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  • Review Count
    4
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    November 7, 2014
  • Last Review
    February 26, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    1.8
 
 
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While enjoying one of San Francisco's most dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, diners savor Chef Annie Somerville’s imaginative vegetarian cuisine that features local seasonal organic produce and the finest ingredients. Greens emphasizes wonderful dishes created with a balance of colors, flavor and a contrast of textures inspired by the cuisines of the Mediterranean, Asia, Mexico and the American Southwest.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Vegetarian doesn't need to taste this bad
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Had not been to Greens in 25 years. I recently saw a "Check Please" (PBS) show on Greens and decided things might have changed for the better. Wrong! The food was simply bland and/or unappealing. We are omnivores, as happy eating vegetables as meats, and not prejudiced against either. But we require GOOD food when we eat out and Greens just didn't deliver. The pasta was so bland I had to ask for salt and even that didn't help much. The appetizer was entirely too sweet and failed to achieve any balance between the figs, arugula and burrata because it was drowned in a cloyingly sweet sauce. Really bums me to spend good money to go to a restaurant and eat food inferior to what I can cook at home. Barring the hiring of some amazing chef with a strong reputation, we will not be back and it's a shame that better vegetarian food doesn't exist here."
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2005
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ink. is chef michael voltaggio’s first signature restaurant. alluding to the idea of permanence, ink. endeavors to create an indelible impression with flavor profiles that are inspired by the myriad of cultures that make up the city of los angeles. Thusly, he describes the food at ink. as “modern los angeles cuisine” and aspires to create an experience that will repurpose the term “fine dining” for angelenos.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Chef's rigidity destroys stellar food experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/24/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/24/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This chef's fascism toward food sharing renders the dining experience like a day in a prison with great food. The first thing our otherwise delightful server did was announce that the chef feels that diners should eat off the serving plates. Then she whisked our individual dinner plates away, saying that if we really wanted them back, we should ask! The first three dishes arrived preceded by individual cutlery sets. No serving utensils. The food was not amenable to easy sharing...it dripped, crumbled and oozed or, in the case of meat and fish, needed to be carved/cut. Nothing worse than having to dip a fork or spoon into a dish that others have already dipped into repeatedly. After the first three dishes our table was a sloppy mess, despite our efforts to take a spoonful of whatever across the table's expanse and hit our mouths without spilling. Be sure to ask for extra napkins before you start so you can continue to mop up the table. We tried 14 dishes. Although the food was ethereal (the egg yolk gnocchi was one of the best dishes I have ever had in my life!) and the server pleasant and savvy, my husband refuses to return because of the totality of the dining experience. All of us, except me, were professional fine art painters; all of us were colleagues and friends. The purpose of the dinner was to get feedback from colleagues about works in progress. We brought an iPad with photos of my husband's work in progress to discuss during dinner. Our server announced to us that "electronic media are NOT allowed in the restaurant" and that if we didn't put the iPad away, the manager would come and speak to us. Does the manager troll the tables and expel business colleagues for discussing business? That was the equivalent. Probably the most hostile dining experience ever and one of the most expensive. One of our colleagues, who lives locally, said, "This is SUCH an L.A. place." Really? So sad and frustrating for all of us."
Dined on 2/24/2015
 2005
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From the team behind Michelin-starred All Spice in San Mateo comes Game, our joyful ode to the San Francisco spirit of inclusion. Diversify your fine dining experience with game meats, line-caught fish and creative, playful preparations of seasonal produce. Dietary restrictions are gladly accommodated. A la carte and tasting menu options are available. Select a bottle from our carefully curated wine cellar in our comfortably appointed dining room, or try an original craft cocktail while relaxing in our cozy lounge. Whatever you choose, you can expect warm hospitality, flavorful, photogenic dishes and a commitment to quality at every level. Thanks for your interest; hope to see you soon!
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Food doesn't make it
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I really wanted to like the food at this restaurant because quiet, comfortable restaurants are hard to find, but the food just wasn't good. The chef is into deconstructed food and it certainly was, but what the chef doesn't understand is that the deconstructed food needs to be tasty. Service was spotty and the servers could not describe the desserts due to the deconstruction! All they could say was "I can't really describe it". I made food choices I regretted (like the fois gras, which turned out NOT to be seared) because I didn't ask intensely enough, but perhaps my asking would have been futile and received the same response. A very frustrating experience."
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
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Bar Crudo is a modern raw bar offering an elegant menu of cooked, chilled, or raw, fresh seafood paired with wine and an extensive selection of Belgian beer.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Uncomfortable and irritating
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/05/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/05/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Never thought I'd say this about Bar Crudo, where we have dined for years and many times, but our recent experience was not very pleasant. First, parking was brutal. THEY NEED VALET SERVICE. We parked ten blocks away up numerous hills; no other options, paid or unpaid. Second, while my spouse looked for parking, they refused to seat me. Had to stand for 30 minutes for no good reason...plenty of tables were available. Third, we ordered the burrata salad and there was NO BURRATA in it. How can one forget the burrata in a burrata salad???? The Crudo sampler is getting really crude. What happened to the nice sampler plates? Pleasing the customer was apparently NOT on the menu that night and we won't be back any time soon."
Dined on 11/05/2014
 2005
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