Traci Des Jardins at Mijita Cocina Mexicana


Traci Des Jardinis is a chef/co-owner of six restaurants. She is one of the top female chefs in the country, a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career. Before opening her first restaurant, she worked in some of the highly acclaimed kitchens in Los Angeles, France, and New York City. She is classically trained in French cuisine by some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world.


  • Winner
    Iron Chef America
  • Finalist
    Top Chef Masters
  • Best Chef: Pacific
    James Beard Foundation
  • Rising Star Chef
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Chef
    Food & Wine
  • Chef of the Year
    San Francisco magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

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Chef Elizabeth Binder reviews Warm bread salad at Jardinière
$$$$ | French/Belgian, | Modern, | American
Hayes Valley
1 Review
"I love this salad of Traci's, which is available on the lounge menu. Comprised of warm toasted croutons, roasted artichokes, and marinated Bellwether crescenza, it's a must along with her signature braised short ribs."
Chef Loretta Keller reviews Jardinière charcuterie at Jardinière
$$$$ | French/Belgian, | Modern, | American
Hayes Valley
1 Review
"For late-night satisfaction or just a great gourmet snack, the J Lounge at Jardinière offers a terrific menu of simple and beautifully prepared items from one of the nation's greatest restaurant kitchens. There's always something exciting happening (who knows what great opera star or musician you might encounter here), but this is a place not just to see and be seen. We're talking hand-crafted cocktails, a wide selection of champagnes by the glass, and my favorite charcuterie plate."
Chef Gonzalo Guzman reviews Braised Short Ribs at Jardinière
$$$$ | French/Belgian, | Modern, | American
Hayes Valley
1 Review
"I worked here a long time ago and was amazed by the tenderness of the short ribs. I love going back to have this dish again and again."