Aurea - The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel
San Francisco, CA 94108Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
CalifornianPrice: $31 to $50
Aurea - The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.aureasf.com/
- Phone: 4159893500
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Californian
- Executive Chef: Michael Koenig
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: We offer a wide range of rooms for meetings, receptions, and events. Please contact Timothy Thomas, Senior Catering Sales Manager, at 415-732-4046 or email@example.com
- Private Party Contact: Timothy Thomas 4159893500
- Entertainment: Aurea Restaurant is part of Renaissance Hotel's RLife LIVE program, featuring local up-and-coming artists in our intimate lounge setting. Join us Friday evenings from 5pm to 7pm while sampling local seasonal bites and handcrafted cocktails in our comfortable great room space atop Nob Hill.
- Cross Street: Powell
- Public Transit: Aurea Restaurant in the Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel is at the corner of California and Powell Streets, the only location in San Francisco where the cable car lines cross.
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: Parking is available at our garage next door at the corner of Powell and California streets. Aurea restaurant will offer 2 hours parking to diners.
A word from Aurea - The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel
Aurea combines the hotel’s historic roots with modern touches that evoke the effervescent character of San Francisco -- from avant-garde seating arrangements, Aurea features an illuminated wine-centric bar that operates as a classic coffee-bar café by day and transitions in the evening into a lively restaurant lounge where guests can enjoy Aurea’s menu of small plates celebrating Bay Area and California culinary artisans. Aurea offers tiered seating for up to 130 guests, including versatile, work-or-play private spaces known as “cocktail cubbies” that can be connected as work areas or serve as intimate dining nooks, as well as expansive communal tables and an al fresco dining area in the courtyard. Chef Michael’s menu is anchored in seasonality with an emphasis on supporting the Northern California farming communities. Aurea’s wine program focuses on organic and California wines, featuring 40 wines by the glass and an expansive list of more than 300 selections.Continued
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Aurea - The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
- Quick SnackGlennVIPDined on 6/22/2013I thought this was a restaurant in a fine hotel at Nob Hill SF. It turned out to be a quick snack place with limited but excellent food. Service was excellent. Staff was extremely friendly and maitre de (Martin- sp?) was top notch. Thank youSpecial Features:
- We had a great time. SmallOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/14/2013We had a great time. Small group of classmates, food was very good and we had lots of laughs. Nice that the accomodated a gluten sensitive person and found gluten free breadSpecial Features:
- Admittedly a bit of an odddinedevineVIPDined on 2/26/2013Admittedly a bit of an odd space - a small, curtained off area on the side of the bar - Aurea nonetheless does a very nice job. I was eating alone on a business trip and the staff were welcoming. Started with a beet hazelnut and prosciutto salad - very good. Salmon with lentils for main course also beautifully done. A good list of wines by the glass to accompany it. San Francisco has lots of options, but this fits the bill nicely.Special Features:
- Exceptional service and food-GreatbritguyVIPDined on 2/10/2013Although this is in a Hotel the service and food would make many of SF's better restaurants be put to shame. The Maitre D was wonderful, extremely friendly and the waiter was both knowledgable and sincere. Portions were very generous and the Ribeye was cooked perfectly. A real welcome surprise and a real tribute to the hotel. Just wish they had its own entrance so you would not feel like your dining in a Hotel bar. Great comfy seats too. If your staying at the Stanford I would recommend this against many other restaurants in the area.
- We had an excellent ChristmasOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/24/2012We had an excellent Christmas Eve dinner - the roast goose was cooked to perfection (but not overcooked). Service was personable, timely but not at all rushed. We enjoyed our primary server and the others who contributed in serving us. Liked the table for two with high wingback chairs - made us feel special. Worth a return visit.Special Features:
- Not really a restaurantsuzyqDined on 12/14/2012This is actually a bar not a restaurant. They have a little side area set up as a restaurant, but it is the walk through for the Hotel. The service was lousy, I had to get up twice to ask for service. The food was over cooked and too salty. There were 5 of us and none of the dishes were good.
- It is more like lounge thanOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 12/12/2012It is more like lounge than restaurant since it is not completely closed. service and food is decent but decor is really cheap....
- I ate at Aurea while on aMargeryJVIPDined on 10/24/2012I ate at Aurea while on a business trip and was eating alone. The waiter and maitre d' were very welcoming and pleasant, which is not always the case when a middle-aged woman is dining alone. The food was very good, and the wine list was relatively small but had some interesting selections- not just the usual popular chardonnays. A very nice experience, and I would go there again.
- The jazz band was excellent--veryOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/26/2012The jazz band was excellent--very interactive and friendly, but also talented. We had appetizers and desserts--both very satisfying. Parking was easier than I expected--and validation was a welcome surprise.
- The food was good, the serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/15/2012The food was good, the service was great, but not a great place for dates.Special Features:
- The food and service wereOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 5/7/2012The food and service were excellent. My one reservation is the atmosphere. The restaurant is in a fine old San Francisco hotel that has been renovated to feel like it could be in any city. It is fancy and cold.Special Features:
- Came for Dining Out For LifeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/26/2012Came for Dining Out For Life event. Was very impressed with the food. It was AMAZING! My party all ate everything on our plates. Drinks were perfect as well, not too strong or weak. It did take a bit for us to put our order in but aside from that, I would absolutely return for dinner hereSpecial Features:
- The service was not expectedOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/1/2012The service was not expected with lots of delays in paying and did not check on beverages refills. It was a dissapointing experience
- Go to Aurea!tkenn7Dined on 3/25/2012Brunch at Aurea is fantastic. The choices are eclectic homey and delicious all at tthe same time. If shrimp and grits are on the menu when you go, look no further! The prawns are perfectly paired with the savory buttery grits- I was sad when it was over, although the serving was more than generous. My dining partners had the pulled pork sandwich, a beautiful vegan lasagna and poached eggs on salmon hash-- all great. The service was excellent. Cannot say enough about how good this place is. Stanford court guests are lucky to stay and eat here. We locals are lucky to be able to go any time!Special Features:
- Best food on Nob Hill. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 2/18/2012Best food on Nob Hill. The location, part of the lobby, isn't quite so great but the staff is professional and the food is fresh and creative.Special Features:
- Great food and service. But pricey!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/11/2012My bf and I went here on a Saturday for lunch and it was not crowded at all, there were only 2 other groups dining. The decor is very chic and neat. The ambiance is romantic in that sense, not that the place is dark and has "mood lighting" it is well lit, from natural lighting. The restaurant seems to be an extension of the lounge, but when you see the bar, then u know you're in the dining area. We sat at a cute table with blue high leather back chairs, not far from the bar. I had a turkey and bacon club sandwich which came w home made chips. The bf had a burger with fries. We both had a glass of wine and we shared the bread pudding (the best choice here for dessert) and creme brûlée. Portions were big, we were both stuffed to the mSpecial Features:
- The lemon souffle pancakesOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/14/2012The lemon souffle pancakes with raspberry sauce are amazing! It's like having desert for breakfast - they are light and slightly sweet. Service is attentive, friendly, yet still professional. Terrific place for a cozy date.Special Features:
- Great tasting food with terrificOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 1/7/2012Great tasting food with terrific presentation. Local produce used. Excellent variety of choices for brunch - some in the party still wanted breakfast, others were ready for lunch. Service was very attentive. Enjoyed the spicy Bloody Mary.Special Features:
- Thanksgiving dullOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/24/2011A little stuffy. They placed every man wearing suits or sport coats in this one room that was off to one side. We had our reservations far in advance, yet had a two top at the edge of that room of suits. Those that were more relaxed dress were in the main dining room and looked like they were having a more relaxed time. The dress code said they required jackets, I guess they made exceptions to the rules. If a place requires a sport coat, then they should require it, one family that the boys looked sloppy, they put them at the nicest booth in the restaurant. So, the moral is, don't adhere to the rules and you will get better seating. Hmmmmm!Special Features:
- the service was awesome.OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/11/2011the service was awesome. Ramon was our waiter and explained everything and was just so genuine and nice. i had the california cheese plate and hubby had the club sandwich. we were both so stuffed that we couldn't have dessert.Special Features:
- Fantastic experience!!! TruffleOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/3/2011Fantastic experience!!! Truffle fries... Need I say more?! Service was excellent!Special Features:
- Everything on the menu soundedOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/11/2011Everything on the menu sounded delicious, but nothing was. I think it tried too hard and didn't cover the basics of using good ingredients, treating them well, and letting them speak for themselves. It was also considerably higher priced than we anticipated. Their profile suggested $$, but there was not one entre under $20. We live about a block away, so we wanted to try it. Now we know the only reason to go is if you are staying at the hotel and don't want to leave the building.
- One floor up, two ratings downsweedeDined on 2/3/2011Far from a satisfactory replacement for Fournou's Ovens, which was in its own private space a floor below. Aurea opens off the reception desk for the hotel, and suffers the fate of being a hotel dining room.
- The food was freah and interesting.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 1/7/2011The food was freah and interesting. The wine by the glass selections were plentiful. The prices were fair and not through the roof.
- This hotel lobby level restaurantHate2WaitVIPDined on 1/7/2011This hotel lobby level restaurant is a hidden gem. It was a very quiet Friday evening, we had the whole dining area to ourselves! The three course tasting menu is a great value, reasonably priced with good size portions. Service was excellent and friendly.Special Features:
- We had a wonderful ChristmasOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/25/2010We had a wonderful Christmas dinner at Aurea. The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive. We couldn't have made a better choice for the holiday.Special Features:
- The service was excellentJohnMcDowellDined on 12/25/2010The service was excellent but the food was mediocre at best. The duck was tasteless and the crème brûlée was very poorly done. It was Christmas dinner and a true disappointment. There are too many good restaurants in San Francisco to waste your time and money here. I would recommend that you go somewhere else.
- The menu was far to ambitiousOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 12/25/2010The menu was far to ambitious for the chef and consequently the entree's were mediocre.
- Our waiter and bus-personbobkatVIPDined on 12/9/2010Our waiter and bus-person were outstanding. They are truly memorable people. However, the ambiance was lacking. We went for a Christmas lunch but there was no feeling of the holidays. I would return but only for the wait staff.
- The food was very good. Overall,LarryVIPDined on 10/20/2010The food was very good. Overall, the service was marginal. Our reservation was for 1 PM. Intially, the waiter was attentive, then his service became overly attentive and rushed. We thought what is going on? It became clear when we were mid-way through our entree, at 1:50 PM, and he asked if we could order our desert as the kitchen closed at 2 PM. This was meant to be a relaxed lunch. The bill was presented with the desert. We relaxed with our coffee, without seeing the waiter again, leaving the restaurant at 2:30 PM. Don't go here if you want a relaxed lunch.
- Great breakfast! The MissionOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 10/11/2010Great breakfast! The Mission omelette & the buckwheat blueberry pancakes are tops!
- Great breakfast! The MissionOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 10/10/2010Great breakfast! The Mission omelette & the buckwheat blueberry pancakes are tops!
- Food excellent, perfect placeOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/25/2010Food excellent, perfect place for a nice dinner. The only thing that could improve is the speed of service.Special Features:
- Service at the bar is muchOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 9/21/2010Service at the bar is much quicker than at the tables
- Food and service - outstanding.WeHaDinerVIPDined on 9/9/2010Food and service - outstanding. Attentive without being overbearing. I was treated like a guest and not a customer. I ordered two small plates expecting smaller portions than I received. The crab/shrimp cakes were fabulous, served with fresh quacamole and a peach salad. It was a surprising combo but worked together beautifully. Next I had the dayboat scallops. They were pan seared and served on top of a lovely corn risotto. Unless you are very hungry or are with a few people, you only need one small plate. I would definitley go back next time I am in town.Special Features:
- We were staying in the hotelOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/28/2010We were staying in the hotel and decided to have breakfast here. Service wasn't up to par, as they couldn't seat us at the time of our reservations. Prices are a bit high for San Fran, as well, but I find the ambiance to be one of the best if compared to other hotel bars.
- Lemon Soufle pancakes wereTee86VIPDined on 8/14/2010Lemon Soufle pancakes were a bit underwhelming this time around.
- An improvement from when ITee86VIPDined on 8/12/2010An improvement from when I was here several months ago. Maitre D' was very attentive and greeted us warmly. Server was equally as attentive. Food quality was excellent however I'd like a little more variety and additions to the menu. Overall a good gastronomic experience.Special Features:
- What a pleasant surprise thisOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/20/2010What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be after a late-adjourning alumni event across the street. The food was fine--the salmon was especially good--and the wine list surprising. It appears not many non-hotel guests try Aurea because the place was empty, but it's worth remembering if you're in the area and hard pressed to find a nice table nearby.Special Features:
- There was no host or hostess.WineSnobDined on 7/16/2010There was no host or hostess. I asked several staff members if I could seat myself or if I needed to wait to be seated and they all told me they would get someone to help me. It was not crowded at all but when I was seated, I was offered the two worst tables in the place. Really disappointing service.