I had the opportunity to dine at Quince this week, and my review is mixed. The atmosphere and service were phenomenal, and our group had a wonderful time there. That said, I have had some of the best meals of my life in places with zero atmosphere and service. For me, it's all about the food, so here's my analysis of the food at Quince. It all tasted wonderful and was cooked perfectly, but it over relied on two components that blunted the full force of the dishes, namely truffles and butter. Nearly every dish in our set course had truffles on it and was drowning in butter, which ended up dulling the cooking rather than allowing it to shine. I wish the chefs, who are obviously quite capable, were more committed to clean, honest flavors, especially with their earthy Italian cooking. That got me thinking about why the need for obvious decadence in every dish, and I can only guess that they're catering to the current, moneyed SF crowd. Make of it what you will.
GooglePlace - February 2018
Great service, presentation, and preparation. The wines are ridiculously overpriced but they do have an impressive selection of vintages of the popularly known French Bordeauxs and Burgundys. The place to go if you need to compare a 1982 Chateau Latour with the 1999 - as long as you have the requisite $10,000 to drop on the wine tab. The selection of sub $200 bottles is disappointingly thin.
GooglePlace - January 2018
I love this place. The staff is friendly and helpful. They have great food. The food just melts in your mouth. It is a great place to eat!
GooglePlace - December 2017
The good news and not so good news!
The food was refined and excellent. The atmosphere was a bit pretentious....too much. (Note: we have experienced many comparably rated restaurants)
The chef's preparation in the kitchen was special.
But the service was incredibly slow. There was a very large party that arrived as we did. However this caliber restaurant should have been able to handle it MUCH better.
GooglePlace - August 2017
We decided to finish our Cali tour with Quince. Starting from calling and making a reservation was the best customer service. We needed to catch a flight after dinner so they accommodated our luggage. Then when we started our dinner, this place was out of this world. The food is so good I can't explain everything because it will ruin the experience. Having the unknown is what truly makes it worth it. Going into the restaurant knowing that your going to be taken care of and enjoy every moment of it. I highly recommend for going for a special occasion, going to try probably the best Michelin star(s) restaurants and you will need to come here once in your life. The authenticity of the food and preparation of the cutlery and plates, to bringing our luggage into our Uber driver, is just a glimpse of what is to be expected. Highly recommend it!
GooglePlace - August 2017