Woodward's Garden

3.9/5.0
6 reviews

1500 Mission (Duboce)

San Francisco, CA

621-7122

Category: Californian

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February 18, 1998
Anonymous
56943 reviews
This quaint little restaurant in the middle of deep urban chaos right under the freeway supposedly was once the site of an eponymous garden, a great walled sanctuary where better-off San Franciscans spent leisurely weekends. Well, the garden's long gone, but the restaurant still offers that sense of culinary leisure. Great food (we had breaded fish (sea bass?) filets stuffed with pine nuts on a bed of salsa and white beans). The service was friednly and unpretentious. The only drawback was the size: tiny. And they pack 'em in there shoulder to shoulde r (our neighbors were very nice). I was sweating profusely from the heat of the kitchen. I live in the neighborhood, so I'll be surely be going back.
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October 20, 1997
Greg B.
38 reviews
Ate here with several friends two years ago. Food was superb and the service attentive, but it took all night in the least comforatble chairs I've sat in.
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December 14, 1996
Mycull I.
3 reviews
Simply amazing considering the price of the entrees given the service and quality of food. They also have a wonderful sense of humor with a huge painting hanging on one wall OF the freeway overpass that they are located under! It used to be a diner, so the kitchen is virtually next to your table! Only 2 seatings per night that they are open. Reservations are required. The food was delicious. Inventive Californian cuisine that tastes like somebody COOKED it with passion rather than merely heated it!
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June 28, 1996
Cindy N.
58 reviews
Very small (seats at most 25), quaint, cozy restaurant in middle of SoMa nowhere. It's very busy, so you have to call in advance for reservations and be sure confirm. Rest. is open W-Su and 8:30pm is latest seating available. They do accept VISA now. Service is down to earth friendly and food is wonderful. Appetizers $5-10, entrees $12-16, desserts $5. Good wine selection. Appetizer and entree portions are large. We really liked the prosciutto with melon, baby grapes and greens, potato pancake with cured salmon topped with avocado, and sour cream- interesting taste combos. The entrees are well worth the price. Sampling: -herbed swordfish with greens and pinenuts -tender chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms and mashed potatoes -lamb shank with roasted peppers and incredible saffron risotto. Dessert list was small and nothing really stood out, however it's hard to beat these prices, atmosphere, and delicious food.
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April 7, 1996
Anonymous
56943 reviews
A real find. At a visit in December, they featured an excellent pork loin chop, perfectly cooked, with superb mashed potatoes. Large portions of everything. Atmosphere is funky salvation army and the kitchen is just an arm's reach from the tables, so be prepared for the cooking smells and smoke to invade and to watch the chef do magic. No credit cards, but they do take checks.
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March 5, 1996
Diana H.
4 reviews
Great California/Mediterranean-influenced food (and humongous portions) in a tiny, intimate atmosphere right under the Central Freeway (which you'll never notice). Try the fish and pasta dishes. Cash only.
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