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  • Luce, San Francisco
    2011

    Luce Restaurant Review, San Francisco

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Luce

    888 Howard St. (At 5th Street)

    San Francisco, CA 94103

    415-616-6566

    Luce Website

    Book Reservation

    Luce San Francisco_Exterior_decor

    Why did we dine here? – Luce is a one Michelin star restaurant in the Intercontinental San Francisco hotel. We’ve debated dining here for a while. The previous chef left to open Atelier Crenn, so we wondered how Luce would rate now. The reviews on yelp are decidedly mixed.
    Daniel Corey (Pelican Bay resort) worked under chef Crenn, and is now the chef de cuisine and has put his stamp on the food.

    Insider Tip – 8 course tasting menu available Tuesday through Saturday

    Cuisine – New American
    Location – Soma district, San Francisco
    Opened – 2008

    Luce San Francisco_interior_decor

    Service – Luce had very good service with a knowledgeable waiter and no worries about our requests.
    Verdict – Luce surprised us with its solid cuisine and elegant surroundings. One of the better restaurants in the downtown San Francisco area. Fairly extensive wine menu.

    Luce’s Menu is refreshingly short, making it easy to order!

    Website Luce Menu

    Full Luce image set

    Picks:
    Italian Mojito ($12) was made with grappa, making it distinctive and strong.

    Luce San Francisco_scallop_mousse

    Amuse Bouche of scallop mousse with potato

    Excellent 2 kinds of warm bread

    Luce San Francisco_trout

    Ocean Trout Crudo, Kumquats, Cucumber, Crispy Buckwheat and Pimente Espelette ($14) was recommended by the waiter and proved to be a very good dish with some interesting cucumber sorbet. The dish was slightly sweet, making it a bit interesting.

    Luce San Francisco_pasta

    Black Ink Trofiette Carbonara, Baby Squid, Smoked Pancetta and Egg ($18) was an excellent pasta with big al dente nodules and lots of strong pancetta bits. The trendy warm egg added a creamy touch.

    Luce San Francisco_lamb

    Spring Lamb Loin and Belly, Baby Artichokes, Sweet Potato and Pistachio ($32) came medium rare and looked great. It was cooked sous vide with lots of flavor. The fatty belly portion was especially greasy and awesome!

    Complementary Macaroons and chocolates rounded out the meal

    OK: (Order if you like this dish)
    None

    Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
    None

    Luce on Urbanspoon

    Luce Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

    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
    Attire:Dressy
    Parking:Street
    Reservations:Yes
    Posted on August 1st, 2011
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    4 Responses to “Luce Restaurant Review, San Francisco”

    1. New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2012 | Foodnut.com Says:

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

      [...] Great pick! Gary Danko – San Francisco La Folie – San Francisco La Toque – Napa Luce – San Francisco – Chef left to start her own restaurant Madera – Palo [...]

    3. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] Crenn is a one Michelin star French restaurant from Dominique Crenn (Formerly of Luce). (Atelier means workshop in French.) As she puts it, An expression of taste, scent, and vision. [...]

    4. New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2013 | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] – Half Moon Bay – Not that great! La Folie – San Francisco La Toque – Napa Luce – San Francisco Madera – Palo Alto Madrona Manor – Healdsburg Masa’s – San Francisco [...]

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