450 Post St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.788308 -122.409478
Mon-Thurs 5:30-9pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm; Sun 5-9pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
An underwater fantasy in a downtown restaurant. One of the prettiest dining rooms around with terrific service and luxurious food. Very romantic!
Great Seafood in a Dreamy Setting – My BF and I wanted a nice seafood dinner on a Friday night, so we tried Farallon. It was really good. We started with pork terrine for me and stuffed calamari for him. His was fantastic: the calamari was cooked perfectly and the mushroom sauce that accompanied it was to-die-for. My terrine was good, but nowhere close to his. For the main course, I order bluenose bass with butternut squash and baby lentils, and he order sole with creamy crab and mixed vegetables. The bass was magnificent! It was prepared perfectly and complemented divinely by the lentils and squash. His sole was good, but unremarkable. We had little tasting spoons of bloodorange sorbet + cream for dessert, which was a nice touch. The wine menu is great, too, the Scherrer Pinot we ordered was top-notch. Service was very good.
The decor, I think deserves it's own review: amazing and fun! The chandeliers in the bar were jellyfish, and anemones in the pool room. Every little touch contributed to the fanciful theme--the wine racks, the upholstery, the ironwork, the mosaics and paintings...I could go on and on--it was so much fun to dine in that setting.
My advice would be to ask your server what's particularly good on that day.
I will probably be back. – Based on good reviews and our liking for seafood, my boyfriend and I made reservations to celebrate our anniversary.
We parked in a garage about a block and a half away. It was saturday and the place was pretty packed. So we ordered a drink from the bar and sat in the waiting area.
After about 20 minutes, we were seated on the second floor. Our waitress came back 10 minutes later with our champagne and panna.
I ordered the filet mignon, which was tender and flavorful, but I did not like the texture of the fois gras. I'm assuming it must be an acquired taste.
For dessert, we had sampled the chocolates. They wrote 'Happy Anniversary' in chocolate sauce on the side of the plate. I was impressed at how the chocolates were made on site at the restaurant.
If you are seated in the second level booths, you might be bothered by the wind blowing from the vents directly above you. I felt a chill sometimes and didn't notice where it was coming from until the end of dessert.
Do utilize valet. A fight between two guys broke out in front of us while we were walking back to our car.
Tremendously Overrated – My wife and I read the reviews, looked at the website, walked by and read the menu. Seemed like a nice place. Expecting a nice dinner, we were greeted by a staff that was either disinterested, incompetent or just plain rude. I am not referring to just one person, the entire staff is sub-par. After an extensive wait (with lots of open tables and milling staff in view), got to the table only to be ignored by the waiter. There was a director from LA at another table and it appeared our waiter was looking for a career change. The food arrived just as we were getting up to leave, and I'm thinking, "OK, maybe the food is good". No. While there was some effort in presentation, the food itself was somewhat bland and could only be described as mediocre. Throw in the fact that they vastly overcharge for what you get, and I would not recommend this to anyone (except if you are a director from LA, then I assume your service is good). On a positive note, the decor is somewhat fun. Unfortunately, you don't eat the decor.
Great Service! – I've heard mixed reviews of this restaurant. To me, I only go by the my own personal experiences, within reason, of course. Quite honestly, I was hoping for a great experience, but was prepared for a mediocre one. Thankfully, our dining experience more than exceeded our expectations. From the moment we stepped in the front doors, to the moment we left, we had a wonderful experience!
I made reservations via "Open Table" (for 6:45 12/29/06) and added a note that we'd be celebrating a birthday. I didn't really expect anything special, but we were in for a surprise. The hospitality and great service left a warm and memorable impression.
Firstly, we were directed to a table in the upstairs section. It was an intimate space, just perfect for a birthday. Our server was polite and attentive. We had the dungeness rouget was sitting in a bouillabaisse sauce, the diver sea scallops were perfectly cooked. The sole was light--the caviar and mashed potatoes were perfect complements. My arctic char was also cooked to perfection. Before our dessert came, our server surprised us with a special birthday dessert of champagne sorbet, with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. Lovely.
Despite what I've read by other reviewers, we had no complaints about the service. In fact, it was as good as any other 4 star restaurant. Everything was brought to the table intuitively, w/in a reasonable time frame, and we had ample time to enjoy each course.
It's quite nice to have such a nice dining experience from a restaurant that has clearly been doing something right for all these years. This was a nice birthday dinner that is up there with the best birthday celebrations over the years.
the best dinner in 7 years, no longer... – wow. were we surprised about a client dinner at farallon on thursday night, december 7th, 2006.
i had a very special client in town from a part of the US that doesn't herald seafood as we know it here in the bay area, so i thought it would be nice to take them to the single best dining experience that i have had in 7 years of living here in SF.
the first time we experienced farallon, we took up on the 13 course tasting dinner that was absolutely perfect! the wait staff was very well done, not too attentive, not invisible either. the food was to die for, and the experience was exceptional.
unfortunately this past thursday was a total joke in food establishments, and i was very embarrassed talking it up so much to my client in light of having the choice of going anywhere we wanted.
the dinner went 'bad' when we didn't order a bottle of wine. you could almost see the waiter just dim away as he removed our wine glasses as we opted for martinis. from that point on, we had to repeatedly ask for our drinks, and also had to ask SEVERAL times to see the oyster menu during our appetizers.
the waiter finally brought the oyster menu AFTER dinner was over...
the food was very uneventful. again i was embarrassed i front of my company that was footing the bill.
the lobster pyramid was also a gimmick for those whom must not get out much. a putrid gelatin pyramid with a small amount of lobster inside. not of any caliber a gastronomic destination like farallon should be dishing out.
we will never go back. it's a mass 'theme' restaurant, and you are just the 'numbers' that go in to be herded along like pigeons.
the very next evening, we attended a work dinner at embassy suites that made farallon look like an over decorated school luncheon. and the service was better too.
good bye farallon...
Great for a special occasion – My husband brought me here for my birthday and it was an incredible experience. The decor is absolutely fabulous. We split the raw seafood platter and had a cheese plate for dessert. Even though it was incredibly expensive, it was worth it because of the quality of the seafood - eveything was really fresh and the best I've had in a long time. Also, if you order a bottle of wine off the wine list they'll waive the corkage fee if oyou bring another bottle of your own. I would definitely recommend this place for a special occasion.
Something's happened to the bar – The drinks, at least, used to be great here. Lately, the old standbys have changed for the markedly worse. The food has always been not what you quite wanted it to be, even at a lesser price scale. I've gotten really tired of the "portholes" in the bar table area.
Apps and service great, entrees were weak – Service was great, dungeness appetizer was great. i had the grilled snapper. the fish came not de-boned, which wasn't a problem for me (i was with my boyfriend), but could ahve been awkward for business or more formal dining. it was crispy on the outside, and unfortunately paired with soggy peppers and chorizo and then topped with basil creme fraiche. overall, fish was good, but the overall dish composition was disappointing. BF had the seared arctic char -- maybe it's just a matter of taste, but i'll take tuna seared, this fish didn't seem to really work with that method of preparation. overall, entrees were good, but not worth the $$.
Best food in San Fran! – My girlfriend and I ate here earlier this month. We were seated just a few minutes on arrival by very attentive staff and were made to feel very welcome. The waiter was very friendly and helpful and gave us some good recommendations. The food was OUTSTANDING and certainly one the very best meals we've ever had. The decore was amazing, it was like being in an old Hollywood film! This is a top place to eat but the dress code is just smart / casual which is nice. We had a fantastic meal here and I'd return to San Francisco just to dine here again! The only negative was that the staff were perhaps a little TOO friendly and attentive which did get on our nerves slightly. However, please do not let that put you off eating here, it's a great, fun place to eat.
Horrible service – While this restaurant is beautiful (Disneyesque) and the food might have been very good, we were too tired and unhappy to appreciate either. This is probably the worst service I have ever had--totally inattentive. We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time with no explanation. After our appetizers, we waited nearly an hour for the entrees to arrive. Our waiter never came by to check on us or explain the delay. When the food was finally served, there was no apology-- nothing. So, with a 8:45 reservation, our dinners were finally served around 10:30. You do the math. Not worth the time or money unless you are not interested in eating and just want to sit and enjoy the decor.
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