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Jardinière

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

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About the restaurant: Still glimmering since 1997, 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 marinated 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.

Food & Drinks: 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 foie gras terrine with blackberry, walnut and rice bread or local halibut crudo with summer truffle, sunomono and huitlacoche. Continue with main dishes such as Wagyu hanger steak with fennel, cippolini, mustard and steak sauce or salmon with lobster mushroom, yellow corn and shio koji. The Cali/French wine list is a joy, as is the famous, cellared cheese selection that spotlights American producers. It’s hard to spot a misstep in the friendly service. Comforting desserts, like yellow peach upside down cake, are icing on the cake.
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