Famed chef Traci Des Jardins’ restaurant is so sophisticated you may as well be eating at the nearby Opera House. An eye-catching curving staircase leads to an oval atrium, where locals and out-of-towners alike indulge in French-Californian dishes, such as bacon-wrapped rabbit or trout amandine. It's also a draw for pasta lovers—a nice selection (agnolotti, tajarin, garganelli) are available as an appetizer or main. Downstairs is the lounge menu, with smaller plates and smaller price points.
Jul 22, 2008
I made a reservation at Jardiniere after finding more highly recommended and rated restaurants already booked. We had a couple cocktails at the bar, which were pretty good (and pretty expensive). We ordered a salad, which was pretty good, and a couple of glasses of wine which were great. My wife ordered the duck breast for her main entree and I ordered the Wagyu steak. The duck breast was really good. Wonderful glaze and sauce. The steak was a huge
disappointment. As the most expensive entree on the menu ($60), I was anticipating a perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth meal. Instead, I got a overly-charred (I ordered medium-rare), hard to cut piece of bland meat. The tastiest part was the garlic and spinach garnish. I have had much better steaks at a neighborhood chain restaurant. All-in-all, the experience was not worth the money. Great staff, good atmosphere, but very inconsistent food. At the prices they charge, I would expect nothing less than great across the board.
Jul 30, 2007
I loved the food (oysters and halibut are divine) and the service was first rate but the vibe of the place feels a bit dated. Thankfully, the restaurant notices this too and is getting a much needed makeover in late August. Can't wait to see the end result.