609 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Why did we dine here? – Petit Crenn is the new restaurant from Chef / Owner: Dominique Crenn of Michelin starred Atelier Crenn.
“Petit Crenn is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Chef Dominique Crenn’s mother, grandmother and her home in Brittany, France.”
They serve a five-course menu is $79 per person (including service but not including tax and wine), but also have an a la carte menu at the bar.
5-Course Dinner is served twice nightly at 6:00pm and 8:30pm.
The bar opens at 5pm and is great for those without a reservation. We were able to slide right into the bar, around 5:30pm on a Friday.
This place had a decidedly older demographic, far fewer twenty-somethings.
Insider Tip – Go early to the chef’s counter and order what you like. The view of the cooking is superb.
Cuisine – French
Location – San Francisco Hayes Valley
Opened – 2015
Service – Petit Crenn had very good service when the place opened. Once it got busy, it faded fast.
Verdict – Petit Crenn serves up quality French food in a cute little restaurant. They give you a taste of Brittany without flying there. Another new French restaurant we like even more is Monsieur Benjamin
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Petit Crenn Signature Dishes – Trout, Abalone, Carrots
Petit Crenn’s Menu is all-seafood and vegetable. No beef here. Vegetarians will have fun here.
Petit Crenn Food Picks:
Monterey Abalone ($22) smoked carrot, red wine had a lightly breaded, pan fried abalone. Not tough and a strong sauce.
Chanterelle Mushrooms and Hen of the Woods, huckleberry, marcona almonds ($14) is a tiny but beautiful dish. Excellent mushroom given contrast from the sweet berries.
Roasted Carrots, yougurt, sumac, hazelnuts ($14) We saw them on the roasting pan, a bit sad looking. They were dressed up and had a zingy green yogurt sauce. Another good vegetarian dish.
Whole Fire Roasted Trout ($35) Cider Sabayon is a 1.5lb roasted fish for 2. Thankfully they deboned it, but it still had a lot of bones. Good stuff, but not for the lazy.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Moules Mariniere (Mussels), Josey Baker Bread, Breton Butter ($20) were ok. They could have use more broth and the bread was pretty burned.
We could not see how one would use the butter, as the bread was pre-buttered and a bit salty. We had mussels in another restaurant the week before and found them superior.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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