2029 Market St., San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411437.768533 -122.427512
Neighborhoods: Central, Duboce Triangle, Duboce Triangle (Deco Ghetto)
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The Best Cocktail I've Ever Had – I knew when I saw the Mecca BLUE DROP on the menu I had to order it, because the color was just so blue. It's basically the best lemon drop you can ever order, and the bar staff is so friendly!!!! I had an amazing time, I had just come in for a cocktail to check out the scene but it was so great we stayed and ordered some delicious appetizers, which happened to be only $1 per oyster as it was a happy hour. I think I have found my new favorite restaurant!!!!!
Over-rated! – Food was salty! Service was okay. Atmosphere was sociable, okay. As it's already listed, $$$$$$$$$$!!!!!
What a shame. A great restaurant gone horribly, horribly wrong. – The ambiance is still great as are their drinks. Love the SoCo Manhattan with the brandied cherries! The rest, alas, of what used to be a great experience is now pitiful.
Delicious yet again – Mecca is consistently one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. They have gone through some changes in the past year, and all seem to be for the better. The food just keeps getting better, but some things, like dollar oysters and happy hour seven nights a week, stay the same. Every experience at Mecca, both in the dining room and at the bar, is a stellar one. I can't wait to see Spencer Day on New Year's Eve!!! They are bringing him back for a second year in a row and if it's anything like last years, it will bring down the house. The prix fixe menu last year was truly an amazing culinary experience, I'll bet they'll outdo themselves this year. Way to go, Mecca!!!!!!!!!!!
Try Somewhere Else – THINK TWICE MY FRIENDS.....CHECK OUT OPENTABLE FOR OTHER BETTER QUALITY ESTABLISHMENTS.
I tend to dine out quite a bit. At best, Mecca has been inconsistent over the years in food and quality. On my visit there the other night, I was highly disappointed.
Let's begin by the fact that the air conditioning was broken and the dining room was a sweat box. When summoned, the manager came to the table to explain the situation. His eyes were as red as his face. The room was so uncomfortable that even the ice water quickly melted to room temperature.,
Since my last visit, there is new ownership and a new chef. Prices have risen, portions have dropped as well as the quality.,
Let us begin with the seared foie gras that was cold in the center. You won't find that happening at Aqua.... Thirty minutes after our appetizer dinner finally made its way to the table. We ordered Duck (five small round pieces approximately 3in. in diameter) which was fatty, The beef dish was the same. Fatty. Need a vegetable? Well the duck came with 5 miniscule carrots. Because it was so dimly lit, we were unable to distinguish the side that came with the beef. While portions were inadequate for the price, the taste was acceptable and presentation on large white plates was OK. (They might want to use smaller plates so the small portions do not get lost in the vast whiteness of their platters).
When one pays comparable prices at the Fifth Floor, Fleur De Lys or Bar Tartine, the quality and quantity is much better.
The new owners, to the best of my knowledge also own Bagdad Cafe. They can't even get the diner food right there either.
My father and I decided to skip dessert and go to Safeway and get some ice cream.....it was much nicer at my home AND comfortable.
Total meal cost: $100 Knowing we will never return: Priceless."
The Bloom Has Fallen – We used to be HUGE fans of Mecca - the bar, the music, the drinks, the oysters, the fries, the food, the FUN! Now there is a new chef.........smaller, meager portions that do not live up to the prices. $26 for a tiny chicken entree that lacked any flavor, the smallest half lobster appetizer known to man (I've seen tiger prawns bigger) for $19. The fries used to be those nice, skinny crunchy things now they are fat and droopy - the food was very disappointing. The drinks and the servers are still great but I do not think that we will be doing anything but drinking at Mecca in the future which is so sad because we have so many fond memories of great dinners there.
slow service but good food – My bf and I went to Mecca for the first time for dinner last Friday night. We had a reservation for 8:30 and the restaurant wasn't too busy, to our surprise. The bar area was huge and techno music was quite loud, which we could hear clearly from our dining table. After we placed our order for food, we had to ask our server to bring over the bread because it didn't look like it would ever come on its own. The butter spread was delicious though. Food really took forever, but once it arrived, we were very happy because everything was delicious! The lobster bisque was served in a clear glass container with a seal-tight lid. I could have had 3 servings of it! We had the best Kumamotos here. Don't know why... but they were so plump, HUGE (double the usual size), and super fresh! Better than any we've had at Hog Island, Foreign Cinema, etc. Kobe beef and pork chop was fair, but dessert was both pleasing to the eyes and yummy to the mouth! I think the presentation deserved an A+. Our waiter noticed that our food took forever, so he informed the host and he stopped by our table and offered us complimentary dessert wine. Nice touch.
Great Service, Better Food – We were at Mecca for dinner on Friday for the first time in years. We'd had such bad experiences in the past, but word that there were new owners and a new chef encouraged us to return. We were not disappointed. The dining room and bar look just as great as ever. And if you've never been in the bathrooms here, it's worth the trip! They are the coolest in the city. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. Service was prompt without being pushy. I had the halibut, which is probably the best fish dish I've had in at least a year. My partner had the kobe steak which was cooked perfectly, which meant hardly at all. The new chef certainly proved his worth to me. This is the best food that's been served at Mecca in all of my trips there.
You should not miss this restaurant!
this place is awful! i have heard quite a few things about this place, yet went in just to try it out. everything that i had heard was confirmed. the space is nice and swanky---the only good thing! the servers were running around like crazy trying to keep up with the customers--it looked as if they didn't have any support staff. not once did a busser or manager walk into the dining room to assist the servers. the food was bland and awful. there were'nt any outstanding flavors and it was apparent that the kitchen was undergoing some change. i am in the restaurant industry and have heard that the owner of mecca fired the former chef and also that recently the entire kitchen staff walked out. doesn't look like a good place to work or eat...just go somewhere else!
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