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  • Jardiniere, San Francisco

    Jardiniere Restaurant Review, San Francisco

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com


    300 Grove Street

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    (415) 861-5555

    Jardiniere Website

    Book Reservation

    Jardiniere San Francisco exterior decor

    Jardiniere is a popular restaurant located across the street from the Davies Symphony Hall and War Memorial Opera House. Obviously this place is packed right before a performance. We’ve been to this restaurant many times over the years and decided to give it a go. The owner also runs Manzanita in the Ritz Carleton North Lake Tahoe. The first floor is now completely used for their J lounge, while the restaurant occupies the second floor.

    Why did we dine here? – To see how the food was holding up over the years. We ate here way back in ’97 when they opened.

    Summary – Jardiniere is a beautiful restaurant and a perfect place before a performance and for a romantic dinner.
    Insider Tip – Try to dine after the theater crowd leaves, around 7:30pm. Visit the lounge if you’re on a budget.

    Cuisine – French
    Chef – Traci Des Jardins
    Location – Hayes Valley, Civic Center, San Francisco
    Opened – 1997

    Jardiniere San Francisco interior decor

    Decor, Vibe – Jardiniere is a two story restaurant with beautiful curvy decor that has held up to the test of time. The center bar floats upwards towards a star filled recessed circular dome. This restaurant was designed and is co-owned by the famous Pat Kuleto.

    Jardiniere Menu

    Jardiniere’s Menu is fairly compact with a selection of appetizers and five main courses. A tasting menu is available after 7pm.

    Signature Dishes – Short rib, tomato salad.

    Website Jardiniere Menu

    Jardiniere Food Picks:
    Amuse Bouche Gruyère Cheese Puff was excellent.

    Jardiniere San Francisco tomato salad

    Early Girl Tomatoes | Little Gems, Castelverano Olives, Fried Bread ($15) was a wonderful salad with excellent fried bread croutons. There simply wasn’t enough tomatoes or lettuce.

    Jardiniere San Francisco lobster risotto

    Carnaroli Risotto | Maine Lobster, Zucchini, Basil, Blossom ($22) was an excellent dish. Tons of lobster, and cherry tomatoes to give it some zing.

    Jardiniere San Francisco gnocchi

    Gnocchi | Guine Hen Sugo, Chanterells, Pecorino ($17) a house made pasta that was very good but needed more pasta! Bitter brocolini was not necessary.

    Jardiniere San Francisco seabass

    Local White Seabass | Early Girl Tomato Vinaigrette ($23) could have been better. The fish was well cooked but the accompanying sauce was far too simplistic.

    Jardiniere San Francisco duck

    Duck | Breast, Confit, Mission Fig, Marcona Almonds ($24) contained some top notched duck breast but could have used twice as many pieces.

    Duck Fat Fried Potatoes ($11) were decent and not too fatty.

    Jardiniere San Francisco sorbet

    Sorbet ($9) Goat Sherbert | Stone Fruit | Oatmeal – had two nice flavors along with a weird cheese version.

    Jardiniere San Francisco cheesecake

    Cheesecake ($10) Caramel Apples | Walnuts – was a modern interpretation of the classic. Make sure you like this style before you order it.

    OK: (Order if you like this dish)

    Jardiniere San Francisco uni spaghetti

    Spaghetti | Fort Bragg Sea Urchin, Sweet Cayenne Peppers ($24) is an acquired taste. This dish was very spicy and the combination with uni, made it interesting.

    Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
    Bloomsdale Spinach, Butter, Shallots ($10) had far too much lemon juice or vinegar on it.

    Eggplant Soup | Summer Squash, Flageolets ($14) had a funny after taste that would only be tolerated by vegetarians forced to order this.

    Service – Jardiniere had reasonable service that could have been better. The waiter was pretty knowledgable and friendly but wasn’t present very often.

    Value – Jardiniere is not cheap and the portion sizes are on the small side. Prices are pretty typical for this class of restaurant.

    Alternatives – Restaurants similar to Jardiniere

    Verdict – Jardiniere is still a beautiful restaurant in a perfect location for performing arts patrons. The food is very good to excellent, while the service could be a little bit better. It remains a extremely romantic restaurant for those on a date.

    Jardiniere on Urbanspoon

    Jardiniere Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Excellent)
    Service Rating: (Very Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Hours:Mon, Sun 5–9pm, Tue-Thu 5–10pm, Fri-Sat 5–11pm
    Parking:Paid Valet
    Prices:$22 - $28
    Posted on November 8th, 2012
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