Protégé m

MICHELIN Guide 2019
One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
Quite comfortable
50 - 75 USD
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
This Palo Alto hit boasts an envious pedigree—Chef Anthony Secviar, Pastry Chef Eddie Lopez and Master Sommelier Dennis Kelly all trained under Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. However, Protégé offers an experience that is far from weighty. In fact, the staff aims to keep things more lenient in this dining room, which sports cushy leather booths, beautifully laid tables and even the occasional diner donning flip-flops. Hungry techies from around the enclave can expect cooking with a suave, edgy panache—reviving such tired players as Alaskan king crab (a seasonal delight here with sweet corn purée and bacon-tinged corn succotash); or beef tenderloin accompanied by buttery potatoes with a sharp horseradish mousseline. One might even be hard-pressed to find better foie gras around—light and exquisite with fennel relish and a slice of perfect vanilla brioche. Such keen attention to detail and surprisingly well-balanced flavors continue through to dessert—as in the dulce de leche mousse coated with salted hazelnuts, toasted honey and dark chocolate. In keeping with its accessible slant, the kitchen also offers a lounge menu, which thanks to its popularity, requires reservations.
  • N Notable wine list
  • 4 Notable cocktail list
  • r Outdoor dining
  • a Wheelchair accessible
  • { Private dining rooms




250 California Ave., San Francisco, CA 94306

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+1 650-494-4181

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Dinner Tue - Sat

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