Petit Crenn, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Petit Crenn

609 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-864-1744

Petit Crenn Website

Petit Crenn San Francisco Exterior Decor

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.

Website Petit Crenn Menu

Petit Crenn Food Picks:

Petit Crenn San Francisco Monterey Abalone smoked carrott

Monterey Abalone ($22) smoked carrot, red wine had a lightly breaded, pan fried abalone. Not tough and a strong sauce.

Petit Crenn San Francisco Chanterelle mushrooms

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.

Petit Crenn San Francisco Roasted Carrots

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.

Petit Crenn San Francisco Wood fired Trout for two

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)

Petit Crenn San Francisco Mussels Moules Mariniere

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)
None

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Petit Crenn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Petit Crenn Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Djams
    December 28, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Hi, very nice post. I have a question about your visits, do you go to restaurants alone or are you a team of a number of people who visit different restaurants or does it depend?

    Thankful for answer!

    Best regards Djams!

    • Reply
      Foodnut.com
      January 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      We had several people dine at Petit Crenn on our visit.

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