300 Grove St. @ Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
phone: 415.861.5555
hours: Sun-Wed 5-10:30pm, Thurs-Sat 5-11:30pm
California French cuisine
Full bar

Definitely more upscale than my usual outings, Jardiniere exudes quality. This two-level, funky, spacious restaurant doesn't have a bad table in the house.

The Ambience:
Live jazz on some nights peppers the air unobtrusively. Architecturally interesting. Dim lights. Airy.

The Menu:
Nightly specials, a small, unique set menu and a chef's tasting five-course meal. The wine list is enormous with a full range of regions and prices. Entrees from $20-$30.

The Food:
Creative, tasty mini-delights. The entrees are small and expensive, but they're also exquisite.

The Service:
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and, well, perfect. In fact, it was almost as if we'd entered the Stepford Wives sequel: Stepford Service.

Reservations: Yes.

Overall: A-
No wonder it's that bastard Mayor Brown's favorite place to eat. Worth the money if you can swing it.

Reviewed : Oct 2003

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