450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
Why did we dine here? – Farallon is an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco’s Union Square district. We were celebrating a special occasion and had not eaten here in years. This restaurant supports organic farming and sustainable fishing practices. Our last visit was in November 2014.
Insider Tip – Go for Happy Hour to sample the restaurant and save money.
Cuisine – Seafood
Location – Union Square, San Francisco
Opened – 1992
Service – Farallon had very good service but not top tier service. The waiter lacked emotion and was pretty stone-faced. No problems with refills or requests.
Verdict – Farallon is a beautiful restaurant that serves up very good food at expensive prices. Go there if you like beautiful restaurants, but similar quality and less inexpensive food can be found elsewhere. Nearby restaurants in the Union Square area include Bourbon Steak. 4% SF mandate for health care.
Signature Dishes – Raw Seafood
Farallon’s Menu is pretty extensive with lots of seafood and some non-seafood options.
Mojito ($12.50) was medium height, possessed good flavor and hidden strength.
Fruits De Mer (Grand Platter $70) Extravagant platters of iced shellfish extravagant platters of iced shellfish included oysters, crab, prawns, and lobster. This is definitely expensive but a waiter recommended splurge. Everything was fresh and delectable.
Oysters On The Half Shell – Beausoleil (New Brunswick) – Buckley Bay (British Columbia) – Chefs Creek (British Columbia) Clevedon (New Zealand) – Drakes Bay (Drakes Bay) – Effingham (British Columbia) Malpeque (P.E.I.) – Saint Simon (New Brunswick) Littleneck Clams (Massachusetts) $3.50 Each – Very fresh and a nice assortment of different but pricey oysters.
CHILLED 1/2 POUND MAINE LOBSTER haas avocado mousse, salsa cruda, lemon a•oli $21 – Also very fresh and cooked perfectly.
HAPPY BOY FARMS HEIRLOOM TOMATOES toasted almonds, mozzarella, cavedoni balsamic $11 – Ripe tomatoes picked at just the right time.
Pacific Bay Scallops ($17) lemon scented gigande beans, delicata squash, roasted beech mushrooms was far more beany than we anticipated. A Mediterranean scallop dish with several different types of small mushrooms.
Hickory Smoked Arctic Char ($17) salt cod brandade, marble potatoes, meyer lemon vinaigrette is a signature appetizer that was recommended by the waiter. You typically see a smoked salmon on the menu, so this was an interesting change of pace. Highly recommended.
POACHED NANTUCKET BAY SCALLOPS semolina gnocchi, red pearl onions, early girl tomato fondue $16 – This was an excellent dish with small chunks of scallop and freshly made pasta.
Trio of Shellfish ($46) Maine lobster, rock shrimp & dungeness crab with black truffle risotto was an interesting combination of 3 dishes, something that looks like a Michael Mina trio. Very rich risotto along with some interesting lobster, and a well done crab implementation.
Pan Roasted Local Petrale Sole ($28) smoked Peruvian purple potatoes, sugar pie pumpkin puree, king trumpets included some nice veggie cubes and a dense crust. This fish clearly out shined the black cod.
Oven Roasted California Black Cod ($31) Portuguese kale soup, roasted carrots, silva linguisa was ok but a bit fishy. Next time we would order the sole instead.
Grilled Sterling Filet of Beef ($37) Yukon gold fondant potato, wild mushroom duxelle, red wine reduction was very good but a bit on the small side. Nice quality beef with a lot of accompaniment. Clearly the seafood is why you come here, the only folks ordering this dish probably do not like the other items on the menu.
PAN SEARED ALASKAN HALIBUT sweet white corn chowder, roasted pancetta, crisp leek tops $29 – Was small but excellent. The sauce was especially good.
SEARED MARYÕS AIR-CHILLED CHICKEN BREAST roasted mission figs, foie gras sausage, lentils du puy, port butter sauce $27 – Recommended by the waiter this chicken had a nice crispy skin crust. We rarely order chicken, but can recommend this one.
GRILLED CREEKSTONE FARMS PETITE FILET OF BEEF roasted fingerling potatoes, squash batons, shallot balsamic reduction $36 – Was also excellent but on the small side. The meat was very tender and possessed good flavors.
GRAVENSTEIN APPLE CRUMBLE huckleberry frozen yogurt, shasky farms red walnuts, barley oat streusel $10 – Was not too sweet and had a soft top and excellent yogurt on the side.
Ginger Beer Float ($10) coconut yuzu sorbet and black sesame yuzu macaroon sounded very interesting. This is an excellent dessert even though it sounds pretty mundane. Very delicate flavors make this an adult’s float.
Devils Food Cake ($10) chocolate cream, cocoa meringue, dried cherries, cognac ice cream was recommended by the server. It was a good dessert with very moist cake, but not spectacular.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
PAN ROASTED CALIFORNIA WHITE BASS roasted organic squash, lemon scented cranberry beans, chorizo de leon, rouille $29 – Was spicy even though it was not indicated as such. A decent size portion at least.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
SUMMERTIME LIME SORBET cucumber-Nolet gin granita $8 – Was extremely sour, do not order it if you cannot handle that.