It's a nice place and plan to return. My date and I went to Circolo, after a horrible dinner. Of course, thats at another location on Folsom St. & 14th. Circolo has a nice ambiance and heard the food is very tasty. I haven't exper;ienced any dishes, but I will return. The cocktails are tasty and the prices are reasonable. The crowd is acceptable with no kids running around. We stopped in for a couple of drinks and moved onto the next lounge. I live in the area and there are some nice lounges in the area. This area isn't over saturated with tunnel and bridge people coming in. Though, I heard Circolo's dance nights, can be quite different from our own experiences. Eitherway, I haven't experienced anything negative and will continue my patronage.
Good desserts. Circolo is located at the former site of Gordon's House of Fine Eats. The decor is very hip for the younger set with black and dark red walls. It doesn't get busy on a Saturday evening until 8pm. For appetitzers, the tuna tartare is scrumptious with sm. bits of mango, served over chips. 3 large duck raviolis are savory and the lobster bisque portion can easily be shared by 2. The fried calamari dipped in a lime sauce was delicious. The tasty rib-eye steaks were covered in a brown sauce, with mashed potatoes that had a kick of heat to it. The grilled Chilean Sea Bass tasted bland. The whole Dungeness crab had a savory brown sauce which was drenched over the garlic noodles served with it which made the noodles too salty. Desserts were the highlight of our meal. The chocolate decadence cake was cooked slightly too long because the "molten" chocolate didn't ooze out like it should, served w/a scoop of ice cream. The green tea mousse phyllo was the best, with two-3 inch long bars and a scoop of choc ice cream in between. The mousse texture was like ice cream, firm and cold and a delicious complement to the crispy phyllo. The fruit crepe was a healthy alternative. Our server was friendly and attentive and the wait staff kept our water glasses full and had our napkins refolded on the table when you returned from the restroom. Large portions and good food overall. Definitely plan to be back.
Inexperienced Bartender, Under staffed and lack of customer service.
First off, we arrived with another couple. They only had one bartender and the bar was maybe half full. It took us at least 10 minutes to get our drinks. She had the personality of a tree stump. No smile, nothing. The drinks were not poured right. A redbull and vodka should taste like redbull and vodka. Not straight red ull. She didn't know what a vodka press was.. That is a basic drink. I was not impressed at all.
If you are in hurry don't eat here. They had only one waiter for the back room for Saturday night. Terrible. They over 45 minutes to bring out the appetizers and it was probably a good hour in when I had to flag down our waiter to let him know that we have been ready to order our entree, which took a good 45 minutes to arrive.
The food is good ,but definitely not worth the wait. They need to hire a new bartender with a personality and experience and they need to hire more waiters.
creative, tasty food. We went for the Dine About Town prix-fixe 3-course special and it was great. Did a wine pairing with it which was a good deal, about $15 for 3 glasses of wine. Appetizer was a mixed green salad w/ a round of goat cheese that was crispy on the outside and creamy inside. My entree was presented very nicely, like something you'd see on Iron Chef. A flat plate w/ 3 smaller dishes, sweet potato souffle, risotto, and asparagus in pastry. Everything was flavorful and not too heavy, though the souffle tasted so sweet that it was almost like dessert. The wines with each course were very good, though I don't remember what they were. The ambience was a little strange, like a night club, but it was fine. Overall, I had a good experience and would go again.
Very attentive service, but nauseating food. After sitting in the lounge and enjoying a couple delicious and creaditve drinks, we were seated. Once at the table, the servers immediately offered their help with any food/drink questions we had. The menu didn't seem to have any cohesion and once we received our food, at least 3 out of 12 plates weren't barely even touched. My seafood risotto had to be sent back twice due to temperature isues with the seafood and texture issues with the risotto. I would absolutely recommend that you do not eat here, until they have worked out their kinks, gotten a good flow for menu choices and learned how to cook a decent risotto.
Love this Place. I can certainly see why this place gets such high ratings. We finally got over there last weekend, and the food is nothing short of fabulous! I had the Miso Glazed Seabass, which was soooo delicious. There's also a nice selection of appetizers. The only down side to this restaurant is there are so many delicious things to choose from, you'll have a hard time ordering! Nice bar area too, with great drinks. Definitely on our "favorites" list.
Sexsee, Chic and Fun. This was one great night I had at Circolo. It started with light appetizers and cocktail concoctions of the tastiest magnitude. The Tuna Tartare and Ribs were perfectly seasoned with sweet and spiciness. The drinks were balanced in such a way as well, with a twist on the ordinary Mojito with the addition of Mango juice! Im going to steal this. Anyway, we have a lovely dinner and the service was very attentive yet unobtrusive. Thanks to the cute short haired blondie who had us entertained throughout. And what other way to finish the evening than with some booty shaking. The dj didnt have to save our night but it did help.
Terrible Service. I have been to this restaurant once and will not go back. Besides the fact that it was FREEZING COLD in the restaurant, and they have cheap bar stools and shoddy decor, this place also has the worst customer service on the planet. Let?s start with the food: 1) the crab salad had about 2 shreds of crab and tasted like garnish, totally gross. 2) The sea bass, although it was delicious, came out freezing cold. When we asked to have the dishes warmed they came back almost the same temperature. 3) The desserts leave a lot to be desired and, 4) the wine list is terrible. Even worse than the mediocre food, was the service. Our waitress was rude and very snotty. She even asked one of my friends if she had ever worked as a waitress because she, my friend, had asked a question about the bill. She basically told us she wanted us to leave because we were the last table there. Then the most horrific part of all, the waitress added additional charges to the bills. We split the bills amongst different cards and it turns out that the waitress ran an additional transaction for 30 dollars on my card and added a 12 dollar increase to others bills. Horrible place, do not go to Circolo.
Average food, awful service.. The first time we went to Circolo, we had a great experience. It was on a weekday night and our group was impressed with the atmosphere (the design of the place is gorgeous), the service, and - most importantly - the food. Our second experience - a few weeks later - was beyond disappointing. From the moment we called in to make a reservation, the person who answered was surly and not at all helpful. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were greeted with indifference. Heading over to the (mostly empty) bar, we had to wait 15 mins for a drink only to have our wine served in a glass that was still boiling hot and dripping with cleaning fluid. Not the best way to savor a wine. Once seated, things improved a little with our server. our dinner service was OK - not excellent but a vast improvement over the beginning of the night. The food itself lacked a bit of flavor, and the presentation was so so! We had the tuna tartare appetizer that we had enjoyed so much before but the fried yucca chips overpowered the taste of the fish. I was surprise to read all the positive reviews - with so many stellar choices in the city, this one did not whet my palate.
San Francisco's Best Kept Secret.
I was looking for a dining experience like no other while on vacation this week. I ate at other restaurants before during my past visits, but nothing really capitivated me like by the essence and the Zen feeling from Circolo. From the moment I clicked it up online until I was sitted, I know I wanted to be there. Once I was sitted Sarah, the hostess and waitress for us that evening because they close the kitchen at 8:30 on Sundays. I had a reservation exactly at 8:30 and at no point did my dining companion & I feel rushed to dine quickly.
The Food was phenomenial looking and tantalizing taste for your mouth. An understatement given by my companion and I jointly. I had the Empanadas con Carne and he the Cerviche. I would have been in heaven just on my appetizers but then our meals came. The Augus Ribeye and all its dressing and the Sea Bass. I am usually not into fish but my taste buds were awaken. The food was great, no more to be said about that.
Lastly, Chef Patrick Kehler came to us with a treat. Two of the best desserts I have ever tasted and I have traveled the world as a dessert lover. A Pumpkin tart with ice cream and Dulce de Leche Empanadas with coconut gelato. He personal thanked us for choosing the restaurant and coming from so far across the country and dining at his restaurant. Hands down the honor of having him thank us, when we were praising his craft.
In short, check it out and enjoy the ambience, the flair, the food and staff. San Francisco has a jem with this restaurant. Thanks to Chef Patrick Kehler and staff. Headed there tonight with reservations again...see you there!!!
Fans for life...Jazz & Tom
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