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Jardiniere

300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4419 (Hayes Valley)
415-861-5555
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Ranked #321 of 4,920 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Franklin St.
Transit: Civic Center BART, 21 Hayes, 49 Van Ness/Mission, 47 Van Ness, F Market
Description: Jardiniere, opened in 1997, is housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco's chic Hayes Valley neighborhood. Highlights of the elegant setting, designed by Pat Kuleto, include a gorgeous bar and stunning staircase. The highly refined and sensual food of Chef/Owner Traci Des Jardins is a celebration of Northern California's best seasonal bounty prepared with classic French technique. The J Lounge features a full list of specialty cocktails and wines, and offers a variety of creative lounge food and small plates. Its proximity to the theaters makes it an excellent place to dine before or after a show.
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San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I have loved Jardinere for many years and have eaten there many times. My husband had never been so for our anniversary I took him to dinner to celebrate. The food was good though the lamb belly could have been more crispy. My primary complaint was that the sommelier did not bring our wine until after our dinner was served.... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am disheartened to hear that our sommelier didn’t meet your expectations. I will be sure to relay your message to our wine department. We want all of our patrons to be well taken care of when they dine with us. I truly hope you will give us another opportunity to provide 5 star service. More

Canton,Ohio
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I do a good amount of travel and dining out. This was truely a wonderful night at jardiniere. Great wine selection. Well crafted meal from begining to end. The server was excellent and we just couldn't be happier with the experience. The flavor profiles were spot on. The sommelier new her wines and picked a great pairing. I will remember... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that you had a great evening with us and that Jardinière was a highlight in your travels. We hope to see you again on your next visit to San Francisco. More

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I owed a friend a post-SF Symphony dinner, and he made reservations at his favorite restaurant, where he is well-known. I'd been there twice in the past, and knew what to expect as far as their usual exemplary service and atmosphere - and that the prices would be commensurate with French fine dining. I'm OK with that for a special... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Alexinasf, Thank you for joining us for dinner, and leaving us feedback. Though the portion sizes were smaller than you were hoping for, I am happy to hear that our service and the flavors of the food were up to your standards. Chef has created a menu so that guests can enjoy multiple courses, and still indulge in dessert. We... More

Sunnyvale, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A visit to Jardiniere is quite a treat. Everything is exceptional. The quality of the food stands with the best in The City. Our server, Zach, was attentive, while not being overbearing. At the beginning, he asked us if we were attending one of the many venues in the area, and when affirmed, he managed to get us out in... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am so glad to see that you enjoyed your meal, and your overall experience with us. I will pass along your kind words to Zach and other team members. We hope to see you again on your next visit to San Francisco. More

Cloverdale, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Walked right by the first time, because the doors have changed from the martini glasses that used to be in these front. Went in because we wanted an early dinner before the opera and there it was... the same decor I remembered. We did not have reservations, but were seated at a table in the lounge. My husband loves duck,... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Dear Rebecca, Thank you for visiting us again and taking the time to write a review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your pre-opera dinner, and that the anchovy appetizer was a hit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We totally enjoyed our evening at Jardiniere! The meal service and wine service were magnificent! We planned an early, pre-opera reservation at 5:45; arriving slightly earlier, we were seated at once for a magnificent evening. Our shared anchovy appetizer with champagne was followed by vegetable/hen meatball soup and nectarine salad -- all delicious and so fresh. The ravioli were most... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Dear Sandra, Thank you for joining us for pre-opera dinner. I am so thrilled to hear that your evening with us was "magnificent". Your kind words are appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again. More

Montevideo, Uruguay
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We went to Jardiniere for dinner on a weekday (recommended in the Lonely Planet's edition of San Francisco). I appreciated the fact that we were given a table despite not having a reservation and the restaurant was quite full. It took quite a while before someone waited on us; I stopped four different people to have them take our order... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed overall experience. I will pass along your kind words to Michael. We hope you will visit us again soon. Enjoy your honeymoon! More

California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Given the restaurant is located next to the opera house and symphony, I had expected that they would be able to get us out in time for the show without rushing our dinner. But, alas, no such luck - entrees were served at 7:30 (for a 8 pm show) and there was no time for dessert. Their absence of timing... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am disheartened to hear that we didn’t meet you expectations. I will relay your message to the front of house team. We want you to feel relaxed before a performance, not rushed. I will make sure things go smoothly next time you visit us. We look forward to you visiting us again. More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We went for diner and experienced wonderful french cuisine and their wine list was exceptional. we dined on a Tues. evening and after eight o'clock the place emptied out because many patrons we attending the Ballet and the Opera that evening. The ambiance was quite nice once the maddening crowd cleared.

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Jesse, Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you had a wonderful time with us. Please join us again, we would be happy to have you! More

Auburn, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was our second visit to Jardiniere. We took a short trip to San Francisco for our 30th wedding anniversary. When we were choosing the restaurant for dinner, Jardiniere was our top choice. We visit SF often and have eaten at many of the cities restaurants. This is one of the best. The food was very delicious, and the service... More

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Stephen C, Front Office Manager at Jardiniere, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us again and taking the time to write a review. I am happy to hear that Jardinière is at the top of your list, and that the evening was an enjoyable one. As for the cheese puffs...sometimes we have them, so the next time you visit us, ask your server. If we have them, we would... More

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