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May 16, 2012 08:29 AM

The Richmond Review [San Francisco]

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a restaurant where I was pleasantly surprised and impressed enough with the food to write about it. But last night I went to The Richmond and found it exceptional for such a low key restaurant I don’t hear much about.

My friends and I chose the place specifically because they had affordable foie gras, and we were not disappointed. The foie was a very generous portion (for $16.95) and perfectly seared, served with a homemade ravioli. I had also the burger that was cooked to a nice medium rare. My friends had the crab cake which they loved. They had one app order and the restaurant “split” it for two. I’m not sure what one order looks like but it looked like they just gave them an extra order because the portion was huge. My friends also ordered the sea bass and salmon entrees which they thoroughly enjoyed.

For dessert we shared the warm chocolate and peanut butter molten cake with homemade ice cream and a French toast type dish with strawberries and whipped cream. Both were outstanding.

They have a very small menu that seems limiting at first but each dish we ordered was well thought out and done just right.

In addition, they have a pretty impressive wine list for such a small restaurant.

I highly recommend this place – it’s surprisingly affordable for top quality food and service.

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  1. Good to know, thanks. I've walked past it a few times and it looked interesting. Will try it soon myself...

      1. re: Civil Bear

        Adding a link

        Phone: 415 379-8988
        Fax: 415 379-3807
        615 Balboa Street, San Francisco CA, 94118

        Cranky note: Why don't people who post a review also give an address?

      2. Ate here once about 6 years ago. Thought it was a fine meal, and was particularly struck by the older, first growth Bordeaux they were offering at the time (the owner is an oenophile from what I'd been told). Took a look at their website now and saw a section of California cult cabs, but little in the way of premium Bordeaux. Anyone know if there's a "secret" menu of reserve wines?

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        1. re: Eugene Park

          Yep, I dug up my post from 2005 on the Ch Margaux and Mouton on the list at that time.