RNM Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 598 Haight St

    San Francisco, CA 94117

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  • 415-551-7900

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I am writing this review because I read the previous review and was shocked to read anything negative about the Matre'd. My sister and I go there regularly and the matre'd is part of what makes our experience so special. He is very polite and accomodating as well as super charming and pleasant. He has gone out of his way several times to make sure that we are taken care of and even though we are not "friends" with him, he has always given us special treatment and made us feel right at home.

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★★★★★

I am writing this review because I read the previous review and was shocked to read anything negative about the Matre'd. My sister and I go there regularly and the matre'd is part of what makes our experience so special. He is very polite and accomodating as well as super charming and pleasant. He has gone out of his way several times to make sure that we are taken care of and even though we are not "friends" with him, he has always given us special treatment and made us feel right at home.

Pros: great food and great service

Cons: not close enough to my house.

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We arrived early around 5:30pm, with the exception of the regulars at the bar, the place was completely emply. Nevertheless the snooty maitre d' gave us a hefty dose of attitude for not having a reservation. Thankfully the waitress was wonderful and the food delicious. The loud overconfident maitre d' annoying presence was a constant distraction to what might otherwise have been a pleasant experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

We arrived early around 5:30pm, with the exception of the regulars at the bar, the place was completely emply. Nevertheless the snooty maitre d' gave us a hefty dose of attitude for not having a reservation. Thankfully the waitress was wonderful and the food delicious. The loud overconfident maitre d' annoying presence was a constant distraction to what might otherwise have been a pleasant experience.

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Miniscule portions, rude host

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Rnm is an interesting restaurant that mixes American, Italian, and French food together. You can get a smaller plate for about $10-14 or a larger plate for about $20-25. The food is delicious and the service was excellent.

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★★★★☆

Rnm is an interesting restaurant that mixes American, Italian, and French food together. You can get a smaller plate for about $10-14 or a larger plate for about $20-25. The food is delicious and the service was excellent.

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We finally tried this restaurant this past weekend, and were glad we did. The space is really beautiful, and the food was amazing. We sat upstairs, which is very nice, as it's like a little mini lounge in itself. We started off with the mac and cheese, which is some of the best I've had. For entrees, I had the halibut, and my husband had the rib eye, both of which were delicious! We caught a glimpse of the mini burgers and the pizza at another table, so we'll definitely be back to try those as well! Definitely go to this oasis in the Haight.

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★★★★★

We finally tried this restaurant this past weekend, and were glad we did. The space is really beautiful, and the food was amazing. We sat upstairs, which is very nice, as it's like a little mini lounge in itself. We started off with the mac and cheese, which is some of the best I've had. For entrees, I had the halibut, and my husband had the rib eye, both of which were delicious! We caught a glimpse of the mini burgers and the pizza at another table, so we'll definitely be back to try those as well! Definitely go to this oasis in the Haight.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: None

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As a restaurant owner, i dont get the negative reviews on hosts in general. They have the most thankless job in the restaurant. If customers are not sat at once or offered a free drink they are hostile. People get a GRIP
they are juggleing several things at once, they have to deal with the guests that are seated , the guests that are arriving and the flow of the entire place. RNM is a small place and I have seen Robert do the best juggling act in the business. People are late and have NO reguard for the next guests. If you went to the hair dresser and you were 30 minutes late they would send you home, why restaurants dont practice this is just plain silly. We accomodate thats our business.
RNM is a great place .The food is wonderful, the room exciting, the service excellent.
People need to be more postive, it just seems we all look for the negative, if its not the host, then its the servers, if its not the servers then its the bartenders, if its, you get the point, for some people its always something. To those people STAY HOME and make yourselfs MISERABLE.
Dine out have fun , ENJOY.
RNM is one of the best

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★★★★★

As a restaurant owner, i dont get the negative reviews on hosts in general. They have the most thankless job in the restaurant. If customers are not sat at once or offered a free drink they are hostile. People get a GRIP
they are juggleing several things at once, they have to deal with the guests that are seated , the guests that are arriving and the flow of the entire place. RNM is a small place and I have seen Robert do the best juggling act in the business. People are late and have NO reguard for the next guests. If you went to the hair dresser and you were 30 minutes late they would send you home, why restaurants dont practice this is just plain silly. We accomodate thats our business.
RNM is a great place .The food is wonderful, the room exciting, the service excellent.
People need to be more postive, it just seems we all look for the negative, if its not the host, then its the servers, if its not the servers then its the bartenders, if its, you get the point, for some people its always something. To those people STAY HOME and make yourselfs MISERABLE.
Dine out have fun , ENJOY.
RNM is one of the best

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The maitre'd at RNM is responsible for the WORST restaurant experience of my life!

My experience at RNM has left me wondering if a business actually benefits from having an individuals (maitre'd) personality like his so closely associated with it. Oh well, there are plenty of late adapters and suburbanites just discovering RNM to give it acceptable reviews for the foreseeable future.

Read the countless other negative reviews on him and learn that I am not the first person to have a horriying experience and definitely not the last.

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★☆☆☆☆

The maitre'd at RNM is responsible for the WORST restaurant experience of my life!

My experience at RNM has left me wondering if a business actually benefits from having an individuals (maitre'd) personality like his so closely associated with it. Oh well, there are plenty of late adapters and suburbanites just discovering RNM to give it acceptable reviews for the foreseeable future.

Read the countless other negative reviews on him and learn that I am not the first person to have a horriying experience and definitely not the last.

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I brought my parents here on recomendation from a colleague, having never visited before. We each had a glass of the house cabernet, which was very good - I'm sorry that I cannot recall the name. The food was all beautifully prepared and garnished. The charcuterie was a nice start, a selection of spiced meats and pate', the pizza was crisp and a nice item to share, and the main dishes were all satisfying, both in preparation and in portion size. Some people might think the portions area little small, but to me they were just right. This is not a restaurant where you "super-size" menu items. My parents both enjoyed it, though my father is a little on the old fasioned side and prefers more traditional decorations. My only complaint was that the room is very loud, and like everyone around us we needed to raise our voices to hold conversation. I will certainly go back, but will do so early in the week when I would guess they are less busy.

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★★★★★

I brought my parents here on recomendation from a colleague, having never visited before. We each had a glass of the house cabernet, which was very good - I'm sorry that I cannot recall the name. The food was all beautifully prepared and garnished. The charcuterie was a nice start, a selection of spiced meats and pate', the pizza was crisp and a nice item to share, and the main dishes were all satisfying, both in preparation and in portion size. Some people might think the portions area little small, but to me they were just right. This is not a restaurant where you "super-size" menu items. My parents both enjoyed it, though my father is a little on the old fasioned side and prefers more traditional decorations. My only complaint was that the room is very loud, and like everyone around us we needed to raise our voices to hold conversation. I will certainly go back, but will do so early in the week when I would guess they are less busy.

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I have had dinner at rnm several times and just wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful host Robert,
he is just fabulous. The food is fantastic too.Cant wait to go back.THANKS

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★★★★★

I have had dinner at rnm several times and just wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful host Robert,
he is just fabulous. The food is fantastic too.Cant wait to go back.THANKS

Pros: great great great restaurant

Cons: none

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For a good friend's birthday party we chose RNM for its ambiance, specifically its informal seating upstairs where a group of about 8 of us could lounge in couches and comfy chairs around one coffee table. When we got there we were told we could not sit at the table and chairs we had reserved but had to sit at a less desirable nearby table. Our new table placed us in the line of stairway traffic and a very chilly AC breeze but also subjected us to a Shrek movie playing on a big screen right above our eyes. Not the mellow ambiance we were looking for. They eventually allowed us to move to the spot we had reserved. We also had to pay a fee ($20 if I remember correctly) just to bring our own birthday cake into the restaurant plus $2 per slice to have them cut it. These experiences eclipsed the food, which was rather tasty.

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★☆☆☆☆

For a good friend's birthday party we chose RNM for its ambiance, specifically its informal seating upstairs where a group of about 8 of us could lounge in couches and comfy chairs around one coffee table. When we got there we were told we could not sit at the table and chairs we had reserved but had to sit at a less desirable nearby table. Our new table placed us in the line of stairway traffic and a very chilly AC breeze but also subjected us to a Shrek movie playing on a big screen right above our eyes. Not the mellow ambiance we were looking for. They eventually allowed us to move to the spot we had reserved. We also had to pay a fee ($20 if I remember correctly) just to bring our own birthday cake into the restaurant plus $2 per slice to have them cut it. These experiences eclipsed the food, which was rather tasty.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: attitude, cake fee, and EXPENSIVE

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We dined at RNM last night and had an amazing experience. The host was warm and friendly, the service was kind and attentive, but most of all the food was to die for. From the grilled hearts of romaine and the steak tartare appetizers to the wild mushroom pizza with fontina cheese and ribeye steak, all of it was spectacular!!! Oh and don't miss the bread pudding for dessert. It was so nice to find a restaurant get top marks on all key elements from customer service to wonderful food. We cannot wait to go back!! Thanks RNM for making our night!!!

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★★★★★

We dined at RNM last night and had an amazing experience. The host was warm and friendly, the service was kind and attentive, but most of all the food was to die for. From the grilled hearts of romaine and the steak tartare appetizers to the wild mushroom pizza with fontina cheese and ribeye steak, all of it was spectacular!!! Oh and don't miss the bread pudding for dessert. It was so nice to find a restaurant get top marks on all key elements from customer service to wonderful food. We cannot wait to go back!! Thanks RNM for making our night!!!

Pros: Great Service, Fantastic Food!!!!

Cons: NONE!!!!!!!!

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Remember when you made the mistake of dating that attractive person, who secretly has a bipolar disorder?
That person is back as a restaurant, as RNM.
Sure, for your romantic dinner, RNM is sweet, generous, kind, beautiful and loving.
But then, one day you plan your friend's birthday party and RNM is RIPPING YOU OFF...and pulling greenbacks from your wallet and purse between verses of "Happy Birthday."
Check it out...
They charge you for corkage fees -- $20 per bottle
They charge you for 'dessert fees' -- $5.00 per person, yes, for the right to pass out my wife's cupcakes
Then, hold you for 20% service fee.
Unless you really want to ask your buddies and friends to cough up an extra $30.00 per person for the "right" to bring a large group to their restaurant, think again....Go to one of San Francisco's finer restaurants that actually want your business.
Do RNM a favor, and tell them they need therapy, big-time!...and maybe some meds, too.
Thanks for listening.

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★☆☆☆☆

Remember when you made the mistake of dating that attractive person, who secretly has a bipolar disorder?
That person is back as a restaurant, as RNM.
Sure, for your romantic dinner, RNM is sweet, generous, kind, beautiful and loving.
But then, one day you plan your friend's birthday party and RNM is RIPPING YOU OFF...and pulling greenbacks from your wallet and purse between verses of "Happy Birthday."
Check it out...
They charge you for corkage fees -- $20 per bottle
They charge you for 'dessert fees' -- $5.00 per person, yes, for the right to pass out my wife's cupcakes
Then, hold you for 20% service fee.
Unless you really want to ask your buddies and friends to cough up an extra $30.00 per person for the "right" to bring a large group to their restaurant, think again....Go to one of San Francisco's finer restaurants that actually want your business.
Do RNM a favor, and tell them they need therapy, big-time!...and maybe some meds, too.
Thanks for listening.

Pros: Nice for small group dinner or a solo bite at the bar

Cons: RIPS YOU OFF FOR GROUP EVENTS and BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!!!!

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was dark and yummy. great food; ok service, quieter upstairs. drinks are nice and well priced. get the cheese plate

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★★★★☆

was dark and yummy. great food; ok service, quieter upstairs. drinks are nice and well priced. get the cheese plate

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RNM is simply fabulous.
The host was charming, warm and helpful. Our party changed size and time, and both times we called to make changes, we were called back quickly and the host, his name is Robert was so nice It made such a difference. When we arrived we were asked to wait while our table was being reset. We went to the bar, where we were warmly greeted by Todd, he was great and made the best cosmos i've ever had. We were in heaven. How many times do you go to a highly recommended restaurant get a snotty hostess and then an equally snotty bartender??
Not at RNM.
We were seated as soon as we got our drinks, the server came right over and once again greeted us warmly. Layla was great, attentive, fun- JUST TERRIFIC.
The food was in a word INCREDIBLE
We can't wait to return. We just loved, loved loved RNM

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★★★★★

RNM is simply fabulous.
The host was charming, warm and helpful. Our party changed size and time, and both times we called to make changes, we were called back quickly and the host, his name is Robert was so nice It made such a difference. When we arrived we were asked to wait while our table was being reset. We went to the bar, where we were warmly greeted by Todd, he was great and made the best cosmos i've ever had. We were in heaven. How many times do you go to a highly recommended restaurant get a snotty hostess and then an equally snotty bartender??
Not at RNM.
We were seated as soon as we got our drinks, the server came right over and once again greeted us warmly. Layla was great, attentive, fun- JUST TERRIFIC.
The food was in a word INCREDIBLE
We can't wait to return. We just loved, loved loved RNM

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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I agree with most of the reviewers that the host is what makes you think twice before going. It's like a club, if you are known by the host, you belong to the group and you feel welcome, or he doesn't know you, he is still nice with you but he's not warm. Also, with the look from the waiters when you ask for the $25 prix-fixe, either you stick on your decision or change for the a la carte Menu, which annoys you later because you first came for that Menu...Anyway, the food is worth the hardship. I love everything here, but my favorite is the grilled heart of romaine...

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★★★★☆

I agree with most of the reviewers that the host is what makes you think twice before going. It's like a club, if you are known by the host, you belong to the group and you feel welcome, or he doesn't know you, he is still nice with you but he's not warm. Also, with the look from the waiters when you ask for the $25 prix-fixe, either you stick on your decision or change for the a la carte Menu, which annoys you later because you first came for that Menu...Anyway, the food is worth the hardship. I love everything here, but my favorite is the grilled heart of romaine...

Pros: Good and clean tasty food

Cons: Snobbish ambience

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this is a great neighborhood place, but i wish they would change up the menu a bit more often. the host has improved greatly over the years and is now one of the best! he will always find a table for you. the wait staff is a little bland -- only once have i actually had a friendly waiter.

2
★★★★☆

this is a great neighborhood place, but i wish they would change up the menu a bit more often. the host has improved greatly over the years and is now one of the best! he will always find a table for you. the wait staff is a little bland -- only once have i actually had a friendly waiter.

Pros: valet parking, bar and tables, dark and mysterious

Cons: small menu, cramped seating, not very enthusiastic wait staff

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I have to admit that i really love the food here. It's a little difficult to get past the host who is sometimes very nice, and sometimes not so nice at all. Once you do though, and if you can forget that the place used to be a Pasta Pomodoro, the food will win you over.

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★★★★☆

I have to admit that i really love the food here. It's a little difficult to get past the host who is sometimes very nice, and sometimes not so nice at all. Once you do though, and if you can forget that the place used to be a Pasta Pomodoro, the food will win you over.

Pros: Incredible, creative small plates

Cons: a sometimes not so pleasant host

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We really enjoyed the food (well, my husband "loved" his burgers and bread pudding) but didn't enjoy the overall experience. First, the host made us feel like he was doing us a favor both times we spoke with him over the phone, and while we were there, he acted as if he thought he were some kind of celebrity, ugh! Then, the service was just plain "flat". Our server was unenthused, impersonal, and sloppy. Lastly, the space is so cramped that my husband's chair was bumped several times from behind. The food should not be responsible for making up for the annoying staff and atmosphere. Bummer, we had anticipated "more".

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★★★☆☆

We really enjoyed the food (well, my husband "loved" his burgers and bread pudding) but didn't enjoy the overall experience. First, the host made us feel like he was doing us a favor both times we spoke with him over the phone, and while we were there, he acted as if he thought he were some kind of celebrity, ugh! Then, the service was just plain "flat". Our server was unenthused, impersonal, and sloppy. Lastly, the space is so cramped that my husband's chair was bumped several times from behind. The food should not be responsible for making up for the annoying staff and atmosphere. Bummer, we had anticipated "more".

Pros: Solidly "good" food. Nice wines though a bit pricey.

Cons: Calling for a reservation.

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I have been dining at RNM since it opened. The food is fabulous, however I feel compelled to put my two cents in. The sevice just stinks. The bartender and the host are always pleasant and professional, but the waiteresses are just plain terrible. On ever visit they are more concerned with chatting with the kitchen and themselves. drinks take for ever, they sit at the bar while they finish there gossiping. last time I was there they were discussing a tip they apparently did not like from a guest. they were quite nasty. This was not something a guest should not be privy to. they are just not attentive, that is unless they know you and WA-LA drinks magically appear. If this was a one time expierence I would just forget about it, but it happens over and over. my friends say the same things. Maybe they should have a support group for RNM customers who have had bitchy service. problem being they would need a bigger rrestaurant. FOOD IS GREAT-SERVICE IS BITCHY. My sugesstion eat this fabulous food at the bar and you will get great service

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★★★★☆

I have been dining at RNM since it opened. The food is fabulous, however I feel compelled to put my two cents in. The sevice just stinks. The bartender and the host are always pleasant and professional, but the waiteresses are just plain terrible. On ever visit they are more concerned with chatting with the kitchen and themselves. drinks take for ever, they sit at the bar while they finish there gossiping. last time I was there they were discussing a tip they apparently did not like from a guest. they were quite nasty. This was not something a guest should not be privy to. they are just not attentive, that is unless they know you and WA-LA drinks magically appear. If this was a one time expierence I would just forget about it, but it happens over and over. my friends say the same things. Maybe they should have a support group for RNM customers who have had bitchy service. problem being they would need a bigger rrestaurant. FOOD IS GREAT-SERVICE IS BITCHY. My sugesstion eat this fabulous food at the bar and you will get great service

Pros: great food, beautiful space

Cons: bitchy service

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Booked this place 24 hours in advance for 20 on Saturday night and got it! Amazing! Great small plates. You'll get full on the small plates alone. Mac n' Cheese is decent too. Parking is a pain but valet saves the day! RNM is WOW.

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★★★★☆

Booked this place 24 hours in advance for 20 on Saturday night and got it! Amazing! Great small plates. You'll get full on the small plates alone. Mac n' Cheese is decent too. Parking is a pain but valet saves the day! RNM is WOW.

Pros: valet, TV viewing, small plates

Cons: no street parking, loud, tight seating

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The restaurant was freezing, the meat was fatty, the service was non-existent. Although this place can be quite good, it also can be absolutely horrible. The atmosphere and the temperature are both cold. Even though I was wearing my winter jacket and scarf, the waiter (the one time we saw him) still insisted on turning on the airconditioning. That said, if there is an heirloom tomato napoleon on the menu, it's to die for.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant was freezing, the meat was fatty, the service was non-existent. Although this place can be quite good, it also can be absolutely horrible. The atmosphere and the temperature are both cold. Even though I was wearing my winter jacket and scarf, the waiter (the one time we saw him) still insisted on turning on the airconditioning. That said, if there is an heirloom tomato napoleon on the menu, it's to die for.

Cons: cold

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We called last-minute on a friday evening, and were treated to an extraordinary evening with great food and fantastic service (despite our last minute request for a seating). The food is fresh, interesting and well prepared. And, despite other reviews to the contrary, the service was great. In fact, the host went far out of his way to seat us at the last minute, engaged us all evening, and ultimately brought us a free taste of a fantastic dessert he highly recommended. Bravo to RNM!

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★★★★★

We called last-minute on a friday evening, and were treated to an extraordinary evening with great food and fantastic service (despite our last minute request for a seating). The food is fresh, interesting and well prepared. And, despite other reviews to the contrary, the service was great. In fact, the host went far out of his way to seat us at the last minute, engaged us all evening, and ultimately brought us a free taste of a fantastic dessert he highly recommended. Bravo to RNM!

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I just wanted to say how much I love this restaurant. I live in the neighborhood, and it is so nice that I don't have to travel to get great food. Even if I'm not in the mood for the full dinner, I know that I can go to RNM and get a great innovative pizza and a good bottle of wine. It is such a gem. Keep up the good work.

2
★★★★★

I just wanted to say how much I love this restaurant. I live in the neighborhood, and it is so nice that I don't have to travel to get great food. Even if I'm not in the mood for the full dinner, I know that I can go to RNM and get a great innovative pizza and a good bottle of wine. It is such a gem. Keep up the good work.

Pros: open kitchen, great food

Cons: parking

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Ennjoyed an early Friday dinner (7pm) with a friend, no reservation, seated within 5 min, and always knew where my server was. Hostess was relaxed, organized and attentive to the dining room. Kitchen (partially open) was focused and busy with moments of laughter.
Food was bold and complex, tasty but lacked simplicity. Service was honest and accomodating.

2
★★★★☆

Ennjoyed an early Friday dinner (7pm) with a friend, no reservation, seated within 5 min, and always knew where my server was. Hostess was relaxed, organized and attentive to the dining room. Kitchen (partially open) was focused and busy with moments of laughter.
Food was bold and complex, tasty but lacked simplicity. Service was honest and accomodating.

Pros: Clean, Vegeterian Options,

Cons: Parking, Limted Bar Space, Not for Desserts Only

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Robert, the owner, is an absolute doll! The food is fantastic - don't miss the mac & cheese & pizzas. All my girlfriends & I went there for our Wig Wednesday tradition. A lot of other restaurants could have been freaked out by 14 women wearing strange wigs - but not RNM. They loved it. We loved them.

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★★★★☆

Robert, the owner, is an absolute doll! The food is fantastic - don't miss the mac & cheese & pizzas. All my girlfriends & I went there for our Wig Wednesday tradition. A lot of other restaurants could have been freaked out by 14 women wearing strange wigs - but not RNM. They loved it. We loved them.

Pros: food, service

Cons: groups only upstairs

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This was our second visit to r n m. Both times the food was delicious, the service very capable and comfortable, the space beautiful, and the host -- rude. Hire a new one and make the third time a charm.

2
★★★★☆

This was our second visit to r n m. Both times the food was delicious, the service very capable and comfortable, the space beautiful, and the host -- rude. Hire a new one and make the third time a charm.

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It's hard to recover when your first several interactions are with a needlessly inflexible maitre d' who snubs you in favor of the owner's guests. It does happen at other restaurants, but RNM's food isn't good enough to compensate. The charcuterie plate seemed like it came out of the fridge during halftime; the roasted salad tasted like a bad hamburger. The steak tartare wasn't bad, but the wine list was incomprehensibly put together. The one redeeming factor: excellent service from a top-notch waitress. Stay away; it just isn't worth the risk of a bad experience, which as you can see from the other reviews, happens pretty frequently! RNM needs to ask its maitre d' to have a stiff drink before he ticks off more customers, improve the cuisine, and order the wine list according to varietal or region.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's hard to recover when your first several interactions are with a needlessly inflexible maitre d' who snubs you in favor of the owner's guests. It does happen at other restaurants, but RNM's food isn't good enough to compensate. The charcuterie plate seemed like it came out of the fridge during halftime; the roasted salad tasted like a bad hamburger. The steak tartare wasn't bad, but the wine list was incomprehensibly put together. The one redeeming factor: excellent service from a top-notch waitress. Stay away; it just isn't worth the risk of a bad experience, which as you can see from the other reviews, happens pretty frequently! RNM needs to ask its maitre d' to have a stiff drink before he ticks off more customers, improve the cuisine, and order the wine list according to varietal or region.

Pros: great waitress

Cons: , overpriced, poor cuisine

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I threw a birthday party for my friend with a group of 10 people. I was deeply distrubed by the manager's attitude. He was rushing us to get out since there are people waiting the table. The staff was constantly taking away our plates before we were even finished with our food. The service was horrible. The food was interesting, but the price was a little high. Parking is a mess. Overall, a bad dining experience for my friends and I. PS: they charged a 20 dollars cutting cake fee without notice.

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★☆☆☆☆

I threw a birthday party for my friend with a group of 10 people. I was deeply distrubed by the manager's attitude. He was rushing us to get out since there are people waiting the table. The staff was constantly taking away our plates before we were even finished with our food. The service was horrible. The food was interesting, but the price was a little high. Parking is a mess. Overall, a bad dining experience for my friends and I. PS: they charged a 20 dollars cutting cake fee without notice.

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I live just around the corner and love this resturant. The menu is wonderful and constantly delivering a new tasty treat. Robert is very accomodating with my last minute requests and I have taken family, friend and client there with excellent results. Reasonably priced with consistently innovative and delicious cuisine. Take a cab, you will never find a park. I also love the mailings that alert me to menu changes - excellent use of seasonal ingredients in non-traditional dishes. And the prefix ensures I get an excellent meal without thinking - great for the weeknights.

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★★★★★

I live just around the corner and love this resturant. The menu is wonderful and constantly delivering a new tasty treat. Robert is very accomodating with my last minute requests and I have taken family, friend and client there with excellent results. Reasonably priced with consistently innovative and delicious cuisine. Take a cab, you will never find a park. I also love the mailings that alert me to menu changes - excellent use of seasonal ingredients in non-traditional dishes. And the prefix ensures I get an excellent meal without thinking - great for the weeknights.

Pros: accomodating staff, excellent food, excellent manhattan

Cons: not good for groups

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We went on a very busy Fri night, and were kept waiting 45 minutes for a table, despite having a reservation. There was nowhere to wait, as the place was jam packed. The host was trying to be nice about it, but that didn't shorten the wait. Then, when we finally did sit down, the service was slow, and we were not comped anything. It's just basic in the restuarant biz....you don't keep a party waiting 45 minutes for a table, and then not comp. anything--drinks, appies, dessert, something. Overall, it was a 3.5 hour dinner, which is fine for the French Laundry, but not for the Lower Haight. The food was very decent, although not spectacular. The decor is excellent. We had plenty of time to study it.....I might go back on a slow night, but never on a weekend, that's for sure.

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★★☆☆☆

We went on a very busy Fri night, and were kept waiting 45 minutes for a table, despite having a reservation. There was nowhere to wait, as the place was jam packed. The host was trying to be nice about it, but that didn't shorten the wait. Then, when we finally did sit down, the service was slow, and we were not comped anything. It's just basic in the restuarant biz....you don't keep a party waiting 45 minutes for a table, and then not comp. anything--drinks, appies, dessert, something. Overall, it was a 3.5 hour dinner, which is fine for the French Laundry, but not for the Lower Haight. The food was very decent, although not spectacular. The decor is excellent. We had plenty of time to study it.....I might go back on a slow night, but never on a weekend, that's for sure.

Pros: Decent food, nice decor

Cons: LONG wait, slow service, loud

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I called for last minute reservations and was accomodated. The service was quite nice from all the waitstaff. We parked ourselves at the bar and dug into a fresh cheese plate, YUM, and filet mignon for dinner. The food was divine and I will be eating here again soon. The drinks were pretty solid too. Try the martinis.

2
★★★★☆

I called for last minute reservations and was accomodated. The service was quite nice from all the waitstaff. We parked ourselves at the bar and dug into a fresh cheese plate, YUM, and filet mignon for dinner. The food was divine and I will be eating here again soon. The drinks were pretty solid too. Try the martinis.

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RNM is a great place to have dinner. We visit regularly and the maitre d and staff treat us like family. The cheese plate is a great appetizer to share (comes with 4 kinds of cheeses, walnuts, figs, apples, raisins, grapes and warm bread), and the salads (like the grilled hearts of romaine with pears and blue cheese) are also quite tasty. My favorite main course is the duck, which comes with a wonderful dark cherry/red wine sauce. The salmon is also quite good. It can be hard to find parking, but they do have a valet on Fridays and Saturdays. They also show movies (with no sound) on the screen behind the main bar, and you can also ask to be seated at the bar by the chef's station - the best seats in the house, in my opinion. All in all, a highly recommended place to eat!

2
★★★★★

RNM is a great place to have dinner. We visit regularly and the maitre d and staff treat us like family. The cheese plate is a great appetizer to share (comes with 4 kinds of cheeses, walnuts, figs, apples, raisins, grapes and warm bread), and the salads (like the grilled hearts of romaine with pears and blue cheese) are also quite tasty. My favorite main course is the duck, which comes with a wonderful dark cherry/red wine sauce. The salmon is also quite good. It can be hard to find parking, but they do have a valet on Fridays and Saturdays. They also show movies (with no sound) on the screen behind the main bar, and you can also ask to be seated at the bar by the chef's station - the best seats in the house, in my opinion. All in all, a highly recommended place to eat!

Pros: Great food, Modern ambience, Friendly staff

Cons: Parking difficult

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trendy is the word and upon entering I was definitely wowed by the decor. Nice use of color and design...loved the chandelier! The food was really good...I had the salmon starter and the ahi for the main, both good. But what made the night was the service; great job on such a busy night and considering our party of 6. If you're into trendy eating, this is the place for you.

2
★★★★★

trendy is the word and upon entering I was definitely wowed by the decor. Nice use of color and design...loved the chandelier! The food was really good...I had the salmon starter and the ahi for the main, both good. But what made the night was the service; great job on such a busy night and considering our party of 6. If you're into trendy eating, this is the place for you.

Pros: service, ambiance

Cons: parking

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Our reservation was at 6:30, and we placed our order at about 7.

The crab bisque appetizer was thin and watery with very little crab flavor. The crab tater tots were more potato than crab.

Then our wait started. No one came to ask if we needed anything while we were waiting. At about 8pm, the waitress came to inform us that they were slow because all the orders came at once. She promised we would be next.

The entrees came at about 8:30. I had the salmon, which was nicely prepared, except the condiments were very salty.

The waitress offered us three desserts on the house (there were 7 of us). We thought that was a nice gesture. Howeve, when the bill came, we were being charged for the desserts! Fortunately my friend double checked the bill! I'd say this is a thumbs down restaurant.

1
★★☆☆☆

Our reservation was at 6:30, and we placed our order at about 7.

The crab bisque appetizer was thin and watery with very little crab flavor. The crab tater tots were more potato than crab.

Then our wait started. No one came to ask if we needed anything while we were waiting. At about 8pm, the waitress came to inform us that they were slow because all the orders came at once. She promised we would be next.

The entrees came at about 8:30. I had the salmon, which was nicely prepared, except the condiments were very salty.

The waitress offered us three desserts on the house (there were 7 of us). We thought that was a nice gesture. Howeve, when the bill came, we were being charged for the desserts! Fortunately my friend double checked the bill! I'd say this is a thumbs down restaurant.

Cons: slow service, crowded, difficult parking

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I have been a loyal eater at RNM for the past year and have never been disappointed, ever. In fact, my husband and I had our wedding reception hear last month and could not have had a better experience. Our guests are still commenting on how great the food, service and atmosphere was.
As far as the host goes, he is totally awesome. I can't understand other raters' beef with him. He has always made us feel right at home, even when we're not dressed to the nines like some other guests are.
Keep up the great job and I look forward to our next visit!

2
★★★★★

I have been a loyal eater at RNM for the past year and have never been disappointed, ever. In fact, my husband and I had our wedding reception hear last month and could not have had a better experience. Our guests are still commenting on how great the food, service and atmosphere was.
As far as the host goes, he is totally awesome. I can't understand other raters' beef with him. He has always made us feel right at home, even when we're not dressed to the nines like some other guests are.
Keep up the great job and I look forward to our next visit!

Pros: Friendly Host, Friendly Service, Tasty Food

Cons: , Sometimes Booked Up

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I just visited RNM again recently and found that the quality of the dining experience has not diminished any after two years. I went there with a friend and we requested to be seated at the bar which Robert accomadated...sit in the corner by the windows so you can watch all the activity going on in the restaurant. We didn't want a full dinner so we split a couple of things; the charcuterie plate (who my friend said was the best one he's ever had with the duck confit and pate.), and I had what I still consider to be one of the best wild mushroom pizzas in the City. Service was quick, but not too quick, and friendly. I still highly recommend RNM as one of the most visual and unique places for food in the City.

2
★★★★★

I just visited RNM again recently and found that the quality of the dining experience has not diminished any after two years. I went there with a friend and we requested to be seated at the bar which Robert accomadated...sit in the corner by the windows so you can watch all the activity going on in the restaurant. We didn't want a full dinner so we split a couple of things; the charcuterie plate (who my friend said was the best one he's ever had with the duck confit and pate.), and I had what I still consider to be one of the best wild mushroom pizzas in the City. Service was quick, but not too quick, and friendly. I still highly recommend RNM as one of the most visual and unique places for food in the City.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

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The food was not what I expected. I ate an arugula salad with melons. The salad was too salty. My partner ate a heirloom tomato w/ goat cheese salad, the cheese was just too overwhelming.
For the main course I ate pasta with veal bolognese. It was good. I was disappointed because I wanted the venison they had on the menu, but the waiter did not tell me they were out until after I asked for it. The staff needs to inform patrons of any changes to the menu before spending 10 minutes deciding on the entree. My partner had the filet mignon, which had NO taste!
We ate dessert, which was a brownie sundae. It was ok, but the brownie was not fresh.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food was not what I expected. I ate an arugula salad with melons. The salad was too salty. My partner ate a heirloom tomato w/ goat cheese salad, the cheese was just too overwhelming.
For the main course I ate pasta with veal bolognese. It was good. I was disappointed because I wanted the venison they had on the menu, but the waiter did not tell me they were out until after I asked for it. The staff needs to inform patrons of any changes to the menu before spending 10 minutes deciding on the entree. My partner had the filet mignon, which had NO taste!
We ate dessert, which was a brownie sundae. It was ok, but the brownie was not fresh.

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Went to RNM last month. Overall the food was average. Some things were quite good, mac and cheese, but the famed white castle burgers weren't all that. Fairly cheap though and service was acceptable. Somewhat tight inside

1
★★★☆☆

Went to RNM last month. Overall the food was average. Some things were quite good, mac and cheese, but the famed white castle burgers weren't all that. Fairly cheap though and service was acceptable. Somewhat tight inside

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: , tight space

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Great mid-week meal. There were so many choices on the menu, which included a prix fixe as well, that we needed the help of our waitress, who was mature and very helpful with appetizing descriptions and recommendations, to make any decisions. We chose some of her recommendations and a few of our own and everything was spot on -- hats off to the kitchen. Yes, and to the bar as well, drinks were perfectly concocted. We were much less pleased with the host who is mostly insignificant though, once you get past the door. All in all, we enjoyed the space, drinks, company, and most of all, the food. Keep up the good work.

2
★★★★★

Great mid-week meal. There were so many choices on the menu, which included a prix fixe as well, that we needed the help of our waitress, who was mature and very helpful with appetizing descriptions and recommendations, to make any decisions. We chose some of her recommendations and a few of our own and everything was spot on -- hats off to the kitchen. Yes, and to the bar as well, drinks were perfectly concocted. We were much less pleased with the host who is mostly insignificant though, once you get past the door. All in all, we enjoyed the space, drinks, company, and most of all, the food. Keep up the good work.

Pros: delicious food/drinks, beautiful room, fairly priced

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We called at 6pm to see if they could seat us without reservations (on a Friday night!) and we were pleasantly greeted at the door 20 minutes later with a table waiting. The decor is very dramatic and makes for good conversation.
The evening ended with a great touch... a few friendly comments + goodbyes by our server and maitre d'. These folks definitely know a thing or two about service.

2
★★★★☆

We called at 6pm to see if they could seat us without reservations (on a Friday night!) and we were pleasantly greeted at the door 20 minutes later with a table waiting. The decor is very dramatic and makes for good conversation.
The evening ended with a great touch... a few friendly comments + goodbyes by our server and maitre d'. These folks definitely know a thing or two about service.

Pros: friendly staff, tuna tartar, valet parking

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I was very excited to try RNM, and was disappointed to find it was nothing special. The food was just OK, with nothing in particular that stood out. Service was friendly but awkward, and the tables are arranged so that it's almost impossible not to get knocked in the back of the head when someone walks by. There are many restaurants in SF with comparable food, prices, and atmosphere that are much more satisfying.

1
★★★☆☆

I was very excited to try RNM, and was disappointed to find it was nothing special. The food was just OK, with nothing in particular that stood out. Service was friendly but awkward, and the tables are arranged so that it's almost impossible not to get knocked in the back of the head when someone walks by. There are many restaurants in SF with comparable food, prices, and atmosphere that are much more satisfying.

Pros: Friendly service, valet parking

Cons: , uncomfortable seating

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rnm...its good, but usually it or miss....i have eaten there 4 times and its always been good but never great...i like the wine list and the service, the later being very knowledgeable and helpful...also the tomato napoleon is delicious, but i was unimpressed with the " white castle" style burgers they were too small for the buns....overall rnm is good, but not great...yet.

2
★★★★☆

rnm...its good, but usually it or miss....i have eaten there 4 times and its always been good but never great...i like the wine list and the service, the later being very knowledgeable and helpful...also the tomato napoleon is delicious, but i was unimpressed with the " white castle" style burgers they were too small for the buns....overall rnm is good, but not great...yet.

Pros: nice place, good wines

Cons: hard to find parking, slightly overpriced

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After being seated, no one even took any notice of us until 20 minutes later, the food runner yelled across the room, "are you ready to order?" Then the waitress came to take our order but didn't offer us any drinks or water. It was so frustrating and put us in such bad mood that we lost our appetite and walked out. Don't people work for their money anymore? Do they think that they should be tipped regardless of the quality of service?

0
★☆☆☆☆

After being seated, no one even took any notice of us until 20 minutes later, the food runner yelled across the room, "are you ready to order?" Then the waitress came to take our order but didn't offer us any drinks or water. It was so frustrating and put us in such bad mood that we lost our appetite and walked out. Don't people work for their money anymore? Do they think that they should be tipped regardless of the quality of service?

Cons: Worst service

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What a lovely (yet still lower haight "hip") joint RNM is! I went for a birthday dinner and had the most wonderful meal AND service!! The food was so extremely flavorful with the most exquisite sauces imaginable! FYI, between 2 of us we shared the cheese plate, romaine salad, pan-seared scallops, ahi tuna and chocolate pot de creme. Hard to pick a favorite - it was all sooo delicious. Both the hostess and waitress were as charming as can be! A truly delightful evening - hope this place stays around for a while! Thanks, RNM!!

2
★★★★★

What a lovely (yet still lower haight "hip") joint RNM is! I went for a birthday dinner and had the most wonderful meal AND service!! The food was so extremely flavorful with the most exquisite sauces imaginable! FYI, between 2 of us we shared the cheese plate, romaine salad, pan-seared scallops, ahi tuna and chocolate pot de creme. Hard to pick a favorite - it was all sooo delicious. Both the hostess and waitress were as charming as can be! A truly delightful evening - hope this place stays around for a while! Thanks, RNM!!

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RNM has all my favorites...including very good thin crispy crusted pizza with simple clean new age toppings, wonderful sea scallops, and a nicely composed beef filet dish. The server was very busy, but pleasant and helpful. The host greeted and seated us promptly. The place has a edgy but relaxed feeling.

2
★★★★★

RNM has all my favorites...including very good thin crispy crusted pizza with simple clean new age toppings, wonderful sea scallops, and a nicely composed beef filet dish. The server was very busy, but pleasant and helpful. The host greeted and seated us promptly. The place has a edgy but relaxed feeling.

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lovely spot, Robert is to be commended on his fun, exciting and delicious restaurant. The lamb was great and the deserts were fantastic. Used to be able to get a nice pint of Guinness wich seemed to fit the chic yet communial ambiance. On top of it no decent scotch. I tried to order a Johnie Walker Black and was shut down. Ughhhh. Any way, we will be back because the food was great but such a dissappoint not to be able to compliment my meal with pint of real stout. Unfortunately fro rnm there is no substitue fro Guinness.

2
★★★★☆

lovely spot, Robert is to be commended on his fun, exciting and delicious restaurant. The lamb was great and the deserts were fantastic. Used to be able to get a nice pint of Guinness wich seemed to fit the chic yet communial ambiance. On top of it no decent scotch. I tried to order a Johnie Walker Black and was shut down. Ughhhh. Any way, we will be back because the food was great but such a dissappoint not to be able to compliment my meal with pint of real stout. Unfortunately fro rnm there is no substitue fro Guinness.

Pros: food, service, neat location

Cons: no guinness !!!, overprotentious reser, vation schedule

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Tucked away in the funky Haight district is RNM, decked out in retro-Jetsons decor. The restaurant features a blue-lit bar, open kitchen with stool seating and an upper level. Food was decent but inconsistent, started out with a complimentatry tuna tartar appetizer and the WhiteCastle burgers (bit salty) and finished with the baby chicken/yukon potatoes (yumm) Dessert was a brownie sunday and bread pudding (delish!). Service was friendly and the frenetic action at the kitchen, entertaining. They were kind enough to send us a free dessert for participating in the action! A noisy, bustling spot for a quick bite!

2
★★★★☆

Tucked away in the funky Haight district is RNM, decked out in retro-Jetsons decor. The restaurant features a blue-lit bar, open kitchen with stool seating and an upper level. Food was decent but inconsistent, started out with a complimentatry tuna tartar appetizer and the WhiteCastle burgers (bit salty) and finished with the baby chicken/yukon potatoes (yumm) Dessert was a brownie sunday and bread pudding (delish!). Service was friendly and the frenetic action at the kitchen, entertaining. They were kind enough to send us a free dessert for participating in the action! A noisy, bustling spot for a quick bite!

Pros: Decor, Service

Cons: Noise

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Never again. I was shocked to read some of the other reviews and discover that my bad experience at RNM was not unique. My friend and I were also told to move after the maitre d' decided we had spent too much time eating dinner! The guy had no tact and was unbelievably argumentative -- instead of asking politely and apologizing, he in effect ordered us to move. I was completely bewildered and it ruined an otherwise decent dinner. I followed up with a call to the owner which was unfortunately intercepted by the maitre d' so he decided to call me back and argue some more! In over a decade of eating in SF, this is the worst service I have ever experienced. With so many brilliant restuarants in the city, you would be wise to avoid this place until they solve the service problem.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Never again. I was shocked to read some of the other reviews and discover that my bad experience at RNM was not unique. My friend and I were also told to move after the maitre d' decided we had spent too much time eating dinner! The guy had no tact and was unbelievably argumentative -- instead of asking politely and apologizing, he in effect ordered us to move. I was completely bewildered and it ruined an otherwise decent dinner. I followed up with a call to the owner which was unfortunately intercepted by the maitre d' so he decided to call me back and argue some more! In over a decade of eating in SF, this is the worst service I have ever experienced. With so many brilliant restuarants in the city, you would be wise to avoid this place until they solve the service problem.

Pros: decent food

Cons: service, service, service

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Tucked into the slightly seedy Lower Haight, RNM offers creative American cuisine with flair. As diners arrive, they are greeted by friendly host, Robert, and whisked through a chainmail curtain into a bustling dining room clad in tones of rust and black accented by touches of chrome and translucent glass. The menu features appetizers like Potato and Wild Leek Soup and Soft Shell Crab, and entrees including Porcini Stuffed Day Boat Scallops, Grilled Skirt Steak, and with a nod to Thomas Kellers idea of reinventing familiar items, the Whitecastle Burger. Comprised of non-traditional selections from South Africa, the Loire, Chile, and Australia as well as numerous options from California, the well-priced wine list offers a myriad of choices to complement the cuisine. Despite the lack of parking, RNM is flourishing by offering new twists on American fare at prices not unreasonable for San Francisco (dinner for two with wine $150).

2
★★★★☆

Tucked into the slightly seedy Lower Haight, RNM offers creative American cuisine with flair. As diners arrive, they are greeted by friendly host, Robert, and whisked through a chainmail curtain into a bustling dining room clad in tones of rust and black accented by touches of chrome and translucent glass. The menu features appetizers like Potato and Wild Leek Soup and Soft Shell Crab, and entrees including Porcini Stuffed Day Boat Scallops, Grilled Skirt Steak, and with a nod to Thomas Kellers idea of reinventing familiar items, the Whitecastle Burger. Comprised of non-traditional selections from South Africa, the Loire, Chile, and Australia as well as numerous options from California, the well-priced wine list offers a myriad of choices to complement the cuisine. Despite the lack of parking, RNM is flourishing by offering new twists on American fare at prices not unreasonable for San Francisco (dinner for two with wine $150).

Pros: Inventive food combos

Cons: Lack of parking

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When I called to make a reservation they were very snotty and kept me on hold forever! However, once we arrived the servers and staff were very helpful and pleasant. The food was great! I would definitely recomend trying out. The portions are a bit small but its worth it.

2
★★★★☆

When I called to make a reservation they were very snotty and kept me on hold forever! However, once we arrived the servers and staff were very helpful and pleasant. The food was great! I would definitely recomend trying out. The portions are a bit small but its worth it.

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Four of us (2 couples) visited RNM for dinner about a month ago, on a weekend. All of us were extremely satisfied with the overall experience.

Decor is reminiscent of the W hotel's bar. Totally out of place in lower Haight, but nice to be able to eat trendy w/o having to deal w/ trendy neighborhood B.S.

Meals were delicious, with prices not as inflated as downtown restaurants, but beware - this is a chichi place, and portions reflect that (read: small!). Service was good, professional. Clientele seemed snootier than staff. The host/manager was warm, enthusiastic and welcoming. The condition of our reservation was that we must be in and out in 1.5 hours to make way for a large group scheduled to arrive after us. That could have made dinner tense, but it all worked out great and we never felt rushed or pressured. Well be back!

2
★★★★☆

Four of us (2 couples) visited RNM for dinner about a month ago, on a weekend. All of us were extremely satisfied with the overall experience.

Decor is reminiscent of the W hotel's bar. Totally out of place in lower Haight, but nice to be able to eat trendy w/o having to deal w/ trendy neighborhood B.S.

Meals were delicious, with prices not as inflated as downtown restaurants, but beware - this is a chichi place, and portions reflect that (read: small!). Service was good, professional. Clientele seemed snootier than staff. The host/manager was warm, enthusiastic and welcoming. The condition of our reservation was that we must be in and out in 1.5 hours to make way for a large group scheduled to arrive after us. That could have made dinner tense, but it all worked out great and we never felt rushed or pressured. Well be back!

Pros: gorgeous interior, great management, location

Cons: a little snooty, zero parking, location

 

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