Housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco’s Civic Center area, Jardinière features the award-winning French-California cuisine of Chef Traci Des Jardins in the warm, elegant two-story interior designed by restaurateur/designer, Pat Kuleto. Des Jardins and Kuleto, in their first venture as partners, opened the restaurant on September 12, 1997.

Located in the former Kimball’s building, Kuleto designed the 135-seat restaurant to complement Des Jardins’ sensibilities and her wish to blend “beauty, simplicity, warmth, and the most wonderful flavors I can create.” Pat Kuleto, renowned for his restaurant designs at such places as San Francisco’s Boulevard and Farallon, created a dramatic and sexy but warm and inviting interior. The wood and glass door entrance with its cocktail glass design and elaborate inlaid marble flooring lead guests immediately to the oval-shaped mahogany and rare black marble-topped bar in the center of the restaurant. Thick velvet aubergine drapes show off the building’s original exposed brick walls and the mahogany columns throughout glow with tapered rose-colored glass sconces. Guests are then drawn to the sweeping staircase leading to the upstairs dining mezzanine that surrounds the central opening overlooking the bar. Above is a dramatic inverted Champagne glass dome with twinkling lights that remind diners of bubbles in a Champagne bottle. The draping of the staircase, the color of rich pewter, seems to continue into the balcony railings, which are unusually detailed with lit-glass and pewter-colored Champagne buckets set in the railing’s posts. 

Jardinière is indeed a place to celebrate - in addition to Des Jardins’ excellent cuisine, the restaurant features over 20 wines, Champagnes, and sparkling wines by the glass. The restaurant also has a late night menu of light fare plus a selection of appetizers and entrees from the regular menu at the bar. A jazz trio performs Sunday through Tuesday, providing an entertaining but unobtrusive addition. Jardinière is located at 300 Grove Street on the corner of Franklin.

Jardinière
300 Grove Street @ Franklin
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-5555

www.jardiniere.com

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