Fantastic Dinner!!. My co-workers and I make it a point to eat at Chez Spencer, everytime we are in San Francisco on business. We have been here several times - and have never had a bad experience with the staff, food, tip, etc., as many of the below reviewers have. The food is fantastic - even the warm, fresh baked bread that they bring out first - but especially the filet mignon! This restaurant came highly recommended to us - and I would in turn, recommend this to anyone that might be dining in the SF area. Fantastic food!
Outstanding food and service: top notch and NO problems.
With 5 friends we had hands down one of the best meals ever in San Francisco, and the bar is pretty high with this group. We all ate a la carte for about $55 per person including one bottle of decent Burgundy. The food was a stand-out: this is not 'haute cuisine' but with classic recipes executed with rare art. Tiny, delicate asparagus with truffles. Melt in your mouth steak with morel cream sauce, perfection. A mushroom risotto that was like a fluffy cloud of forest flavor. Desserts that achieve the perfect balance between sweetness, delicacy and decandence, in particular a strawberry granita with champagne sabayon and an outstanding chocolate cake. Stylish decor. The staff were attentive and friendly.
**Note** there was NO evidence of any of the poor behavior other reviewers have commented on! No tip issues, no rudeness, nothing whatsoever except courtesy and discreet attention. No doubt any personnel issues have been resolved. This place is top notch.
Worst service I've ever had. The ambiance and food at Chez Spencer is great, but I've never had such terrible service at a restaurant. Our waiter was rude and unapologetic about the unacceptable service we received. I recommend spending your time and money someplace else.
excellent all around!. i hosted a birthday dinner at chez spencer and am so glad i chose this restaurant. the whole group (12 people) thought that the service, ambience, and food were all fantastic! the staff was kind, welcoming, and very accommodating, especially since we had a few more people drop in at the last minute. a BIG thank you to the host, hostess, wait staff, and kitchen for going above and beyond to make sure that we had an excellent evening!!
Waste of cash. Haughty atmosphere if your under 30. Treated as if we didn't belong there, the service was poor. Nothing ruins a nice meal like a subpar waitstaff who is only interested in getting to the next table.
Prix Fixe Perfection. After a pre-dinner cockail at WISH around the corner, we arrived at Chez Spencer for our 8:30 patio reservations to celebrate our six year anniversary. Our prix fixe menu choice was perfect and paired nicely with (sometimes skimpy pours) wines at each course. I did start w/the Lime Rickey made w/Pear Brandy, soda water and a dash of sugar and lime - and highly recommend it for a refreshing, light start. The frothy displayed oyster start was unusual, and it took the 2nd oyster for me to appreciate the direction the chef was going. For someone who prefers a plain, chilled oyster w/maybe a quick dip in vineagrette, this was a bit overpowering w/froth and spinach. The scallops were served w/tangy chunks of hearts of palm. I really enjoyed the watercress salad. The bitter - healthiness of the herb/greens were tamed w/a creamy dressing. I had the fish entree, which was a bit rich for me (although incredibly good), but hey - I was in a french restaurant afterall! The cheese plate which comes before desert was a generous selection of many cheeses, served w/walnut bread and candied walnuts. Our deserts completed the experience, along with a bitters shot concoction. Service was professional and warm. Although, they did whisk our plates away a couple times two or three bites shy of completion. Something like this usually impacts me negatively, but how can one be made in such a magical setting? I suggest this place for special occassions - we spent nearly $400! And, I'm not sure why people are upset about the auto gratuity thing when actually 20% should be the norm for a satisfying experience and people should in fact (as we did) ADD to the auto 18%. I say anything that makes life easier is a good thing. And Chez Spencer, is indeed, a good thing.
Fantastic, amazing food and great service!. So I'm not quite sure why this place is getting negative reviews. The owner is fantastic, makes his rounds each night, introducing himself and checking on the service. The waiters knew everything about the menu and incredibly helpful. I recommend this spot to anyone who asks as my favorite place.
Superb restaurant with an obnoxious finish. Chez Spencer is well worth the trip and the money. Wonderful, tasteful ambiance perfect for a date or a small group of friends who want to enjoy excellent food. One of the best menus I've come across in all of SF. But then, after a perfect meal and nice service, comes the bill with a tip already filled in (by hand, no less!) at 18% of an AFTER TAX total. This is bush league. JV. Mickey mouse operation. What kind of classy place demeans itself by having waitstaff write in their own tip? Embarrassing for them and offensive to me. What an obnoxious finish!
Did I just pay $200 to be insulted?. I wish I had looked at citysearch before going to CS. I would have never gone if I had read the negative reviews below. Our meal was rushed. Apparently, when you ask for an omission or substitution the waiters just nod but don't actually honor your request (small things like no nuts or milk instead of cream). Then what is really infuriating is it is apparently their policy to confront any patrons who leave less than 18% tip- this happened to us for leaving 15%. I thought tip amount was supposed to correlate with quality of service. Either way, I will never dine there again and I hope to save anyone else the trouble!
where are all these reviews coming from?. This restaurant is amazing in all ways. My pick in the city. I regularly eat here with my lady (when we can afford it). The service has never been anything but exemplary ( I have been working in restaurants around the world for years and have the knowledge to make this opinion). The people working there have always been very professional and knowledgeable and everytime we eat there the owner (I'm assuming?) comes over and is very gracious and funny. Maybe some might find an air of stuffyness, but that's because this is not a place for pedestrians. Go get some frozen tacos from the grocery across the street. Chez Spencer has immense class and incredible food and wine parrings to back it up. This is a gem, really my top pick in the city.
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