Gary Danko is probably San Francisco’s most famous fine dining restaurant. And instead of the usual tasting menu, Gary Danko gives you the option of three ($76), four ($94) or five ($111) prix-fixe courses, and the kicker is you get to choose your courses. If you want two appetizers, one entree, and two desserts, so be it. If you want four appetizers, one entree, and no dessert, that’s cool too. Or if you’re a beast of a man like myself, you skip the appetizers and the desserts and get five entrees. Because why have ice cream when you can have a rack of lamb?
After eating my meal I understand why most restaurants don’t serve you five entrees but instead do a slow progression. Because they want to take you through a food journey. Because after you eat five main courses of protein you want to throw up and die. You know what’s not a good dessert after you’ve had some lobster, quail, lamb, and pork? A steak. A steak is not a good dessert. Did I get my money’s worth? Probably. Did I want to kill myself amidst the delirium of my meat sweats? You bet.
You’ll notice some appetizers and desserts in the pictures. That’s because my date is a normal human being who orders food normally. Who, when confronted with the option of five entrees or a normal paced out meal, goes with the option normal people go with.
800 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill
Phone number: (415) 749-2060