Masas: "Masas" Masas - CLOSED Tip by goingsolo

Masas - CLOSED, San Francisco: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  San Francisco
by goingsolo

Masa's is the epitome of fine dining. It is a restaurant known for service in addition to great food. Located in the Vintage Court Hotel, the restaurant is pretty small, but has extremely comfortable booths with velvet cushions.

Dinner is a variety of tasting menus and there is no a la carte. There is a choice of 4 or 6 courses and a vegetarian option. There is also a 9 course menu for those who really want to indulge. The chef will also alter the menu to suit specific tastes, preferences and allergies such as no shellfish, no cream, etc. There isn't much price difference between the 4 and the 6 and most people seem to prefer the latter.

The portions are small, but there are so many of them that we were filling up after a few. Also, the waiters serve a couple of complimentary chef selections so, after a bite or two here and there and a couple of courses, your stomach will start bulging.
Before the meal even arrived, we had tiny cups of cold, creamy soup, a sample of foie gras and caviar on blinis with creme fraiche. After that selection plus some wine, opting for the 4 courses seemed way more than enough.

The 1st course was fresh crab and cucumber with chili flakes. It didn't have much spice to it but was fresh and delicious. Next came the tilefish, crispy but cooked to melt in your mouth perfection. Again, it was about 3 bites, but, trust me, these courses do add up. After that, a couple slices of beef with a bone marrow truffle combination. The last part wasn't my thing, but it was well cooked steak. Dessert comes with this multi course feast, but, after all that wine, liver and marrow, I can't remember what it was. I remember it being very good though. If you're still not full, there is a dessert cart with an assortment of chocolates. If that's still not enough, you can take a lollipop for the drive home.

Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the food, but found the atmosphere a bit unctuous and stuffy. That's part of the experience, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Some restaurants can pull off 5 star food and maintain a comfortable atmosphere, but neither this place, nor the crowd, seem to want that.

Address: 648 Bush Street
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: cross street: Stockton
Phone: 415 989 7154
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 4
Theme: French

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2005
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