Gitane Restaurant & Bar
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Member Reviews (17)
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 18, 2013
What's a gypsy-themed restaurant? According to the founders of Café Claude, who opened Gitane several years ago, it means design and cuisine elements from gypsy culture and the countries where gypsies have traditionally lived. The result is sexy, swanky décor; genius bartenders whipping up tasty tipples with a smile; and delicious food like bacon bon-bons and fresh bread. Though it's great for dinner, Gitane's bar also stands alone. Try the namesake cocktail or anything on the ever-changing cocktail menu.
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2Oct 03, 2013
My favorite restaurant so far in SF! Moroccan Fusion. The restaurant is upstairs with an amazing decor from floor to ceiling and dim lights. There is a balcony overlooking a cool bar downstair which adds a great lively feeling. Very romantic! The food is outstanding. Great location near Union Square. What else can you wish for?
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 14, 2014
Came here on a Friday night to celebrate a friend's birthday. My friend's girlfriend made a reservation for 8:00 pm, but the hostess admitted they were overly ambitious in accepting our reservation because they were so packed. She offered us outside seating for a table that was just about to leave around 8:15, but it was a bit chilly that night so we opted to hang out by the bar and have a few cocktails while we waited. 10 minutes go by...then another 15...then another 10...the hostess checked up on us frequently and continued apologizing because the occupants at our table kept ordering more drinks (um..okay?), and finally by the time we were finally seated, it was about 9:15 pm.
All of us were pretty much not in the best of moods by that time, and the owner (or the manager for the night) approached us and apologized for the long delay. He offered to bring us an appetizer to make up for it, and boy did they. After ordering our drinks, they brought out three appetizers (Esparragos, Arroz Valencian, and Albondigas) on the house, so we were pleasantly surprised by the nice gesture. For the entrees, we had the duck, NY strip, rabbit loin, and the guinea hen. We all scarfted that down pretty quickly, and the manager also gave us dessert on the house because it was my friend's birthday! When we got the bill near the end of our meal, they had taken off more than 50% of what our actual total should have been!! Needless to say, we left a nice tip for them for the first class treatment!
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 31, 2013
Gitane is my new favorite restaurant in S.F. Very cool decor, great vibe, and phenomenal food. We did Tapas style and ordered a bunch of small plates. Would highly recommend the calamari stuffed with serrano ham and the lamb tartare.
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 16, 2013
Gitane is tres sexy in every way. The ambiance, the staff, the food and the cocktails are all incredibly sexy. It's the quintessential date spot in SF. While I didn't bring a guy here, I did bring another cute date - my gal pal - and we were both impressed upon entering the restaurant tucked away on Claude Lane.
The hostess led us to our table in the intimate dining room upstairs, overlooking the impressive collection of spirits at the bar. The decor is very French Baroque meets boho Anthropologie. The dim lighting and the velvet booths are very condusive to cuddling amongst couples.
The menu features the cuisines of Portugal, Spain, France and North Africa, and the 65 wines on the list are divided by the same countries of origin. We stuck with the artisan cocktails. I had the white sangria with cucumber, ginger and orange and the San Sebastian (Cachaça, lime juice, lemon, mandarin and grapefruit slices), both of which were amazing.
We decided to order several small plates and a pizza to split. Everything had wonderfully exotic flavors. The bacon bonbons (prunes stuffed with goat cheese wrapped in bacon), sardines on crostini and bastilla (the Moroccan version of a samosa stuffed with duck and chicken) were all fantastic. The portobello mushroom pizza with truffle oil and housemade mozzarella was really good, but too big for us to finish. However, the dish not to be missed is their honey glazed baby back pork ribs. The meat was falling off the bone! Sadly, we had absolutely no room for dessert, although everything looked delectable.Recommended for:Foodies
- Gitane Restaurant & BarJan 04, 2013
Even before you step foot inside Gitane, you just know you're in for something special. The tiny alleyway even seems like it could be out of a 19th Century European storybook -- okay, maybe a bit of a stretch but work with me here. When you step foot into Gitane, you're instantly transported to what appears to be the set of a Baz Luhrmann film. The dark setting with bright, robust colors, mixed together like you're looking into a kaleidoscope, while tripping off acid. It's really pretty cool. The bar, the upstairs dining area -- everything is beautifully and regally designed.
Bacon Bonbons = Good, but definitely not as spectacular as they're made out to be. They're like your typical (and typically delicious) bacon wrapped prunes.
Croquettes w/ Rabbit & Manchego Cheese = Delicious. Nicely crispy, with a piping hot cheesy filling and tender rabbit meat.
Coca w/ Farm Egg = Good. The runny yolk of the farm egg was an excellent topping of the flatbread, but it was overall lacking a bit of that standout flavor.
Ling Cod Special w/ Arroz Negro = The ling cod was good, but felt a bit dry and flavorless at times. The arroz negro was excellent. Overall, this dish was satisfying but not outstanding.
Beignets = Delicious, light beignets.
Olive Oil Ice Cream = Interesting, but a bit too oily. I prefer the Olive Oil ice cream at Humphry Slocombe or Bi-Rite to this, but it was definitely a nice end to our dinner.
Gitane has the potential to be one of the best restaurants in SF. The setting, the decor, the ambiance -- aesthetically, it's breathtaking. The service was also excellent -- everything was nicely paced. The prices are also extremely affordable.
The food, although pretty good, just didn't match the wow factor of everything else. But I'm not giving up. Even just to be in the incredible environment, I would go back. And I'll go back with a profound hope that the food will blow me away next time.
I mean, I really REALLY want SF to have a perfect restaurant. And Gitane is so damn close.
- Gitane Restaurant & BarMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 3Jan 20, 2014
Really good tapas-style restaurant in my favorite alley in San Francisco - Cafe Claude, another favorite of mine is only a few feet away. The cocktails were well made and the tapas were authentic.