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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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 8, 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 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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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FM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Loved the black truffles on lobster. The wagyu beef was also nice. Desserts were fun but didn’t satiate my sweet tooth. Was hoping for a cheese plate but they didn’t offer that. Ambiance was great. Love the large room of wines. Service was pretty good. A little pricy for but overall I would recommend. I wanted to hang out in the bar area next to the fire. Will be back to do that.

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O
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our time at Plumed Horse. The food was outstanding , as it is a Michelin starred restauarant. I had the Texas antelope and it was cooked perfectly, along with their signature dish of Parmesan cheese soufflé with a Dungeness crab bisque. Since it was my birthday, they offered a glass of champagne on the house and petit fours for extra dessert also. The only downside was the waiter offered us small salad which he made it seem as if it was part of our entrée and when we got the bill, we thought it was rather deceiving that we were charged for the salad at a cost of $22 each for a salad of small wedge of cheese and greens that came out of a box. Otherwise, we enjoyed everything else.

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GJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

If you want to impress your date (i.e. looks and appearance), it is a winner. However as for food and price, it is not a winner.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Not sure if it was because it was Christmas, but the food wasn’t that good, meat ok, fish dry and dessert was ok. The real disappointment was the service. Server came took our order and only came back to ask if we wanted the check. Asked for hot water, never got it. Asked for coffee, 15 min later, finally had to ask again. Very basic items. We came in pretty early, so it wasn’t because they were busy. Not sure if we will go back.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Meh. Didn’t make our special occasion special. Of all the Michelin stars in the Bay Area this one is on the low end. And if you want a coffee drink after dinner, there is no latte, cappuccino or espresso - only regular IHOP-style coffee. Mediocre meal, was expecting a lot more for the money.

And wow, going back and reading other reviews now, I guess they really dropped the ball this Christmas Eve / Day with that preset menu and subpar service - epic Christmas fail! Somebody please tell me that they are much better on a regular day!!

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not our first time to the Plumed Horse and we have always had a great evening. However this time being Xmas eve they had a preset menu which I might have missed when I booked. I had put the dietary restrictions in the booking but this was totally missed. We started with champagne and a bottle of the Paul Hobbs from the wine list which was excellent and paired well with our first course and soup. We tried the different mains around the table and the Venison was outstanding. The steak was tough and not something you experience with good filet. I had to request a steak knife and even so found it difficult to cut. We had 2 Fish meals, one being perfect and the other overcooked and brought it to the attention of our server. He immediately asked the kitchen for another, which didn't arrive till we were almost done with our main course at the table. Unfortunately the second time it was also overcooked but not as bad as the first and our server now was embarrassed and profusely apologetic - the choice now being rushing to eat an overcooked dish versus no food since the other guests had finished their meal. Our server did bring us a round of port for the table but unfortunately 2 out of the 3 glasses had excessive amounts of sediment. We enjoyed the restaurant ambiance. We always make the most of an evening out with a lot of laughter and this evening was no different for us. Surprisingly there was no apology or talk of adjusting the bill for the fish which I did find rather surprising, but they did present us with a bottle of their house Sauvignon Blanc as we were leaving.

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g
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

May be it was Christmas Eve and they may not have had the regular staff. It was embarrassingly bad experience hosting guests at Plumed Horse. Hopefully they do not take reservations when they are not prepared to provide service for the money people spend.

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l
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plumed Horse does it again! Absolutely wonderful food, wine and ambience. The service was impeccable. A flawless evening.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together

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MW
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with a unique, special menu.

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

The food is divine

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here for our anniversary but I guess the host forgot to tell our sever, and perhaps our server forgot to ask? Maybe they mis-looked our reservation. Nonetheless, we told our server at the end and he comped is a bottle of plumed horse wine, which is such a nice gesture! Totally made up for our loss. We were a little sad but we were pleased by the exceptional service. We really enjoyed our night. Thank you

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C
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was consistently overly salted. French food should be a symphony of flavors. Instead the meal was about as complex as a plate of french fries. Course after course (tasting menu) we were struck by how it paled in comparison to similar meals at Le Papillion

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WL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dining experience at Plumed Horse with our dear friends.
We all enjoyed the 7 course tasting menu. It was such a treat. The entire menu was perfect but I especially enjoyed the branzino which just melted in my mouth and the black pepper and Parmesan soufflé.

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OT
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Im quite surprised this is a Michelin rated restaurant. The service was lacking to say the least. We participated in the chef's tasting menu and for 2.5 hours, only twice did the wait staff stop to ask how everything was. Food delivery was inconsistent. Sometimes it took 15-20 minutes in between courses. We didn't find the food all that interesting for the prices paid. Such a missed opportunity.

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The menu is too limited. If you do not eat seafood, forget it. Deserts of "Peanut Butter and Jelly Soufflé" and "Lime and Tofu cheesecake" were too pretentious, and not appealing. Service was adequate, but not enjoyable.

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y
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of my favorite. Excellent as always with delicious food and top notch service.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was so-so, plate was lukewarm. The place was loud, my chair keeps getting bumped by the staffs. It is a nice establishment in terms of decor but there are other much more reasonably priced restaurants if decor is your thing. The staffs look like they don’t want to be there, no smiles and no enthusiasm. For a $158 tasting menu I expected more in terms of food quality. Definitely one of my worst dining experiences and definitely will not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was not up to par. Good was ok.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dessert menu was a highlight. Items such as (a picture of Mario), The O Face, and It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time added a refreshing amount of personality to the experience... We tried the first two and they did not disappoint!

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving menu had a $95 price clearly printed on it. No hints that other prices existed. When the time came to pay, one choice on the menu was $115.00. I consider that false advertising and tacky. Tea and sparkling water were each $8.
Food was stingy portions. The deconstructed pumpkin pie was literally a cube of some pumpkin pudding the size of maybe 1 1/2 sugar cubes, surrounded by a small pile of crumbs adjacent to a small smear of whipped cream.
The staff performed their duties flawlessly. They were the best part.

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t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elsa the bartender is awesome. Very helpful friendly and knowledgeable about the food and cocktails

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YW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

nice ambiance for special events, and quite conversation

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JP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner. We had the sampling menu with the wine pairing. Everything was delicious. The service was great, very timely.
We will go back for special occasions.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience. A little higher expectation from a Michelin star restaurant. Highly recommend however.

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was born and raised in Saratoga and I am 61 years old and had never been to the Plumed Horse. I never had enough money. It is quite pricey but what do you expect for a Michelin star restaurant.
I took my wife there for her birthday and we had quite an enjoyable evening. I had the Antelope and she had the Branzino and both were impeccable. W had a great bottle of 2013 L' Aventure Optimus wine but the thing I enjoyed most was the Champagne cart.
I will definitely go back again for a special occasion.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Wish the menu had more vegetable options. Mostly focused on meat & grains.

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KD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to the Plumed Horse for years. More regularly in recent years. My only complaint is that for a Michelin Star restaurant the cocktail menu and the “specialty cocktails” are not well conceived or well balanced. The restaurant has such a lovely, inviting lounge which would warrant a bit bit more effort on the actual execution of the drinks.

We have dined at many Michelin and high end restaurants and it’s obvious when they have worked with a true mixologist or at least someone who really knows the craft of creating artisanal, creative and well balanced drinks.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, this place is amazing! Love coming here and the staff are wonderful!

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