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San Francisco Restaurants

Jardinière

Updated 04/30/2013

Fodor's Review

A special anniversary? An important business dinner? A fat tax refund? These are the reasons you book a table at Jardinière. The restaurant takes its name from chef-owner Traci Des Jardins, and the sophisticated interior, with its eye-catching oval atrium and curving staircase, fills nightly with locals and out-of-towners alike. An equally sophisticated French-Californian dining room menu, served upstairs in the atrium, changes daily, but regularly includes such high-priced adornments as caviar and truffles. (The tasting menu is available for $140.) Downstairs, the lounge menu, with smaller plates and smaller prices ($8 to $18), is ideal for when you want to eat light while visiting with friends or tame your hunger before or after the nearby opera or symphony. Cheese lovers will appreciate the wide variety of choices—both Old World and New—housed in the glassed-in cheese-aging chamber in the rear of the restaurant. The choice wine selection is worthy of celebration in and of itself.

Restaurant Information

Address:

300 Grove St., San Francisco, California, 94102, USA

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Phone:

415-861–5555

Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 04/30/2013

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By scoomoo

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Jul 22, 2008

Highs and Lows

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.

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Jul 30, 2007

Lovely place to take your sweetie

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.

By Bob

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Sep 22, 2004

Wonderful birthday!!!

Went here for my birthday and it was wonderful! I will return again and again ... Waiter was best in a long time and the food was excellent ... truly a grand experience.

By cheryl

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Oct 5, 2002

Consistent symphony restaurant

The atmosphere is fabulous. Particularly if you sit at the little tables around the balcony. Service is very special and food nicely displayed. High quality as well. Expensive but great for a treat before symphony and drinks at the bar after are alot of fun

By Brad

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Jul 9, 2000

Perfect Pre/Post Opera Restaurant

Jardiniere is a wonderful restaurant, with fine food delivered in a nice setting. The restaurant is close to the opera house and the symphony hall, making it an ideal choice for dinning.

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