1101 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Garcon

Neighborhoods: Mission
Cuisine: French, European, Contemporary

Garcon is a French, European, and Contemporary restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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If I were to review Garcon entirely on their signature duck, it would be undoubtedly five stars. I had a five star experience here as well, but need to explore the menu a little more before this place can justify that final star. The chef was our waiter for the night and he was very enjoyable and obviously knowledgeable. Three of us got the duck and when we asked if he’d recommend it, he said he’d be in big trouble if he couldn’t. The duck confit ($22) was definitely as good as he said it was and then some. It was soft and moist on the inside but very crisp on the outside with a more enjoyable skin than I’ve almost ever had on any fowl. The truffle oil sauce was buttery but so much better than butter. The mushrooms and fingerling potatoes were a very enjoyable addition. I would definitely get this dish again. My sister got the coq au vin ($17.50) which I had a bite of and was less impressed with. It was fine, but not nearly as memorable. It was in a BBQ like sauce as far as I remember.

The tomato salad ($8) was simple, but very tasty. The large tomato slices were really tasty (presumably heirloom tomatoes) with a nice herbacious dressing. The beet salad ($8) was also simple, but not as great. The French onion soup ($7) was not better than most, but French onion is generally pretty good. It had too much cheese though.

Dessert was a little less exciting. The strawberry bread pudding ($7) was mostly a dull cake with strawberry on top. Presumably a more authentic version, but I prefer the softer eggy bread puddings that come often come in a ramekin with caramel sauce. The chocolate pear tart ($7) was also a little too consistent without a strong chocolate flavor. The pear was fine, but there was no spark.

The cote-du-rhone wine ($9.50) was an OK wine but the Sonoma Coast Syrah ($12) was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Chocolate Pear Tart

The chocolate pear tart was a little too consistent without a strong chocolate flavor. The pear was fine, but there was no spark.

Cote du Rhone

The cote-du-rhone wine was an OK wine. It was like a better than average cab but not that interesting.

2003 Sonoma Coast Syrah

The Sonoma Coast Syrah was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was a little spicy with a hint of tar. Very complex and wonderful.

Duck Confit

The duck confit was definitely as good as he said it was and then some. It was soft and moist on the inside but very crisp on the outside with a more enjoyable skin than I’ve almost ever had on any fowl. The truffle oil sauce was buttery but so much better than butter. The mushrooms and fingerling potatoes were a very enjoyable addition. I would definitely get this dish again.

Coq Au Vin

The coq au vin which I had a bite of and was less impressed with. It was fine, but not nearly as memorable. It was in a BBQ like sauce as far as I remember.

Tomato Salad

The tomato salad was simple, but very tasty. The large tomato slices were really tasty (presumably heirloom tomatoes) with a nice herbacious dressing.

Beet Salad

The beet salad was simple, but not as good as the tomato salad.

French Onion Soup

The French onion soup was not better than most, but French onion is generally pretty good. It had too much cheese though.

Strawberry Bread Pudding

The strawberry bread pudding was mostly a dull cake with strawberry on top. Presumably a more authentic version, but I prefer the softer eggy bread puddings that come often come in a ramekin with caramel sauce. The gelato on top was good, but having had Bi-Rite and Mitchell’s that weekend, it was hard to call it great.

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Mon-Fri 11:30AM - 02:30PM
Sun,Sat 10:00AM - 03:00PM
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