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Cafe Majestic: GraceAnn Walden's Top San Francisco Picks


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By GraceAnn Walden

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Café Majestic

1500 Sutter St. (at Gough)
in the Hotel Majestic
San Francisco
(415) 441-1280

Cuisine: Contemporary cuisine.

Pluses: Beautiful, sophisticated interior; quiet dining room; lovely

Minuses: It’s in a hotel; sometimes lacking in customers because it is
off the beaten track.

Don’t Miss: The layered Dungeness crab salad or the mushroom soup with
puff pastry top; honey ice cream.

Prices: Appetizers $7-14; entrees $17-29

Overview: Fortunately, Chef Ian Begg is in a hotel. Unfortunately,
that means a lot of people won’t find him. This restaurant is like
restaurants used to be – a place to be “restored.” The colors are
restful and you can have a civil conversation. The beef tartare is
jazzed up with chili oil, pickled mushrooms and a quail egg yolk for a
touch of satin. A raisin sauce naps the foie gras appetizers and the
oysters are expertly shucked. We split the heavenly sautéed potato
gnocchi, which features a roasted garlic cream. Meanwhile in
entrée-world, chive oil brightened the crispy-skin black bass. I almost
didn’t get a bite of my pal’s venison with blood orange endive
marmellata and pine nuts, because she wanted it ALL. It was a lovely


GraceAnn Walden is a highly-regarded restaurant critic, author and food

historian. Tourists and local Bay Area residents get to share her in-depth

knowledge of the San Francisco restaurant scene through her web site,

monthly newsletter and popular Food-history Tours of North Beach.



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