Gary Danko

4.7
782 reviews
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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.”

What Insiders Are Saying

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Gary Danko was one of my favorite restaurants until last night.

Fish over cooked. Risotto a sloppy over cooked over creamy mess. Quail more like jerky. Salmon extremely underwealming. Very little actual flavor in the seafood red curry - seemingly cream with a red tinge and no depth of flavor at all. The meats were decently prepared, but by that time pretty disinterested.

I have always enjoyed GD. I've no idea what was going on last night but really terrible food. The people next to us seemed to think so too judging by the amount of food they left on their plates.

DG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a superb experience..from the moment you are greeted to the relaxed ending of the meal, truly a stellar experience. The decor, decorum and staff push this already polished gem into the next realm for an unforgettable evening!

S
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides the hostess being quite rude, the rest of the serving staff was amazing.
Attentive service, amazing food, and a great wine list.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience , EXCELLENT service!!

U
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After changing my reservation 2 times they acomadeted my 38week 6 day pregnant wife and I for her birthday. After thinking that she was having Braxton hicks contraction she went with the meals that ended with us having a baby 5 hour latter at the hospital (Nothing to do with the food just a small detail I wanted to share) we enjoyed the place the food and the staff which as welcoming and curties as ever.
We will see you soon

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place if you want impeccable service and great ambiance. Celebrated my birthday, felt special!

P
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining here since Dawn’s still the manager and Craig’s running the floor.
Food and service are as great as ever!
I will definitely come back more often and will bring more friends to experience the best food by the Bay🥂Salute

LS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let’s talk about the exceptional service and attention to detail. Both were off the chart. I cannot wait to come back.

FH
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent dining experience. The corn soup and risotto appetizers were very good and the main courses were quality delicious. The chocolate cake desert was also great. Highly recommend for service, elegant but comfortable ambiance and quality of food overall.

P
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always outstanding. Shame it was left off San Francisco’s hundred best restaurants because it clearly remains in the top 10. Risotto was delicious as was the lobster and bison. As always our favorite was the chocolate soufflé. Very attentive service. Beautiful decor. A must for any special occasion

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for a birthday dinner. The food was perfect, the service attentive, polite, quick, thorough. Everything was remarkable, I can see why this restaurant has a reputation for being the best. they deliver.

DE
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, attentive, professional service. Menu has so many interesting options... I had the Juniper Crusted Bison, a first. While you select by 3, 4 or 5 courses, there is a wide variety of appetizers entrees, and deserts to choose from.

EW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expectations were met for a fine dining experience.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting San Francisco from Florida! What an amazing dining and wining experience!!!

J
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three flaws: noise, blah bread and NO foie gras. Otherwise a very good experience.

R
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gary Danko is consistently good: great food, wonderful wine selection and impeccable services. Over the years we tried most of their dishes and were rarely disappointed. This time, the risotto was still my husband’s favorite, and the bison was fabulous. I miss their foie gras but the soft shell crab was a good addition. The duck hash was more flavorful than the breast as it didn’t come with the crispy skin. We went for four courses instead of five, left satisfied but not overly full.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sehr gute Beratung. Empfehlung für Wein und Essen waren beides Volltreffer. Ein toller Abend. ADM Anfang etwas sehr laut, wurde aber später deutlich besser.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, innovative food, fantastic ambiance. Gary Danko will be my new Go-To in San Fransisco. The wait staff is so knowledgeable and will give you history of the wines, cheeses and anything else you might want to know. The corner tables are by far the best.

D
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Servers were haughty. It took forever to get our food, it was crowded and loud. Got the impression that they didn’t care if we were there.

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was great and they gave us the VIP treatment 👍🏾

JC
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the restaurant I compare to all others. Dining at its finest. There’s really no comparable experience in San Francisco. I’m already planning my next visit.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GD has been consistent in their quality of food and service! It’s my go to restaurant in SF! Always have great experience there!!

D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the reservation process, to our arrival, to our departure, everything was absolutely spectacular. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing and we look forward to doing it again as soon as we are back in San Francisco. Food is exquisite, and Laura our server was exceptional!

KV
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Would recommend to anyone who like to try something different.
Little on the pricier side, but worth it.

NK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went to Gary Danko 9 years ago and it was my favorite restaurant for the longest time. My favorite dish was the duck breast. I decided to go back when I visited SF and the food was good but not as good as I remember. I really enjoyed the seafood options like the scallops were delicious and the pork dish was good too! Very classic style and the service from when you walk in, to when you leave was remarkable. One of the best services yet. Definitely good for special occasions.

LI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. The restaurant was very crowded and noisy, but we still thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

A restaurant with an incredible reputation, we went to celebrate a birthday and some personal accomplishments. I was impressed by the decor and overall feel of the place, also the service was overall outstanding but really only when dishes or drinks were brought to the table. There were times when it took minutes (to ask for the bill it took >5 min, the entire time i was keeping my eye out for the waiter) to get service. Again, not that the service was bad, it was pretty incredible, but for the money you are paying I shouldnt have to wait 5 minutes to be able to flag someone.
The food....we had 7 courses in total (yes a lot of food) between two of us, it was really delicious! Highlights include the risotto, thai seafood curry, and the bison. The quail was pretty tasty with the mushroom and cornbread filling....it was a very interesting dish. The only dish i didnt like was the oyster dish...it was a 1/5. I like oysters (have never had them cooked though, these were cooked), and i was REALLY excited for them, but alas, they were completely underwhelming and in fact they weren’t even palatable (i really disliked them). Also, the bread is extremely average. Like grocery store bread is better than what they offer. It’s also cold. It’s nice as it will make you eat more of their food but the bread is usually a plus not a negative as in this case. The ambiance was fantastic, felt very fancy and elegant, I liked the vibe and the decorations. We were just a little too close to people on both sides. I felt anyone could have listened in on our conversation and our date just wasn’t very private.
Overall, this is a great restaurant, the ambiance is chique, food is delicious (except for bread and oysters), service is on better side, but for a Michelin star restaurant and a ~330$ bill between two people, it left a lot to be desired. They also got my congratulations wrong, which is bizarre because I was very clear in my reservation with what we were celebrating.

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend to dinner as a surprise to celebrate a special occasion. I had preordered caviar service, the staff did an extremely excellent job of timing and serving it. The food was amazing, everything was perfect. The staff was one of the best that choreographed and polished team I’ve ever seen. I’ve worked in hotels, restaurants, catering , and European pastry shops, for 40 years... this was the best dining experience I’ve ever had. I have eaten in some very expensive restaurants in my life, but this dinner was the most enjoyable and memorable dinner, Thanks to all the staff, we will be back often.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and food

MS
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Let’s start w the bartender on the early / 5:30p shift on Friday July 12. He wasn’t efficient nor was he friendly. I had to ask for a water in addition to my drink. Felt he should have automatically asked me if I wanted a water or poured me one. He wasn’t at all friendly and did not check in with me at all as I had my glass of champagne. (Was waiting on our resie). I’d go as far to say that he was grumpy and snobby. Once we were seated in the restaurant, the waitress (short hair, large glasses, a bit older) rushed us and kept on rushing us throughout the meal. Frustrating. The best part of the service was the guy who brought the bread! Friendly. Mind you - I love the food, always have - and GD used to be the best cheese course this side of France. However, though the appetizers, meal and dessert were great - the cheese course now pales in comparison to what it once was. No cheese from France and many of the cheese were a bit pedestrian at least in comparison of what they used to offer. Finally, wine bottle list is fine - overpriced but that’s to be expected - and there are some gems. But! - the wines by the glass list is hideous and grossly TOO overpriced. So what used to hands down be a Relais Chateau 5 star dining experience is now wallowing at an average 3 rating...

E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Husbands birthday but we did not tell you.

S
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wine list, special drinks & service. Perfect place for a special occasion. And we love the fixed price for 3, 4 or 5 courses, you get to choose!

DD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was generally good not not special. Many restaurants in SF feel more creative and vital. Gary Danko seems to cater mainly to the tourist trade, and it is a little jarring to spend $400 on dinner only to be surrounded by little kids watching videos at the table, and tourists in shorts and t-shirts who have obviously been walking around all day. Oh well, what do you expect when you set up a restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf.

The service here was quite good, and the wine list was great. Several dishes on the menu were delicious, although many were safe to the point of being boring. The one real stinker on the menu was the salmon medallions - surprising since this is one of the dishes Gary Danko is known for. I found the salmon to be utterly tasteless and the horseradish flavor in the crust to be completely overpowering. In general, I found the food to be way under-salted (and I generally favor less salty food). I just found myself wanting to put salt on almost everything, perhaps to boost the flavors.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and professional staff.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner until later when one of us became very ill. What a bummer after such a wonderful yet insanely expensive meal. We also gave them a chance to make it right but they didn’t.

JL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second trip to Gary Danko. Fantastic fine dining. Service that rivals nearly all the other Michelin starred restaurants but with additional warmth. Also a great value for the level of experience

EN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

As a background I have been dining at Gary Danko for over 15 years. I have always enjoyed the experience. However, the last two times that I have dined there the experience was less than expected. I would like to comment that the food is consistently good and the wait staff is always professional. My review is not directed at them, however it is directed at the management style of the restaurant. In my most recent experiences I felt everything was very rushed. In fact, from the time my girlfriend and I sat down to the time we got our bill was slightly less than one hour. I might go to Denny’s or IHOP if I want to finish my meal in one hour, but I certainly do not go to Gary Danko to be rushed. Not sure that I will make plans to dine there again anytime soon.

I sincerely hope that the management team of Gary Danko do you read these reviews. I would love to continue to be a guest at your restaurant but not under the circumstances where I have to shove food in my mouth this fast because the next course already coming.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service was top notch. They are a Michelin star restaurant for a reason. It made our anniversary dinner extra special.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most consistently good fine dining in SF

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