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Gary Danko

New American Restaurant$$$$
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  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo Bojalil1 week ago
    "Poached egg" and everything!!!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Finally had the chance to try the Michelin rated Gary d. French laundry is 10x better
  • Wilson F.
    Delicious food, with a special tip of the hat for the superbly fresh caviar and scrumptious quail. The service, however, is overbearing and gets in the way of one's enjoyment.
  • Rana K.
    Rana KhalilFebruary 22
    Best experience even dining at the bar
  • Greg L.
    Greg LoweFebruary 17
    Tasting menu
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Restaurant Gary Danko was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Oleksandra K.
    Oleksandra KhrapachevskaSeptember 9, 2016
    Amazing restaurant for special celebrations!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 4, 2016
    The lobster risotto at Gary Danko is a signature favorite. It is always perfectly cooked, rich, and memorable. Read more
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KimJune 14, 2016
    Great food and excellent service--nice for a special occasion. However, the space is a bit out dated and pretentious. None of the dishes were really that memorable
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley ArnoldJune 3, 2016
    The food was great! It was my birthday and they gave us a free chocolate cake + muffins for the morning!
  • Dean N.
    Dean NorrisMay 15, 2016
    Cannot make risotto. Shrimp were good. Again, how can you be a good restaurant that cannot make risotto?
  • Jamie F.
    Jamie FongMay 3, 2016
    The food and service was outstanding! Will surely go again if I have the chance.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15, 2016
    Cheese course is to die for.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PMarch 5, 2016
    Lobster risotto, duck, and warm butter cake!
  • C-Lyte
    C-LyteFebruary 18, 2016
    We had the venison and the duck as our main course, and they were perfectly prepared!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LancieriJanuary 11, 2016
    What can I say? The food is spectacular. The crispy egg appetizer and Filet of beef were phenomenal. What really capped it off was our knowledgeable, friendly and professional staff.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerNovember 14, 2015
    The risotto is amazing. As are the desserts. Get a lot of appetizers.
  • Sez
    SezSeptember 29, 2015
    The place is small and cozy. We had the five course and left extremely full. The dishes were excellent but the service was one of a kind. Chef Danko really likes to please his guests for sure!
  • Mel B.
    Mel BSeptember 15, 2015
    Risotto and chocolate souffle are amazing
  • Merve Y.
    Merve YavuzAugust 31, 2015
    3 course tasting menu is great be sure to include risotto :)
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultAugust 8, 2015
    French Laundry quality without the FL price tag.
  • Winston W.
    Winston WeissJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome spot! Try to frequent this place monthly! If no reservations, sit at the bar! Full Menu with an awesome staff!
  • Verna
    VernaJuly 18, 2015
    Quail with foie gras...amazing.
  • Es
    EsJuly 7, 2015
    The butter cake is the BEST. And I have had Maestros and this is better. Great service in the private chef's room. Great champagne and wine choices. And the cheese was superb.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LukJuly 5, 2015
    The excellent service is part of the package
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJune 25, 2015
    Lobster, duck, scallops are must haves
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 19, 2015
    "Itching to drop some bookoo cash on an unforgettable meal? Go to Gary. From the exquisite amuse-bouche to the last drop of port, every detail is flawless." -BlackBook on TripExpert Read more
  • jansen c.
    jansen cMay 13, 2015
    Awesome experience from start to finish. The 3, 4, 5 course menu gives you flexibility to mix and match (you could do five course dessert). Try their lobster and fillet, you won't be disappointed!
  • Bev B.
    Bev BozinApril 23, 2015
    Everything!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacMarch 22, 2015
    Really amazing dining experience. Pick # of courses AND which ones you want. How can a tasting menu get better than that?
  • R N.
    R NDecember 30, 2014
    american, luxus, sublime!
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieDecember 21, 2014
    The oysters with caviar and cream is melt in your mouth delicious. The lobster tail over mashed potatoes is a classic dish. I love coming here for birthdays. They make it special.
  • Gerard R.
    Gerard ReyesNovember 17, 2014
    Get five courses
  • Lillian Y.
    Lillian YoungSeptember 27, 2014
    Best service and dinning experience ever. Let them know you are here for a special occasion and you'll get extra special treats.
  • Jeanette R.
    Jeanette RomanSeptember 3, 2014
    If I remember correctly, the steals are delicious and they have an extensive wine list. Good dinner for birthdays.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 25, 2014
    The chocolate soufflé is Chef Danko's signature dessert. They serve the chocolate souffle with chocolate sauce and crème anglais. Read more
  • Samaher
    SamaherAugust 13, 2014
    Great for anniversaries and special occasions. Yummy food and specially the cheese course
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Something truly extraordinary is the food at Gary Danko. Read more
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    Named after its founder, one of the country’s most respected chefs, this classy eatery spins out meals that combine Danko’s classical training in French cuisine with California ingredients. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Awards galore, sublime service, a name that echoes five-star ratings, a killer menu. Yeah, yeah. For us, it's all about the little muffins they give you at the end of the meal, wrapped in gold foil. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Buckwheat blini with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and caviar; glazed oysters; roasted lobster with potato puree, mushrooms, edamame and tarragon; chocolate souffle with two sauces. Read more
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    Chef Gary Danko’s lemon pepper duck breast is really very good as is everything on the menu. If possible you should order the tasting menu!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJuly 29, 2014
    5 course meal for $111/person. Meal portions are generous and the staff is very attentive. Food quality itself was pretty decent.
  • Russ H.
    Russ HohenseeJune 11, 2014
    Amazing staff all around here. Great atmosphere and incredible food. The menu has a ton of options for a restaurant of the quality.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RosenzweigMay 11, 2014
    Vegetarians should opt for 5 course desert menu
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MeyerMarch 3, 2014
    What a fine dining experience! Be prepared to be treated like royalty. Great margaritas. Don't forget to get a breakfast muffin on your way out.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimFebruary 17, 2014
    Yes the risotto was damn good, but the Dungeness crab salad and the scallops stole the show.
  • Chris
    ChrisDecember 19, 2013
    The oysters and caviar app is amazing
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 17, 2013
    One Michelin star
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    You can mix & match a three, four, or five-course tasting menu. Whatever you do, order the fantastic cheese plate. – Green Guide Editor
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohNovember 14, 2013
    super flexible menu - pick 3, 4, or 5 courses, mixing and matching and substituting to your heart's delight. (lobster risotto a must)
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HongOctober 8, 2013
    Chocolate soufflé!!!!! Get it. You won't be disappointed.
  • Lor r.
    Lor rieOctober 5, 2013
    4 course is so worth it!
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Supposedly the best place to eat in all of SF.
  • Erwin C.
    Erwin ChanSeptember 17, 2013
    Have to do the cheese course! Pick the craziest cheese on there. You may not like it, but when will you ever get to try something like that?
  • Tami S.
    Tami SwitsAugust 1, 2013
    Corkage fee is $40 and can bring down the cost of the meal... But the sommelier is very good (and cute, young, and Australian!)
  • Oudi A.
    Oudi AntebiJuly 3, 2013
    The risotto was mind blowing!
  • Schlomo R.
    Schlomo RabinowitzMay 14, 2013
    I was pleasantly surprised that this place wasn't a marijuana dispensary specializing in The Dank.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TelferMay 6, 2013
    The Port is to die for
  • John P.
    John ParsonsMay 3, 2013
    Don't pass up the cheese, and you can have it served early or late in the meal. The lamb is excellent
  • Eva D.
    Eva DiazApril 4, 2013
    Life's short: get the 5 course meal!
  • Mari H.
    Mari HanikatApril 3, 2013
    Risotto- melted on my tongue. Soft, creamy perfection
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AbramowMarch 16, 2013
    Excellent all around - standouts were the cheese plate, lamb loin, and seared ahi tuna app is a must!
  • EM
    EMFebruary 26, 2013
    Lobster risotto was so good
  • Andy C.
    Andy CandlerFebruary 13, 2013
    Incredible service and exceptional food. A must when you are in San Francisco.
  • Eduardo V.
    Eduardo ValesJanuary 13, 2013
    The Tasting Menu Rocks. GD is simply: "Orgasmic"!
  • Tri H.
    Tri HuynhDecember 29, 2012
    Fantastic bathroom!
  • Nora H.
    Nora H.December 29, 2012
    Try a $3000 bottle of wine
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KaminskyDecember 20, 2012
    You can sometimes get a seat at the bar without reservations
  • Donna_C
    Donna_CDecember 17, 2012
    Exceptionally amazing food!! My favorite was the Duck and the Pork Tenderloin. The wine list was spectacular. You will fall in love with GD as I did.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    With his aromatic and decadent cuisine, Chef Gary Danko is a culinary mastermind. Learn how to cook where the he did, at The Culinary Institute of America. Read more
  • Anne M.
    Anne MatthewDecember 7, 2012
    The wine list is 78 glorious pages
  • Ludovic G.
    Ludovic GallerneOctober 17, 2012
    Oh Yes !!! Gary Danko just reconciliated me with american restaurants.. Risotto was exquisite while the duck breast composition mixed all sorts of taste... Cheese cart to die for !!
  • Morgan Elaine M.
    Morgan Elaine MorseOctober 10, 2012
    The caviar was incredible. They make their bellinis on site. Second time I've eaten here, and it was worth every penny. Even asked my boyfriend to marry me at the end. :) perfect evening out!
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionSeptember 27, 2012
    Highly recommend the oysters and chocolate souffle. If you can't get a reservation, try to walk in and sit at the bar.
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PerezSeptember 12, 2012
    Pork belly is amazing!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuAugust 20, 2012
    Do the four course (not the five)!
  • Mei L.
    Mei LamAugust 17, 2012
    Farm eggs.
  • James P.
    James Pimentel-PintoAugust 5, 2012
    Top drawer restaurant with modern American menu with a global twist. Fantastic venue, service and wine list . Couldn't fault
  • Karen B.
    Karen BigosAugust 2, 2012
    Try the souffles for dessert. Chocolate comes with 2 sauces & strawberry gets vanilla sauce + raspberry sorbet
  • Carlie F.
    Carlie FCJuly 28, 2012
    Lobster risotto
  • Jeffrey D.
    Jeffrey DavisJuly 25, 2012
    Well not the best service as we waited 1/2 hour. Also extremely loud. You cannot have a good conversation. Food was okay. 1st and last.
  • Dmitry D.
    Dmitry D.June 9, 2012
    This is one of the top restaurants in Bay Area, and even in the North California!!!!
  • @Nacron
    @NacronJune 4, 2012
    The flavors and combinations are tremendous. Bravo
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMay 17, 2012
    for foie gras!
  • Ardielyn F.
    Ardielyn FelicianoApril 9, 2012
    Great service. Food was good too.
  • Angelo C.
    Angelo ConcepcionFebruary 13, 2012
    Awesome Place..what can i say..a real 5star..applause.
  • Yoko
    YokoFebruary 4, 2012
    super good service and food
  • Super Z.
    Super ZuJanuary 15, 2012
    Prepare to be judged. Harshly.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJanuary 12, 2012
    Food critics laud Gary Danko's creative flair and flawless execution. Biographies highlight his incredible culinary achievements and many laurels. Customers melt over his creations.
  • jocelyn L.
    jocelyn L.January 4, 2012
    Seared foie gras, poached butter lobster, choc souffle- yum!
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoDecember 26, 2011
    Pretty expensive, but a great spot for a special occasion. Get the risotto as one of your courses (if available) and finish the meal off with the flambe or cheese cart.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HOctober 26, 2011
    5 courses left me overstuffed with outstanding food. Go with 3 or 4 courses. Also, any dish can be sized small for an app or larger for a main.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HanisonOctober 4, 2011
    fig Frangipani. yum!
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CSeptember 19, 2011
    Lobster dishes are great. Foie gras stuffed quail that's good. Pork belly was great. Sea bass great. Filet, cavier oysters, pork loin, sea scallops not that good. Ice cream sandwiches ok.
  • Toji ..
    Toji ...September 8, 2011
    Maine Lobster, Pork Belly, Pork Tenderloin, Lobster Risotto, Salmon, Beet Salad and Suffles all delicious...
  • James H.
    James HarveyAugust 25, 2011
    Favorite money-no-object restaurant ever!
  • JW N.
    JW NajarianAugust 24, 2011
    OK not in Los Angeles, but this is the best place ever!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaAugust 18, 2011
    You must have the glazed oysters with caviar. Also, the Louisiana butter cake is what dreams are made of.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Always a tough reservation, solo diners and couples can grab a seat at the small bar to enjoy the same three-, four-, or five-course tasting menus the rest of the room waited weeks for. - Inspector
  • Ashik M.
    Ashik ManandharApril 7, 2013
    Delicious.
  • Dima T.
    Dima TarasovOctober 5, 2012
    Действительно отличный ресторан! Персонал знает свое дело, без лишнего пафоса и очень дружелюбно. Советую набор сыров и собственную коктейльную карту.
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