Atelier Crenn is a San Francisco restaurant that is about far more than just food. Rather than simply providing a good dining experience, head chef Dominique Crenn seeks to provide an experience akin to being inspired by a painting in an art gallery.
The names of dishes are abstract, with names like 'The half moon, silky and smoky' and 'Nature rejoice, chasing childhood memories'. This leads to an element of surprise as the diner doesn't know exactly what each dish entails. When the dishes do arrive, they are presented in visually stunning fashion. The overall dining experience is utterly theatrical, with the chef walking a tightrope by taking risks and forcing diners to expand their horizons.
The word 'atelier' is French for 'workshop' or 'studio', particularly for an artist or designer. The Atelier Crenn concept delivers a progressive take on fine French cuisine, wherein artistry is just as important as technical precision. The restaurant's menu changes with the seasons, featuring the highest quality locally sourced products while being inspired by culinary traditions from around the world.