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Atelier Crenn - Good choice for Solo Diner?

baloney May 17, 2011 05:29 PM

Hey all, I will be back again briefly for a weekend in June and have reservations for Atelier Crenn. Just curious what the atmosphere is like, is it a good place for a solo diner/awkward/cramped/loud/quiet? Really curious to try out Chef Crenn's cooking, so hoping to hear positive feedback. TIA!

Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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    Leely2 RE: baloney May 17, 2011 07:54 PM

    I would think it would be a great place for a solo diner. We ate early on a Saturday night and it was calm and relatively quiet. I can't imagine it would be awkward because the servers are so solicitous. You might request a corner table so you can watch the action in the room but also settle in comfortably.

    1. Windy RE: baloney May 17, 2011 08:01 PM

      It is serene and comfortable but not a lot of fun compared to sitting at the bar somewhere with a view of the kitchen (Incanto, SPQR, even NOPA).

      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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        nocharge RE: Windy May 17, 2011 08:28 PM

        Agree. For those who prefer to eat at the bar when dining solo (including myself), Atelier Crenn is less than ideal. Other than that, I would doubt that dining solo there is much better or worse compared to your typical upscale restaurant.

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        mhuang RE: baloney May 18, 2011 11:11 AM

        I ate there solo a few weeks ago. My experience there felt a lot more personal than some of the other upscales I've dined at solo, as both Dominique Crenn and her dessert chef came out to talk to each table individually.

        The atmosphere at Atelier Crenn is quiet and comfortable. They seated me with a view of the room so I could see what was going on. They do not have a bar which views into the kitchen, which is a shame, because I would really love to know how they make some of these wonderful creations.

        The food was excellent, and I highly recommend the tasting menu if you want to sample what the kitchen is capable of.

        Atelier Crenn
        3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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          baloney RE: mhuang May 18, 2011 06:41 PM

          Good stuff! I was definitely planning on doing the tasting. Eagerly awaiting my weekend, will also be going to La Ciccia(LONG overdue visit) and will report back afterward.

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          eatcooklive RE: baloney May 19, 2011 01:01 AM

          As a solo diner in San Francisco (eating alone is frequent at per my job hours), I find these places to be most accommodating, helpful, and delicious:

          1) NOPA - Pork chop, fried anything in season, sardines, butterscotch icebox tart, drinks

          2) NOJO - Anything on a skewer, dessert, sake/beer

          3) Locanda (in the Mission) - kind of expensive, but execution level is high. Any pasta, cocktails, ricotta fritters with thyme/lemon

          4) HECHO - make sure you ask the Chef for his selection, tuna tartare, skewered kalbi ribs, uni, sake/tequila selections

          5) Sons and Daughters - quiet, romantic, casual; give into the Chef's tasting menu of that day, and make sure to ask for extras of their house prepared rols

          557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            nickis RE: baloney Mar 30, 2012 08:05 PM

            I know this was almost a year ago but I am wondering how things went at Atelier Crenn. Having a ridiculously hard time finding someone to go there with me, so I'm thinking about going alone.

            I am not a good solo diner, however, so I'm a bit nervous. Would probably need to bring something to read.

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              mhuang RE: nickis Mar 30, 2012 10:24 PM

              The staff at Atelier Crenn was excellent with the timing of the dishes, and did a very good job making me feel comfortable there.

              While I noted above that there is not a bar that views into the kitchen, the kitchen is viewable from the dining room, and you can actually see them put together the dishes.

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