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“Great food.”

Restaurant Gary Danko
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Ranked #10 of 5,666 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$70 - US$100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great food.”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Gary Danko's is a treat for foodies. The presentation, service and combinations are spectacular. The restauarant is always busy so reservations for sure. We had a party of four and all enjoyed the Prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Awesome. The lobster risotto was the best!

  • Visited October 2011
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Didn't do it for me”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Sorry fellow tripadvisor reviewers but I really can't be as glowing about this as others have been. The reviews give it a great build up but we were really disappointed. The main problem is the space - despite using a lot of mirrors to fool you into thinking this is a big restaurant, it is really very tiny and they have really packed the tables in. We were wedged in between two other tables and could hear more of our neighbours' conversations than our own. At one point, when waiters were serving both adjacent tables, we felt like they were sitting on our laps. And getting out to the toilet was like an obstacle course. I'm really not sure that this would be the right location for a romantic meal for two. The food was excellent in parts but we found it patchy. We had two really good main courses - pork belly and striped bass - but these were counteracted by two so-so starters. The seafood risotto was chalky - it tasted like they had used the wrong kind of rice - and a lobster salad distinctly ordinary. The dessert included a rhubarb tart where the pastry was incredibly dry. May be we just picked the wrong dishes, but the food was only 3 stars in my book. For my taste, the service was a bit cloying and over-attentive - endless refilling of the water glasses for example - but some people obviously like this style. $71 for three courses is pretty good value though and with a bottle of sparkling water and 2 glasses of wine, we paid $200 for 2 before service. Others love it though so perhaps it's just a matter of personal taste.

  • Visited April 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing culinary experience”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

What is there left to say about Gary Danko. It is a truly amazing dinning experience. We had reservations on a Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. and it was jammed packed up until 11:30 p.m. I took the 5 course dinner and it was absolutely fantastic. The only thing I regret was being too full to appreciate the desserts. The service was impeccable. The décor is a bit old but hey, who cares when its that delicious. Yes it is pricey but not overpriced in my opinion. A must do for a special occasion!

Visited March 2012
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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Food for thought”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

The food was great and the service perfection. Was it the best dining experience? There are other restaurants (a small class) that serve meals that are just as fine and artistic as Danko. The staff however, is hard to beat, because service seems to be a religion witht them. If the restaurant is to be dinged - it would be for the noise and bustle. Not the most relaxing place to enjoy food art on a Saturday evening. Some people would consider this an "exciting" atmosphere. My personal choice would be a little less elbow knocking and not having to shout to be heard.

  • Visited April 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Incredible !!!”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Extraordinary in every way---delicious,food,fabulous ambience and flawless service

  • Visited April 2012
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