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Gardenias, San Francisco, CA

Gardenias

4.6
4.6
723 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We would like to welcome you to Gardenias - a neighborhood spot in the best sense of the word. Locally sourced and seasonally influenced, our menu pays respect to the unique bounty of Northern California.

Newly added outdoor seating, as well as patio in back.

Mentioned in current Michelin Guide.

Open Table Diners’ Choice Award winner every year since we opened.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-7122

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Gardenia's can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Margie Conard: (855) 402-3197

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Parking details

    Parking lot 1 block away at Fillmore and Post, under the AMC Kabucki. Metered spots in Fillmore street not enforced after 6pm.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 723 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    American

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  1. y

    yum2

    Orange County

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice neighborhood restaurant with friendly and accommodating staff. The outdoor patio in the back has comfortable seating. Food is well prepared and entree portions are just the right size to have room for dessert.
  2. G

    Guillermo

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar, excelente cocina, extraordinaria opción
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gardenias has a quiet intimate patio just off the main dining area. You are protected by a leafy fenced in area. On cool nights heaters heat the area. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food is unique and served at perfect temperature. Very good wine list for pairing.
  4. R

    Ross

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. My wife and I had a lovely time. Thank you!
  5. M

    Marian

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve loved this place for years and stil do. The service is attentive without being overbearing. The food is great! The menu is seasonally driven (always a big plus for me) and the room is lovely. Outside dining is still available on the patio. (The parklet is no longer being used.) Gardenias is a Neighborhood Gem and a Destination Restaurant in one.
  6. T

    Todd

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought visiting family from out of town with some special dietary restrictions (gluten/red meat) to Gardenias for a final dinner out before they headed out. I’ve dined there in the past and the food, ambience and service never failed to impress. The experience this time exceeded all expectations. Our waiter worked with us to ensure that our menu choices, shared family style, could be enjoyed by all of us. They were all deliciously prepared. He helped curate the perfect wine and dessert choices to finish off the meal.
  7. J

    Jan2017

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Corn chowder was superb. Duck was wonderful but too many competing spices to taste the flavor of the duck. Brown butter plum tart was perfect sweet ending.
  8. CW

    CarmenW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The overall experience was drenched in too much: fat, dressing, butter, shouting guests, oil. Short ribs are a high fat choice, however they are made unpleasant when the neighboring vegetables are submerged in oil. Butter is nice with Salmon, which was perfectly cooked, but the dish was swimming in butter. The salad was described as a Little Gem, but the majority of the greens were frisee. We did not leave smiling. We loved Woodward’s Garden, but the attention to detail seems lacking here.
  9. KW

    KimW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The space is beautiful. The waiter was extremely pleasant. Food presentation beautiful but lots of items super spicy and was not aware when ordering of the spiciness'. If known we would have chosen a different option. Hubby wanted a diet coke but they do not serve any sodas. He does not drink alcohol and the other drink choices for him were sparkling or tap water. The food does not measure up to the prices of the entrees. But we understand prices are up due to current shipping and product availability. Hope to return to try a different item and give another shot but probably not with hubby. Hope to have the same waiter. He was great! KW
  10. JL

    JoshL

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    It was our anniversary and the server only came twice (one to take our order and one to get our check). He seemed more focus on the family of 5 and the other couple that he ended up chatting with them and not checking on us. We were going to order more drinks but the experience has soured so much that we couldn’t wait to leave
  11. SB

    SheilaB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a fabulous dining experience. The food is delicious and they always have new, creative dishes on the menu. The service is wonderful.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adorable place, very nice little patio w/a heater. Nice for an intimate meal.
  13. C

    Chaukokecks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I come to Gardenia's for quiet conversation in a casual setting. Their food tastes like it comes from someone's home kitchen, which is nice. But sometimes, it's almost too much like something I can make at home. After a recent dinner, I felt their dishes could use a bit more punch/flair. Also, I'd love if hot dishes came out hot rather than lukewarm. The service is efficient and friendly and it remains a sweet neighborhood spot.
  14. W

    Wildkress

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous neighborhood restaurant worthy of leaving your neighborhood! Everything I love about San Francisco dining--vegetable forward, charming, delicious.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food was delicious but there was so little of it. $38 for about 2 oz of lamb and I am not kidding. I had the black cod and there was about 6 oz of fish, but there were 2 fingerling potatoes and about 6 peas on my plate. I will not go back. I feel we weee cheered out of a meal. We had to go get more food because we were hungry when we left.
  16. c

    chloes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this spot! Every time we go I have to get the gnocchi, its super light yet filling at the same time. The service is great & they always give an honest & detailed run through of their menu. Its definitely a smaller intimate hidden gem, a must when in the Pacific Heights area!
  17. CW

    CynthiaW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely experience. We were in the city for a show at the Fillmore and based on other reviews decided to have dinner here beforehand. Boy am I glad we did. If this was my neighborhood I would eat here all the time. I had the gnocchi and am still dreaming of the pillowy, creamy texture and amazing cheesy flavor. Good heavens. We also had the asparagus appetizer which was just enough and super tasty—a perfect combination of salty, crisp and creamy with the bright green flavor balancing the richness of the burrata. I will be dreaming of this meal for a while. Also the space is lovely. I felt like we were dinner guests in an inviting home.
  18. MR

    MarkR

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had vegetarian friends in from out of town so we chose here because of the menu choices. All the dinners were top notch especially the short ribs and the fish. The deserts were also great especially the mint ice cream made from fresh mint.
  19. JC

    JaniceC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a thoughtful menu, right up to the desserts. Diners are also some of the most nicely-dressed in the city!
  20. MH

    MonaH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again a fabulous meal at Gardenias. The short ribs are melt in your mouth divine, and fish entrées are always superb. What really makes Gardenias stand out is the over the top creativity of their farm to table vegetable accompaniments with entrees, and the salad and veggie starters. Too many to list, so I'll just note my most recent starter of roasted young carrots, sweet potatoes and beets served over a luscious thick tahini sauce and topped with a carrot top pesto. Yum!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This was our first time dining at Gardenias. It was a good experience all around. They have a decent wine selection and we bought one of the least expensive wines which turned out to be a great choice! Their short rips and pork tenderloin were on point. The white bean, pistachio, and olive tapenade was delightful. We had the appetizer, prosciutto wrapped asparagus paired with burrata and golden raisins. It was okay but didn’t make sense. Could have used crostinis or even croutons. It was a great little neighborhood spot we’ve been wanting to try and we will certainly return.
  22. s

    simonian

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Second time visiting this cute neighborhood restaurant - food was a bit uninspired so we were disappointed. I love the space but with both front and back doors open, you do get a bit of a wind tunnel effect - it was cold! I get it that this is likely for Covid safety. Just be warned, you will be cold and your food will get cold rapidly. Scallop crudo was just ok - the combination of chile oil and other toppings didn't really add much. Salad with strawberries was good, but this being peak strawberry season, we were sad to see hard, not very sweet berries in the mix. Gnocchi was described by server as pan browned when in fact they were absolutely not browned at all and a bit flabby. Desserts were ok - not great. Overall, I'd say if I lived in the neighborhood, I might give it another chance, but since I don't, I'll pass.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Limited menu, so review ahead of time. Tight quarters if worried about COVID. Would have liked faster service. Felt like kept looking for server. Food delicious. You pay for bread.
  24. MH

    MonaH

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always! Gardenias is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and a true foodie's delight.
  25. CP

    CaptainPhillips

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we had a great time right before a concert at the Fillmore
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such incredibly delicious seasonal food in a beautiful setting!!! I’ll be back again and again!!
  27. MG

    MargaretG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and excellent service. A little gem of a restaurant!
  28. JJ

    JJESS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been a few years since we last were there, but the food is outstanding and the service was attentive.
  29. KM

    KarinM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT Restaurant! One of my favorites! I had the braised ribs with polenta and broccoli which was phenomenal followed with an absolutely delectable pear tart this time. Highly recommend..
  30. s

    sfleah

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous meal! The carrot appetizer, the leek soup and the swordfish entre were delicious with fresh ingredients. The meringue dessert was the perfect way to end the meal. YUMM!
  31. S

    Spanky

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sublime and intimate dining experience.
  32. M

    Metalmark

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The entire environment, food, service and ambiance was positively lovely. Highly recommended quiet, local bistro style. MB
  33. DP

    DennisP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Gardenias. Would recommend it to anyone who wants fine food, fine service, and a wonderful environment in a small, quaint restaurant. Would love it if they had a few non-alcholic drinks.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true gem if you are in the Pacific Heights area of town! The menu is seasonal and I can’t wait to bring friends and family back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! I can’t say enough good things. Our server was so knowledgeable on the wines and on the food menu. It was a quiet night for them but I never felt rushed to leave the restaurant. The ambiance was like someone’s country home. Definitely perfect for dates or visiting friends/family. I can’t wait to have a reason to go back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, knowledgeable server, great ambiance (back patio is fantastic), and delicious food across courses. Excellent wine list is well. Very creative, thoughtful, and well-executed from appetizers to mains to desserts. I thought the dessert menu was particularly lovely with more options than you’d expect. Value was also incredible. Will definitely be coming back.
  37. AM

    AnaMarieU

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wouldn't call this place child friendly, so we almost had second thoughts about bringing our little ones here but they have a palate for good food and no regrets here. No special accommodations needed. Staff was lovely. Baby, toddler, mommy AND daddy were all 100% satisfied with zero complaints.
  38. PS

    PatrickS

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant that makes you feel like you are family. Great food and great service.
  39. LS

    LarryS

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is small but outstanding. The dishes are complicated and all were wonderful. Nice intimate restaurant.
  40. h

    hungry

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was grand. The gnocchi was perfect, kobucha squash delectable. Waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu and helpful snd sweet.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gardenias is rated 4.6 stars by 723 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Gardenias

1963 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking lot 1 block away at Fillmore and Post, under the AMC Kabucki. Metered spots in Fillmore street not enforced after 6pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-7122

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Gardenia's can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Margie Conard: (855) 402-3197

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