2011

Chez Spencer Restaurant Review, San Francisco

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Chez Spencer

82 14th St. (Near Folsom Street)

San Francisco, CA 94103

415-864-2191

Chez Spencer Website

Book Reservation

Chez Spencer San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Located almost under the Central Freeway, Chez Spencer was on Check Please, long-ago, and looked fairly promising. Being French food fans, we have no choice but to give it a whirl.

Insider Tip – Asked to be seated in the patio area. They have a multicourse tasting menu that does not require entire table.

Cuisine – French
Location – Soma

Service – Service was adequate but not overly great. Even though the place was not full, our server rarely came around and spoke just a few words.
Verdict – Chez Spencer serves up solid French food in a romantic, cozy warehouse. While we can recommend this restaurant, we feel that Chapeau serves up better French food with friendlier service, and at lower price. We can make this direct comparison because we ate at Chapeau, the week before.

Signature Dishes – Foie gras, Sturgeon, venison.

Website Menu

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Picks:

Chez Spencer San Francisco lobster bisque

Lobster bisque ($14) truffle cream fraiche is their signature soup, that is also sold by their food truck, Spencer to Go. The soup features a subdued lobster flavor and is not very creamy.

Chez Spencer San Francisco_Sweetbreads

Sautéed veal sweetbreads ($18) watercress, Parmesan crisp, and truffle vinaigrette was very good and came with a large quantity of tender, smooth texture, sweetbreads. The sauce was a bit on the sour side though.

Chez Spencer San Francisco foie

Foie gras au Torchon ($19) vanilla scented BlackBerry, pain de Campagne included a thick generous slab of foie and some nice toasted bread.

Chez Spencer San Francisco Sturgeon

Wood roasted Sturgeon ($32) Nameko and honjimegi pommes crisp and sauce Bearnaise is a signature dish consisting of a meaty fish was cooked just right. The chip on top seems like a weird touch. We haven’t had this fish in a while, so it was nice to be reintroduced in such a high quality format.

Chez Spencer San Francisco venison

Wood Seared Venison Tenderloin jabron potato, juniper berry peppercorn jus ($30) was another waiter recommended dish that proved to be very good. Ample quantity of tender venison that was slightly gamy, and chewy. This reminds us of an excellent version we had up at North Lake Tahoe.

Chez Spencer San Francisco_Filet Mignon

Wood Grilled Filet Mignon morels a la creme, shaved truffles & truffle butter ($32) is a mainstream dish that many people order. Tender, juicy, and excellent dish. The mushrooms were fresh and tasty.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Lemon Panna Cotta spiced syrup & orange segments ($9) included a fairly tasteless custard but a nice spiced soup.

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake flowers of the alps tea cream anglaise ($9) was technically competent, but just far too sweet. This forced us to order some coffee.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Chez Spencer on Urbanspoon

Chez Spencer Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on June 29th, 2011
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