The Commissary

4.6
528 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about The Comissary! Can’t wait to return.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, service, ambiance ! No city or parking drama..

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and best meal and cocktails I’ve ever had!

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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food again and the service was excellent. the wine list is something to love~
Staff is excellent!

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f
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is great. It's really expensive, though. I thought the pork chop was excellent-perfectly done. The cheese fritters were ok, not the most exciting things. I wish there had been a green salad. This is a meat lovers restaurant.

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m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I find the place over priced for the quality of the food. Trying to be Spanish but really very far off. Patatas bravas were good. Everything else pretty mediocre. Service was very good. Location convenient.

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M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the kitchen counter and had a wonderful view of the busy but highly organized heart of the restaurant. The food was excellent and we were able to chat with some of the chefs who worked near us. Everyone was very friendly. It was our second time to the restaurant, but we would love to go back again.

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Munich
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place. Food is fantastic although we were wanting to get a chocolate soufflé we had last time but not available anymore. Service is great and location beautiful. Great place to celebrate with friends.

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L
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been a big fan of The Commissary for some time now and bring friends and family to enjoy the wonderful food and good “feel” there, so it was disappointing on my recent visit to find the food lacking in “spark”. Also the portion sizes seemed smaller. I don’t know whether it was an off night or a new chef de cuisine but although nothing was bad it was just not up to my expectations based upon prior my previous meals there. The ambience is still great and the service was excellent so I eill give it another go but without “foodie” guests in tow who rely on me to pick the restaurant!

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JN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in a great setting at the Presidio. Creative, Spanish influenced menu with choices for small plates or larger plates. Creative cocktails.

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WM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as always. The Commissary never disappoints. Some of the friendliest staff in the city.

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I really appreciated the call in advance asking about dietary restrictions. It was very thorough and the options were great. One slight suggestion was to slow down the push to order. All in all very good. If not busy it may be nice to space out the seating so it is more intimate and private.

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LA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best tasting food and excellent service.

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DE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food. Unfortunately, the kitchen got way backed up and we sat for over an hour between appetizers and main course. I finally waved down the waiter who explained why there was such a long delay. They then “topped off” our wine. When the food finally arrived it was quite delicious. But, it was a bit awkward even with good friends.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

$23 for a cocktail is crazy

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RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Valentine's dinner here with my wife and it was perfect. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, food was definitely "SF top 100", and such fun to sit at the Chef's table for a front row seat to the choreography of the kitchen. We'll definitely be back!

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H
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Didn’t like the shrimp

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MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All good but a bit noisy. Food is consistently good, worth the price but the price is high, parking very convenient, but noise level continues to be a problem.

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MO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

we went rather late and there no one diner in the whole restaurant!

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MF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time visiting the Commissary. The food was spectacular. I had the mushroom soup which was the best soup I have ever had. My wife and I shared the chicken dish which was quite sufficient after the bread, a shrimp appetizer and a shared salad. One must get the bread as it is excellent, although priced at $7.
Our guests were equally impressed with the food, having the fish.
The wine service was well executed and corkage is reasonable at $25. The ambiance was quite conducive to a pleasant meal. The noise level was such that one could easily converse

The prices had increased substantially since our last visit. I am not sure that the increase was commensurate with the increase in other restaurants in San Francisco. This is our only complaint, but we would readily return, given all the other positives.

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L
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I've been a regular at Commissary since it opened and it has always been excellent in every respect. This time the main courses--NY strip steak and pork chop -- were over priced, fatty and tasteless cuts. Plus, they came with no vegetable side dishes. Raising prices for lesser quality and quantity is a losing proposition that bewilders me. What is the management thinking? The service was excellent but the mains were so disappointing that I do not plan to return. There are too many other great restaurants in San Francisco.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Everything was great but the food!
The service and presentation was good, however the flavors weren’t there, although the ingredients seemed very fresh! It was perhaps the combination of ingredients in their recipes.
It seems as if the chief went above and beyond to create these unique dishes, but the flavors were too extreme to my palate.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious wines by the glass, and I loved the shrimp appetizer and mushroom side.

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KB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful server who took special care of vegan friend. Food was delicious and setting is lovely. Wonderful evening!

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KJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful! We were able to sit at the counter and watch the chefs. It's amazing to see how the food is prepared. Started with the sourdough bread that is house made. My husband had the crab fritters and I had the curry carrot soup. For mains he had the sea bass and I had the vegetable dish. We shared the chocolate ice cream with olive oil. Everything tasted incredible. We would highly recommend The Commissary. Also parking is easy!!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Our waiter was the best, gave us space but checked in to make sure we were doing okay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance!! Great place!! Definitely be back!
Thank you!

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our second visit to the Commissary. Previously we were placed in the kitchen and LOVED the experience. This past time we had a really disappointing experience with our server and have invited friends, were pretty embarrassed by the experience. We will probably return at some time in the future but will not be introducing anyone any time soon.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great place for dinner or handcrafted cocktails. Unique location and nice decor and music. Setbacks chipped plates and warm so-so coffee.

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dinner! Can't wait to go back.
(the special printed menu (not even requested) for my friend's birthday an incredible extra touch)

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in comparison to the last time we were here. They hired a new executive chef.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The tasting menu was well balance and delicious to the pallet.

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KB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening in every way. Beautiful setting, terrific food and service! Hidden gem with free parking in the evening !

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here visiting with family. We loved some of the appetizers so much that we re-ordered them. Main courses were great. Service was great. Sound was perfect and we could all hear each other.

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GG
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is lovely! Very inviting warm ambiance. And quiet! You can actually hear each other talk! And the food is delicious too!

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o
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Innovative menu
Wonderful service
Pleasant ambiance

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good although portions were on the smaller side and pricey. I love the location and ambience. There is always easy parking right out front. Tables are well spaced apart to allow for quiet intimate dining. Service is excellent and friendly.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, cozy beautiful setting, easy parking, quiet.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a call the day before stating the main dining room was not available but the "exhibition kitchen" would accommodate our reservation. This proved to be one of the best parts. Basically, "exhibition kitchen" means you sit on bar stools around the kitchen and prep line. It was great. The cook in front of us was amazing. He talked us through the menu, showed us preparation of several dishes with narration and even gave me cooking tips. Definitely going back. The scallops with brussel sprouts and cauliflower were incredible. The cheese balls (forgot what they call them but it's just a fancy word for balls) were amazing and topped off with honey and the patata bravas were out of this world. The booze selection is good too.

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MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration- they asked if there was a special occasion involved and when we arrived our menus carried a customized message of congratulations

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