The Plumed Horse

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The Plumed Horse achieves a look of sophistication with a sleek and modern interior featuring a glass-encased, three story wine cellar housing 1,800 selections and over 20,0000 bottles. Michelin Star rated since its re-opening, Executive Chef/ Owner Peter Armellino has created a Contemporary California menu with a balance of meat and fish and a focus on elegant dining. His cuisine is showcased in both a la carte and tasting menus, including one made up of vegetables grown on our local “farm.” All the action in the kitchen can be viewed from the exclusive and private Chef’s table (due to its high demand the Chef’s table is not available to be booked online-please call for availability). Experience the best in service, décor, wine, and food at this Silicon Valley destination locale that Sunset magazine calls “the best splurge restaurant.”
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of us got the regular tasting menu & the other the vegetarian tasting menu. They were both amazing!! Adding the fondue for a small price was well worth it! We got the wine pairing as well. Everything was amazing

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HP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for an intimate, private dining experience to celebrate any victory in life, this is your place! Their tasting menu (our favorite) is always changing and thoughtfully crafted. Even their vegetarian tasting menu looks amazing. Make sure you come early before your reservation so you can enjoy a cocktail at their bar.

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YC
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best gastronomic experiences of all time!!

The chef accommodated my dietary requirements and prepared an amazing set of what seemed like 7-9 course meal, each unique, delicious, and very well presented !

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

haven't been back for quite a long time but their food quality was amazing!!
We didn't try the chef menu as we really want to order Lobster with Black truffle risotto!
And we did right!! the Lobster was so good that it is a must try!! Will definitely go back!!

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NW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive, but must I say it is well worth it. A good place for a very special occasion. Flavors are so unique and refined. A must try at least once in your lifetime!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a lovely evening. The food was brilliant. Service was friendly and prompt.

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WT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Small portions encourage ordering several different items, but they are each so small that they cannot be properly tasted.

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

We enjoyed our dinner and were especially grateful for the Valet parking!

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was just so so for the price. Ordered the tasting menu and had to pay $26.00 extra per person for the chefs signature dish to be included even though it was listed as a course.

Won't go back.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend (female) was called sir, that was the only low point on a fantastic experience. To be fair she can look a bit ‘manly’.

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CA
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian tasting menu... service was impeccable. Chocolates were a nice tough at the end and found they serve some flavors not available at the shop across the street. So creative and their chocolate shop is phenomenal.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Here’s the thing - the food and service were outstanding. But honestly, the overall experience was very underwhelming. It’s almost as if they were catering to the exact things to maintain their Michelin Star and have lost their way on what makes a restaurant truly great. Granted, it could just be slow adoption to my generation vs the clientele in Saratoga.

We just moved to the bay from Austin - where Michelin doesn’t currently rate restaurants. Austin isn’t even considered the best food market in Texas either. However, there are restaurants there which absolutely nail the food, service, and overall experience for half the cost. You’d have to absolutely blow it out there with drinks, apps, entrees and desserts to sniff the bill I had last night.

If you go to plumed horse the food will be delicious and your water glass will always be full. Maybe it’s just me, or Michelin stars are overrated.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I guess take this with a big grain of salt in that I haven’t actually enjoyed many of the Michelin rated restaurants in the area. While I can appreciate the effort and talent that goes into creating these dishes, I guess I’m just not refined enough to taste the value as it were. The portions were tiny, the pheasant was dry (never had it before so I don’t know if it’s just a dry bird generally??). The crab soufflé was excellent, I must say, but $25 excellent I’m not sure. Even if the price was half of what it was, I’d probably still walk away feeling meh about the overall dinner... excepting the soufflé.

Maybe I’m just too simple to appreciate high-end fine dining.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, and the staff was very attentive and friendly throughout

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UC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed most aspects of the meal very much. Can’t help but think that another star is in easy reach. Please note we did not have the tasting menu but did enjoy three courses with champagne to start and a bottle of wine. I would rate outstanding across the board but for some small issues at the start of service with our waiter who seemed non-plussed that we were not ordering the tasting menu and then couldn’t produce a wine list immediately. Food, drinks, all other aspects of service were excellent except our interactions with him which were just “off”. If the sommelier had appeared with the wine list and not after we had already chosen a bottle we would have been an easy up-sell. I was unfamiliar with many of the selections but curious.

The food was excellent. No qualms with the kitchen. The wagu beef was nicely accompanied and I was satisfied. I thought the salmon could have used something else on the plate but my wife seemed completely satisfied. Apps and deserts were excellent with the soufflés being outstanding (and I’m sure soufflés normally get rated highly, but these really were a notch above). By the end of the meal we were stuffed.

My only other observation was the undulating lighting in the main dining room which occasionally interferes with the dining experience when when the three fixtures drop into phase and the room turns to red or white or green. Sorry, next time I shall ask to be seated elsewhere if it is allowed (I noticed other rooms but wasn’t sure if they were for private events or general dining.) I can’t help but feel that is a mistake, along with the 70’s hits being piped in.

In summary, where it counts, it is already a two star restaurant. There are a few things I would change to make the experience just slightly more pleasant. Cheers.

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v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Normally food and service is great here but service was terrible on this day (Valentines Day). Normally when you walk into restaurant they would ask you for a coat check but they didn’t so we had to go request it. Also normally they lead you into lounge area while you wait for your seating but again we had to walk in ourselves and find a seat. After we were seated at our table it took a while for someone to approach us. Once we ordered we waited a while before any bread was brought out to the table. Table around us was getting bread so we had to ask if we could have some also. This is something we never had to do before and wouldn’t expect to have to do it at a place like this. Normally while you wait for your food they give you a chefs appetizer but our table did not get it while table next to us did. For dinner we also added the caviar but never received it. Also was never asked if wanted a glass of wine during dinner as they usually do. In summary the food was good but service was terrible on this special night. Have been here several times and was one of my favorite places in saratoga but was really disappointed in this night.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

I understand that Valentine's Day is a tough day to judge a restaurant on, but being that some customers are visiting for the first time, it's important that SOME level of the Michelin-starred experience is present. Start-to-finish, the service was very poor. From the hostess station (other staff confided that it was her first day) to the mixing up of our drinks to the confiscating the menus too early (before we even read them!) and mixing up descriptions for each plate (one time called something, the next something else), it was just very disappointing. You can't really expect THAT much for $700 on Valentine's Day, but I expected a BIT more.

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HN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was well presented but not tasty. Wine and service were great.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it❤️❤️❤️

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience that should be in everybody's "Bucket List"

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! My husband and I have been to a lot of Michelin Star restaurants, James Beard etc and this is one of our favorite meals. We were very surprised as we were not expecting such a spectacular meal and amazing wine. Worth every penny.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable. The food was very good. It was also very expensive. I would highly recommend for a special occasion and to try the Chef’s tasting menu.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

After my second experience here, I truly believe this place was a waste of time and money.

Let me name several things that I find unbecoming of a Michelin Star restaurant:
1. The hostess walked us to our table so fast she left my husband and I trailing behind. I don’t believe we need to chase her.
2. As soon as we sat down, a team of three waiters hovered over us. One showing us the the menu that we haven’t gotten a chance to open. The second asking us what kind of water we preferred. The third asking if we wanted any starter wine or champagne from the cart he pushed to our table. Our heads were spinning. We didn’t get a chance to settle in.
3. We were pushed for the tasting menu and the wine pairing. We decided against it. The waiter again started to pushed us towards the tasting menu. We politely declined. Throughout, dinner he kept coming over to check on us, which was great. Except, he would just stand by our table watching us until we asked him if we can be of any help. When he should have shown up to our table he failed to do so. Our table was cleared since we finished our meals. We sat for about 10mins waiting for him to bring us the dessert menus. He walked by twice and finally we had to asked him for them.
4. The food was mediocre at best. The wagyu beef I ordered was below standard. It was chewy, lacked the marbleizations of a high quality wagyu. The veal my husband had can be past for pork bought from Costco. The bread were cold. The little dishes brought while waited for the main dish’s lacked in taste and presentation.
5. The ambience was like a cheap Vegas lounge with disco music. The music was loud and unfit for the type of food being served. The decor plain and cheaply thrown together. There big mirrors on the wall instead of something artsy. The coloring changing chandlers is a bit elementary.

What happen the Michelin Star standard? It’s just shameful.

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EB
Austria
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This is the 4th time we've eaten at the Plumed Horse, and it seems to be sliding each time. To sum, the cuisine was one dimensional, heavily over seasoned, (salt,) and lacked distinction. Texture and flavors shared a common denominator in many of the courses - soft and salty. Although the salmon was fantastic, the pheasant was overcooked and tough to chew. The desert was a piping of ricotta cheese with little flavor or imagination. Everything seemed to need a squeeze of lemon to bring alive!

Service was good, although the food servers were rushed and spent little time explaining the dishes dropping on what seemed a fly-by. Very sloppy. Also, many of waitresses had very long, claw like manicures - a no-no in food service. This said, the bar staff and head waiter were attentive and very personable, and the wine and drink suggestions were fantastic.

With these dishes and the service, I am very surprised that the Plumed Horse remains a 1-star rated restaurant. Next time, we'll stay in the bar.

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RO
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING*

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic soundtrack playing during dinner. Great service.

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J
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We love to eat at the bar at the Plumed Horse. Every few years we have some motivation to try the dining room. It's been a few years, yet our experience was basically the same. The service is very formal, but somehow disconnected. The service team perform a very set piece role, but there doesn't seem to be the engagement that makes great suervice. Two issues stand out: my wife and I ordered wildly different main courses that couldn't fit with a common bottle of wine. So, we were prepared for the by the glass list. Our server suggested that they could do the wines from the pairing with the chef's tasting menu, which was very welcome. However, when our starters hit the table and were delicious, but there was no wine to be seen, nor anyone to ask. Ten minutes later we finally saw our server and asked about the wine. He quickly scurried and got our wine which paired nicely with our last couple of bites of our starters. Hooters manages to train their staff that within 2 minutes after food hitting the table there is a followup to check that all is right. Perhaps the Plumed Horse could implement such training.

Our mains were mostly excellent, except for an odd miss with a mushy, and greatly under-salted, risotto. A request for salt was cheerfully accepted by our server, but neither he, nor the salt was to be seen for the next 20 minutes.

But the staff do wear nice ties and are definitely formally correct, if not all that effective.

The Plumed Horse is highly recommended to eat at the bar. We didn't see anything in the overall experience that justified the $400 price tag for two (and we are very willing to, and often achieve such tabs, and feel like we got good value).

But, we will be eating at the bar quite happily.

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D
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant used to be one of my favorites, however, this time too many mistakes. They were nice however, I was expecting a more attentive service. The food was good but not as delicious as it was used to be. The restaurant was crowded more than usual, which at first I assumed the food should have been improved but not really. Another thing I didn't like they were trying to force us to take the tasting menu, I am so happy we didn't take it.

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NI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a phenomenal experience. Great service and wonderful food. The chocolate cart was a welcome surprise.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

restaurant is expensive. you get what you pay for. very good experience. its a place to go to only on special occasions once a year thing.

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ML
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Not bad, but I think for the value, it's not really worth it. There are places with better food and better value.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special evening for the tasting menu, matched wines, impeccable service and more. We now live 50 miles away, but the drive is worth it! We added a caviar starter to the tasting menu. I am not a fan of beets or antelope, but both dishes were outstanding. Portions are perfect- we did not feel overwhelmed by the end of the meal. The decor with the beautiful Chihuly-like chandeliers and floor to ceiling wine room add an artistic ambiance. And we so appreciated that even with a full restaurant seating, we could still hear each other!

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H
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenally crafted tasting menu options for Omni, Pesc, and Vegetarian diets. Not to mention impeccable service and ambiance. Worth every moment.

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PT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was simply spectacular from start to finish. Ambiance, wait staff, som, the champagne cart (!), menu, wine list, food preparation & presentation were all comfortably stunning. This is a very highly impressive restaurant!

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

Outstanding

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C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restraunt, food, service & ambiance is excellent. Black pepper soufflé is a must. Great for a special occasion.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience was great. We had a tasting menu and all the items were presented ver well and tasted delicious. Service was gruas well.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, slow but kind service.
I wouldn’t recommend the A5 steak, Ive had much better elsewhere although they do give you a generous portion. The Maine Lobster with truffle risotto was well worth it, as was the soufflé with crab fondue appetizer.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Mismatched food. Can you believe a combination of marble Wagyu beef with tempura? No salad or otherwise vegetable is served. The service was terrible. No value for the money!

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