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Gitane

Mediterranean Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Tanya N.
    Tanya NahoumSeptember 11
    Good food and dark atmosphere in union square
  • Nic W.
    Nic WernerSeptember 2, 2016
    Escape the crowds and have a quiet drink here. Well-priced and varied wine list
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchulzJune 15, 2016
    Great food although the portions were a bit small. The octopus appetizer was my favourite dish of the night.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KFebruary 16, 2016
    Amazing food. Really romantic ambiance. Perfect for date night.
  • David S.
    David S.January 5, 2016
    This was not a nice experience. Service is very stiff in a leisure setup. Waiters seem not to know what they are serving. Many times we sat with empty glasses, forgotten orders, missing forks.
  • Dustin W.
    Dustin WilliamsDecember 27, 2015
    Great date spot! The food was fantastic - salmon and filet mignon. The service was excellent as well!
  • David S.
    David SmithNovember 21, 2015
    Excellent cocktails.
  • Nana
    NanaNovember 8, 2015
    Very pricey and not enough food 😖
  • dpb
    dpbJuly 31, 2015
    Just phenomenal.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJune 25, 2015
    Nice heated outdoor patio. Good food.
  • Derek P.
    Derek PetersenJune 3, 2015
    Drinks are amazing. Food... not so much
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightApril 22, 2015
    Pisco punch, blood orange salad, and scallops were good.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HApril 18, 2015
    Food is pretty good but ever so slightly outdated (that Mission competition tho) and inconsistent (changing of chefs). Otherwise, super sexy secluded date spot 😍.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Great food and drinks at this gem in FiDi. Heard they have a good happy hour
  • Olinda H.
    Olinda HOctober 18, 2014
    Cheese board and prunes stuffed with goat cheese
  • Robin H.
    Robin HouckenOctober 7, 2014
    Hidden treasure in a tourist area
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongAugust 15, 2014
    Burrata to start. Great wine list, and food is all very high quality.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Sherry; tasting menu that might include pan-roasted duck with Tempranillo chile puree, pears and baby turnips. Read more
  • Jodie S.
    Jodie SteinbergJuly 6, 2014
    By the way. It's not bacon wrapped prunes it's fig and amazing. Get the veggie cocas.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMay 24, 2014
    Try the lamb tartare and ceviche apps!
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoFebruary 23, 2014
    sad how the very poor service is opposite to the great food
  • Carina N.
    Carina NgaiFebruary 9, 2014
    Chicken liver patè, Rioja, bacon bonbon, winter squash soup, everything!
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HerbertFebruary 4, 2014
    I had the Bacon Bon Bons for my first time the other night, and holy crap. Breathtaking. As was everything else I had, but those bon bons are the things dreams are made of!
  • Etienne P.
    Etienne PFebruary 1, 2014
    Great date spot!
  • Zane G.
    Zane GanJanuary 30, 2014
    BACON BON BONS ALL THE WAY. Seafood tajine is also good for sharing :)
  • Adam G.
    Adam GreenbergJanuary 26, 2014
    Super bomb. But don't tell Vasana
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Chen December 15, 2013
    Beignets, best dessert ever!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Chen December 15, 2013
    New York rib eye.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Chen December 15, 2013
    Forgot which appetizer this was...
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Chen December 15, 2013
    Hen, so damn good.
  • Timothy C.
    Timothy ChurchwellNovember 9, 2013
    Bacon bon bons!
  • Heather A.
    Heather AOctober 20, 2013
    Get the meatballs.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CoxAugust 15, 2013
    Quinoa vodka! So smooth!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJuly 26, 2013
    Lamb tartare is only served Mondays.
  • Ron Z.
    Ron ZakayJune 1, 2013
    Never a bad meal; always a spectacular culinary feast.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMay 20, 2013
    Absolutely stunning. Start with the lamb tongue with sweetheart, then work your way to the duck with dirty farro. Wash it down with a signature cocktail and tell your friends about this amazing place.
  • Robin S.
    Robin SimpsonMay 3, 2013
    The duck is really good!
  • Tyler G.
    Tyler GoughApril 30, 2013
    The bacon wrapped Bon bons are a must.
  • San F.
    Try the Valencia rice a la plancha, as well as croquetas ($8) stuffed with braised rabbit and melty manchego.
  • Line A.
    Line AtallahMarch 29, 2013
    Order the Jamon Iberico.
  • Iulia C.
    Iulia ChiriacFebruary 27, 2013
    Try the rabbit with a glass of white wine for a true French experience!
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithJanuary 8, 2013
    The food is great here, but I love just sitting at the bar and ordering cocktails! Try anything with mezcal, you won't be disappointed.
  • Shawna S.
    Shawna SundNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The sexiest restaurant in San Francisco!
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GodfreOctober 12, 2012
    Amazing flatbread! Lovely decor.
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana USeptember 13, 2012
    Table agrees. Want to makes sweet love to the olive oil ice cream.
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LeeAugust 26, 2012
    The calamari are truly a gem
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.July 26, 2012
    Lamb tartare, rock fish, and sangria
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The Iberian food is a natural partner to the best Sherry list in the Bay Area.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SiskeyMay 20, 2012
    You're going to want to try the beignets. They are spectacular.
  • Dave E.
    Dave EvansMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Ramon for whatever you want...he can make it.
  • Hope F.
    Hope FrankApril 26, 2012
    Beautiful restaurant
  • Jeremy
    JeremyMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely magnificent Old Fashioned's!
  • Katharine C.
    Get the beignets for dessert. Extra naughty sauce, keep the chocolate sauce. Hold the lemon.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveFebruary 10, 2012
    Food blogger Anita of Dessert First recommends Gitane. “The cuisine is a fabulously funky mix of Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Moroccan. Don’t miss the bacon-wrapped prunes with goat cheese.”
  • Mandy ✨.
    Mandy ✨💫December 8, 2011
    Must try: lamb tartare
  • Jesus L.
    Jesus LaraDecember 3, 2011
    Great bar, super hip vibe. Will definetly be back:-)
  • Chase L.
    Chase LinNovember 26, 2011
    Very definition of a hidden gem.
  • Dave E.
    Dave EvansNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Alex to make you a Black Sabbath cocktail. You won't be sorry you did.
  • Tara A.
    Tara AmatoNovember 13, 2011
    favorite restaurant in the city! a hidden gem. from the decor to the bar to the menu to the bathroom amazing!!!
  • GG
    GGSeptember 22, 2011
    Meg said: I must say the last time that I had funky/interpretive and Mediterranean food of this ilk - it was in Barcelona...The food is fairly good - and the drinks are out of this world!
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 15, 2011
    My bar for dates and their plastic. The lighting, the ambiance....J'adore. Frou frou drinks.
  • wl c.
    wl chenAugust 20, 2011
    Drink the punch, eat the pork chop :D
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurrayAugust 15, 2011
    Great date place! Dim lighting and great drinks and appetizers. The downside is that it is somewhat located in Union Square which makes the the whole parking situation somewhat crappy.
  • Anastasia P.
    Bacon Bon Bons? Nectar of the Gods
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2011
    You’ll want to sink your teeth into Gitane’s luscious, richly textured interior, but save yourself for rare lamb tartare, Mediterranean flatbreads & a seasonal selection of tajines. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    Get a table at the outside patio of this hidden away romantic spot. Enjoy Bacon Bonbons, the stuffed Calamari, the Fideo Mixta and maybe a side of Rabanetes.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST RESTAURANT FOR THE VAMPIRISHLY INCLINEDLocated down a dim, narrow alley but the glow of the bar turns the bottles of liquor into liquid gold.. Read more
  • shane r.
    shane robinsonApril 29, 2011
    fantastic scallops, super Serano ham, cheese and spinach hot breads
  • Shiri W.
    Shiri WeinsteinApril 17, 2011
    Chicken tajine, scallops, and bacon bons- all a must.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 17, 2011
    Drinkkk
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 17, 2011
    Drink
  • Lehua H.
    Lehua Hoopai SparrowJanuary 28, 2011
    Get the Calamares and check out the bathroom (at separate times)
  • Anya N.
    Anya NoJanuary 26, 2011
    Try the oxtails.
  • Charbay W.
    Try a cocktail with local distillery (that's us!): Charbay
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercySeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon bon bons are all you need to know. Oh, and the hidden bathroom is kind of cool.
  • mich_elle
    mich_elleSeptember 11, 2010
    Rendevous
  • Rita K.
    Rita KillileaJune 27, 2010
    Get the coupe glasee! So refreshing!
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FitzgeraldJune 10, 2010
    Franc has figured out good dining. He started with Cafe Claude and now with Gitane, hits it out of the ballpark. Great work and reminds me, I need another Gitane fix. :)
  • Toby M.
    Toby MasonMay 14, 2010
    Bacon Bon bons are amazing!
  • Trixia F.
    Trixia FuMarch 27, 2010
    The "Bouquet" is a MUST try cocktail!!
  • Randy A.
    Randy AlmandMarch 24, 2010
    Try the sazerak. Comes with a great story and it's a fantastic cocktail.
  • Maurina V.
    Maurina VenturelliJanuary 25, 2010
    Eat dinner
  • Laura D.
    Laura DNovember 29, 2009
    Great food, fun cocktails, AMAZING atmosphere - the decor is really cool. Read more
  • rachel r.
    rachel rapaportAugust 19, 2009
    get there right at 5:30 to grab a seat at the bar... order a salzarac first and then ask the cute bartenders to make you their latest yummy thing
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LeonJuly 12, 2009
    Will be there later for dirnks; I think.
  • Raul K.
    Raul KeallyJuly 4, 2009
    order a Bronx cocktail
  • Clynton T.
    Clynton TaylorJune 28, 2009
    Amazing decor, cocktails, food, and service.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PaulusMay 2, 2009
    order the bacon Bon bons. they are devine!
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