Nice restaurant and service, reasonable prices, generous portions. It's better to be seated in the front room, the smaller back room has a mildewy odor. The service is attentive, but strangely, each time the wait person would come by to fill our water glasses, he would fill the same glass of one person even though all the glasses could use a little more water. The tuna tartare was very good, especially the tangy cilantro-lime aioli served with it. There was plenty of tuna for the taro crisps served with it. The corn soup was good but sweeter than I expected. The grilled salmon was very good over grain and pea sprouts, didn't really like the pork tenderloin. Their polenta is thick and buttery, would recommend this if you like polenta. The prime rib was served with a lot of sauce, which made the fries soft/soggy after some time. I especially enjoyed the vanilla panna cotta. It was light, creamy and soft. The trio of sorbets was ok, I preferred the mango over the raspberry or lemon sorbets. The prix fixe dinner is the best buy, 3 courses for only $30. The prices on the website need to be updated, as my tuna tartare was more like $10.
All you can drink wine...What could be better?. I normally don't write reviews, but I had such a wonderful experience here, I just have to share. I first heard of this place from a friend's recommendation, then I went and searched the net for reviews and all reviews were pointing to great. So I decided to book a reservation and ever since that dinner, I've haven't been able to stop thinking about how fabulous this restaurant was. My boyfriend and I did the prix fixe wine dinner, which was $49 per person and you each get an appetizer, entree and dessert....BUT the best part is, they give you a list of about 10 wines that you can have glass after glass of. Our waitress would keep bringing us different glasses of wine before we finished the others. And they weren't cheap wines either, they tasted like they were about $10 or so bottles of wine. Oh, and their service was EXCELLENT as well. Food was very delicious, made perfectly. You need to try this restaurant if you're in SF. Too bad I'm down in LA and I have yet to find a place like this...
Good dinner, but wouldnt go out of my way to eat here again. Went for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend. Good wine selection, service was good and friendly, food was average. Nothing wow-ed me though. Tables were a little to close together, and my boyfriend couldn't get over how dirty the front windows looked! He wanted to wipe them down himself! Good meal, but not the romantic intimate dinner I invisioned.
Rudest waitstaff I've experienced in a while. I heard fabulous things about Indigo, so I picked it for my birthday dinner with 10 friends. Initially I was very impressed - they had set up two different tables, one up front near all the action and one in a private room in the back that was more personal. I picked the back room and apparently the back room waitstaff. The waitress was rude and ignored our group for most of the night; she only came back enough to take one drink order and *much* later our food order. She didn't even ask half my group whether they wanted drinks. She was impatient and inattentive throughout the evening and made rude comments as much as possible. The tip was included in the bill, so apparently she thought that gave her free reign to ignore us for the duration of our meal. Because the service was so shoddy, we wound up taking twice as long for dinner as we had expected and were late for another committment. The food was okay, though definitely small portions and a bit expensive for what was, generally, average quality. I had such a bad experience that I will never go back.
Really Good Dinner. My boyfriend and I have season tickets to the Opera, but we're young and always looking for a good and fun place to have dinner (before the Opera and any ol' night). I found Indigo because of the Dine Out special, but we both ended up ordering off the menu. I thought the prices were really reasonable (Opera tickets are expensive enough!) and the food was great! It's the kind of restaurant I've been looking for since I moved back to San Francisco- good food, down to earth, reasonable- actual casual, fine dining! The wine list is really fun and has a great variety. My only complaint is that they took forever to fill our wine order and ended up being out of the wine I ordered. I've worked in restaurants though, and specifically have run a wine program, so while I'm critical of it, I also understand how it happens... Overall, everything was good and I'm sure they'll be seeing A LOT more of us as the Opera season progresses!
Nice Ambience and Good Service. This was my second time to Indigo. It's a solid restaurant with friendly service and a comfortable ambience. The food is good, but certainly not great. The menu is small; there are about 5 or six standard entrees - chicken, beef, pork, pasta, salmon. Nothing special. The wine list is extensive but a bit pricey. Jade Bar next door is a nice bonus for an after dinner drink.
Hayes Valley standard serves up organic eats and California wines to pre-theater diners..
This neighborhood standby was one of the first buzz-worthy Hayes Valley restaurants back before the neighborhood was a destination, and the slick blue-hued restaurant continues to win praise and awards for its seamless service and food--simple California cuisine with a focus on quality organic ingredients. The restaurant prides itself on its extensive wine list, and hosts regular vino-themed dinners in its newly opened wine cellar. The downstairs bar, Crimson Lounge, is available for private parties only.
Fun FUn place. SO this place is way fun and has some great food to accompany it. We did the ultimate wine dinner for 50 bucks a person and it was a great choice. All the wine u want and enough food to go around. Definitely a cool place, somewhat romantic. It was slow on wednesday night so my gf and I shared the place with just 8 other people. Nice cause we werent feeling rushed for the two hours we were there.
Evening at the Symphony. A great pre-symphony dining choice. Service was excellent and very conscious of the performance deadline. The extensive selection of wine in half bottles makes for an excellent value and opportunity to try a variety of wines with a small group.
Fantastic Food at a Fantastic Value!. We've eaten at Indigo several times, and have always been overwhelmed by the delicious dishes. Their killer "ULTIMATE WINE DINNER" ($49, 3 courses + all the wine you can drink!) is San Fran's best food value - bar none! We recently attended our first "event" at Indigo as well (the rosé dinner), and I have to say that we can't wait for the next one! Each course was perfectly paired to each different rosé, and each of the winery reps were very entertaining and very friendly and outgoing. The courses were great, and we especially loved the creamy polenta and rhubarb au jus with the tenderloin, and the pink grapefruit-basil butter with the mussels! We had a great time (as always), and look forward to dining at Indigo again and again!
User review by mswilafred. My husband and I recently dined here for the first time and overall had a pleasant experience. We were able to get a parking spot right in front of the restaurant, and were seated right away. The restaurant was relatively crowded, and there was a large, rowdy group seated behind us. On a quieter night I would consider this to be a good date spot. The food was quite tasty, but we seemed to wait for an eternity before it arrived. Overall the service was good and I would eat there again.
Definitely a good deal but,.... Went on a Friday with a large group of firends. The place was pretty empty. About half ordered the Ultimate Wine Dinner. With so many of us the staff brought out two bottles at a time. This dinner special is definitely worth the trip. Even more so, if there is a wine offered that you enjoy. The food was just mediocre. However, I attribute much of that to being in such a large group. The staff from the maitre'd, bartender, wait staff, and busboys were outstanding. All helpful, curtious, and nice.
Great place for a surprise party. Indigo gave us their backroom for a surprise party for my wife's birthday. We used a fixed price menu with what seemed like unlimited wine. It turned out to be an excellent value. The event could not have gone better. The food was unbelievable, the service was fabulous and the manager was extremely helpful in planning the event. The event went off without a hitch.
A delightful experience. My husband and I enjoyed our experience at Indigo. We indulged in the Ultimate wine dinner and thought we would be dissappointed somehow,either with the food or wine selections. Much to our surprise, the portions for the entrees and appetizer were good sized and the dessert was delectable. I too had the ahi tuna appetizer like the reveiwer before me, and yes it is a bit on the small side, but I don't ever remember getting a large portion of seared ahi tuna at most other resturants either as an appetizer. The waitstaff were very attentive and the wine kept comming. They had some great selections that paired well with the food we ordered. We loved it.
What a dissapointment. When my boyfriend and I arrived on time at 8pm for our reservations, our hostess asked that we wait a few minutes while our table was set up. In the entire restuarant - there were only a handful of tables occupied. We were then seated close to a table for a party of 15+. We had to scream at each other in order to have a conversation over the mediocre appetizer of ahi tuna (do not order this app). The sirloin steak was fatty and lacked flavor, my seafood salad was bitter! What a dissapointment.
Prompt and courteous service. My friend and I arrived late for our reservation after a few calls from a packed (and stormy) Hwy 280. We were promptly seated and taken care of in time for our 8pm Ballet performance. Very gracious. Service was professional and friendly and the food was excellent. Recommended!
A "Value"-able Experience!. Recently tried out Indigo and came away with a great overall experience. Food was not too fussy and very flavorful. Servers were really friendly and helpful. There were also tons of wines to select from! I think compared to other SF spots that you pay the same or more, I would go back to Indigo first!
When will Indigo completely go under?!!. The last time I went to Indigo I was approached by a server who gruffly asked if I had a reservation. I looked around the restaurant and noticed that there were only two people in the entire place. I did have a reservation but the server stormed away and said that I would need to wait a few minutes. As I sat at the bar I noticed that all of the staff had the same dismal attitude. (I always think this is a sign of the management.) Once I was seated and served my entree (forgettable whatever it was) I realized that Indigo is a sinking ship, it is just taking too long to go under. The owner needs to pull out of Indigo and focus his or her energy on Jade, their bar around the corner. It seems to be the only place that still has life.
What A Great Time!. I recently visited SF to see the Nutcracker and Opentable.com suggested this restaurant. In my area along the Mendocino Coast, I've never had a dining experience to top it, and those that came close charged twice as much. I had the ravioli filled with sweet potato and spinach dinner and today I'm still craving it. I also got to taste my date's dinner, (he had the steak), and it was one of the best I've ever had. I always try to save room for dessert and I'm so glad that I did because the white chocolate-cranberry cheesecake tart with the drizzling of honey on the plate was so creative and it turned out to be the perfect combination of flavors. Service was great and the interior was beautiful. Thanks so much for the great time! I'm already planning a trip back to the city with Indigo in mind.
The coolest place in town..... Since it opened seven years ago, I've probably been to Indigo 30 times. After a meal there last night, I was moved to chime in. This place has gotten better every time I've gone! If you are looking for a cool place to indulge your taste in Wine and fine food, there is no better value or atmoshpere than Indigo. The staff is consisently excellent and cool. The managers always add something special to the meal and everyone I've ever brought there was truly impressed. The wine dinner is the ultimate value for group dining in this city. Add the scene at Jade and Crimson (local bars) that make the corner of Gough and McAllister, a bizarrely hip downtown NY-like corner of nightlife.
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