Sorrel, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Sorrel

3228 Sacramento St

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-525-3765

Sorrel Website

Sorrel San Francisco outside exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Sorrel occupies the space that once housed Nico. Alexader Hong (Quince, Jean Georges) started doing popups in 2015 and moved to this spot in 2018. James Beard Rising Star Finalist. They received One Michelin Star in 2019.

Sorrel San Francisco Interior decor

You walk in and find another nice looking restaurant serving New American cuisine with fancy local ingredients, Upscale diners in the 40-60’s. Sounds like a formula for half the new spots in SF. Surprisingly the restaurant is very good, far better than we found Nico.

Insider Tip – A la Carte menu gives flexibility

Cuisine – New American
Location – San Francisco Laurel Heights
Opened – 2018

Service – Sorrel had decent service, a little lower key than some spots. They knew their stuff, pacing was fine, and we did not have to push to get things done.
Verdict – Sorrel impressed us. We were not expecting top notch food.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Sorrel Signature Dishes – Focaccia, Hamachi Crudo, Aged Duck, A5 Wagyu

Sorrel’s Menu has 2 directions, a tasting menu and a la carte. Ample options for vegetarians. Every changing menu.

Website Sorrel Menu

Sorrel Food Picks:

Sorrel San Francisco sourdough focaccia

Sourdough focaccia ($8) with cultured butter • sorrel ($3) is fantastic. Hot out of the oven. We wanted another one.

Sorrel San Francisco chilled pea soup

Chilled pea soup ($10) grana padano • sourdough crouton • thyme oil is perfect for vegetarians or the rare hot summer day. Very strong flavors.

Sorrel San Francisco hamachi crudo

Hamachi crudo ($21) cherry • buttermilk • elderflower seems to be on every menu yet they the twist with a sweet elements makes it nice.

Sorrel San Francisco Duck Liver brulee

Duck Liver brulee ($25) is on their instead of the banned Foie. This hits the spot with its light creamy texture and nice apple and cherry. Very well done brioche.

Cavatelli ($19) baby artichoke, Buffalo milk ricotta, guanciala is a top notch house made pasta. The chef has learned a lot from Quince! Really good.

Risotto ($34) has some sweet notes, but the dish with its many complex flavors is just fine.

Sorrel San Francisco king salmon

king salmon ($34) miso mustard • baby corn • lobster jus is a must order. Not too large a portion, but done just right.

Sorrel San Francisco squab

squab ($38) black garlic • spring onion • chewy beets is also spot on. Very tender, great flavor and just enough quantity. The chef is a big duck, poultry fan, so be sure to try this. Alas you cannot get the dry aged duck a la carte.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Sorrel Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
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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