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Disappointed with The Richmond on Balboa

jade | Oct 17, 200506:32 PM

We went to The Richmond on Balboa in SF Sat. night. After reading some favorable reviews on this board, I really wanted to like this restaurant. We live in the Sunset and want to support restaurants in the Avenues, especially one that supposedly emphasizes local organic ingredients.

Unfortunately, we found the food and service to be amateurish. We had the potato leek soup, beet salad, organic green salad and duck confit. The soup was too salty, the duck confit skin was crispy but the meat was dry. Our three entrees were the hamburger, striped bass, and sole and short ribs (yes the last combination was one entree). We ordered the burger medium-well for a child, it came out very pink after a long wait. When we sent it back, it returned to the table charred and unappetizing. We had a bottle of the Muata NZ Sauv Blanc. We shared two desserts, warm chocolate cake and housemade cinnamon ice cream. The chocolate cake was more like warm liquid chocolate when it should have been just soft in the middle.

We were there just over two hours with long waits between courses when we were only one of three tables in the early evening. Our waiter was not warm, gracious, or very professional. He seemed irritated when we asked questions about the menu, e.g. where the fish and meat came from. When we were leaving, we said "thank you" on our way out and he simply said "good night."

Unfortunately or fortunately, there are too many much better restaurants in the city for us to go back to this one.

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