The Commissary

4.7
466 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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
Eric Minnich
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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.
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Private party contact
Randalyn Young, 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. Please contact catering@presidio-foods.com for more information.
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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
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 466 People Are Saying
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Houston
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in SF. The quiet and elegant ambiance is impeccable and the staff is great. Also, I’m vegan and they always blow me away with their creations. They are also very thoughtful with their presentation. All around, great place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local and fresh Spanish California food that is delicious and beautiful! The chefs counter is a whole lot of fun!

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b
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good but very helter skelter service & Traci des Jardin should offer gluten free bread & other options.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a comfortable environment and excellent service. We went there to celebrate my birthday and really enjoyed the experience.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Think this is the 5th time i've had dinner here and its always a pleasure. Creative menu, nice ambiance, fantastic food and somewhere you don't need to raise your voice to be heard.

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Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of state visiting - Birthday Dinner with friends - absolutely fabulous experience - felt very special

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LU
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go often and the staff is always welcoming and accommodating. The food is beautifully presented, delicious and fresh.

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PI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Emu changes quite regularly so I never know what to expect. The restaurant closes early and we were a bit rushed with dessert. If we had a very fun evening with great food.

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PI
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first dining experience at The Commissary. I would highly recommend it for its delicious and very sharable dishes made with high quality local ingredients. It's a great place for friends and family to meet and dine. I also enjoyed the historic nature and setting.

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SF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Innovative and tasty food. A bit expensive. On a Monday night, pleasant noise level but I am guesding it could get loud when busier. Minimal wait staff so some delays.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Waited 25 min past our reservation time to be seated. Waiter neglected to tell us the kitchen had run out of an entree we had intended to order. We sat at the kitchen bar and could see our entrees sitting on the expediter counter for several minutes before it was served. It arrived cold. Our friend did not care for the preparation on the the pork entree.

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Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and this restaurant was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. He made arrangements for us to have seating kitchen side. All of the kitchen staff was friendly and very engaging while preparing the meals. We were lucky enough to be seated in front of the pastry chef. Watching her make all of the wonderful creations was a treat in itself. Being able to converse with the chefs made it a very special experience. Our meals were both outstanding and beautifully presented. I would definitely recommend the Commissary for a special occasion. ( the menu is a bit pricey for a standard night out).

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LF
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday and we're serious foodies. It crossed my mind to try someplace new. After all, we pride ourselves on being intrepid restaurant-goers in the plentiful and food-centric SF Bay Area. But when it came down to it, the choice had to make her heart race the way it does when she spies the Golden Gate Bridge each and every time we make the trek up 19th Avenue to Park Presidio. There was only one choice: The Commissary. What's so great about The Commissary? Just about everything. The friendly Maitre D's who actually take the time to welcome and make eye contact - a rarity in many upscale SF establishments where attitude and time pressures can result in a false start. We always opt for the open kitchen section in the back of the restaurant where guests are seated at stools, like a diner. Here, it feels like being in the audience while the "performers" - chefs, sous-chefs, bakers, man their stations - better still, they even talk to you while they effortlessly prepare each dish. No yelling. No clanging. Just a very Zen-like calm and joy.
And the kitchen is immaculate. We arrived early Friday evening and were seated immediately. The waiter already knew about my wife's allergies and mentioned them as he handed us a menu bearing the headline Happy Birthday Phyllis! Nice touch. We ordered our go-to favorite appetizer: patatas bravas which, like an old Springsteen concert promises and then overdelivers. We also ordered cheese fritters with black truffle honey. Wow. Cheesy with a joy-producing crunch - like biting into a New York Bagel. The halibut was perfectly cooked and the heritage pork with spicy adobo, was moist and flavorful. My wife said the coconut and the watermelon sorbets were the best she'd ever had. The warm chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream (substituted for blueberry ice cream due to allergies) was awesome. This place is a must for the foodie who also enjoys a unique dining experience beyond the food.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go, which is every 2 to 3 months, we find the food getting better and better.
This is our neighborhood and we always bring our here friends to introduce them to all the pleasures
of the Presidio. The Commisary is the epitome of history, ambiance and delicious food in the
original dining hall for the previous army tenants and embodies the reverence and beauty that has
been meticulously designed to honor this legacy. It’s thrilling to cross the street and enter the Presidio
and be transported to another time, and it’s a former army base!, with an incredible restaurant like
the Commissary.

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GP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding service, great atmosphere.

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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really appreciate their friendship and the food preparated. Thanks for the great dinner!

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Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and superlative service. Went for a birthday celebration. They printed my name on the menu (a nice touch) and gave me a lovely birthday scripted sorbet plate. The old building is very handsome, shiny wood floors. Not inexpensive, but worth it for a special occasion. Small menu but seemed like those few items were prepared with care.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter and service..,
Birthday party was extra special because of the food and service.

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JL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. Beautiful location and always good food. Fantastic service. We never feel rushed even on a weekend night.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints. Truly enjoyable in every respect. Love the chefs tabke bar seating next to the kitchen. Food and drinks are consistently inspired and wonderful. Great night out for any occasion

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have had by far! The flavors, quality, menu items & presentation were all perfection! The staff elevated the experience to a culinary adventure. Sit in the kitchen and watch these phenomenal artisans work!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff went out of their way to make the birthday special. They even printed a special menu with the words “happy birthday” on it.

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J
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent meal in a convivial atmosphere with lovely people looking after us. Very enjoyable all round. Love the feel of the place too.

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JK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant an evening. The staff is professional and pleasant. The ambiance superb. Desserts especially nice.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always attentive service and delicious food!

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The octopus small plate with roasted potatoes was the best this side of Barcelona and the salads were flavorful and creative. It was a beautiful environment to enjoy a spectacular meal and unique Persidio ambience!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elevated tapas. Attention to detail. Great open kitchen seating. Loved the gazpacho.

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EM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was Sophisticated but approachable and deftly executed. Cocktails were creative and divine. Service was thoughtful but not overbearing. With multiple zones in the restaurant, the ambiance was great for old friends or a date, or people out with the group. At 7 o’clock on a Friday in the summer I was surprised the dining room wasn’t more full but by the time we left they had a good crowd. This wasn’t my first time and won’t be my last! Don’t let the Presidio location intimidate you - The Commissary is a find and an instant, short-list favorite.

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RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little loud for our tastes, even though it was not a busy night. Service was friendly and attentive, and the food was well-presented and delicious.

Two small gripes: we had made reservations, it was not a busy night, and yet the hostess still tried to seat us first at the bar, and then at a cramped table for two; only persistence got us to a table which was comfortable. Also, wine servings seemed small for the cost.

Overall, we were pleased, and would go again.

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

The food was good but the vegetarian portion was too small

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JO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Appetizers, or starters, were small and tasty. The selection of entrees were also small. Overall, the dining experience was pleasant, atmosphere relaxing, and ambiance casual.

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San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our group of five was promptly seated at a nice table by the kitchen. Table service was friendly, but noticeably slow (despite lively conversation, we were very aware of waiting for dishes to be cleared, and then for the next course to arrive, then the dessert menu to be provided, etc.). We ordered an assortment of starters - all of which were delicious, although the portions were on the small side for the price. Main courses and desserts were also quite good. Great wine recommendation from the waitperson. Great location in the Presidio makes for easy parking!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was exeptional. Salmon was possibly the best we've ever had. Fun experience to sit at the open kitchen. Overall, a top notch experience.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the food. Unfortunately the waitperson was extremely pleasant, but not on to of his game.

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MM
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and were treated to a personalized "Happy Anniversary" message printed on our menus, as well as greetings from the host and server. We were also treated to a glass of sparkling wine as we settled at our table. The food and cocktails were inventive and well-prepared. We shared appetizers of cheese fritters and tuna tartar that were excellent. For the main course, we enjoyed salmon on greens and beef short rib on polenta. For dessert we had the cheese plate and a berry crisp with ricotta ice cream. The only odd event was that we were not shown the bottle of wine (nor cork) we ordered--the sommelier asked if she could just decant it for us, and then we were overcharged for the wine on our bill. Our waiter was apologetic and ended up charging us less than the menu price for the wine we had purchased. So check your bill carefully if you dine here. Overall, though, I recommend The Commissary and will probably go back.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate in test kitchen - staff was talkative and gave great recommendations. Food and service were great! Will go back.

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LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You made my husband's retirement dinner special for us, from the menu with his name on it to the sparkling wine, good food and attentive but unobtrusive service. Thank you!

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BJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for the first time. It was our wedding anniversary and they couldn't have been more amazingly creatime and accommodating to make the evening special. Our thanks to Executive Chef Eric and his team.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with friends we hadn't seen in almost four years, we started with drinks at the bar moved to a table for dinner. We took a long, long time to order and the staff was patient with us. We shared 4-5 appetizers (as meant to) enjoyed salmon and short ribs. We each shared the churros and/or coconut ice cream, which was the perfect ending.

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