Gary Danko is one of those special-occasion destination restaurants in San Francisco and it has indeed reached new heights in the culinary world. Yes, the location is a bit out of the way, and it is possible to walk away from a five-course French-inspired tasting menu ready to hit the local diner for a burger, but is supreme gastronomy. Gary Danko has four points in its favour: a dedicated, meticulous, highly creative chef; a quietly elegant setting; ingredients and flavour combinations you won’t easily find elsewhere; and service worthy of truly fine dining. It’s not food, it’s tiny art you can eat. It’s not dinner, it’s a culinary experience. Prepare for your mouth to be amused, even if your wallet is not.
Chef Gary Danko’s three-, four-, and five-course prix fixe menus are the gold standard of fine dining in the city. The menu offers an exuberant array of dishes in French-influenced California style. Light woods, showpiece floral arrangements, and seating in muted butterscotch tones create a refined setting in which to enjoy a five-star meal. Chocolate lovers must have the baked soufflé with two sauces. Others should try the world-class cheese cart.