Woodward's Garden - 30% off dinner

By Anne Zimmerman

Woodward's Garden

John Clayton

If you liked Midnight in Paris, you’re going to love seeing it again, this time in a dining room lit by the flicker of tiny votives and one heavy crystal chandelier, with a grand piano in the corner used as—why not?—a depository for vintage creamers and sugar bowls. The tables quietly buzz with amorous chitchat. But your voice will go up an octave as soon as the food arrives: a salad of grilled fuyu persimmons and endive, dotted with fresh ricotta, pomegranate seeds, and pistachio, drizzled with sweet-tart pomegranate syrup and honey; duck leg braised with sour cherries and accompanied by Brussels sprouts and polenta, a dish that begs for a glass of Cabernet; and chewy farro risotto, earthy and sweet, thanks to wild mushrooms, chestnuts, and kabocha squash. The Meyer lemon curd tart with shortbread crust and chocolate ganache is the final bite—sweet, yet tart— eaten slowly as other tables disappear into the darkness.

menu musts*

Grilled fuyu persimmon salad
Mixed winter greens soup
Duck leg with cherries, polenta, and Brussels sprouts
Farro risotto with wild mushrooms and chestnuts
*Menu changes frequently
view full menu here

sweet seats

A table at the front of the dining room gives a view of busy Duboce Avenue and the underbelly of the freeway. It’s the best sort of urban view; we think it’s reminiscent of hidden haunts in Paris or New York.

chew on this

The restaurant is located on the original site of Woodward’s Garden Amusement Park, which entertained San Franciscans from 1866-1891.


Tue–Sat 6 PM–10 PM
closed Sunday and Monday

price range

$7.50 (mixed winter greens soup) to $26 (grilled hanger steak)