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

Jardinière Restaurant Review

: Still glimmering after 15 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, crispy-fried 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. Despite pedigreed ingredients, occasional dishes on the daily changing menu can prove a bit ordinary (a complicated beet salad lacks luster, a petrale sole entrée is overly oily), but a simple butternut squash soup dotted with pomegranate and walnut is memorable and vivid, and nutty risotto melts with hunks of Fontina and is cut with aged balsamic. Wines are a joy, as is the famous, cellared cheese selection. It’s hard to spot a misstep in the friendly service. Fanciful desserts are icing on the cake. Monday night $49 prix-fixe menus offer an easy entry into the Jardinière experience.

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