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“Erik Anderson is quite the worthy chef for this 3 star gem”
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Ranked #689 of 5,922 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$80
Cuisines: French, Japanese, Healthy
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Between Montgomery and Sansome
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have followed Erik from Nashville, where he opened Catbird Seat, to a visiting chef stint in Chicago at Next, and now to Coi. Wow! Every course was delicious and unique. The bread with the butter/epoisses cheese spread had even the carb averse of us inhaling each new round! Of course, we had the "wine" pairings and the majority were spot on, but none of us were too impressed with the attempt at pairing a beer with the asparagus course. We understand the difficulty of pairing asparagus, but let's stick to S. blanc or similar. Service was what took this meal over the top to 3 star, from the perfectly timed and rapid clearing of plates, to friendly bantering, to different shapes of wine glasses for each one, so we could keep them straight. The bill was eye and wallet popping, but we're from "flyover" country, so I guess it's accepted on the Left Coast. But really, do you have to charge extra for coffee?

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Thank stork90
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

My husband and I returned to Coi only after seeing a few months ago that the new chef had earned its 3rd Michelin star--as we had been underwhelmed with the menu when we last dined here 3 years ago when it was only 2*. Since booking, that same chef departed to join an American team competing in a French culinary competition of the world's best. Sigh...

We needn't have worried! While the menu wasn't his, it was a super line up of the previous chef (still the owner) and his menu, overseen by the new chef, as well. As it turned out, the menu was MUCH nicer, much more exciting and adventurous than what we remembered from 3 years ago. The food was absolutely outstanding, in a few cases mind blowing, and absolutely worthy of 3*. Truly sublime! The wine pairings also were truly spectacular and really helped to elevate the dishes. The "grand" wine pairing that I chose was definitely a bit nicer and elevated a bit more, but the regular wine pairing that my husband chose for about $300 less was definitely almost as good and the better value by far.

Service was as amazing as we remember from our last dinner. It was just quite nice to have that paired with food as outstanding.

I don't know what the future holds for Coi, but this experience has definitely made us want more. We look forward to seeing what the new chef has in store with the new menu that debuts in January!

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2  Thank Bill R
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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

What can I say, this place was basically below average. We were concerned when we heard that the chef left. We decided that we would try it anyway. I wish we hadn’t. Every course but one was below par. Our favorite was the sturgeon with egg yolk. There was not one course that stood out as being over the top. We so desperately wanted to love this place but it wasn’t meant to be. The one highlight was our wine director, Courtney. Her wine selections were creative and went well with our food. In summary at this outrageous price point, one expects “wow” for every course. This was a true disappointment.

Thank Vivian B
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

First of all, we arrive on time. But it takes around 15mins to get to the table. Overall setting looks dark and old especially carpet is dark color seems not so clean. We have ordered tasting menu with tea pairing. As a Chinese visitor, we expected tea pairing should be with flavored flower tea. However, they served dark tea mostly, it seems chef don’t know dark tea is not healthy with food together. It should be drink separately. Food taste fresh with design. Some of the taste is too much and unnecessary. Desert is American style chocolate cake but not French style. Overall, from decor, food concept, tasting and services training need to improve. Uncertain why 3 Star Michelin crowned to this restaurant.

1  Thank Samuel L
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

I had booked Coi several months before travelling to San Fransisco. Amazing degustation menu and wine pairings. The food really captured California and embodied exceptional produce and seafood. Fantastic service, the maître’ d was really engaging and his knoweledge of the menu was top shelf. I will definitely return when in San Fransisco next.

Thank adam p
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