It may be situated just blocks from tourist mecca Fisherman's Wharf, but Gary Danko is a world away, with its sumptuous modern décor, legendary attention to service and off-the-charts contemporary California cuisine. For more than a decade, the 75-seat restaurant has been turning certifiable gastronomes into giddy school kids with its elegant yet approachable prix-fixe menu. Diners choose from three, four or five courses. (The tasting menu is a great option, as you'll benefit from the chef's choice with wine pairings.) A true feast (or "theater," according to Danko) of lively, seasonal and classically prepared dishes, such as signature roast lobster, foie gras and lamb loin, delight all the senses. An expansive after-dinner artisanal cheese service is an event unto itself, and an ever-expanding wine cellar (latest count: 1,500 wines including grand vintages) leaves oenophiles beyond besotted. Reservations can be difficult, but try the small bar, which serves up the full menu. Open for dinner nightly.
- Open Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
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