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Restaurant Gary Danko
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Ranked #12 of 5,737 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $70 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Austin, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth the price!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

My daughter brought me to SAN FRANCISCO for my birthday,she insisted we go here for dinner one night. It went above our expectations in every way. The wait staff were outstanding and the food was wonderful. The choice of three/four/five items regardless of course was a nice treat. Definitely a splurge but we'll worth it.

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San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great, but pricey”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

A must see/do for a visit to the Bay. Dont be shocked by the prices because you are at one of if not the most famous place to eat in San Francisco.

  • Visited January 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A "Gastronomic Temple" that actually earns its reputation!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Having recently been to many top-rated restaurants that seemed more interested in showcasing their brilliance, it was refreshing to experience Gary Danko's focus on ensuring diners have fantastic experiences. The service was both warm and friendly; the food was perfectly prepared and presented without unnecessary pretense.

Because all servings are generous (no "tasting sizes") and you have the ability to choose "all entrees" (instead of the usually mandatory starter and dessert), you should be cautious ordering more than the three course menu. They offer so many gratis courses that you still end up with an interesting beginning and sweet ending without the additional courses. The risotto, roasted lobster (again, no supplement) and venison were all amazing.

Book early - and use Relais & Chateau hotel/restaurant contacts if you have them to secure a table.

Visited January 2013
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Canberra, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Impressive”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Like others from overseas, we made our reservations at Gary Danko's before we left Australia. Didn't want to miss out on this experience. We were not disappointed. Everything was impressive - the ambience, service, food. A great sommelier who knew just what would please our palate as well as match the food and an extraordinary and very likeable waiter (Jimmy) whose humour and patience (we were a bit indecisive) turned a great evening into an exceptional one.

Yes, it is expensive but definitely worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
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Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful Venue, Decent Upscale Meal”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

If your goal is to dine under a recognized name in ambient surroundings, Gary Danko is a good choice. The servers are pleasant, if not overly friendly. The space has a welcoming hum. The problem is that for a one Michelin-starred restaurant, nothing about our meal stood out as memorable. Sauces either overpowered, or had no flavor at all. I'm not going to salt a plate at an establishment like this. For the price, I'd like to see more innovation. After all, when you pay this amount for a meal, you're also paying for the entertainment element of the evening.

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