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The blackened windows of this legendary restaurant near Fisherman's Wharf mean that only those lucky enough to dine here have seen those stately and private wood-paneled rooms. Nonetheless, Chef Danko is widely recognized as one of the city's greats. His French culinary chops are evident in dishes like a crispy, panko-crusted farm egg, its yolk adding richness to a bowl of creamy polenta with plump mushrooms. Yet his kitchen readily delves into more international flavors, like a Middle Eastern-inspired herb-crusted lamb loin with mouthwatering flavors of spicy chermoula, dates, and Israeli couscous. The petite space is textbook-romantic, filled with flowers, starched linen, and couples celebrating special occasions. Gracious, old-school service adds to the classic appeal, as does an outstanding wine list boasting more than 12,000 bottles (and many half-bottles) from around the globe. Customizable tastings allow diners to mix and match their own three- four- or five-course menus, ensuring that a meal here will satisfy every palate and price point. Whatever tasting you choose, don't miss the outstanding cheese plate heaped with artisanal fromage, plenty of walnut bread, and sweet grapes.
Over 75 USD
- A particularly interesting wine list
- Private dining rooms
- Valet parking
- Wheelchair accessible