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Map & Directions 817 Sutter
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • California, French
  • Sun 8am-2pm, Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party, Catering, Business Dining
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

Dennis Leary now owns an empire (Sentinel, Golden West, House of Shields), but at his first restaurant every dish is still cooked in a tiny open galley kitchen. Once a diner, the restaurant features four booths and seven counter stools, and so dinner seatings fill up a week or two in advance. Canteen's seasonal menu, which changes at least weekly, is still just as delicious. Few dishes repeat, but we've enjoyed silky soups (such as white corn with bacon); a spicy-hot crab salad cooled by a ball of cucumber sorbet; plump roasted quail with sweetbreads and raisins; a "pot au feu" of veal filet, peppered beef brisket, and foie gras; and a much-loved vanilla soufflé.

Member Reviews

  • meatmeister wrote a review for Canteen
    on 06/15/09

    It only seats 22 people, but Canteen is a gem of a restaurant. Chef Dennis Leary is one of SF's best, doling out accessible haute cuisine from a four-burner stove. 3 seatings a night, intimate and, quite frequenty, magical.

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  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    This is the tiniest restaurant ever!  Only 20 seats and a couple of guys cooking in an open kitchen. DEFINITELY make reservations. -Monica Pope, Top Chef

  • Eater on 12/01/10

    His Sentinel offshoot has grabbed more headlines lately, but Dennis Leary—one of the great underrated young chefs in SF—still has a great thing going. Dinner and brunch. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Epicurious on 08/25/10

    Sit at the diner-style counter and watch the chef churn out decidedly un-diner-style food - French-inspired California cooking is his area of expertise. Try the grilled salmon with stewed leeks.

  • Yve F. on 05/01/11

    Beer + espresso combo as a brunch substitute for mimosa. Whoa.

  • Marissa C. on 10/23/10

    If you're in the mood for sweet - the blueberry French toast is the best - hands down!

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  • Omnivorous

    My inscribed copy of Michael Pollan's gracefully written, compelling The Omnivore's Dilemma reads "Vote with your fork!" I know Pollan means that... More on Canteen »

  • One-Man Band

    Since a wall of the tiny restaurant Canteen boasts shelves of carefully selected books (not just randomly bought by the yard as decor, but books... More on Canteen »

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