The recipient of the coveted James Beard cooking award, Chef Gary Danko practices his genius at his eponymous, 75-seat Gary Danko restaurant. ... More
The recipient of the coveted James Beard cooking award, Chef Gary Danko practices his genius at his eponymous, 75-seat Gary Danko restaurant. Reservations usually have to be booked two months in advance. Luxurious appetizers, flavorful entrees, and decadent desserts are the true crowd-pleasers here. The prix fixe-only menu includes dishes like Lobster Salad with Fennel, Citrus, Avocado and Mustard Tarragon Dressing and Seared Maine Scallops with Black Truffle, Leek and Potato Puree. Indulge in the special Flambeed Pineapple with Macadamia Nuts and Coconut Sherbet, prepared table-side and with gusto. An outstanding wine list featuring hundreds of California and French bottles is available.
Every year I go to the top restaurant in the region in which I am living. I am a chef who has traveled the country training and dining. I spent $600 dollars on dinner at the French Laundry last year, Oliveto another, Chez Pannise, Picasso, Le Bernardin, I know good food, service, and wine. As a fellow CIA graduate I had additional insight when it came to Danko's restaurant. I expect to be treated like a member of a family where we are the starving artists that will never starve. Yet I left unfulfilled and only able to afford a glass of Pierre Jouet for $18! The half bottles started at an astronomical ammount. The Server didn't know what the amuse was, the maitre d was the friendliest staff member there but that bordered on overly flirtatious. Very dissapointin. I would not got back and not only would I not reccomend it, I tell everyone that I meet in the industry to not waste their time.
My wife and I dined here recently, the food was great. We chose the 4 course dinners and each had the wine pairing. It was a great experience, they bring a different wine with every dish. I highly recommend the lobster risotto. Our waiter was great, very classy. It is very expensive, but worth a try.
My husband and I think this is The Best restaurant in San Francisco and I think it is very romantic. It is quiet and soothing so you can talk quietly which lends itself to an intimate atmosphere. I like the colors of the rooms and the restroom is so zen- like, too. The help is very professional , knowledgeable and very friendly--not distant. I love how when you end your meal they escort you to the door--just like we do at home for guests. The food is great--it's not so fussy and overdone that you can't distringish the ingredients. The presentation is great and is as good as it looks. The price is good. We ate at French Laundry and thought the price and food were better here.
The initial impression of the restaurant was good and the wait minimal. Service could be friendlier (genuine) but the menu was inventive and good. We will return, maybe we got the waitress on a bad hair day!
Food is excellent, my husband and I went there for dinner in 2002, end up it was a proposal set up by my husband and the host. Excellent food and service, and we still go back each year for our anniversery.
Prepare yourself for one of the most phenomenal foodie experiences in the U.S. Every dish has both flavors and visual appeal that transcend the usual restaurant experience . . . enjoy your SPECIAL OCCASION, cuz the cost is pricey (but WORTH it!).