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Clementine Restaurant--CLOSED - 39 Reviews - 126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (415) 387-0408

Clementine Restaurant--CLOSED

126 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-0408
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I went to this hidden, cozy amazing little restaurant on Clement St. and it was absolutely the most adorable, cozy, intimate, chic, and delicious restaurant that I've been to in s...


The food is good, and their menu is affordable, especially with their early-bird specials. But service was a bit brusque which ruined the meal. Case in point-we ordered a bottle o...

well, i certainly felt that i was back in paris again... 11/10/2008

...they had the attitude down to a 'T'. here is is short & simple:\r \r - the maitre d' (our first contact) was rude and off-putting pretending that it was an inconvenience to seat us & he genuinely seemed annoyed that we had a reservation and he couldn't turn us away.\r \r - the server was pushing food and drinks on us claiming that we should really get an appetizer because the main dishes would take too long & then asking if we wanted to see the wine menu again when our glasses were still more than half full. we politely refused the wine but once they determined we were not to be pushed around, they proceeded to ignore us for a very long period of time. \r \r - finally, the food really wasn't all that special or very good -- rather mediocre, actually; however the chef did make an appearance and awkwardly introduced himself anticipating compliments. usually i love to meet the chef but in this case, it felt very forced. pity.\r \r i don't recommend this at all. there's much better french quisine (and service) in the city. bon chance!\r Cons: attitude & pushy more


I went to this hidden, cozy amazing little restaurant on Clement St. and it was absolutely the most adorable, cozy, intimate, chic, and delicious restaurant that I've been to in san Francisco. The food was incredibly decadent, atmosphere was top notch, quiet with romantic music in the background. The servers were super friendly, and authentic, I felt as if I flew to Paris! What a refreshing dinner, an incredible menu full of delicacies, and delicious filet mignon that melted in my mouth. The tart salmon and brie dishes to start were filled with character and a unique flavor that kept me longing for more. Then, to top it all off, we had the best creme brulee I have ever put in my mouth. So creamy and rich, in addition to the ""pain de perdu"" (french toast= lost bread), and the meringue in cream, and the lemon sorbet...all my favorites, cooked and baked to perfection! I recommend this place to any date or quiet evening for an incredible warm feeling with food out of this world!!!! Pros: EVERYTHING, THE FOOD, SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE, IT WAS ALL INCREDIBLE! Cons: THAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT BEFORE NOW! more

A very nice restaurant with good atmosphere 9/15/2007

I also miss Alain Rondelli restaurant, replaced by Clementine a long time ago. But, Clementine did not disappoint. I've had better foie gras at La Folie but the liver was tenderly served with 2 corners of toasted bread. The French bread served at the table was crunchy and reminded me so much of the baguette sandwiches in Paris. The tomato soup du dour had a favorful essence of tomato, like the difference between tasting regular riped vs hierloom tomatoes. The duck breast special of the day (ordered by 3 of us) was very tasty. I really liked my seared 5 sea scallops, served over a tasty lobster sauce and risotto-like pasta topped with crispy shavings. A plate of sweet meringue was given us by the waitress to try, too sweet for my taste, but the exterior was crispy and the inside texture was great. The molten chocolate cake was baked perfectly with the chocolate oozing out of the cake. The sm. scoop of coconut sorbet served with it was delicous. Our companions had the selection of 4 ice creams/sorbets (all good) and the Floating Island - firmly whipped egg whites, almost like an angel food cake, over a creamy sauce. The waitress was efficient and very friendly, didn't find the service to be slow & the place was packed by 7-8pm. She saw we were celebrating a birthday and had a candle placed on our friend's dessert & they sang ""Happy Birthday"" to him. Even with 2 bottles of sparkling water and a bottle of wine, our bill was reasonable for $250 compared to more expensive French restaurants. A nice place to go for special occasions. Pros: Good food, Excellent French bread, nice staff Cons: Parking can be challenging, busy on weekends more

Good service and food with neighborhood feel 6/19/2007

Promptly seated with reservation on Tuesday night. Attentive wait staff. Nicely edited menu. Well prepared food. Pros: Nicely edited menu, well prepared food Cons: Difficult to get a reservation, crowded bar area more

Good food, bad service. 3/5/2007

The food was great but we got screwed. We had an 8pm reservation, yet didn't get seated until after 8:30, and our waitress didn't take our order until after 9pm. They totally blew it on planning out the night because there were 2 huge parties seated at 7pm that went way over an hour. Everyone was packed into the waiting area to the point where we had to wait outside. No one was happy about it, and all we got were lame excuses from the host saying ""10 more minutes"" and a half-baked apology from the staff. No complimentary appetizers, no ""sorry you had to wait in the cold"" cocktails. We did enjoy our meals, but there's plenty of other expensive restaurants in the city that actually keep to a reservation time. Another reviewer had the right idea, the female waitress IS slow! If you want something awesome in the Richmond, go to The Richmond. The food is amazing and the wait staff rocks. more

Avoid being sat in the female waitress's section 10/10/2006

the food is excellent, but the female server is terrible! she is very slow and only selectively attentive to certain customers. our table was cleared only because we asked her to do so. our empty glasses were left unattended. the other server was more helpful and we were not sitting in his section. if the food wasn't so good, we would never go back solely because of her horrible customer service. luke, the male server has excellent customer service skills. avoid sitting in the female servers section!!!! it will ruin your 'clementine' experience. Pros: food, male server Cons: female server more

A perfect dinner 5/25/2006

The food was amazing, the service was nearly impeccable, and we certainly weren't disappointed by the reasonably priced food. Perfect portion sizes! The apps came a bit too fast (the same time as our bread) so we weren't surprised when our entrees took a while longer, considering the restaurant was seated to capacity + bar diners. The server was very endearing, polite, honest about any delays, and made excellent recommendations. Foie gras and escargot were perfect, quail was perfectly seasoned and moist, and the ribeye was wonderful. The highlight: dessert - the french toast and the apple tart. Dessert really exceeded our expectations! Pros: Value, All the food, impeccable service Cons: not a quick bite more

Enjoyed the experience 5/23/2006

We found this restaurant while walking on Clement St. What a find. The restaurant was booked for the evening but we were able to sit at the high top table in the bar. It was a bit cramped but the food, wine and service made up for it. Not much more to say but I'd go back! Pros: great service Cons: very busy more

Better than expected 4/26/2006

I've read the hype, but avoided for many years since Clementine replace my beloved Alain Rondelli. I expected decent French renditions of classics. Instead, I found a master saucier at work. While butter clearly played a role in the sauces, the silky richness added to every dish. The sweetbreads were amazing! I can't highly recommend as the dishes weren't overly spectacular and the escargot wasn't even close to what I remember from France, but an overall good value worth seeking if you enjoy French Bistro food. Pros: Sauces Cons: parking more

The French House in the Richmond 2/2/2006

I went to Clementine 3 times the last two months, and it was great.The food is excellent, We love the escargots, the mussels are big enough to share has an appetizer or as an entree on his own for 8 dollars.Most of the appetizers are below 7 dollars, the entrees below 16$, I had Duck Breast with a mushroom ragout, it was delicious.My wife had the Prix Fixe, which came with Skate fish that day.We never had skate before, the fish was so moist and combine perfectly with the capers.It's classic french food in the tradition of a good french Maison Bourgeoise.Clementine is the best for those prices for the french experience. Pros: full Bar Cons: Busy more

Overrated - Pricey Mediocore Food 9/12/2005

I was lured by the high ratings of this restaurant. To my disappointment, the food did not live up to its expectation. The food was at best mediocore. We started with the salmon and tuna tartar and there was very little tuna. I expected the salmon to be sushi-grade but was actually smoked salmon. The tuna was also not sushi-grade. For my entree, I ordered the ribeye steak with green peppercorn sauce. I expected a green, peppercorn sauce but instead I got Salisbury (brown) sauce with a slice of garlic butter. I ordered my steak medium-rare but because the steak was so thinly-sliced, it was more like medium-well. My steak looked more like a frozen food dinner platter; it literally did cuz there was no garnishment whatsover. My sister ordered the Ahi-Tuna and it looked like it was seared at low flame instead of high flame. Pros: romantic setting Cons: mediocore food, pricey, difficult parking more

Hyped??! 9/10/2005

I live in the Richmond and was extremely excited to eat here. I had high hopes for it as it is a neighborhood restaurant and the reviews on this site were high. We were seated promptly but the service was horrible. We sat there waiting for someone to pay notice as we watched other couples who were seated after us, told the specials and had their bread/water brought to them before us. We had to remind him to bring us our wine. Anyways, my boyfriend was brought the wrong entree and my duck confit was overly salted. I'm not a picky or snobby diner, but the service here was beyond bad and unacceptable. I think I get better service at any of the local joints on Clement or Geary. At least they bring water frequently. The busboy deserves a promotion because he was honestly the saving grace of the evening. Pros: prompt seating, ambiance, good bread/butter Cons: lackluster service, inattentive waiters more

Added This to Our of Places to Frequent 6/19/2005

The people at Clementine got everything right. We had reservations for Father's Day dinner at 7:30p.m. and we were seated at 7:30p.m.! Apparently they honor all reservations first and *then* seat ""walk-ins. So if you have a reservation at a certain time - you'll be seated then! The service was excellent - a perfect mix of friendly and professional. The food was AMAZING!! I had the butternut squash soup to start, shrimp risotto with scallops and lobster cream sauce as a main course and then finished up with the french toast with hazelnut ice cream for dessert. The cost for 2, including a 1/2 bottle of wine was just over $100. And with the price fixed menu during the weekdays, we definitely will be frequenting this restaurant again and again. Pros: Excellent service, Great Food, Great Staff more

Average experience 6/17/2005

Tried the prix fixe dinner. I found the dishes a little bit too salty, ok flavor, but not the rave reviews that people were giving it. Service was ok. The layout doesn't quite make this a romantic dinner place. more

Love this French restaurant 5/13/2005

Excellent food, well prepared, excellent service. Whether you bring your own wine or order tap water, they treat you like king and queen. The early bird prix fixe is an excellent value, you get the choice of a soup or salad, a choice of fish or meat, a choice of homemade dessert, all that for only 25 dollars! THis restaurant is always packed, so make sure to make a reservation. Pros: Excellent service, Excellent food, Very romantic Cons: street parking scarce more

User review by echase 2/14/2005

I was extremely disappointed by this restaurant. The food was way overpriced and poorly prepared. The ahi tuna was so overcooked that the consistency was like cardboard. On top of that, the service was terrible. The waiter could barely be bothered to bring us our food. Despite the fact that our meal for two came to over $120, the waiter seemed to lose interest in us when we asked for tap water (rather than sparkling or bottled) and only ordered two glasses of wine. Unless you are a fan of overpriced, bad food and snotty service, I would not recommend this restaurant! more

Oh my darling 12/15/2004

Whenever I miss France I travel to Clemitine, which is often. The food is inovative but with the foundations in the classics. The staff makes you feel as if you are one of the family. Ask Laurant for wine suggestions and the deserts amazing, especially the french toast and the chocolate cake. more

Very Nice Food and Service 9/15/2004

Had the fixed price menu. Shared everything with my wife. Everything tasted rich and favorble. Portions are large. I expected to pay alot for very little. Service was great. We made reservations and were quickly seated. Warm bread and water is served while you review the menu. They were giving out free bottles of wine for birthday boys and girls. Would definitely visit again. Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere more

Very Good French 12/28/2003

This is an excellent restaurant in the Inner Richmond. I first went here about 5 years ago shortly after they had opened and was somewhat disappointed. Recently, I decided that it was worth another shot so have now been back three times since and highly impressed on each occasion. Food is excellent, ambiance is very comfortable, and value is good. Good for an excellent dinner for two or party of 4, not a scenester type of place at all. Pros: value, food, ambiance Cons: parking? more

wow - you gotta eat here 12/8/2003

Go to clementines between 5:30 - 7 and have the neighborhood price fix special - it is an exquisitely prepared 3 course french meal for $23. you get a choice of an appetizer or the soup du jour, a choice of two excellent entre's, and any desert on the menu. I had the marinated salmon, duck, and the ""french toast"" desert that was out of this world. The staff is french without the rudeness - very accomodating full service, white tablecloths, fresh flowers, nice people awesome food - just GO! Pros: food, service, value Cons: not, a, thing more
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  • With a larger dining room and comparable menu, Clementine's like a big sister to Chef Gardelle's other quaint French restaurant, Chapeau!. This Inner Richmond bistro offers a modern take on other...

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