Gary Danko

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Contemporary French / American
Nineteen years after opening its doors in San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, Restaurant Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients, and personable yet impeccable service. “You don’t just open a great restaurant,” says Chef Gary Danko, “it’s a constant work in progress.”

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The Infatuation
8.4

Gary Danko is a taste of a fancier, older San Francisco you're probably not used to. Fortunately, it's a very delicious taste.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining at Gary Danko. We were celebrating our anniversary dinner with another couple. It was amazing. Every bite was exquisite, from the begging to the end. Each pairing was matched perfectly enhancing every bite. The cheese options were delectable and I thoroughly enjoyed my take home breakfast the next morning.

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, discreet courteous service, excellent food, classy interior and unlike many high end restaurants in Europe -not snobbish.

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PK
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful 35th anniversary dinner. Great service and wonderful food. The crab salad and duck entree were fabulous. Also the wine pairing selected by the sommelier was spot on.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant for a night out. Everything we ordered was delicious and service was perfect. Loved the menu with options of a Tasting or pick your own courses.

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BB
Omaha
40 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service & food were great but it was more expensive than expected since the wine list contained fewer reasonable priced wines. They have an extensive selection of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines which run higher than other French regions or comparable US wineries. Several tips for first time dinners. Unlike most course priced restaurants, this one allows you to mix any selections in your course selections such as three meat courses and their courses are larger sizes so two three course dinners for most couples should be enough to share especially since they provide a complimentary petit fours selection at the end of your meal along with “breakfast” cupcakes to take with you.

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HS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food! The staff is incredible and the wide array of options is outstanding.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Food!! Exceptional Service!! Beautiful restaurant!! and one of the most affordable fine dining in SF!! Compared to $100 per person on average to $250 to $1000 per person at others fine dining in the Bay area, Gary Danko is a must try!!! You will not be disappointed!!

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Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome, the service, food, presentation was great too. We cannot wait until our next dinner here

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was pretty good. Certainly old school in there. It was hot because of the heat wave and they had no AC. Not a huge fan of the sommelier. He was rigid in his wine choices. Old school again. Seemed to go through motions. No creativity. Although food was good, it’s tough to compete against some of the more up-and-coming chefs. Ate at The Progress a couple of nights before and the menu there was fresh and original compared to the choices at Gary Danko.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! I was surprised I left with a full stomach.

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PG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Temperature was so hot we had to leave dinner early. It was my birthday but I lost my appetite with incredibly hot room. I know that getting the A/C to work was challenging but the restaurant should have compted dinner for a pretty uncomfortable setting.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and I’ll definitely be back!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to celebrate a special event. The food and service never disappoints!

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DG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our family evening. Fancy food but you will not leave hungry. A rare combination to find. Expensive.

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AD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The décor at Gary Danko feels "dated". There is nothing "contemporary" about the experience. We had not been there for a few years and we were disappointed. The portions were small, the beef tenderloin was not tender and the servers rushed the first 3 courses and then we waited 20 minutes for the dessert course. There were many servers, but none connected with us in a dialogue. Everything about it needs to be brought into the 21st century.

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p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. Will definitely return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely.

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LK
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gary Danko was great, from the service, to the atmosphere to the early morning breakfast they sent us home with. The food was excellently prepared, its a must in SF

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, perfect service - all you need is money :)

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PP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening - delicious food and drinks, impeccable service.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When I did the reservation via open table I said that it was a dinner because in my birthday and the restaurant didn’t even say happy birthday to me.

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Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

El servicio es impecable
Cada plato está muy bien logrado, equilibrado y suficiente

El menú de tres tiempos me parece suficiente, pero para los de buen diente están los de cuatro y cinco platos

Creo que el lugar ya necesita una remodelación, esta bien mantenido pero con un estilo pasado de moda

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SS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experience! The staff was so welcoming and the food and atmosphere was the BEST! We will definitely dine here again on our next visit to San Francisco!!

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EC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food quality was definitely above average, the timing was quite hurried though, we barely had time to breathe between courses, and the dessert was served while we were still working on the cheese course. Good overall service and quality but expected a bit more given the hype and price point.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were impeccable. Wines are overpriced but it is to be expected with such a higher end restaurant.

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CB
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal!

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S
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Went here for my birthday and we each did the 4 course which was plenty of food. Service was excellent as well

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fine other than the corking fee of $50 per bottle which is astronomically ludicrous

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WL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a great evening. They paid attention to the details.

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JD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely spectacular in every way. Service should be rated 11 out of 10

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Signature service and attentive staff that made us feel like we were their only guest. They had a really expansive menu with great options as well as a vegetarian tasting menu. I ordered 3 courses off the regular menu and my SO ordered the 4 courses from the vegetarian menu. I enjoyed all my dishes for the most part - everything was just a tad bit on the salty side (and I usually love salt), and not sure if it was because it was a holiday weekend on a Sunday where main kitchen staff was off duty, but my SO’s vegetarian risotto was still undercooked (had crunchy bits), lacked flavor, and presentation was off - I know GD does great risotto and food is usually on point, but this must of been an off day.

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and worth the hype! I love that they have so many options that are all fantastic. The service was incredible and overall flawless experience.

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late dinner. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable. Each course was delicious. The sea scallops were beyond delightful... the best I’ve ever had.

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LL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gary Danko restaurant is outstanding. The food is prepared beautifully. The service is impeccable. It is a beautiful restaurant, fresh flowers all around, beautiful table settings. I would highly recommend planning a special occasion at Gary Danko. It is expensive, but worth every savory bite of food.

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B
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s our favorite go-to place for any special occasion for years. Being a bit old fashioned, I was really disappointed about the lack of dress code enforcement. It’s speaks to the possible sellout to filling the dining room vs maintaining the special ambiance. Dress code is elegant with sport coat or suit for the men. One guy was in a T-shirt and jeans, two more in jeans and hoodies. The place isn’t as special anymore. Please enforce the dress code!!!

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SW
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall excellence. Very friendly service from the moment you get there.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gary Danko did it right. From the moment we got there to the moment we left we were treated as valued guests. From the friendly Valet, to the host, the waiter and lovey staff that took time to ensure we were having a splendid experience. The food was out of this world. Here are some of choices we had that were just flat out awesome and mouthwatering. The risotto, sea scallops, pork tenderloin, duck breast with hash and finished it off with a decadent Louisiana butter cake. Bravo! To be honest the most important thing was how SPECIAL my beautiful wife felt on her birthday. That is what made the night. Gary Danko you didn’t disappoint but delivered on every level and treated her with a beautiful birthday cake with some little macaroons to end the night. We would love to come back with our 3 daughters to have them experience this Wonderful establishment. Well done. Salute!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time dining at this restaurant and fell in love with it. Everything my table ordered was delicious. Will definitely come back.

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JL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. High quality, well prepared food in a classic atmosphere. Service was impeccable.

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