Such a lovely spot, whether you are celebrating or just coming to the bar for a drink. Great wine list and memorable French and California food. Great prix fixe dinners on Mondays.
Chef and restaurateur Traci des Jardins was on both Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters.
Good for pre-theater.
We went for our anniversary (we heard it was romantic)...and they gave us a lovely table near the railing. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The pasta (gnocchi) was excellent, as was the hen. The halibut was good, but not quite to the calibar of the other two dishes. It was a lively scene until the ballet started and the place completely cleared out, which made the scene pretty desolate. Both my husband and I are in our mid to late 30's, and the crowd was a little old for us.
I would probably only go back if I was going to the theater. Otherwise, there are other restaurants with comprable food for the price that offer a much more lively and/or romantic atmosphere
Dining at Nordstrom's during their semi-annual sale; terrible service and cold food!.
The reviews sounded great, nice jazz paired with great food in a whimsical atmosphere. I thought what a great place to a good friend for her birthday.
WRONG!!! It was like dining at Nordstrom's during their semi-annual sale. Too crowded with too many tables crammed together for comfortable dining and LOUD. I remember distinctly hearing a lot of thumping feet, with a din of piano music in the background. The jazz? The "jazz" was more elevator muzak. Too bad since the pianist was actually good.
I lost count how many times our table was bumped by both diners and way too many staff members, considering it was hard to remember who our server was. Maybe, the wait staff should spend less time complaining about management issues instead of looking angry and busy. Yes, nothing worse than service by a bitchy, loud wait staff.
Our busboy was GREAT though, and more attentive than everyone combined (we tipped him privately as he deserved it).
Food wise, we ordered the six course tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food arrived lukewarm to cold, therefore, nothing was memorable. The foie gras was good. The fish was fishy and the meat course - definitely cold and congealed.
What was memorable was the portion sizes; they were tiny!! This is a example of presentation taking precedence over the actual food. Needless to say, we actually ate several dinner rolls as we were hungry.
The price of this culinary fiasco, well over $300; the time wasted - close to three hours.
Would I recommend this place?? HELL no! For this kind of experience, take a tuna sandwich to Nordstrom's, eat it next to the piano player, and give the rest of your money to the homeless people at the Powell St. turnaround. Now that would be more satisfying!
Stunning. Traci Des Jardins and her wonderful team could create a 7 star meal in a shack, however, this restaurant is romantic and gorgeous. I like the fact more jeans are seen sitting at the bar -- rather like another Zuni on early week day evenings. Eugenio understands wine so well, you can always count on him for fair guidance. And Thad will make you a non-headache yet fabulous cocktail. Management crew are always more than helpful, even on the oft crazy busy days. If you haven't been, try it.
The Supper Club experience at its best. We went Weds night (2/28) for my birthday. The best experience from the second we walked in the door to the moment the valet dropped off our car. The food was updated french with an incredible wine list. Loved the six course tasting menu and the wine pairings were perfect. The room is elegant without being stuffy, and the staff's infectious enthusiasm to be serving you made us thrilled to be there. We weren't the only ones having a great time. The tables around us were filled with lively and contented diners, young and old.
Avoid valet, if possible. I enjoyed the food and the service. I had the grapefruit salad with crab and aioli, which was tasty and blended an interesting flavor of citrus. The croutons were soggy; that could have been eliminated from the dish. The sole was saltier than my tastebuds were used to, but the fish was cooked perfectly. The evening was enjoyable for most parts, and the service was genuine...UNTIL I went to get my car from valet. I had waited quite awhile for my car to come..being the 1st to ask for my car, and waiting for 5 cars to come and go before mine came--that was odd to begin with. Then, when I had finally got my car, I noticed some black "leaves" stuck on the outside of my car, but decided to ignore it. When I got home, I noticed that my passenger side seat was wet, and looked down on the floor mat to find wet footprints along with sunflower seeds littered on the floor mat. I looked behind, and noticed the same! The "leaves" on the outside of the car were eaten sunflower seeds! I trusted them with my car, and to have it come back in such a poor condition--can you understand my anger!?! For a pleasant dinner, it ended in bad memories of the restaurant even though their valet service was really an outsourced service. It's just a shame that it tainted the whole evening! It's also a shame that it's difficult to find parking in that area!
Great Service, but for the $$, go up the street to Absinthe.
We looked for a VERY nice restaurant to take my (once upon a time a chef) Mother out to dinner. She can be a little particualr when it comes to food, let's just leave it at that. I have a pretty solid restaurant background myself, so together, we can be a little critical. We had some oysters, they were wonderful, the service was pretty on---the kitchen, however, needs some help. I was bored by the salads, we had the warm bread salad (nothing on it was warm, the bread was not warm and ithe bread was soggy wtih olive oil)-not a winner, the "poached pear salad" did not have a poached pear anywhere in sight, it was like someone changed the salad but failed to change it on the menu for that night. It had very little to offer in terms of flavor, which was what I found to be the case throughout the entire evening. I had the seabass for dinner, one of my companions had the risotto. The risotto was the only thing that had any interesting flavor profiles AT ALL. At that, it was very one-sided and overkill on cheese, that was all you could taste was the cheese. We had eaten at Absinthe 3 days before and it BLEW THE DOORS off everything we had here, and it was about $30 less per person! We spent about $300 on dinner for 3 people. We had fun, because we always do, but our night out was supposed to be about the food. We decided to continue on and have dessert, we ordered the cookie plate, ti was nice, but kind of boring too, the best thing on it was a dark chocolate caramel filled truffle--that was the best thing about our entire dinner!
The Chef needs to use a little more reckless abandon, stop showing so much restraint when it comes to flavor profiles and make sure that the menu reflects what is being served in the dining room. Oh, and make sure when something is served warm, that the timing is right so the item arrives warm at the table.
A sophisticated, sparkling locale for high-end, well-crafted Cal-French cuisine.. Warm yet cosmopolitan, this brick powerhouse draws a moneyed crowd to its plush two levels. Given its location, Jardiniere is a popular pre- and post-symphony hangout. Since 1997, Jardiniere has offered superb Cal-French fare highlighting seasonal ingredients. Though owner Traci Des Jardins no longer mans the stoves, the menu hews to her vision. Creamy butternut squash soup with a whisper of ginger is an autumnal delight, as is the lightly balanced Dungeness crab, avocado and orange appetizer. Hearty roast lamb loin with flageolet beans and kale wards off winter chill, as do tender braised short ribs. Fresh steelhead salmon or swordfish are lighter and equally satisfying. For dessert, the bonne bouche platter is filled with whimsies like house-made truffles and chocolate petit fours.
excellent atmosphere, entrees; mediocre dessert and coffee. I love this restaurant. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is romantic (yet inviting for groups or just dining with friends), and the entrees are delicately prepared (with such care and sensitivity to flavor). The only drawback is the dessert and coffee (truly blah ... and no chocolate!). Still, I recommend it highly.
delish. this place has it all, from excellent service and delicious food, too a romantic ambience. it is definatly perfect for a special occasion.
Thank You Jardiniere. This is w/o a doubt one of the most memorable dining experieces I've had in SF. I've been in SF for 9 years now, and have dined at many of the cities fine establishments such as La Folie, Gary Danko, Boulevard, Slanted Door, etc but this tops them all. The food is magnificent-we had the short ribs and duck, the decor is stunningly beautiful with a nice bar, spiral stair case, great music, and the serivce your receive from the time you walk in to the time you leave has no equal. Their attention to every detail is incredible. In my opinion now, there is only one place to go for a special night, or date, and that is Jardiniere. My night couldn't have gone any better. Thanks!
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