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Best Small Plates San Francisco 2004 - Cortez - CLOSED

Cortez

Cortez

550 Geary

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-292-6360

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The small plates served here aren't tapas, but exquisitely prepared appetizers and entrees just a touch on the small side (and at somewhat lower prices than you'd expect in a place of such ambition). The menu encourages sharing, but you could just as easily dine satisfyingly by ordering a traditional three-course meal. The sophisticated cooking of married chefs Quinn and Karen Hatfield is well suited to this plush, modern, dinner-only restaurant tucked into the Hotel Adagio: foie gras terrine; fris?e salad with smoked trout; lavender-honey-glazed duck breast with chestnuts, pears, and celery root; rare beef loin topped with coins of marrow; lamb crusted with dates and mint. The fanciful desserts (a tart of chocolate ganache and peppermint cream topped with a saillike chocolate wafer, another tart of lemon with a crisp cap of meringue, citrus sections, and ginger ice cream) are just as assured. Perfect for a pre- or post-theater supper.

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