissary last Saturday night with family. We loved the atmosphere, especially in the room with the open kitchen, and the staff was so accommodating and
friendly with the two grandchildren with us. We ordered several things to share and everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned and just delicious! Since we ended up with almost everything on the menu, I can say that you can't go wrong. We were there a long time but
never felt hurried. And a big plus is the parking available around the parade ground! So all in all it is convenient, attractive, with great food and service. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It was wonderful as always.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delicious and great fun. Try to get a high table in the kitchen area if you are 6 or fewer. Otherwise sit at the kitchen counter and watch the chefs.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I've been here three times, and the food has been equally excellent every time. They're accommodating with food allergies (I'm very allergic to gluten), and they are thorough about asking the chef for substitutions. If you sit at the back bar, you can watch them cook and ask as many questions as you want. They're very gracious about it, and they'll even give small tastes sometimes. The cocktails are nice, the wine list is unique and I always enjoy it! Just know that the menu is very small so if you need a lot of choice, they don't have it. That being said, they always have a veggie option, seafood and meat option, and what they do have is always good!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

This was my second visit in two years and I preferred the restaurant this time. The waiter was very helpful guiding my friend and I through the menu and the signature dishes worth trying.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food and cocktails were amazing, and the service was spectacular! Excellent spot for a date night.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Outstanding as usual! Thank you for makiing one of my dearest friends feel special on her birthday. Can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The experience we had on Saturday night was outstanding! We sat at the chefs counter so much fun the food and service were top notch. The food was so creative and delicious. I eat at some of the top restaurants in the city for business quite frequently I am already calling clients for a dinner.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was slow

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Extremely limited brunch menu, tiny portions, ridiculous prices. Otherwise, food was great!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The pastry chef is amazing!!! However we were sat at the bar watching the kitchen and it was loud and hot. They should ask if that is where you want to sit.
Most of the food was exceptional but the short ribs were tougher than I expected.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Nice ambiance and service. We sat at the bar, where we could watch the chefs cook, and that was interesting, though hectic. Food was good, without ever quite taking off into remarkable territory. Patatas bravas were fine but uninspired. A veggie ceviche was citrusy and intriguing, with a nice crunchiness. The chicken with pistachios was a solid entree with the pistachios and sauce adding interest, and the dessert with strawberry macaron and chocolate cake was the highlight, delicate and subtle. Cocktails were good as well. Menu changes often; so not sure how much this helps.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is my third dinner at The Commissary in 6 months. What brings me back is the incredibly creative and interesting food, wine options and crafted cocktail. The locations is also special and fun to visit.
But we found the food to be excellent, mixing many influences from Spain, Mexico and California to create unique combinations and flavors based on classic dishes. A culinary experience of first order.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing food. So creative in taste and texture. Fairly expensive overall. Perfect atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed the counter and watching our meal being prepared. The food was delicious an the service very good although the food took a bit to get out. I just meant my friend and I had more time to catch up.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

really, really expensive. the food is quite good, but overall it's not a very good value

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Overrated and overpriced. Setting in the presidio is amazing and the staff are great. Unfortunately the food just doesn’t live up to the settings.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great location, excellent food in a beautiful and understated setting

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

2nd time there. My wife liked the specialty cocktails so we returned.

First of all, our waiter (John?) was excellent. The rest of the staff was gracious. It seemed like we had to wait an inordinate amount of time for cocktails … and then the wine. It came as we were finishing our meal. I don’t think it was our waiter’s fault: my wife saw him return to the bar multiple times to check & our drinks weren’t ready. And it wasn’t even crowded.

I had the spare rib. Tasty but tiny. I wound up having a snack when I got home. The dessert menu seemed uninteresting. How about a piece of cake?

Don’t get me wrong. I had a good time & enjoyed the experience, but you probably could’ve sold a couple more drinks if your bartender was on the ball.

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