Party Earth Review The brainchild of renowned chef Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière has been a jewel of San Francisco’s fine drinking and dining scene since 1997. Considering the venue’s location near City Hall and the Performing Arts District... ... read full review
300 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
BART: Civic Center
MUNI F Line: Market Street & Gough Street
M, Su 5–10pm, Tu–Sa 5–10:30pm
Hours often extended to accommodate performances at the nearby performing arts centers
Hayes Valley, San Francisco –
The brainchild of renowned chef Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière has been a jewel of San Francisco’s fine drinking and dining scene since 1997. Considering the venue’s location near City Hall and the Performing Arts District, it’s no surprise that representatives of the upper echelons of government and tuxedo-clad symphony lovers alike make frequent stops.
The ground floor’s pièce de résistance is a massive bar topped with glistening marble and set beneath the twinkling lights of a golden dome – a design meant to evoke bubbles in an inverted champagne glass.
A lounge area around the bar caters to an early evening crowd of moneyed young professionals and older powerbrokers, who settle in on soft purple chairs for a round of top-shelf spirits and a bit of duck liver mousse.
Although the lounge menu is limited compared to the delicacies proffered in the main dining area upstairs, a no reservations policy makes it easy for anyone to drop in for a quick taste or a long night pouring over the massive wine list. And if the chairs and couches are full, social butterflies and swanky couples cozy in around bar tables, staring up at the dome, at each other, or at the invariably dapper crowd.
In French, jardinière is a culinary term used to describe a dish cooked with a mix of vegetables, but in San Francisco, Jardinière is the perfect mix of opulence and urban class – and probably vegetables too.
If you want to reserve a space, Jardinière has three private dining areas available. The best is probably the beautiful and intimate wine room, where stacks of wine line one side of the table, leaving enough room for you and sixteen of your closest friends to enjoy the incredible menu in peace.
Young professionals, couples, lawyers, bankers, politicians, government employees, socialites, anniversary couples, and pre- and post-performance patrons, late 20s+.
Ambient lounge music.
Seasonal menu of high-end French cuisine with some Californian influences, including caviar, duck egg, short ribs, and Alaskan salmon. Limited menu of smaller bites and entrées available in the lounge.
Lounge menu $8–$18+, à la carte entrées $12–$129, chef’s tasting menu $110, desserts $9–$13. Beer $7–$16, wine and champagne $9–$30/glass, $30–$120/half-bottle, or $35–$4,850/bottle, Sommelier’s wine pairings $65, dessert wine $10–$30, shots, cocktails, and spirits $11–$155.
Valet $15. Prices may vary slightly due to seasonal menu changes.
Business casual to upscale: suits, designer button-downs, dinner jackets, tuxedos, dress shoes, cocktail dresses, heels.
Mondays for the prix fixe menu, or any other night to spend a good bit of time eating and drinking the impressive offerings.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar (398 Hayes Street) has a large absinthe and custom cocktail selection, delectable Mediterranean/French/Californian cuisine, and a more casual, but still upscale, atmosphere.