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Atelier Crenn

3127 Fillmore St. (Pixley St.) Send to Phone
415-440-0460 | Menu
Chef Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” tasting menu features luxurious ingredients and unique presentations.
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Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA

Atelier Crenn Restaurant Review

: French chef Dominique Crenn’s adoration of her father has influenced her life. He was an artist, bringing his ideas to life in his workshop, which is called an “atelier’’ in French. That should help you understand the name and concept of the restaurant: a place where Crenn creates food that she calls “poetic culinaria.” Not only is she a creator, she is also a poet. The menu is written in the form of a poem where each line is the evocation of a dish. On a winter menu you may read “I touch the salted water, and hold the shell against my ear,” or “Strolling on the beach, in its whimsically ebullient innocence” on the one from the previous season. It is music to the ears, before the notes hit the palate. As years have gone by --- we have been following her for a quite a while now --- Crenn’s cuisine has evolved from a sonata to a symphony. How did she do it? We are guessing it is the expression of lots of thinking and meditation, drawings and experiments. This is a supputation as Crenn is very secretive; even if the kitchen door onto the restaurant is always open, she won’t let us enter her sanctuary. We are fine with it. The poetry works and that is what counts. When making your reservation at Atelier Crenn, there are a few things you should know. You are going in for a long evening that you should not rush. Take the time to enjoy the long list of dishes from the Grand Tasting Menu, which is priced at $315, with wine pairings starting at $175 (service is included, but not tax). There is only this menu and there is no à la carte. Everything is unconventional in Crenn’s studio. The plates, silverware and dishes (a wood log, for example) are so out of the ordinary that they directly imply and require unique and unusual presentations. Crenn uses noble ingredients like caviar, foie gras, truffle, scallops, sea urchin and Wagyu, resulting in a luxurious feast. The only conventional part of the meal is the cheeses, simply presented on a wood board. For all the restaurant's "wildness," the interior is surprisingly simple and casual. A large rectangle of thatched bamboo on the ceiling is the only nod to the great outdoors; otherwise, the dining room touts a very clean décor, with sealed concrete floors, neutrals and soft lighting. A posh wine list offers interesting selections primarily from France but also from Spain, Italy and California. We are looking forward to the opera in the coming years.

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Average rating    3.5
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Best restaurant in the world.
by aivantch on Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:20 pm
We are totally impressed. The experience is beyond all imaginable praises.
This restaurant left way behind the world leaders like Tru, Everst, L2O, Alinea. We have no words to express our admiration.
Dominique Crenn is a reincarnation of the King of Chefs the famous Escoffier. She is the new Mozart of cuisine.
Highly recommended for connoisseurs.
I am NOT convinced!!!!
by leconnaisseur on Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:24 pm
The food was pretentious and I even had to have a slice of pizza after the meal because the portions were too small !! I guess some items were interesting but way too expensive for what it actually is...
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