Bluestem Brasserie
Bluestem Brasserie

Bluestem Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 4155471111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM;
    Dinner: Daily: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Francis Hogan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: A semi-private dining room, located on the second floor of the restaurant, overlooks the main dining area while providing guests with a more intimate space.
  • Private Party Contact: Stacy 4155471111
  • Entertainment: The atmosphere is casual but energetic in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant"s heart-of-the-city location.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street (between 3rd & 4th)
  • Public Transit: Bluestem Brasserie is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking in the area, there are several parking garages within one block of Bluestem Brasserie including the Jessie Square Garage, located below the restaurant, and the Fifth & Mission Garage.
    For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.
A word from Bluestem Brasserie
A San Francisco brasserie & gathering place, at ONE Yerba Buena Lane, the intersection of downtown’s cultural, shopping and business corridors. An urban neighborhood restaurant, offering a lively dining experience, for anytime bites or drinks; a meal with friends, business associates or family; or picking up to enjoy at home.
Bluestem Brasserie features a familiar brasserie menu of fresh, simply composed dishes; distinct cocktails; a satisfying wine list with 12 on tap, sourced directly from Napa and Sonoma's finest producers - offered at a great value.
Named after the indigenous North American grass favored by cattle, Bluestem will showcase sustainably produced beef from highly regarded purveyors with an emphasis on whole-animal utilization. Ingredients sourced directly from the ranchers. Savory items are balanced by a dessert menu of classic, brasserie-style selections.
A theme of terroir extends from the menu of house-made items to the carefully crafted wine list.
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Bluestem Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (105)good for groups (90)special occasion (63)great for lunch (62)neighborhood gem (54)great for brunch (52)hot spot (46)vibrant bar scene (37)romantic (35)notable wine list (24)great for outdoor dining (17)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Good dinner - one hiccup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience at BB - the food, drinks were great as well as the bartender. We really liked our waitress, but she wasn't as attentive as she could have been. Our only complaint was that when we arrived (with a reservation) the restaurant was very empty and we were seated in the very back corner booth where the service team enters the kitchen...C'mon..... to their credit, they moved us to a very nice table when we asked. Would definitely dine here again....
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food for me and my business guests. My salmon was perfectly prepared, moist and perfectly seasoned as well Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice dinner with coworkers
    pnbdinersVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We dined here while in town for a conference. It's walk-able from the convention center/Union Square. The food was good. I recommend the tomato/peach salad - a unique and delicious flavor combo. The waiter didn't rush us at all and was helpful with suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    camkingVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had the country paté, steak frites and the 'Chocolate "to infinity and beyond"' to finish. All the food was very good, each course better than the previous course. Not the best steak I've ever had, but still pretty good. The chocolate dessert was incredibly rich, but worth it. Service was good too. Definitely would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Try....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The are top notch is all regards. Glad we could experience it. Speciality is beef preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    jinazaki
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I like to think of Bluestem as our hide in plain site gem. Right on Market near Moscone, the quality and creativity of the food is head and shoulders above the rest of the neighborhood. The roasted bone marrow is my girlfriend's go-to dish (it IS incredibly rich). I've bounced around their menu. Tonight was heriloom zucchini (excellent) and their take on pupusas with a side of mac and cheese thrown in. The pupusa was the only thing that didn't utterly wow. The thin sliced zukes were fantastic and the mac and cheese with it's crisp cheese crust was killer. Bluestem does a fantastic interpretation of American classics with an SF flair and style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Frau
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had a business lunch here & staff were very accommodating with last minute changes to group numbers - thank you! Food quality is exceptionally high and good value. Stand-out items for our group were the Steak & Frites and Lamb Special (done 2 ways), and salads. The Duck & Pasta soup was very tasty too. Very attentive service and nice open ambiance. We'll be back.....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Came here with my husband for our anniversary dinner. The food is great and there are options for everyone. Our server, however, was nowhere to be seen most of the night. We waited for most of the night. To order our food (30 min wait) to get boxes (30 min wait after we had stopped eating) and for the check (20 minutes after she boxed our food). The place was not busy at all and the table beside us had a great server who seemed to enjoy his job and really take care of his tables. Sucks we had the server who could care less that we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluestem is a MUST!
    Bren
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The staff, the food and the service were all outstanding! Every staff member was courteous, professional and friendly. They were attentive to our time to make the theater, and made our dining experience comfortable and memorable. The food was awesome, including the desserts. Special thanks to Andrew our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    LMK314
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were staying at the Marriot on 4th and Market and wanted to find a great resturant close by. So happy to have found Bluestem Brasserie. Everything was amazing, loved the crafts of wine, great salad and all our entrees were yummy. My salmon, which I order at almost every resturant, was one if my favorites ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and food
    SFFoodieChick
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good location between FiDi and Union Square. I needed a menu that would please a variety of people and this didn't disappoint. I came her for a personal dinner but would def book business meals here as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    DateNight
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything was awesome. I put in a little note asking for a nice table for my girlfriend's birthday. They put us on the balcony above the bar, with a great view of the entire restaurant as well as the skyscrapers outside. Made me look really good for my date. Food was delicious, although maybe slightly on the saltier side if you're a health nut. One of our steaks had a COFFEE CRUST. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch location
    kvirtue
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had the eggs Benedict and the pork hash. Both were very good. Cocktails were also great. Wanted to try the bananas foster beignet but did not get a chance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Was sat in the rear of the restaurant with six people. No one else came in while we were there and there was plenty of tables. When we complained they did apologized and gave us a free desset. Seriously? Waitress was nice but had a heavy accent and couldn't understand a word she was saying. One of our dishes (pork) was tough and sent it back. We also got charged for seven dinners not six. NEVER GOING BACK THERE AGAIN. SO DISAPPOINTED!!!
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  • EXCELLENT!
    UNHAPPYVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always a great dinner -- from ambiance to service to food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option near Moscone
    EJL500
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, location, view, service... our experience checked all the boxes for a business dinner group of 12 that had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Urban Foodie Hotspot!
    YeeMama
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service and Food - VERY GOOD... wish they were more consistent on some of their offerings - as they no longer serve certain dishes that I was looking forward to - but their Duck Confit Salad did NOT disappoint - and the servers were great and making sure our water was constantly filled and checking in with us to make sure we were good... Am looking forward to going back and trying other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the money
    Moz5019
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Cheeseburger was awful. Super thin and not quality meat that they advertise as grass fed farm beef.
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  • Great service and food
    foodluv
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My friend from Australia was visiting and we had a short time for lunch and for our visit. They gave us a very nice table and did not rush us even though this is in the financial district and it was pact with people during the lunch hour. Our food was deliicious ( I had the Tuesday special chicken sandwich andshe had the filet mignon) and the service could not have been any better! Looking forward to my return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Vibrant place with good level of energy which is appreciated, host and wait staff very attentive and efficient with service again appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Brunch Burger!
    peninsulagal
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a great spot for brunch. Not at all crowded, fast service and yummy food. The Brunch Burger was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SideOfNinjaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We arrived around 3:05 for our 3pm reservation -- first time there. I could tell we came in during transition of service, as most of the staff were maybe management. As we were on a time constraint, we immediately ordered our meal after being seated for 10mins. After about another 10mins, our starters/apps came out. Then there was an odd lag for our entrees of the lamb meatballs, salmon and fries -- we finally received them around 356p after I flagged our server to check on our food, as I needed to get to work. Food tasted good, but I didn't get enjoy it as I was already late and hungry. The server comp'd our salad and fries, but I would've appreciated a status update on why our entrees took so long more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Everything Was Great
    dscotth
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Chose this place for the scenery and the downtown location, menu looked good. Once there staff, was very friendly, professional, and accommodating. Food was great, and portions were substantial. Prices were average and ambiance was very San Francisco. A very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service and Speed
    UsuallyDontDothis
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went with a group of 13, you would have thought they'd show us some attention. Instead, it too 30 minutes for drinks to arrive, 1:30 for appetizers, another hour for food, and we were basically scoffed at when we asked for bread in the middle of all that waiting. Ask where the food is, get a snarky, "it's cooking".. Then wait another hour. Have plans after dinner? Better abandon them. Want great food for a reasonable price? Look elsewhere. Want good food at a high price with horrible service? This is your spot!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was ok but the service was very slow. Staff was friendly.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date
    arden13
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The prices were moderate, I paid 36 for a nice sized prime rib which was perfectly done. Considering the decor, wine list, and the quality of the food I would have expected a much pricier dinner! Also try the cauliflower side. It was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was very impressed with the staff, the food and the ambience at Bluestem. Coming there with a group of 13, I did not expect to be able to visit with everyone. The Racher's table (big round table by window) was absolutely perfect for our group. I was able to see everyone and we could converse pretty easily. The noise wasn't too loud in the restaurant. I wish I would have remembered our server's name because he was wonderful. The food was all amazing too. We had a lot of the items on the menu, both appetizer and entrees, and they were all very good. I was so happy with this visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California cuisine at its best.
    RedWineandStrongTea
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Fabulous food, excellent service, and the single best salad of my life, along with a marvelous selections of wine on tap unavailable in the east insure that we will return when next in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    TobyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    If like us you are looking for a great place near Union Square, look no further. My wife had the croque madam; one of her favorite brunch staples. I had a half dozen prefectly fresh oysters and the salumi and charcuterie plate; all house made. Excellent. Our server Ryan was timely but never obtrusive. Great cocktails (try the sparkler with watermellon and basil), their take on a billini. Nice wine by the glass list as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds it's own high-bar
    Camerono
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had already tasted some of Chef Fran's work the previous week so we had pretty high expectations for the ingenuity of pairing, the flavors, seasoning and the overall quality of the food. Even still we were both surprised and delighted by what we had. The ribs were exceptional, seducing us into eating them with our hands, despite how classy a place it is. They were accompanied by a melon fruit salad that had us guessing the delectable spices used, and a biscuit that had us leaning back in our seats relishing its deep savory flavor. The lamb meatballs were even better than we expected. To anyone going: get them, it'll be the best decision you make all week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • milt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Bluestem my fav restaurant when in the city. Eva is my fav server at Blue. There were two of us, and my companion ordered the NY steak, which was tough, chewy and gristly. Adam the mgr enthusiastically removed it from our tab. Great hands on mgmt and service, everyone hits their marks including the guy that refills your water, and picks up plates……5 star all the way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for groups
    ukemochhi
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We came here for a team dinner/celebration midweek. The food was high quality and unique enough to make a trip here worth it. The waitstaff was nice and not overbearing. Our group was fairly large (about 15). Everyone enjoyed the truffle fries (suggested by the wait staff), and their entrees, but it was dessert that really shined. The caramel rum beignets were the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    mikulin
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    food was disappointing. filets were dry and tough. pate appetizer was bland. pickled fruit was great.
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  • Parentvisit
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Overall we enjoyed the food very much. One plate, the lamb meatballs, was not good and when we sent it back, the manager apologized, took it off our bill and added a delicious complimentary dessert of chocolate profiteroles. I would return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluestem Bravo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been to Bluestem once before, but the occasion was more formal than the simple lunch we had this time. We were greeted by very pleasant and knowledgeable people, one of whom recognized us from the last time, several months ago, and were given a table exactly where we requested one. The food was excellent, as before. The place appeals to a younger crowd, but the noise level is quite low nonetheless. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Always good: beware of happy hour
    Amy1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Request a table upstairs if dining before 7. Happy hour can be distracting and LOUD. Food here is always good and service is great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty nice
    Foodby
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was interesting, beautifully presented and tasty. The place itself it lovely. The service could use some improvement. Our waitress spoke a little to fast for us to understand her through her accent. We also had to repeat a few requests. We wanted wine with our meal but when it finally came, after, we sent it back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a casual date
    JanG
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We both had filet mignon and their kennebec fries. Perfectly done, no complaints with the food. Service was fairly quick and good-natured. The menu is a little on the "foodie" side for our tastes, lots of things I had to google on my phone. We really liked that we were seated in the upper area next to the balcony barrier, so we could see the bar area. It also meant there weren't many tables near us, which was great. Not sure we'd have enjoyed it as much if we were seated below, where it was crowded and noisier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our first visit to this very stylish spot we sat at the large oblong table in the window for a family brunch. The food was very good, and our server was awesome!! We returned to try it for dinner. The food was very good, and the service was OK based on the fact that I felt we were rushed even though I had communicated that our dinner out was for a special occasion. It left me a little unhappy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Just terrible food. Uncomfortable chairs. Strange ambiance....Would actively suggest people avoid
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