1000 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Why did we dine here? – The Saratoga is a contemporary American restaurant in the old Saratoga Hotel building. It is park of the well respected Bacchus Management Group (Village Pub, Spruce, etc) The focus is on a high end pub with strong drinks as well as good food.
Insider Tip – Call ahead and go when they have Wagyu Prime Rib!
Cuisine – Contemporary American
Location – San Francisco Tenderloin
Opened – 2016
Service – The Saratoga had professional service from a waitress that knew her stuff. No worries here.
Verdict – The Saratoga continues the tradition of this restaurant group. Solid food and service in an clubby historic atmosphere.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.
The Saratoga Signature Dishes – Hamachi crudo, Hamburger, Toga Tots, Walking Dead cocktail
The Saratoga’s Menu is fairly short and concise. 9 appetizers, 4 salads, 5 dinner entrees. Extensive drink menu.
The Saratoga Food Picks:
Mojito ($13) was tall, strong and flavorful. This place is definitely a bar with experienced mixologists.
Warm Parker House Rolls ($4 for 2) with Today’s Butter – Olive, Sea Salt is from their sister Mayfield Bakery in Palo Alto. Good stuff and an interesting Olive butter.
Baby Kale Salad ($13) queso aneo, pepitas, avocado green goddess was a favorite of the waitress. Beautiful and well dressed kale with some crunchy bits.
Mussels Cioppino with garlic crostone ($19) was a good sized bowl full of fresh mussels and some toasted bread for dipping.
Mole Fried Chicken ($21) pickled slaw, crema consists of lightly battered fried chicken smothered with a mole sauce. Very interesting. A spicy cole slaw is on the side.
Slow Cooked Tuscan Kale with tomato, garlic, chili, extra virgin olive oil ($7) was another solid kale dish. Eat those veggies.
Cracker Jack ($7) Caramel Popcorn, Peanuts, Maldon Salt is a fun retro snack from the past. Even has a little toy surprise!
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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