Gitane Restaurant and Bar is a “modern, funky, and artistically bold restaurant” in downtown San Francisco in a hidden alley. It focuses on Basque small plates or tapas. They have a large beautiful bar area, outdoor seating, and upstairs dining room. Gitane means Gypsy in French.
Upstairs Dining area
Decor, Vibe – Modern, eclectic feel with lots of interesting colors and textures. Mostly people in their 20’s to 50’s were dining. Lots of yuppies in the bar.
Eggplant asada ($10) sliced grilled eggplant, chilled and rolled with herbed goat cheese, arugula salad, balsamic reduction had 4 decent sized pieces of eggplant on top of a small salad. Quality and freshness was good.
Cordero natural lamb foreshank ($27), braised in tempranillo red wine, orange zest, coriander, with baked polenta was one big piece of tender lamb. Still a gamey but the meat came right off the bone. Polenta was too salty.
San sebastian Cocktail ($9) sagatiba cachaça, fresh lime juice, lemon, mandarin, & grapefruit slices was a potent balance drink. Not too sweet or fruity.
Ribs ($12) hill natural baby back pork ribs, honey-soy glaze, brussel sprout leaves, parsnip puree, crisped serrano ham was just too lukewarm. Sauce was not special.
Espinaca ($5) sauteed spinach, pine nuts, golden raisins was an average spinach dish.
Gitane Restaurant and Bar is a very stylish and fun place. The food is average, nothing amazing. We would recommend going here for drinks and a couple small plates. Bigger meals get pricey, causing value to severely erode.