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Chiaroscuro

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550 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Montgomery St)
(415) 362-6012
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 7
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
All of a Twist

Some unusual combinations that were, on the face of it, a bit off putting and a couple required explanation from the very helpful and friendly waitress. However, all the dishes we tried were excellent and the "twists" worked very well. The main course portion size is quite generous so, if working... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Alan T
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Warfield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Warfield, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Some unusual combinations that were, on the face of it, a bit off putting and a couple required explanation from the very helpful and friendly waitress. However, all the dishes we tried were excellent and the "twists" worked very well. The main course portion size is quite generous so, if working to a number of courses menu option, you'll need... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We found Chiaroscuro after walking round looking for a restaurant close to our hotel after a long day sightseeing in SF. The restaurant is very modern, with polished concrete floor as well as walls and some furnishings. Very stylish. The downside is a bit "boomy" acoustics, so the place becomes a bit noise with many patrons in attendance. Our food... More 

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San Francisco
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

6/5/2015 If you're someone who enjoys eating during a rock concert or doesn't mind dining al fresco while the sidewalk nearby is jackhammered, you may enjoy it. Otherwise stay away unless you eat here when it is at least half empty. Every surface in the restaurant is hard surfaces from the concrete floor (easier to clean) to the plaster walls... More 

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DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This was a great meal with lots of surprises, but real food. Too often restaurants offer food as art, this was art but also really good food. We had the 4 course tasting menu and everything was excellent. There were 4 of us and everyone left happy.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Seven of us dined here on April 10. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, the service outstanding and the food was delicious. Best meal I have ever had in San Francisco!

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Jamestown, Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I ate here last week. We had flown from the East Coast the day before and the hotel concierge said we could only get reservations here at 9 pm. We showed up at 6:45 pm, explained that we were very jet-lagged and were seated right away. The food was excellent but pricey.

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San Francisco, California
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

It was a Friday night, after work rendezvous with my wife for a somewhat early dinner in the city. Located in the Financial District, right at the foot of the Transamerica Building, this was my second visit to this smallish Italian restaurant. My first visit to Chiaroscuro had been about three years beforehand, and I was curious how the quality... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My wife and some relatives had a great meal on a Friday night at this restaurant. The service was attentive, knowledgeable but not over bearing or intrusive. The food was excellent, from the amuse bouche to the desert. I had a starter based on scallops that was a really interesting blend of Italian and Japanese styles, my secondi was some... More 

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went during the week and sat against the concrete bench. Food was great and I really enjoyed the pork and the presentation. Can't say that any tables were really dialed up too much but the acoustics of that concrete must really reverberate within the restaurant. Wow! See for yourself - maybe it was just a weird night.

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Ny,Ny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We always like dining out in San Francisco, and Chiaroscuro was no exception. It is pricey, but the choices and execution are flawless. We chose the three course prix fixe and were not disappointed. We also chose the wine pairing, which was exquisite. We would definitely return.

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Additional Information about Chiaroscuro

Address: 550 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: (415) 362-6012
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 550 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (Montgomery St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: (415) 362-6012

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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