The Plumed Horse

4.6
1804 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm;

Lounge: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(408) 867-4711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Armellino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
The Plumed Horse offers valet parking; there is also ample street parking and public parking lots available.
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Entertainment
Please visit our website, http://www.plumedhorse.com/news_and_events_upcoming_events.php, for our latest entertainment offerings.
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Special events & promotions
Become our VIP and enjoy a special birthday & anniversary dinner at Plumed Horse! Please sign up at http://www.plumedhorse.com/contact_mailing_list.php?referralCode=OpenTable
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Plumed horse has private rooms available for 4 up to 200 people.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty, but the menu selection is limited.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for my husband ‘s birthday and didn’t disappoint us. The food was great and the service was wonderful!

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OT
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Plumed Horse in Saratoga on Big Basin Way has been a Michelin starred restaurant
for as long as I can remember. My date had the salmon and I the venison, which I
ordered medium. The service, attendance to our needs and general ambiance were
beyond compare. Be prepared to pay over $200 per couple at a minimum. This is
a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but my date wants to go back with friends!
Please first consider a walk through Hakone Gardens just further up Big Basin
Way on the left before dining at the Plumed Horse. This should get you into a
calm, reverential mood before enjoying the best dinner of your life. It is what
this life is all about, after all!

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b
Los Angeles
182 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the tasting menu for four people and enjoyed the evening and the very good food. One of the servers who described the dish spoke very fast and was difficult to understand sometimes.

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AB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall decent experience. I think our waiter changed mid ay through our meal because we noticed someone else taking over the interactions.

Pros: choice of music for the dining area was fun, staff was polite, restrooms are clean, pepper soufflé was outstanding, and the chocolates were delicious (one of the chocolates made my wife cry a bit because it reminded her of our first real date).

Cons: the courses were far too spread out with at least 5-10min between each course, waiter wasn't attentive (we think they may have changed mid way), food was generally not super creative, but fairly tasty, table of 4 that came in after us was able to eat, pay and leave about 15min before us. Unfortunately, we caught up to them outside because the valet was understaffed that night. Will likely return to hang out at the bar and check out the bar menu or will go for some chocolates from their store across the street.

It was a fair experience overall, with fair service, and we are glad we tried it.

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c
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We got a private room, which was nice. We were talked into ordering the tasting menu, which was way too expensive for what was served: the food was just ok, and the portions tiny. There was at least a 15 minute break between each course, which made dinner drag on for over 3 hours. In hindsight, we should have ordered individual dishes, but we were curious about the tasting menu. The service was outstanding, and the tasting menu experience unique, so I guess that somewhat justified the cost?

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DW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, food and wine! One of the best wine list in the Bay Area.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Service was perfect, always there but not in the way. Every dish was wonderful, although the special Japanese beef was excellent, certainly better than Alexander's, not worth $138.

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LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service was a little plastic. Not much engagement

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RH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a private room which was excellent....service was superb....food was great so overall 5 star!

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

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Plumed Horse. Turned out to be one of our most enjoyable dinners ever. Our party had nine people and we had the best room in the place. The Chef’s Table was really fun. The food was very good and the wine pairing was amazing. Overall everyone in our party had a very fun time. Can’t wait to return to Plumed Horse with my wife for a date night dinner.

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

What an experience! The ambience, the service, the food! Everything 5 stars to the max! It was a truly beautiful way to celebrate our early anniversary! Expensive but worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food w/ the wine the paring was wonderful. All great wines! It all was most enjoyable. :-)

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Magnificent cuisine with exquisitely paired wines. Attentive service, without being intrusive. Beautiful ambience! A memorable dining experiencen

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RY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since one cannot get more a special occasion than a meal before scattering the ashes of a first wife, the evening bore a mix of emotions, moods, recollections, shifts in conversation. All happened in the side room I have always found perfect for more intimate dining. The food was superb. I still find remarkable that smallish portions of favorable dishes prove perfectly satisfying. Both soup or other appetizers and main dishes were found superb by all four people in my party. My nephew selected a wine that was about half the price I paid for my first car. That car was a Renault and eventually proved one of the ten worst cars ever made. The wine was a wonder and it rounded out the evening to make it memorable and a worthy part of our shared occasion. (PS: "Y" below is my late lady)

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PR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic (the caviar!), but the wine pairings for the tasting menu were out of this world. Absolutely incredible meal.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most five star Restraunts leave you hungry and unenthusiastic. Plumed horse was the opposite. Innovative and creative menu, high quality food, great service, excellent wine. Did not disappoint.

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LZ
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner for my husband birthday. food was good but not execllent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food itself is ok. But the serving time is too long.

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Y
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - our waiter paced our meal professionally. Josh as always has great wine suggestions!

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F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter as usual creates a rare marriage of flavors, textures and presentation. Pleasurable to the eyes and the palate. Josh and staff always commit to a high touch no bother service that is perfect for great restaurant of this quality. Special occasions or even to stop by the bar with appetizers works. A highly recommended culinary opportunity not to miss. Award winning wine collection adds to the experience. Enjoy!

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TW
Indiana
50 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I visit this restaurant whenever I'm in the area and it never disappoints me. The caviar and champagne are worth the splurge. The pepper and parmesan cheese souffle is a must! The Plumed Horse is one of the best restaurants in the area. The chocolate truffles are uniquely flavored and melt in your mouth delicious.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was extremely creative and delicious. Service was impeccable, attentive but not over bearing.

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HJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great for our anniversary dinner. Service level is top notch. We very much enjoyed the slow paced dining experience. The servers made things extra special because they knew the occasion. The wine list is very impressive with everything from blow the bank account French first growths to good value/quality/price Napa cab and merlot options. We will definitely return for a special occasion in the future.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s tasting menu was outstanding. (They even accommodated my gluten-free needs, which is unusual for a tasting menu.) Superb flavor combinations and we didn’t leave hungry, thanks to multiple small courses.

We did the wine pairing too, which was lovely, but a little too many glasses of wine for this lightweight.

Note that NO SHORTS are allowed, even though this is not stated anywhere on the website or reservation confirmation. We were early enough to be offered a private room, or else we could have eaten in the lounge, but not the main restaurant.

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TP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Stuffy clientele. Menu a difficult read. Outrageously overpriced. Ordered only recognizable traditional French thing on the menu which was a $138 a la cart steak from Japan. Came sliced, undercooked with a forgettable sauce. Wasn’t bad but for that price, should have been amazing. Wife doesn’t drink which made her and subsequently me uncomfortable having to constantly refuse upsale offers from the staff. Obviously the Michelin star rating has gone to their heads. Too fancy for me. I’ll never go back.

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NF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is always excellent. It was a great idea to go for made our wedding anniversary. They always go an extra mile to make you feel special. Additional dessert Cookies and Champagne courtesy Chef. Thank you Chef and everyone who served us.

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PC
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful and service was excellent. It was very friendly. The menu was limited and no salads. The food was delicious.

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VA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Music at 5:30 not smooth background jazz like later - too upbeat.
Sommelier body odor akin to an ashtray - not expected in someone who's taste pallette is so important.
When bill presented, credit card not returred and not noticed for a while - potential for theft.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal

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

We had the tasting menu and added the suckling pig. Everything was delicious. The ambience was stunning and the service was impeccable. Every member of the staff we encountered was warm, friendly and inviting. The birthday girl described the evening as magical. I feel the same way.

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w
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Too loud and loud children allowed to dominate the room

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EH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at Plumed Horse. We celebrated our wedding anniversary there. It was a perfect evening. Service was exceptional and food was wonderful. Particularly the house special soufflé.

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EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner at the Plumed Horse is always a great experience. The food is great (we did a la carte) but the prices are a little expensive. Service as always was great. We will definitely be back.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The combination of tiny portions and excessive prices made this a one and done experience.

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

Fantastic food paired with amazing swines and exceptional service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of the food items were made with much care, and on top of that, the staff was extremely friendly, attentive, and caring. The waiters and waitresses were all knowledgeable about the food, and were very professional. The only bad thing was that each of the plates took a very long time to come; we stayed at the restaurant for almost three hours.

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v
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.

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

Amazing dining experience. We closed down the restaurant, a testament to the great time we had.

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