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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

You can't go wrong when you just want good home cooking, at a more than fair price! Great for lunch, and great for dinner! Easy to park, and consistently good food. You can see why it's been here forever!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

Had the day's special - roast pork. Tender with not too much sauce. French bread and choice of soup or salad. I went with split pea soup. They don't have takeout soup containers and they serve a lot. It was good and thick. Side carrots...over cooked but mashed potatoes real. Decor simple, shopping center where located not high class. Presume dinner better option.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 21, 2019

Now with new ownership. Needs many improvements. This visit..bread was stale...rice & veggies were cold. Friend had error in their order. Do not think I will return. Old owners had it together, not new ones.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

This restaurant used to serve a killer rack of lamb and prime rib dinner that comes with good soup and tossed salad, but I noticed a deterioration in food quality about a year ago and my most recent visit this weekend has not shown any...improvement. The prime rib was only so-so and the rack of lamb disappointing. The soup was still ok although we noticed the portions were diminished and the salad is no longer a tossed one but rather a plate with different items separately scooped on. No wonder the restaurant was not full even on a Saturday night. Don't know what went wrong but this change is definitely not for the better...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

We were in South San Francisco for a birthday lunch. I had the Patrale Sole and my wife had the Grilled Salmon. Both served with veggies and choice of soup or salad. The service is good and the prices are excellent. This restaurant has that...old time San Francisco feel. Great birthday celebration!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

My family frequented the unpretentious Garden Club in the 1980s-early 1990s. Its still a great family restaurant with easy parking and easy prices. The Chicken Cacciatore is hearty and delicious. The Fried Scallops were flavorful. Our server, Adele, was delightful. Thank you, we will be...back!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

This place is at the end of cemetery alley on Old Mission Road but it’s great. Went on a Thursday and had a great time. The bartender, Scotty was friendly and entertaining. The food was plentiful and really yummy. I had a beautiful blackened New...York steak and it was wonderful. Had to take a good chunk home. The server, Adele was efficient and super friendly. Definitely a point of destination, even if you’re not visiting a loved one who passed on.😉More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Family style restaurant. Good meals at very good prices. Big free parking lot. Lady owner very nice. Waitress Helen very nice also. Will return next time in area.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

Never changes!! Same red Checkered Table Cothes! Same Old San Francisco feel!! The food is great! One of the few that still bring you bread and soup and salad! The soup and salad in big bowl to share! The stuffed chicken that came before main...course is wonderful I have been going there whenever I can for 40 yrs and have been away a long time this time. On a trip to Burlingame, a near by city, we drove to S.S. F. just to go to Garden Club A best kept local secret!! Don't miss out if you are nearby!!!More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

Arrived on a Sunday around 5:30pm Slight wait. Ordered the Prime Rib special. My wife had the veal cutlet. Meal starts with bread, soup, salad and ravioli, served family style. Ordered the prime rib medium, came out closer to medium rare. My son had fried...shrimp. It was ok. Meals also came with a dessert. While the portions were good, the prices for the meal was a little high for the atmosphere. It has a cozy family style feel to it. Service was friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

We went at 5:00 because we were in a party of 10. It just looks like a bar from the outside but the place was packed ! They serve a wonderful soup then salad. Both were great and I was full by the time the...platter of raviolis came. The waitress then brings out your entree. We all ordered prime rib which came with mashed potatoes and veggies. Did I mention then after all that, you get your choice of sherbet, vanilla ice cream, Spumoni or tapioca pudding ? Price was very reasonable ($30 including tip) per person. Excellent choice in South San Francisco.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

We come here a few times a year and each and every time its a great meal. Be prepared to eat a lot or bring home what you cant finished. The soup is terrific. I have to say my favorites are; vegetable, split pea, or...minestrone. Lunch is a really good deal and with any entree you get all you can eat soup! Dinner you also get all you can eat soup but of course the lunch is much less $$. My youngest ordered a burger and because he ate so much soup he took the burger to go. The burger was good when he ate it later that evening. Top quality meat. Chicken Piccata was a bit too salty for my taste but my husband liked it very much. Chicken Cacciatore was very good. I also have to comment on the service: At time we may not get the best service but your meal makes up for it. This last visit the waitress was awesome. She was very attentive and came to our table several times as we waited for our food. I wish I had her name -- I will see her next time and thank you again. I always like when the reviewer adds a photo of the menu! I have done so in this review.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Was able to make it to Saturday dinner after my friends & coworkers raved about this place; good classic food and large portions. We, 3 did not have reservations but walked into the restaurant bar area to see a long line. Figuring it was going...to be a long wait, we put our names on the list, and sat at the bar for a drink. Surprisingly, as soon as the drinks were poured, our table was ready. Sat in a booth on the side, and saw the middle section of the dining area, had large table seating for large family gatherings of 8+ people per party. We received water, (wonderful!) sour dough bread with butter, immediately. The waitress took our orders promptly, and immediately, we were served a large bowl of homemade vegetable soup. The soup was really delicious , and perfect with that sour dough. The shrimp salad came promptly, and we ate that... one tends to fill up on the soup/salad, so pace yourself! I ordered the calamari steak, lightly breaded.pan fried, and tender, My hsb ordered the roast NY steak with pepper sauce, and daughter order the seafood combo (fried items with pan fried white fish).. all orders came with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. I was so full from the soup/salad, i picked at the meal (& eventually packed it to go home). Husband had a glass of red wine (the most expensive glass on the menu which was not too memorable) . The seafood combo entree was varied and daughter enjoyed it. the meal ended with dessert: choc. sundae, vanilla ice cream and tapioca pudding. We were very satisfied and too full. The pace of the restaurant is very quick, and appreciated the maitre d' who came over twice to check on us . The noise level was normal for a restaurant with every table occupied with patrons. The downside was that it took a long time for the waitress to give us the bill, and come back to take the payment (20 minutes), Will return again, to try their prime rib (what they're famous for) and the good value for your dollar.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Was in area and returned again. Still the same family restaurant. All the soup you want with a meal. Helen a friendly waitress. Large free parking lot.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Good price on daily specials. Good service (Helen) Other servers not as good. Big free parking lot. Have returned a few times. All the soup you want at no extra cost.

Date of visit: August 2017
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ljhomer
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Response from bzbeehive | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you call the restaurant directly as I do not want to answer incorrectly. Garden Club, 1144 Mission Rd, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Phone:(650) 873-4910
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
After you posted your question, I got a copy of their menu. There is no dinner service Mondays and Tuesdays. Prime rib is on the menu Wednesday through Sunday.
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  • Food: 4
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