2009

Range Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Range

842 Valencia Street (Between 19 and 20th St)

San Francisco, CA 94110

415-282-8283

415-282-8828 (Fax)

Range Website

Range Restaurant San Francisco Exterior Decor

Range is an American Restaurant located in the Mission district of San Francisco and is run by the husband and wife team of Phil and Cameron West. They opened in the summer of 2005 and received one Michelin star in 2009 and 2010, but lost it in 2011.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Modern industrial chic look with metal tables, open kitchen in the middle of the space, modern art on the walls. Three seating areas, the best being in the back. Casually dressed San Francisco locals mainly in their 30’s and 40’s.

Range Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

Website Range Menu

Picks:

Range Restaurant San Francisco Mojito

Mojito ($8.50) had a limited amount of mint, lots of lime flavor, and was mixed to hide its potentency.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Arugula Salad

Wild Arugula ($10.50) with jonasgold apples, celery root, bacon, and gruyere cheese was a refreshing salad. Light almost undetectable dressing with thick bacon chunks and quality cheese.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Puree of zucchini soup

Purée of zucchini soup with basil oil and almonds ($8) was a stand out, hiding its vegetable roots so even kids might enjoy it. Slightly spicy, smooth, and not creamy.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Northern Halibut

Northern Halibut ($25) with trumphet, shitake and chantrelle mushrooms, arrowhead cabbage and herb broth was very good but on the small side. It was cooked perfectly and contrasted well with the very crunchy fresh mushrooms and chives. Bok choy provided a California element.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken with butter beans, lucques olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese ($20) is a classic dish here. One of the better versions due to the flaky and tender brinded flavor of the meat. Nice chunky bean accent. Zuni Cafe is still tops in roast chicken though.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Pear Huckleberry Tart

Pear huckleberry Tart ($8.50) with creme fraiche had very fresh fruit, ultra thin crust, except for a nice one on the edge. Creme Fraiche did not seem to work with the tart.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Chocolate Souffle

Bittersweet chocolate soufflé ($8.50) was a no extra wait version. Nice and light. Very strong bitter chocolate flavors. Could have used some Grand Marnier sauce on top.

Range Restaurant San Francisco Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini ($9.50) Hangar one, araku, baileys, espresso was a strong, bitter coffee dessert drink with totally hidden alcohol. Faster than having an espresso and a shot!

OK:

Range Restaurant San Francisco Pork Shoulder

Coffee rubbed pork shoulder with creamy hominy and braised greens ($24) was cooked to a level of super tenderness but lacked flavor. The dish needed more hominy for starch. Kale was cooked fine. This Southern dish was on the subdueded flavor side.

Pans:
None

Range Restaurant San Francisco Petit Fours Chocolates

Petit Fours – Dark Chocolate cubes

We were stuck at Range with a mediocre server. She never asked how food was nor did she follow up on the wine menu on the table. Water refills, bus boy actions, and the like happened regularly. Hopefully this is an isolated incident. The food was very good, so we tried to ignore this faux paus. We can recommend Range, but feel it is more of an outstanding casual neighborhood restaurant than a destination place. More sophisticated American fare can be found at places like Boulevard and Michael Mina.
Range has a decent wine selection with bottles from $32, half bottles from $22, glasses from $8.50.

Range on Urbanspoon

Range Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon - Th 6pm - Close, Fri - Sun 5:30pm - Close
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$19 - $26
Posted on November 20th, 2009
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One Response to “Range Restaurant Review, San Francisco”

  1. New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2011 | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] Wow. Chez Panisse dropped off the list. Our last meal at Chez Panisse Cafe was very good. No Surprise fallen stars: Fifth Floor, Michael Mina, Range. [...]

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