1525 N. Main St, Walnut Creek, CA | Directions 9459637.900377 -122.061380
Great Service & Dessert, Not-So-Good Food – We had higher expectations of The San Franciscan, but they did not deliver. Service was super but our entrees were a fail. The Ahi Tuna was overpeppered and the Asian Scallops were served in a bland, watery sesame-ginger sauce. The rice was overcooked, but the green beans were spectacular...and so was the Rockslide Brownie we shared for dessert!
EXCELLENT service, great food, perfect place to host a partyf – We hosted my son's baptism here last Sunday for lunch and us along with ALL of our guests enjoyed their dishes. The service went above and beyond to make our occasion perfect. My husband and I had high standards into picking a restaurant in Walnut Creek that could not only accommodate our large party, but serve delicious food also. We tried 5 (yes 5) restaurants and we always ended up comparing them to the San Franciscan. The service was excellent, the food was great, the price was the most reasonable- while we were getting quotes of almost $58/person not including an additional fee for room reservation, the San Franciscan came in at almost half the price and didn't charge for room reservations. They always worked with us to satisfy our needs.
When you go, try the salmon with pesto penne and the baked brie...yummm!
A wonderful restaurant – I visited the San Franciscan for the first time this last weekend and I must say I was very impressed with the selection, the level of service and quality of food. The staff was very courteous and the food was amazing. I have already recommended the restaurant to my friends. I will be returning customer.
Great food, Great drinks, Great service! – My wife and I love coming here for the great food, drinks and service. My 12 year old daughter says they have the best Calamari around. I have tried several meals so far and loved all all of them including the flat iron steak, ravioli, chinese chicken salad, stuffed pepper and too many more to list, but my favorite so far was the prime rib special with mash potatoes and the best gravy ever!
If you're in the mood for appetizers, drinks and some friendly conversation just sit at the bar, with the piano playing lightly in the background, and Paul, the bartender, and Leslie, the owner, will share some stories about life, family and friends.
We live in WC and recommend The San Franciscan to all of our family and friends.
Aviod at all costs – Went to the San Franciscan for a special occasion and was treated very badly. I was embarrassed, lied to, yelled at, called a liar, and had the meal ruined, all by the owner. The food was mediocre. I will never come here again and discourage others from dining here as well.
NOT RECOMMENDED: Customer does not come first here... – I recently had a horrible experience at The San Franciscan. I had requested indoor seating at the time I had made my reservations and upon arriving, was taken to an outdoor table. When I mentioned my request, I was told that there were not any tables indoor despite the fact that there were four open tables within view that were large enough to fit our party. I was told those tables were for other people who had made reservations and seating us there would disrupt the "flow" of the servers. I responded that they would rather have unhappy customers than disrupt the flow, and was told that it would cause the other customers to be disrupted. In other words, those "other" customers were more important than myself, even though I was granted a reservation. The person with whom I was speaking turned out to be the owner, and told me she took my reservation herself and basically said I was lying about requesting indoor seating. In any other situation, I would have left the restaurant, but it was Mother's Day and did not want to have to leave and find another place to go, my immediate family in tow. After arguing with me, the owner finally agreed to seat us indoors and slapped the menus on the table without a word. It comes as no surprise that nobody was ever seated in the remaining open tables and the restaurant was 75% empty upon us leaving an hour later. I dine out a minimum of four nights a week and have never received such poor customer service, especially at the hands of the owner. I will never eat here again and have already told my friends, family, and co-workers to avoid this restaurant.
Delicious Margaritas, outdoor patio dining is shaded & serene! – Heard about the beautiful patio, and I had a couple of margie's why I waited for my girlfriend at the bar. Excellent (house made) sour mix, and a LARGE selection of top shelf liquor to choose from. We were seated promptly (I think by the owner) outside next to a wall fountain that seems like it could have been shipped over from Thailand. Our server recommended the Cioppino which was delicious, and I had the Flat Iron steak cooked to temperature, but a little overdressed with the Chimichurri sauce. Friendly staff & bartender, and family-owned which is always plus. Definitely worth a try.
Best Steak I have had since moving here from Nebraska!!! – I have been to The San Franciscan twice now. The first visit at lunch for a quick burger fix, and I enjoyed the Bleu Burger, mid-rare temp, juicy & touched with excellent fries and homemade slaw on the side. Squigged down about three ice teas, and then bounced back out into the Walnut Creek sunshine. The next visit (for dinner) I took some time to enjoy the ambiance, and I ordered the NY Steak I previously spotted on the menu. For appetizer I ordered the Ahi Tuna Poki, which as a native Nebraskan, I have come to love as part of my left coast lifestyle. The only thing that could have made the Poki more Authentic tasting would have been a beachfront view of Maui from my table. Next my steak, which again was cooked at a perfect medium rare (pink in the middle temp) and instead of rice or baked potato, I jumped on the steak fries with a side of ranch for dipping. I left The San Franciscan that night thinking about how much my Dad & Grandfather (were he still alive) would have loved this place, the owner, and the general vibe. For you steak lovers!!! Don't miss an opporrtunity to eat at my new favorite place in WC!
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!! – This place was very slow for a friday night....and I soon found out why. We waited at the front desk and nobody even acknowledged us for a few minutes. We were seated outside, but they couldn't even get the heaters to work. We weren't asked for drink orders at all!!!! The waitress was slow, unattentive, and got our orders wrong. I had the spaghetti, and it was repulsive....i give this place about 3 months until it goes under....i will NEVER be going back here again
I was very sorry (and deeply concerned) to read about your experience at our restaurant on Friday, February 16th. With the intermittent weather which occurs in February, we decided to "officially" open for patio dining on the week of March 15th, thus I was surprised to read that you were seated in this area, and of course the heat lamps had yet to be filled for our outdoor seating. I have followed up with the staff which served you on the night in question, but more importantly would like to personally invite you to visit our restaurant again. Please ask for me if you decide to give us another try. Sincere thanks, Leslie.
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