The Commissary

4.6
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to ring in the new year with us! In celebration of 2019, we will be offering a four course prix fixe dinner for $125 per guest, with a supplemental wine pairing for $50.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 491 People Are Saying
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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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j
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The Commissary continues to disappoint.

This was our 5th visit to the restaurant. We went the first night it opened and 3 subsequent times since
On our recent visit with another couple, we were served a salad that was so over salted that it was inedible. We all asked to send it back.
When I asked for bread I was advised that there was "an extra charge". That was fine. However, what the waiter brought us appeared to be 1 small dinner roll divided into 4 small bite sized pieces. For that we ere charged $5. Then came the pork chops we ordered, strangely arranged in a mound on the plate with the meatless bone laid at the side. One bite revealed that each piece of pork was mostly fat. When the fat was removed, the mound was reduced by 70%! After that, we opted to skip dessert

I visit the Presidio weekly and would love to like this restaurant. But the quality of the food is only fair at best and the prices are as high or higher than other restaurants of much better caliber.

It seems odd to me that 3 of the 5 restaurants in the Presidio are owned by the same person, and that there are no affordable restaurants as there are in all of our other national parks.

My advice: Skip the Commissary

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E
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having a dinner with my family from out of town, we loved this very special and creative spot in the idyllic Presidio. The food and drinks are unique and delightful, the service is excellent.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit at the kitchen counter to learn about the cuisine!

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PV
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We’d been to the Commissary a number of times before and had such great dinners in the past. It was one of our staple restaurants. Chef Rogelio was such a great creative leader to his very capable team.

Sadly, the Commissary has gone down hill substantially.
The staple menu items have disappeared and the menu has no cohesive story. The progression from small tapas to medium sized tapas to entrees makes no sense.

We inquired about the ceviche and were told that it contained cod and red Santa Barbara shrimp. It arrived with Salmon. The server told us we should each order 1 small tapas, one medium tapas and an entree each. We ordered 1 small tapas, 1 medium tapas and the 28 oz aged rib eye and he was pretty insistent we order another tapas. Really, do you really think we won’t have more than enough food?!

We asked how long the rib eye had been aged and no one could give us a straight answer. It arrived removed from the bone and sliced and sauced. We got the potatoes and grilled broccoli as accompaniments.

The rib eye despite being cooking perfectly was the toughest piece of meat I’ve ever had. Despite being marbled, it was barely edible. The grilled broccolini was in fact broccoli that hadn’t been trimmed and peeled so it too was very tough and fibrous.

It’s sad to see a restaurant of this caliber degrade to this extent. We won’t return.

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KL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, well lit, great bar, tables not too close, friendly service, and a sommelier who can guide you through the wine list...what's not to like.

And then the food. Interesting dishes for sharing and mixing, great ingredients, flavoured to perfection, and played up to wet you appetite.

Do not miss this one!

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f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Entrees were excellent. Oxtail and shrimp apps were just ok. The server was very cheerful and helpful but the pacing was terrible. Appetizers way too quick and entrees way too slow.

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l
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal and experience at The Commissary. Highlights on the menu are the tapas that are always featured on the menu: cheese fritters and black truffle honey (my favorite), patatas bravas, Mary's chicken leg, and featured salad (this time the chicory salad was outstanding). For starters, you can expect to pay an average of $12 to $20. The entrees are pricey ranging in the $35 (half-roasted chicken) to $75 (steak) so sharing those plates works especially after enjoying the tapas and appetizers. Because of the high pricing for entrees, I rated value as "good." You can be the judge after enjoying a special evening of delicious food.

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SG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails. However it is super pricey!

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CS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! We went to celebrate our anniversary and they really went above and beyond to make us feel special and taken care of. Our waiter always made sure we had everything we needed. We sat at the chef’s table which allowed us to enjoy a theater like experience watching all of the talented chefs create the dishes. The food was insanely amazing. From the patas bravas, to the shrimp, the meat and dessert, every bite was awesome. This was the best meal of our trip. Thank you!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the single best meals we’ve ever had. Everything was delicious (desserts were good, everything else was OUTSTANDING) and service was friendly and attentive. We will most certainly be back and have been telling everyone about our experience!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

What should have been an hour an half took two and a half hours. Waiter was friendly but food was so slow coming out that the whole evening was ruined. They gave us two free items that no one at our table touched. It is too bad as we live within a mile of the place and will never go back.

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fabulous. Gave great suggestions. Food with sauces and combined veggies was excellent.

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GG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 50th. Ambiance and food were exceptional!!

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is well located and has easy parking-the wait staff was good
Value for dollar was not good-steak was $70 & large but had no side dishes
The pork was flavorless & dry
We asked for bread- were served a SMALL roll cut into 4 pieces for $9

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M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Anniversary dinner here recenlty. The service was impeccable and the food delicious! Will definitely be back next time we're in the Presidio!

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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We ate at the Chef's table. Food was excellent and service was competent. The Commissary apparently had some private event that night until 6 pm. Even though the sign on the front door said the restaurant opened at 5, management apparently thought it was a good idea to just lock the doors until 6 and hope people would somehow figure out that they were supposed to wait until the restaurant decided to let them in. Perhaps a note on the front door or something equally clever would better than having people with reservations wondering why the door was locked at a restaurant that was supposed to be open. Not a great start to the night.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, can sit in kitchen and interact with chefs, great food and cocktails

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TV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waited 30 for a cocktail. Rarely saw the waiter. Manager tried to make up for MIA bartender with 5 gooy sticky cheese balls (which nobody wanted).
Looong wait for entres. Rez at 7:15 p. Got out at 10pm. Drinks, salads, entre.

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FL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good eats! Great staff awesome General Manager: Charlie Cross
My family and I truly enjoyed dining at the Commissary
I’ll be back!

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner and I was so surprised when they altered the menu to say Happy Birthday to my friend! Food was delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was so excited to try this restaurant and am a big Traci Des Jardin fan. Family was visiting and I thought this would be a great and unique place to take them to. That said, we were really disappointed in our meal & service. The dining room is quite loud & we had to ask our waiter to nearly yell so we could hear him. He was not very adept at answering our questions and seemed like maybe he was new and didn't know much about the preparations of the various dishes.
I started with the Alegrias Para Ti cocktail, which was completely overpowered by the Mezcal (& I really like mezcal), knocking out all of the delicate flavors of the fruit juice, etc. The Rioja was served in a high ball glass. We were told this is how they serve wine in Spain but, in our experience is simply not true. They did however offer a stemmed glass once we asked about it.
All of the food descriptions sounded amazing with lots of delicate spices and flavors. Unfortunately most were over salted. The Iberico broth we ended up sending back because it was so salty ( & they failed to take it off the bill until we pointed this out). The octopus was cooked perfectly but again, was over salted. The Catalan flat bread was tasty but unremarkable. After reading the description, I was excited to try the meatballs but they were overpowered by garlic and the sauce was heavy. We ended with the tuna tare tare which was delicious & the most redeeming dish of the evening. We passed on dessert.
My most positive comment is the design of the space is gorgeous and cozy and the food presentations lovely. Parking is also remarkably easy.
Overall, it was just not as good as we were expecting with this calibur of chef and these prices. Sadly, we won't be back.

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
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 on September 18, 2018
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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A
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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OT
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
30 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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s
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
18 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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