Restaurant Review: Ghirardelli Café, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

Chocolate.  Ghirardelli has to be some of my favorite chocolate, both for snacking and for baking- its incredibly smooth and rich and melts like a dream.  I was super excited to visit Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco and stop by the café for some hot chocolate, especially since the San Francisco winds can get a tad chilly while out walking around.

I could smell Ghirardelli Square and the café the closer I got to it and began to get even more excited.  Inside, I was overwhelmed by all the varieties of chocolate and their extensive menu of chocolaty treats.  I settled on the “Drinking Chocolate” served with pistachio biscotti (which I later discovered was basically liquid gold).  Words can not even begin to describe the rich, chocolate flavor of this dark chocolate drink.  The best way I can put it is that I felt like I was drinking and liquefied version of their 65% dark chocolate bar. My co-worker actually prefers milk chocolate over dark chocolate and still really enjoyed this drink as well.  It was served in a small cup, but I honestly couldn’t have drunk anymore because it was so rich.  Whoever decided that it needed to be served with biscotti was a genius because it helped to cut the richness of the chocolate.

If you ever find yourself in San Francisco and don’t mind fighting the other chocolate-crazed tourists, the Ghirardelli Café should be a stop on your list of foodie places.  I’m not normally a huge fan of tourist-ravaged food places (I much prefer to dine with the locals), but this place is worth it if you love chocolate.  Besides, the Ghirardelli gift shop is right next door…

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2 thoughts on “Restaurant Review: Ghirardelli Café, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

  1. We’ve never done this in San Fran. I know for shame. I think I’d go for the biscotti alone.

    • Honestly, the biscotti was rubbish from a culinary standpoint (it came in a wrapper). It didn’t taste bad at all, it just wasn’t fresh as I assume you imagine it would be. Check Ghirardelli out though- they had an amazing menu of ice cream sundae concoctions as well!

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