- Starter: local halibut crudo with avocado
- Entrée: king salmon with tomato vinaigrette
- Dessert: bonne bouche, which comes with various chocolates and confections
Chef-owner Traci Des Jardins. Her French-California cuisine has earned her multiple James Beard awards and even earned her a spot on season three of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
Jardiniere occupies a landmark building in the Civic Center neighborhood, and features a warm two-story interior that rests beneath an inverted champagne glass dome with twinkling, bubble-like lights.
When to Go:
Monday nights offer the best bang for your buck with themed prix fixe dinners that include wine pairings.
While You're Waiting:
Sip on a cocktail in the J Lounge. Here, you can get a taste of the restaurant’s elegance and, if you’re very hungry, its food—the lounge menu includes dishes such as warm bread salad with artichokes and crescenza.
- You can pre-pay for your dinner on their website, though you cannot receive your meal through the printer—yet.
- The menu changes nightly to reflect the season, so expect to order something different from one visit to the next.
- It’s a dressy place, so ditch the jeans and hoodie. Keep in mind, many diners will be here before or after going to the opera, symphony, or ballet.
Confit: a French term used to describe food that has been cooked in oil, syrup, or—in the case of some meat—its own fat, and then preserved.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This:
Stop by one of chef Des Jardins’ other establishments, including Public House (24 Willie Mays Plaza, AT&T Park) and Mijita Cocina Mexicana, which has two prime locations.