Famous in the City for its atmosphere and its service, Masa's is pure luxury. Gregory Short, the executive chef of this intimate French-Californian ... More
Famous in the City for its atmosphere and its service, Masa's is pure luxury. Gregory Short, the executive chef of this intimate French-Californian restaurant, continually focuses on the flavor and aesthetics of the dishes served. The menu features an abundance of fresh game and shellfish delicacies. Ingredients such as foie gras , lobster, truffles and oysters appear in nearly every dish. The wine list and wine pairings are outstanding.
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and we both wanted to try the 9 course dinner. The 9 course was well worth the money because of the quality, presentation and the taste was so rich in flavor. Highly recommend the experience!
My wife and I had a fantastic meal at Masa's. We both had the 9-course tasting menu -- as couple, you get 2 separate menus, so there were actually 18 different items to taste. The food was absolutely fantastic -- definitely one of the top meals I have ever had. Prices are high, as expected for a first-rank San Francisco restaurant, but for a special occasion, Masa's is well worth it.
Went for dinner a few nights ago for a special meal. Last time we went Julian Serrano was the chef. That was one of the best meals of my life, so I wanted to go back, and was willing to pay what I knew would be a substantial chunk of change. Here's how it was:
Got all dressed up, and so did the rest of my party.
New decor was nice, although some of the paintings didn't go together (abstract dark paintings across from cheery woodpeckers with red dots and music scores ? No...)
Guy next to me was wearing a hoody sweatshirt and Puma sneakers in Kelly green. Another guy in a t shirt was working on his Mac while eating alone.
So much for the dress code. We could all have been much more comfortable if only we'd known...
The bathroom is now in the hotel, and is kind of plastic and cheap. No more bathroom luxury.
Excellent at first, but then the floor manager (head waitress?) went home, and things sort of went down hill from there. Everyone was really polite, but dishes got served to the wrong people, food was described incorrectly, courses weren't held while a member of our party was in the restroom, ...that kind of stuff. All fine in a good restaurant, but not in a world class restaurant.
Okay we spent more than three hours eating and it was all really really good, except for the dessert (more about that later.) Amuse buches (yum), interesting flavor combinations, palate cleansers, pickled watermelon salad, gelee's, fois gras, caviar which was amazing...all pretty spectacular. Excellent wine.
Back to the dessert, which was ...well mediocre would be nice..awful more accurate. I kind of think the dishwasher did the dessert because it was a huge deviation from the rest of the meal.
Would I go back? Well definitely if someone else paid, and maybe if I was paying (now that i have lowered my expectations and know I don't have to dress up -which I hate)
It was overall very very good, but not a world class restaurant anymore.
Masa's is one of the most exquisite contemporary-french restaurant in the city. It's certainly a very elegant experience. Their menu is very interesting. They have 3/6/9 course tasting menus. (priced $65, $85 and $115 respectively) Or you can do a-la-carte. Last time I was there, it was absolutely an amazing dining experience - period. I can't even highlight a particular dish here because all of them were unforgettable. Checkout their menus here now.
The restaurant environment is just stunning. Once you walked in, you're immediately a VIP. (You're also treated that way too) Details, details, details. Every piece of silverware and furniture is perfect is beautiful.
Although this place is a bit pricy, but the experience is well worth it. Definitely a good place to impress your date. She or he will be fascinated.
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