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“Unimpressed for the price”
Review of Luce

Ranked #344 of 5,860 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: SoMa
Cross street: 5th Street
Transit: BART and Muni Stations close by (Powell Street)
Description: While Luce offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, it is the dinner experience that illustrates the true talent of the Michelin-starred culinary team. The approachable menu reflects the surrounding farms of San Francisco and changes according to freshness and seasonality. Pastas, breads and all desserts are made in-house allowing for a truly distinctive dining experience. In addition to the à la carte dinner menu, Luce offers a tasting menu showcasing the best of the season, allowing guests to explore the full range of cuisine at the restaurant. Luce has been awarded one Michelin star 8 years consecutively, and the Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence".
Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

We booked Christmas Eve dinner and had the price fix menu along with wine pairing.
To start with the hotel grappa bar was great. Excellent servers and vibe.
The restaurant was typical fancy hotel. Sterile with high ceilings and not very intimate. Lots of international travelers who didn't seem to be having fun on Christmas Eve.
The good:
Our server from boulder Colorado was charismatic and personable. Even apologized for the long serve time . We were there 3 hours! Not his fault.
The downside
We ordered the wine pairing with out meal and all 4 pairing were like being at art show wine tasting with 2 sips. The sommelier pretended like those two sips were going to change your life but for $55 I really wish I had just ordered a bottle!
With limited Christmas Eve options it was okay but total out the door was $400 for two people so not a great value in my opinion.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Hotel lobby, no ambience. Snotty staff, condescending if you are not agreeable. The soup was good, but the lamb was overcooked. The octopus was rubbery with a sad snapper on top. The snapper skin was grey and slimy. But the sommelier was top notch and very much aware of the flavor profiles.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Had lunch at Luce on a recent visit to San Francisco. Food was good. Service good as well. Wine selection was ... well ... good too. All in all, certainly a nice meal but nothing particularly makes Luce stand out above many other nice restaurants in San Francisco.

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Thank sazeracker
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Three of us had a dinner at Luce in October 2013. It was really fantastic experience. I am usually very easy to feed. But at that restaurant I really enjoyed quality of food. We share a bit, and all three dishes were fantastic. Service was excellent. Decor and atmosphere very appealing. The bill was commensurate with quality of food and service. This restaurant is highly recommended.

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Thank Ottavian
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Wow, Luce is truly a hidden gem. It's a Michelin-starred restaurant, with amazing food, and yet i's relatively easy to get reservations. In fact, this place has vaulted into my top 5 most favorite restaurants in San Francisco city (along with places like Gary Danko)

They have a $95 Tasting menu, but my girlfriend and I sprung for the $150 Tasting menu + wine pairing. We weren't disappointed. Each wine was exquisitely paired with each dish, and really enhanced the flavor of the food, and overall enjoyment of the meal.

Our waitress, Amanda, was also super friendly - going into great depth describing each dish and wine pairing. She really added to the overall experience, and my 5-star rating.

I would highly, highly recommend this place. The only downside was that it's in the Intercontinental Hotel, and has a somewhat hotel-like ambiance. Still classy, but the decor is little lacking just a little in personality. Nevertheless, the food and service more than make up for it!

Here's a detailed run-down of our tasting menu:
- We were celebrating a special ocassion, so Amanda brought out sparkling wine (on the houes) to start us off. We're already off to a great start!
- Jalapeño madeleines
- Amuse bouche: Apple parsnip chicory gelée
- Pacific amber jack (yellow tail) sashimi, paired with a delicious Reisling
- Smoked baby beets, paired with a light, California Rosé
- Waygu beef carpaccio with crispy sweetbreads, summer truffle, and barle-scented consommé, paired with a Matilda Belgian-style IPA from Chicago. One of my top 2 favorite dishes the whole evening
- Heirloom cantaloupe soda with olive oil, as a palate cleanser
- Butter poached lobster with sweet corn velouté, paired with a ZD Napa Chardonnay. This was my second favorite dish of the evening. The plated the lobster with shaved baby corn and strawberries. The shaved strawberries were an amazing touch - an explosion of sweetness to complement the salty tang of the lobster. And the oaky buttery-ness of the Chardonnay further enhanced the buttery creaminess of the lobster
- Roasted breast of squab with quince and pomegranate, paird with a Melville Syrah (2011)
- Dessert #1: Mandarin orange sorbet with ginger & mint gelée
- Dessert #2: A deconstructed peanut butter & jelly sandwich with berry sorbet

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