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“Fantastic!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Atelier Crenn

Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3416 (Marina District)
415-440-0460
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Ranked #302 of 5,102 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Marina District
Cross street: Filbert
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This place is worth every red cent plus some!!! Do not walk , run to get here and eat!!!!
Dominique ( hope I spelled that right ), she is simply one of the best!

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“poetic menu, beautiful meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Walk in from the busy street, be calm at the wide table with the clean lines of Atelier Crenn. Artistic, thoughtful and beautifully executed are the components of the meal. The Chef herself comes to say hello to each table after the meal.

Seasonally crafted, I remember the white chocolate filled with an appetiser aperitif. A feast for your eyes and a mirror to the palate.

I would highly recommend you go. Love a dish, or fault a dish, but you will find yourself caught in a dialogue almost like art. I look forward to going back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hudson, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
471 reviews 471 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 127 cities Reviews in 127 cities
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
“Mathematical, surgical, fluid artistic experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Let me start by getting this out of the way - This is a "male" dominated environment, and Chef Crenn holds her own. WELL DESERVED 2 Michelin stars. WHEW! Glad I did that. Now, lets get to the basics. This is NOT your every day dining. This is "AFFORDABLE" poetic molecular gastronomy meets unapologetic technique. Chef and her immaculate team, make the elite "food geek" experience, approachable to the everyday self proclaimed home foodie that can't afford French Laundry or El Bulli (SIGH!) but wants to feel that experience once in a lifetime. The restaurant is small, immaculate, tastefully demure (if you blink, you WILL miss it). It seems innocuously unpretentious - no dress code - but it is creatively pretentiously approachable. EVERYTHING is calculated - down to the "physique" of all the staff - some are taller and tower over the environment where they can navigate the deceptively tight quarters, and some are "shorter" and can engage the sitting diner with refrained but unmistakable passion for the master behind the vision. The menu is concealed in "poetry", with each "amuse bouche" serving totally confusing your senses - you think you understand what you see, yet your primitive palate will know EXACTLY what you have ingested - leaving you visually stimulated and palately pleased. Its crazy, crazy delicacy in motion. I know self proclaimed poets that come from the science and physics world - and their mathematical poetry is PAINFULLY calculated and not human, almost metalic cold boredom... Chef is as mathematical and calculating, yet the food is fluid, beautiful and sublime yet - familiar... A salad is no larger than the bottom of a tea cup... dainty microgreens carefully tweezed into a merengue... you pop the entire portion in your mouth, and the merengue shell melts into an oh-so-familiar vinaigrette - a one bite SALAD! An ENTIRE bowl in ONE PERFECT HARMONIOUS BITE! It transcends cooking shows, home cooking, Star Trek gastronomy... It overwhelms and soothes. Call for reservations. She books 4 months in advance. But if you want to have an experience you can not cook at home (unless you are a molecular gastronomist or a crazy scientist) - this super thin, in-your-face-Im-here-and-you-will-be-blow-away (but thank you for loving my food) Artistic gastronomist, is simply delightful. And her staff will pamper you and satiate you until you feel like you are the "only one in the room"... Give yourself 4-6 hours. And enjoy!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakdale, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Yes, one of the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We had a very enjoyable meal. I highly recommend this restaurant. There was a lot if creativity put into the courses. The decor was simple yet nice. I didn't like how loud it got as the restaraunts filled up. It became increasing difficult to converse with my spouse. This is a common problem in your average San Francisco restaraunts, but this restaurant shouldn't be average.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Uneven Flavor Profiles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Rarely do we disagree with the Michelin ratings, but we do not understand how Atelier Crenn rates two stars. While the dishes were innovative, the "flow" of the flavors from one course to the next were uneven, with overwhelmingly sweet and/or salty courses that followed a light and crisp dish. For example, the onion soup was so sweet and simultaneously salty that it was almost inedible.The "carrot jerky," too was like a sticky toffee that was delivered mid-meal. That said, there were some outstanding dishes, but since the menu is more of an overwrought piece of prose, rather than being descriptive of the courses, I can't describe the meal items. Service was impeccable and friendly. The decor was simple, yet refined. Chef Crenn came out to greet all diners, in a genuinely welcoming manner. Overall, it was a very good experience, but not worth the $500 per person for the dinner and wine pairings.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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