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I've eaten at 54 Mint many times and enjoyed it, but had a bad experience this weekend. I tried the ricotta fritters which arrived lukewarm and tasteless. I had read a review noting octopus which didn't appear to be freshly sliced, and my experience may confirm shortcuts being taken in the kitchen. The place is not what it used to be.

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54 Mint
54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Apparently they're opening a spinoff in Concord, maybe that's affecting their focus?

    http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I just realized this spinoff is in my nearby strip mall when I walked by it yesterday. It looks like they're a couple of weeks away. I'm hopeful it will be good since it's walking distance from my house.

      1. re: SLRossi

        Concord location is now open. Will try soon and report back.

    2. Thanks for this info. My husband and I have plans to check it out Valentine's day-- I know, not the best day..., but may reconsider. I've been wanting to try this place.

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      1. re: rln

        I did end up trying this place on Valentine's day. Our dinner was really unremarkable and not so good. We loved the spot and may give it another go on a regular night. Appetizer was a truffle pasta (tagliattele) and it was either undercooked or something- and I do like al dente. And there was barely any sauce or taste/oil. There were truffle shavings- I don't know. It just wasn't done well. Then I chose a cannelloni entree-- while fine, it almost seemed like a frozen dinner. One of the desserts was great - a panna cotta. There was also a chili chocolate mousse and the chili overpowered the whole thing, my husband and I took one bite each and were done. Service was good and friendly.

        1. re: rln

          I don't think Valentine's day is ever a good night for a restaurant.

          I went to 54 Mint a few days after the OP and had a great meal. I started with a house-made buffalo mozzarella that was fantastic. Didn't try the desserts because we were late for the theater.

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          54 Mint
          54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. re: 512window

            Am I reading this right? House-made buffalo mozzarella? Where did they get the buffalo milk? Color me skeptical.

            1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

              Well we do have them in Golden Gate Park..... ;)