Gary Danko

★★★★★
  • 800 North Point St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

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  • 415-749-2060

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Oh snap. Gary Danko really lives up to their stellar rep. The vibe isn't overly snooty, considered it's one of the city's premier restaurants. We did the 3 course fixed price menu. We started with a beet salad with goat cheese and the

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Oh snap. Gary Danko really lives up to their stellar rep. The vibe isn't overly snooty, considered it's one of the city's premier restaurants. We did the 3 course fixed price menu. We started with a beet salad with goat cheese and the

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Living in SF, we have dined at all of the city's top restaurants on special occasions and were saving Gary Danko's for such an occasion. So, after many years of much anticipation, I finally broke down and took my wife there on Dec 1 for

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Living in SF, we have dined at all of the city's top restaurants on special occasions and were saving Gary Danko's for such an occasion. So, after many years of much anticipation, I finally broke down and took my wife there on Dec 1 for

Pros: ambience, service

Cons: wine, food

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Half a dozen visits and we're convinced, Gary Danko is a first class operation. Solid food, solid service, professional operation, what more could you want? This one is a SF must.

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★★★★★

Half a dozen visits and we're convinced, Gary Danko is a first class operation. Solid food, solid service, professional operation, what more could you want? This one is a SF must.

Pros: Great food, professionally run

Cons: Decore could be better

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Definitely NOT over-rated. Excellent meal, perfect for special occasions. My husband and I went there for our first anniversary, and we were VERY pleased with our choice! The food was out of this world, every dish was made to perfection. Service was impeccable! We really enjoyed watching their teamwork. They even gave us a little gift to take home to celebrate our anniversary. :)

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Definitely NOT over-rated. Excellent meal, perfect for special occasions. My husband and I went there for our first anniversary, and we were VERY pleased with our choice! The food was out of this world, every dish was made to perfection. Service was impeccable! We really enjoyed watching their teamwork. They even gave us a little gift to take home to celebrate our anniversary. :)

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The food here is excellent. I recommend the ahi tuna starter. The wild mushroom bisque they offered before the meal and the pastry tray they offered after the meal were excellent too. I ate at One Market on the same trip and while the

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The food here is excellent. I recommend the ahi tuna starter. The wild mushroom bisque they offered before the meal and the pastry tray they offered after the meal were excellent too. I ate at One Market on the same trip and while the

Pros: Excellent food

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Beginning to end this was the best meal that I've had in San Francisco. Too many great items to cover all of them but I can say that the Foie Gras and Cheese Carts were the standouts. I recommend a conservative wine choice as price is not

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Beginning to end this was the best meal that I've had in San Francisco. Too many great items to cover all of them but I can say that the Foie Gras and Cheese Carts were the standouts. I recommend a conservative wine choice as price is not

Pros: Imaginative menu, extraordinary service

Cons: Pricey

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So, Gary Danko....good food, good service. You can chose between a 3, 5 or 7 course meal. We did the 7 course. Everything I had was super yummy...We were there for close to 3 hours- we had a cocktail prior to dining. But...it was nice, sit down relax take your time kind of dinner. On the pricey side though, I spent close to $400 for 2 people so be prepared.

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So, Gary Danko....good food, good service. You can chose between a 3, 5 or 7 course meal. We did the 7 course. Everything I had was super yummy...We were there for close to 3 hours- we had a cocktail prior to dining. But...it was nice, sit down relax take your time kind of dinner. On the pricey side though, I spent close to $400 for 2 people so be prepared.

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Absolutely outstanding! The food, the wine but especially the people that are so intent on you having a wonderful evening. Excellent in every way.

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Absolutely outstanding! The food, the wine but especially the people that are so intent on you having a wonderful evening. Excellent in every way.

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Hands down one of the best dining experiences in SF. Prior reviewers proclaim there's "snooty" staff. We've been here 2x and have experienced nothing but the best of service. You have at least 5 staff members servicing you, including

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Hands down one of the best dining experiences in SF. Prior reviewers proclaim there's "snooty" staff. We've been here 2x and have experienced nothing but the best of service. You have at least 5 staff members servicing you, including

Pros: Excellent service and food for a complete dining experience

Cons: Parking limited in area, valet is available and recommended, reservations 2 mos advance

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i ate at gary danko's with a group of 6.. we were seated in a private dining area to celebrate a special occasion. i had never been served "courses".. normally i do the whole appetizer, entree, & dessert thing... but this restaurant you

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i ate at gary danko's with a group of 6.. we were seated in a private dining area to celebrate a special occasion. i had never been served "courses".. normally i do the whole appetizer, entree, & dessert thing... but this restaurant you

Pros: staff is great, food is delicious.

Cons: too pricey. small portions.

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The staff is a little on the "snooty" side, but it was overall a good experience. However, my husband and I did get sick the next day.. and we figured it was the oysters. We wrote to them and warned them, and they wrote back and

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The staff is a little on the "snooty" side, but it was overall a good experience. However, my husband and I did get sick the next day.. and we figured it was the oysters. We wrote to them and warned them, and they wrote back and

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Visited Gary Danko for a special evening - a 50th friendship anniversary - and loved every second of it. The service was impeccable, the food amazing, the wine list superb (if pricey), and the room lovely and inviting.\r
The 4-course menu

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Visited Gary Danko for a special evening - a 50th friendship anniversary - and loved every second of it. The service was impeccable, the food amazing, the wine list superb (if pricey), and the room lovely and inviting.\r
The 4-course menu

Pros: Everything

Cons: Needs a sister restaurant in New York

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for what it's aiming for, it's a good luxury restaurant. i wasn't really blown away by the originality of the food, but the dishes were all excellent. no doubt a place of this caliber won't screw up a dish, or be poor on service or

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for what it's aiming for, it's a good luxury restaurant. i wasn't really blown away by the originality of the food, but the dishes were all excellent. no doubt a place of this caliber won't screw up a dish, or be poor on service or

Pros: great service, wine list, super deserts, luxury hotspot that will impress

Cons: originality of main courses was average

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While I've dined at Gary Danko's several times, the best part of the experience for me has always been the cheese and dessert. The food is really good but too salty for my tastes and not as original as Michael Mina, Jardiniere or Fleur de

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While I've dined at Gary Danko's several times, the best part of the experience for me has always been the cheese and dessert. The food is really good but too salty for my tastes and not as original as Michael Mina, Jardiniere or Fleur de

Pros: Cheese course, dessert, walk-in seating in the bar area

Cons: Food is often too salty

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Maybe my expectations were just too high, but this place didn't live up to any of the hype I'd heard about Gary Danko. The neighborhood is way too touristy, you'll probably climb a hill at some point to get there. The entryway is cramped

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Maybe my expectations were just too high, but this place didn't live up to any of the hype I'd heard about Gary Danko. The neighborhood is way too touristy, you'll probably climb a hill at some point to get there. The entryway is cramped

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There's not much else to write, other than Gary Danko's top notch service. I enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant and planning a returning visit. Read the other positive reviews, because their all correct about this restaurant.

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There's not much else to write, other than Gary Danko's top notch service. I enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant and planning a returning visit. Read the other positive reviews, because their all correct about this restaurant.

Pros: Take a date to an enjoyable restaurant

Cons: I'd have to knit pick at every little thing

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So, let me tell you about Gary Danko's wait staff. They were very knowledgable. Our waitress was fanastic, professional, intellgient, all the good things a waitor should be.\r
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But, as they say, it's a lot easier to write a negative

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★★★★★

So, let me tell you about Gary Danko's wait staff. They were very knowledgable. Our waitress was fanastic, professional, intellgient, all the good things a waitor should be.\r
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But, as they say, it's a lot easier to write a negative

Pros: Excellent service, great wine menu

Cons: Insanely expensive boring food

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From the moment you walk into Gary Danko, you feel like a special guest. The doorman, the hostess, the waiters, the table clearer...everyone was so warm, friendly, and helpful. We went for my birthday and it was just a beautiful

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From the moment you walk into Gary Danko, you feel like a special guest. The doorman, the hostess, the waiters, the table clearer...everyone was so warm, friendly, and helpful. We went for my birthday and it was just a beautiful

Pros: The service, the seafood risotto, the cheese!

Cons: Pricey, but worth it for special occasions

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This place is fantastic! Great service, great food, wonderful ambiance. I would def recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone. The cheese platter is to die for!

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This place is fantastic! Great service, great food, wonderful ambiance. I would def recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone. The cheese platter is to die for!

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Talk about going down hill. First of all the restaurant was very dirty. Bad smell when you first walk in. The staff was very rude and not welcoming at all. We were very well dressed and looked very respectable.Still no respect. We had 8:30 reservations and got a table at 9:20. The food was ok not great. I had a better dinner at Il Fornaio a night before. Our food showed up and my rare steak showed up medium well. My soup was cold and salty. Ican go on and on. Our bill was $675 and it was worth about $150. I will not recommend this restaurant and its just a big hype. Hope this helps.....

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Talk about going down hill. First of all the restaurant was very dirty. Bad smell when you first walk in. The staff was very rude and not welcoming at all. We were very well dressed and looked very respectable.Still no respect. We had 8:30 reservations and got a table at 9:20. The food was ok not great. I had a better dinner at Il Fornaio a night before. Our food showed up and my rare steak showed up medium well. My soup was cold and salty. Ican go on and on. Our bill was $675 and it was worth about $150. I will not recommend this restaurant and its just a big hype. Hope this helps.....

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I heard loads of good things about this restaurant so I had to try it out. The food was great, but I felt the quality was similar to several other restaurants in San Francisco. However, one major difference that probably pushes this

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I heard loads of good things about this restaurant so I had to try it out. The food was great, but I felt the quality was similar to several other restaurants in San Francisco. However, one major difference that probably pushes this

Pros: Service, Ambience

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after the reservation wait of 4 months...i cant say how worth the wait was!!! i worked with chef danko in sonoma county at chateau souverain in the late 1980's...when i learned of his endeavor in san francisco, i had to go!! the dining

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after the reservation wait of 4 months...i cant say how worth the wait was!!! i worked with chef danko in sonoma county at chateau souverain in the late 1980's...when i learned of his endeavor in san francisco, i had to go!! the dining

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: none!!

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With every dish, all I can say is "Wow!" and the menu changes quite often. The wine list is superb, as well as the cheese assortment. Service is incredible! The private room makes for a fine dining experience, as well. The restrooms are

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With every dish, all I can say is "Wow!" and the menu changes quite often. The wine list is superb, as well as the cheese assortment. Service is incredible! The private room makes for a fine dining experience, as well. The restrooms are

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The best meal of my life! I especially loved the seared foie grois, the lobster, the stuffed quail, and the cheese cart.

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The best meal of my life! I especially loved the seared foie grois, the lobster, the stuffed quail, and the cheese cart.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Expensive

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Risotto Fra Diavolo with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Fennel and Tomato Marmalade to start, \r
Roast Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Corn and Tarragon for your main course,\r
16 cheeses to choose from, \r
Roasted Banana-Chocolate Tart with

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Risotto Fra Diavolo with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Fennel and Tomato Marmalade to start, \r
Roast Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Corn and Tarragon for your main course,\r
16 cheeses to choose from, \r
Roasted Banana-Chocolate Tart with

Pros: Generous portions for a french restaurant, service and food is excellent

Cons: Make reservations in advance (1 month), dessert menu is lacking

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This was our first trip to San Francisco. What a wonderful dining experience Restaurant Gary Danko turned out to be. The food, wine, service and atmosphere were great.

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This was our first trip to San Francisco. What a wonderful dining experience Restaurant Gary Danko turned out to be. The food, wine, service and atmosphere were great.

Pros: Total experience

Cons: Some moderately priced wines would be nice to see

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This is currently my favorite restaurant in the U.S. The service is outstanding - more attentive and seamless than any I've seen. The food is consistently spectacular. Each time I'm there is like an event to be thoroughly enjoyed. The

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This is currently my favorite restaurant in the U.S. The service is outstanding - more attentive and seamless than any I've seen. The food is consistently spectacular. Each time I'm there is like an event to be thoroughly enjoyed. The

Pros: Amazing Food; Best Service; Cozy Atmosphere

Cons: Can't Think of Anything

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This is one of my favorite restaurants! I have been here about 4 times now and am never disappointed. The food is impeccable, the servers are so attentive and knowledgeable, and it is always a great time!

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This is one of my favorite restaurants! I have been here about 4 times now and am never disappointed. The food is impeccable, the servers are so attentive and knowledgeable, and it is always a great time!

Pros: service, food

Cons: expensive, no parking

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I absolutely love this restaurant, just wish it was more affordable so I could enjoy it more often but hey, that's the deal with "fine dining" I suppose. The wine list is great, menu has so many unique and delicious creations. Everything

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I absolutely love this restaurant, just wish it was more affordable so I could enjoy it more often but hey, that's the deal with "fine dining" I suppose. The wine list is great, menu has so many unique and delicious creations. Everything

Pros: food, atmosphere, cheese list

Cons: expensive

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After hearing all the rave reviews about Gary Danko, I decided to finally try it out. I had just been to Masa's pretty recently, so I was expecting just as good an experience. I'm not too sure how the prices compare - I did a multi-course like at Masa's which might have cost just a little less at Gary Danko.
The table for two that I got was in a really awkward location. I sat inside, and my boyfriend sat in the aisle - and it really was sitting in the aisle. He was hanging out right next to a small hallway, right where a wall ended. The staff was not able to get us another table. They apologized profusely and handled it about as well as is expected from a fine-dining establishment.
I actually really enjoyed my meal with the exception of the lobster bisque. It was way too salty for me! I ordered a fabulous dessert - caramelized banana crepes, which were prepared table-side. It was fun to watch the guy prepare our dessert and flambe those bananas!
If I'm feeling like going to a high-end restaurant and spending some $$$$$, GD is definitely on my list, just below Masa's. One more thing, I did like the atmosphere of GD. It felt more accessible to me than Masa's, and less like someone "normal" wouldn't belong.

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After hearing all the rave reviews about Gary Danko, I decided to finally try it out. I had just been to Masa's pretty recently, so I was expecting just as good an experience. I'm not too sure how the prices compare - I did a multi-course like at Masa's which might have cost just a little less at Gary Danko.
The table for two that I got was in a really awkward location. I sat inside, and my boyfriend sat in the aisle - and it really was sitting in the aisle. He was hanging out right next to a small hallway, right where a wall ended. The staff was not able to get us another table. They apologized profusely and handled it about as well as is expected from a fine-dining establishment.
I actually really enjoyed my meal with the exception of the lobster bisque. It was way too salty for me! I ordered a fabulous dessert - caramelized banana crepes, which were prepared table-side. It was fun to watch the guy prepare our dessert and flambe those bananas!
If I'm feeling like going to a high-end restaurant and spending some $$$$$, GD is definitely on my list, just below Masa's. One more thing, I did like the atmosphere of GD. It felt more accessible to me than Masa's, and less like someone "normal" wouldn't belong.

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The food here is amazing, I don't think there is any question about that. It is one of the best meals around, especially for the price. I have eaten here 3 times now, and each time it gets better. You can be totally full on the 3 course,

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The food here is amazing, I don't think there is any question about that. It is one of the best meals around, especially for the price. I have eaten here 3 times now, and each time it gets better. You can be totally full on the 3 course,

Pros: Phenomanl food

Cons: Dress code is extremely loose

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From the minute you enter, you are greeted warmly. Asked if this was our first time (it was), we were welcomed and thanked. \r
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The atmosphere was superb. Tables were spaced apart nicely so that you couldn't

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From the minute you enter, you are greeted warmly. Asked if this was our first time (it was), we were welcomed and thanked. \r
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The atmosphere was superb. Tables were spaced apart nicely so that you couldn't

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This is by far the best restaurant in San Francisco. Well, worth the advanced reservations. The service is flawless and food amazing. You cant go wrong with anything on the menu.

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This is by far the best restaurant in San Francisco. Well, worth the advanced reservations. The service is flawless and food amazing. You cant go wrong with anything on the menu.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Great place to dine! Although you have to try to get reservations early, they are very good about keeping you on a waiting list and trying to accomodate for a smaller size party if they can. Every time I've eaten here I've been impressed

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Great place to dine! Although you have to try to get reservations early, they are very good about keeping you on a waiting list and trying to accomodate for a smaller size party if they can. Every time I've eaten here I've been impressed

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Went here while visiting San Francisco from Philadelphia and expected a lot with the good ratings...Although I really liked the diversity of the menu, I felt as though the food was at most above average...NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY. I wasn't

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Went here while visiting San Francisco from Philadelphia and expected a lot with the good ratings...Although I really liked the diversity of the menu, I felt as though the food was at most above average...NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY. I wasn't

Pros: Diversity in menu, Lot of options

Cons: Crowded, overpriced

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I have been to this restaurant several times and just ate there last night. This is my favorite high-end restaurant in San Francisco. Overall, the food and experience were superb. With one surprising exception, the courses that my husband and I ordered were well-conceived and well-executed. Gary Danko puts together interesting combinations of flavors and textures that work. Wines were paired with each course to enhance the food. The service was absolutely flawless. Timing between courses was perfect. Just when you thought you might need something, it appeared. I'm normally much more influenced by food than service, but I would say this restaurant does a great job of providing service that adds to the experience. The only negative was the noise level. While tables are spaced well, there were quite a few parties of four or more that were just...LOUD.

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I have been to this restaurant several times and just ate there last night. This is my favorite high-end restaurant in San Francisco. Overall, the food and experience were superb. With one surprising exception, the courses that my husband and I ordered were well-conceived and well-executed. Gary Danko puts together interesting combinations of flavors and textures that work. Wines were paired with each course to enhance the food. The service was absolutely flawless. Timing between courses was perfect. Just when you thought you might need something, it appeared. I'm normally much more influenced by food than service, but I would say this restaurant does a great job of providing service that adds to the experience. The only negative was the noise level. While tables are spaced well, there were quite a few parties of four or more that were just...LOUD.

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Below my lowest expectations. And I am not that picky, mind you.

GD was very crowded & we had to wait at the door. Tables are too close to each other (not romantic!). The other waiter knocked down the vase & didn't notice it. Every time

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Below my lowest expectations. And I am not that picky, mind you.

GD was very crowded & we had to wait at the door. Tables are too close to each other (not romantic!). The other waiter knocked down the vase & didn't notice it. Every time

Pros: Wine list, Cheese cart, Nice presentation

Cons: Guests in jeans/sneak, Painfully slow, Bad service

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Great wine list. Great food. Great atmosphere. Ok maybe it's not the best but it's pretty damn good. The menu is always changing. The last time I was here I had the Moroccan Spiced Squab which was awesome and I am not the kind of guy who orders squab. The lobster appetizer is incredible. The service is very professional. Sometimes a bit too professional. It's expensive but definitely a good night on the town.

PROS: Great food and wine
CONS: Tres cher

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Great wine list. Great food. Great atmosphere. Ok maybe it's not the best but it's pretty damn good. The menu is always changing. The last time I was here I had the Moroccan Spiced Squab which was awesome and I am not the kind of guy who orders squab. The lobster appetizer is incredible. The service is very professional. Sometimes a bit too professional. It's expensive but definitely a good night on the town.

PROS: Great food and wine
CONS: Tres cher

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The food at Gary Danko is very good, but also very pricey. For the amount of money you are paying for the food, the service could be better. The portions can be somewhat small.

PROS: food
CONS: service, parking

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★★★★☆

The food at Gary Danko is very good, but also very pricey. For the amount of money you are paying for the food, the service could be better. The portions can be somewhat small.

PROS: food
CONS: service, parking

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Given the cost of the experience, the experience should be better. Nothing was memorable other than the numerous gafs made by the wait staff. It felt like prom night, every other diner there was celebrating something.

Our courses were misdelivered, wait staff was confused, food was good but not great, not memorable. The whole evening was expensive and rather disappointing.

PROS: Very nice albeit very expensive wine list
CONS: Lauded yet seriously underdelivers

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Given the cost of the experience, the experience should be better. Nothing was memorable other than the numerous gafs made by the wait staff. It felt like prom night, every other diner there was celebrating something.

Our courses were misdelivered, wait staff was confused, food was good but not great, not memorable. The whole evening was expensive and rather disappointing.

PROS: Very nice albeit very expensive wine list
CONS: Lauded yet seriously underdelivers

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