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300 Grove St. (Franklin St.) Send to Phone
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Traci Des Jardins’ French-inspired restaurant is a polished San Francisco destination.
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Jardinière, San Francisco, CA

Jardinière Restaurant Review

: Still glimmering after nearly 20 years, Jardinière serves as a sort of keyhole into all that’s good and fun about high-caliber California-French dining. The downstairs bar/lounge offers a comfortable and impromptu way to sample cocktails or bubbly and tastes from the menu (try the house-cured salumi or addictive olives). Upstairs, the dining room is quiet and luxurious and offers a dramatic view of the scene below. The sophisticated space seems to fizz and pop with celebratory energy, as though in toast to the Bay Area’s culinary bounty. Owner and (Iron) chef Traci Des Jardins was a strong advocate for responsibility and seasonality in cooking long before local, organic and sustainable became buzzwords. The kitchen crafts accessible French plates that bloom with California freshness and color. Among the starters, you might find local halibut crudo spiked with habanero. Main dishes might include Wagyu flatiron with bordelaise or duck breast and confit with kimchi, kumquat and lentils. Wines are a joy, as is the famous, cellared cheese selection. It’s hard to spot a misstep in the friendly service. Fanciful desserts, like a spiced ginger stout cake, are icing on the cake. The Monday night $55 prix-fixe menu with pairings offers an easy entry into the Jardinière experience.

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