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Rubicon (CLOSED) - 16 Reviews - 558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 434-4100

Rubicon (CLOSED)

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558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Best

The amazing thing about this restaurant is that it incorporates everything you would expect in a fine-dining restaurant, but exceeds those expectations with a twist. Pros: Loc...

Worst

In town on our honeymoon. Rubicon was highly recommended and eagerly anticipated. Food was good, wine as well. Waiter was unpleasant and uninterested at best. Made for a difficult...

I ate there during the wine and dine week so... 9/12/2007

aleung811 Provided by Partner
I ate there during the wine and dine week so they offered a limited selection for the special menu... I dont recall anything extravagant about it. more

Good food; weird service 8/26/2007

I have eaten at Rubicon over the years, and was interested to try it under chef Stuart Brioza's new regime. The verdict: excellent food in small portions, but such obsequious service that it is a joke and spoils the whole thing. more

Truly unique and comfortable fine dining 7/22/2007

The amazing thing about this restaurant is that it incorporates everything you would expect in a fine-dining restaurant, but exceeds those expectations with a twist. Pros: Local and Seasonal items, great service, knowledgeable staff more

Horrible Service 1/26/2007

Sad, so very, very sad. more

Excellent 1/10/2007

I went to Rubicon for the Dine About Town dinner. It was excellent. The food was well prepared, presented nicely, and the decor of the restaurant is very nice. The service was great, they tried to not interrupt conversation and appear when we needed them. The artisan bread they served was excellent as well. more

Expensive wines 11/19/2006

After all these yrs, we finally try Rubicon. Went with friends who've been there twice and now I know why they weren't enthused when we told them our restaurant selection. The wine list was extensive and expensive, most bottles were over $100. Our high school looking waitress was very attentive and nice. The crispy spiced quail as first course was excellent, over slivers of onions in some kind of green sauce. I was disappointed by the bland rolled yellowfin tuna (better at a sushi bar for the price, over $10), it was served w/several overcooked rolled foie gras pieces (intially thought they were pieces of gnocchi) but our friends liked it. My 2nd course guinea hen was somewhat dry and unimpressive. The roasted duck was a bit chewy, one of our companions was disappointed by the taste. The trio of ice cream came w/small tablespoon sized servings for $8!! The olive oil cake was good but the persimmon cake was better (you get a brownie size serving, approx 2x3 inch square, each was crowned w/a dollop of ice cream. The bill came to almost $400 Pros: Nice atmosphere, a place where you can hear yourself & friends talk! Cons: Expensive wine list, expensive food with small portions more

Fantastic, one of my favorites. 7/16/2006

The tasting menu was wonderful. It's expensive but I felt it was well worth the price. The sommelier recommended nice wines as we chatted with him about both the restaurant and the wine list. Great for a small, intimate dinner. Pros: Food, wine selection, ambience Cons: have had a RUDE waitress there. more

Enamoring 3/11/2005

Rubicon made for a perfect evening. The menu was extensive but reasonably priced, allowing for the experience of very high-quality fare. We were seated in a nice, secluded spot and given a satisfactory amount of attention by the waiter who was very gracious and did not seem overburdened. more

Great wine list, and that's about it. 3/8/2005

Far and away the most overrated restaurant I've been to in the city. The food wasn't bad, but not nearly at the level you'd expect for a restaurant with comparable prices and reviews. Staff was professional and the wine list was extensive, but wine complements a great meal, it doesn't make a meal great. I'd say pay the sommelier less and get a chef you can pay a bit more. more

Very Disappointed 1/30/2005

Surprised that City Search gave this restaurant such a high rating!! The food was mediocre, and despite being the second table there, we were seated next to the kitchen, which made it noisy and difficult to talk. I will never go to this restaurant again and will never recommend it to my friends. more

Good but not excellent 1/24/2005

I expected a bit more of the place. Of course the wine list was excellent, the food was pretty good but didn't surprise me, I've had way better dishes in similar restaurants. Our waitress made me feel more like being in a Dinner (she was just ok) She was not very good at handling the wine. The sommelier served us the first round of wine correctly but she ended up preceding him in refilling our glasses abondingly and letting drops on the cloth. In general a general lack of coordination of the staff. The helpers were also 'fighting' with the waitress. The experience for such a restaurant should be flawless. I had a good dinner but usually the pluses for a high end restaurant are the little details as much as for the food than for the service. Pros: wine list, dining booth, easy night parking Cons: , quality/price more

great food, reasonable price 10/21/2002

Great food, great wine, good prices. The steak was PERFECT, and the creme brulle was INCREDIBLE. Wine recomendations were dead on! Great presentation, understated atmosphere, sommelier was very helpful in pairing the wines. Service was a bit rushed from the apertif to the appetizer, but the remaining was smooth and laid back. Without reservations, we dropped this past Saturday night and was seated at the table right by the front window (and near the door). The matre'd said they don't take reservations for this table, and lucky for us, it was available. Pros: great food, great wine, good price Cons: hard to get reservati more

One of the best 9/20/2002

After eating at many fine dining restaurants in the city, I can say that Rubicon is one of the best. Dennis Leary's culinary combinations were exquisite, I left wanting to know the recipes but feared my lay hands would not do them justice. The service was fantastic, an unobtrusive waitperson was on the ball with picking up our plates and preparing us for the next course. Every course was a delight from the amuse bouche to the dessert. And the wine, what can I say, Larry Stone is a master. more

real deal 9/6/2002

A complete surpise! Having eaten at some of SF's ""best"", I expected more of the same from Rubicon... so-so food w/ spotty service and thru-the-roof prices. NOT THE CASE! Rubicon, with its understated decor, authentically friendly staff, and air of a ""sophisticated good time"" makes for a very laid back, cool scene. The food is unbelieveable. Amazing variety, creative mixes & presentation, and REAL quality ingredients. They clearly take serving delicious food very seriously. Rubicon is a rarity in SF...you get the sizzle AND the steak. It was a true and total ""experience"" that was clearly based on my needs not theirs. Pros: superb food, well paced, good value more

Sorry you were put out 9/3/2002

In town on our honeymoon. Rubicon was highly recommended and eagerly anticipated. Food was good, wine as well. Waiter was unpleasant and uninterested at best. Made for a difficult experience, left feeling unsatisfied, not at all how it should be. Went to Aqua two nights later. No comparison, it was an absolutely first rate, all-around dining experience. Best dining room staff I've ever had the pleasure to dine with. Food and wine were exceptional. In a city with as much fine dining as San Francisco there can be no excuse or allowance for ill trained waitstaff the likes of which we encountered at Rubicon. Pros: menu Cons: incompetent waiter, dull interior more

Best Wine List in San Fran. 7/8/2002

We had the pleasure of dining at Rubicon on two occasions the week of June 23 and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. We dined there before we headed to the ""wine country,"" and upon our return, and found the wine list at Rubicon to be the best wine list we had seen on our trip and reasonably priced, too. We also enjoyed the food. The John Dory entree was delicious as well as the free-range chicken entree. I would, however, not recommend the lamb dish. The chef need to rethink that one. We found the servers to be attentive and the hostess to be very accommodating. Hats off to Rubicon! We'll be back! more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Exposed-brick walls are adorned with vibrant art painted by co-owner Robert DeNiro. The rest of the main room is dominated by cherry wood furnishings--from semi-circular bar to...

  • 6/27/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Wed 11:30am-2pm Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Cash, American Express, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northeast, Financial District
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