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Boxing Room
Boxing Room
  • Address:
    399 Grove Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

Boxing Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boxingroom.com
  • Email: eat@boxingroom.com
  • Phone: (415) 430-6590
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM,
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Justin Simoneaux
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough Street
  • Public Transit: Muni 21 Hayes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on Gough and Grove Streets. In addition the Performing Arts garage across from Boxing Room on Grove Street.
A word from Boxing Room
Boxing Room opened in 2011 in the former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory, located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux, a Southern Louisiana native, celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. Additionally, Boxing Room offers oysters from the raw bar, and an extensive selection of beer and wine on tap. Since opening, Boxing Room has been named one of San Francisco’s Best New Restaurants by 7x7 magazine, and San Francisco magazine gave the restaurant a 3-star review. Boxing Room is open daily for dinner, lunch during the week, and brunch on the weekend. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very good versions of Louisiana/Southern dishes -- and I'm from MS. Quite nice service too, notably better than in many places nearby. Advice: Don't sit by the window along Grove Street -- it seems not to be well sealed and is therefore drafty. And try the German Reisling -- pairs perfectly with the spicy dishes -- which are not that spicy, happy to report."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The wait staff was right on top of everything. The food was fantastic, very good wine on tap and there is no bottled water!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We finally made it to The Boxing Room - reservations are critical - and had a wonderful experience. Originally from New Orleans, the food here is outstanding and quite authentic. Their charbroiled oysters are right up there with Drago's, and the crawfish pie is like my sisters. Also nice to report it is very reasonable - you'll leave with a smile on your face. Other intangibles like service, pace, and attention to detail are top notch."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This has become our go-to spot for dinner before a ballet or opera. Knowledgeable servers who make sure we get out the door on time, food reliably good. Portions usually too large for moderate eaters, but a changing menu keeps our interest."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We wanted dinner before attending the symphony and this is an ideal place. Close to Davis Hall, and great food and service. We had a 5:45pm reservation. Got our food quickly and were out by 7pm. We had the special (smoke ham, grits, artichoke hearts), their Gumbo with sausage, and beignets for dessert. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Despite a great location near the Opera House and the Davies Concert Hall, and an attractive setting, I cannot recommend this place because the food is disappointing. Even simple fare, such as hamburgers, were overcooked, the potatoes served with eggs were mushy, the sticky bun was too hard and too sweet."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! Love the decor/ambiance. Went there with a friend before the ballet on Sunday and were not rushed but were able to enjoy a nice lunch and still get to the theater with time to spare. Would love to go back for a dinner. Overall, it was a hit for both my friend and me."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We arrived at the Boxing Room at 7:15 pm (our reservation was for 6:45 pm). Skipping appetizers I had the duck jambalaya and my date had the catfish. Both entrees were superb. We were late to the symphony; however, we were seated after the start of the Nielsen clarinet concerto in arguably the best seats in the house -- Side Box Section A."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My gal and I had a wonderful dinner before a show at the Symphony Hall. Excellent oysters on the half shell. The wine was great, and the entrees were delicious. I had the sausage and duck jambalaya , which was friggin' fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Came here before a show at Davies Hall -- perfect location. Great ambiance, good diverse drink selection, and menu is true to its Southern / Cajun heritage. Portions aren't too small either."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Convenient location to Davies Hall with great atmosphere. They prepare outstanding Cajun-style fare. Outstanding wait staff matches their outstanding pickles, amazing hush puppies, Louisiana Root Beer. The gumbo is amazing with shrimp, crawfish, chicken and spice. But the piece de resistance is the fried chicken. It is the best I have ever tasted plump juicy chicken in a crispy, grease-free batter."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had tickets to the Symphony, let the server know, never felt rushed, but got out in time. Food was fabulous, we had lots of different things so we could try across the menu. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I took my picky six-year-old daughter to Boxing Room for brunch before the ballet. She loved the bacon and beignets, and I had to agree - they were perfectly cooked. We also ordered biscuits, which may have been the best biscuits I've ever had - sturdy but not overly dense, and just flavorful. We took home the leftover biscuits and I enjoyed them with dinner. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was bland, totally under seasoned, which was such a disappointment because the grits and shrimp were otherwise perfectly cooked. I rarely add salt to a dish in a restaurant, but I did here. There was only one small bite of andouille and the trinity sauce made the grits so watery I needed a spoon. Could have been 5 stars, but grits missed the mark."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the Boxing Room. We went for my husband's almost birthday (the night before). We ordered the boiled peanuts, the catfish, the shrimp po boy and the bread pudding. My husband loved his catfish and I was happy with my po boy (it's hard to find one in SF!). The boiled peanuts were tasty and traditional. The bread pudding had some caramel sauce and ice cream or gelee combination that was out of this world but the pound cake it was served on was too rich. My husband also had a muscat which he seemed to drink in around 45 seconds because it was so good. Boxing Room was a great choice for us."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "The brunch was good but it would be nice to have access to more than just the brunch menu. I didn't really know I would only be able to pick from the brunch menu and some of the items on the lunch/dinner menu looked pretty good."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent service by a staff who are extremely knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wine and beer list make this a great place for a destination meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was very good, but there was no king cake on the desert menu after being recently featured in USA today for one of the better places in the US to get king cake."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I've heard good things about the Boxing Room and I'm always reminded how I haven't been there everytime I drove down Gough. Finally made it and the food was delicious. We had the charbroiled oysters as an appetizer. We couldn't decide on which sides to try so we ordered the 3 side sampler and the portion was just right to get a taste of 3 of their side dishes. We had the pecan crusted catfish and a combo shrimp/oyster po boy. They were delicious! For dessert we had to try the beignets. Oh and the wine, Grenache, our waitress suggested was right on the mark for our taste. We left extremely satisfied and glad we finally went to the Boxing Room!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "When we first arrived and looked at the menu we both wondered what we were going to order, but were pleasantly surprised by the food. It was a great dining experience. Will return."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Located close to the performing arts centers in an attractive glass-walled space, 'Boxing Club' has some curbside appeal. The menu however is very limited and sticks mostly to well worn Cajun favorites without some of the more creative elements found in the more innovative restaurants in New Orleans. The service was indifferent and relaxed to the point of inattentiveness. We are unlikely to return."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great N'Awlins treat! From Boudin to Beignets, you can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Very interesting unusual items on the menu that were enjoyed"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "A go to spot. Great choice for something different."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. I'm not a big fan of southern food, but wanted to try it. Fried chicken was much better as left overs, than in the restaurant, where the coating went beyond crunchy to hard. The interior was lovey, and the service very good. Just not my cup of tea foodwise."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "After reading the reviews for several years, we finally decided to give it a try. Our server was quite helpful. Alas, the food and subsequent service was not good. The busser cleared our appetizer plates and placed the soiled knives back on the table. In her defense, the server quickly showed up with clean cutlery. The wine "steward" knew nothing about the Montepulciano we ordered and brought the wrong wine. The roux in the gumbo was pasty and burnt and there was only one piece of okra in a full serving. (I just had some excellent gumbo in SC tonight and it confirmed my distaste for what we were served at the Boxing Room.) We won't be going back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife & I landed at Boxing Room for dinner at 10:15 on Mardi Gras. It was exceptional... Food - Service - Ambiance... All stellar. It was the perfect option for Mardi Gras but we will be returning often."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I ordered the southern fried chicken and my girlfriend ordered the mushroom and leek bread pudding. My chicken was amazing and my girlfriend said her dinner was too (I'm not a fan of mushrooms so you be the judge). Almost everything on the menu sounded great so it was tough settling on the chicken but I wasn't disappointed. For dessert, I got the beignets w/ chocolate espresso cream and she got the bread pudding. Again, both were perfect. And I forgot to mention we got the crispy boudin balls to start. They were amazing as well. We'll be going backvery soon to try the fried gator and pecan crusted Louisiana catfish."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I've been to Boxing Room twice --- for good reason. Out of the local Cajun, Creole style restaurants that I've tried in the SF bay area, Boxing Room is at the top. The staff are professional and friendly. The first visit was during their crawfish feast specials. The selection of dishes made a person salivate. I can't wait for that to come back around. This second time was a pre-concert dinner. The dinner menu was just as good as it was the first time. On this occasion we ordered oysters, fried gator and the duck sausage jambalaya partnered with a nice bottle of red. That was one enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I've been to the Boxing Room several times since it opened and each time has been a disappointment. The food is pedestrian and over-priced. I had lunch there this week because a friend wanted to go. I had the grilled cheese sandwich and soup-- $15-- a safe choice I thought, because what could go wrong? The soup, butternut squash, had an odd, bitter taste, and the sandwich was small and ordinary. The high spot: beignets with an expresso creme dipping sauce."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "It's a great spot if you are going to a matinee at the Symphony or Ballet on Sunday."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The night my wife and I visited the Boxing Room may have simply been an off night for the chef. Both my wife and I enjoy southern and creole dishes. We even cook them ourselves. However, the night we went the gumbo tasted very bland and the rue tasted scorched (burnt). I know that not everyone like spicy food. But authentic Cajun dishes have lots of flavor and a little kick to them. The manager was very accommodating and took the items off our bill, but it was disappointing. The Boudin balls were good and the atmosphere was very good. If I lived in SF, I would try it a few more times. I always try to give small business owners multiple chances to get their food and service right."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had eaten here a year or 2 ago, and had been underwhelmed. We ate sunday brunch here before the ballet and were pleasantly sirprised. We shared the hush puppies and the both ordered the smoked catfish with avocado, fennel. It was a cold light dish and very fresh tasting."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great service - thanks, Deborah. We're always welcomed warmly and seated immediately (reservations highly recommended). Food is interesting and never a disappointment. Portions are reasonably sized - they don't think they're serving giants, and we appreciate that. Wait staff is knowledgeable about the food and the wine and will offer suggestions if asked. There's a nice energy, but the noise level is reasonable; no need to shout to be heard. This has become our go-to place for dinner before the ballet."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great service, nice ambiance and environment (not too noisy, not too quiet), and the best grilled oysters ever!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We just had our 3rd visit to Boxing Room. On the first visit we enjoyed memorable food and service. The second time we were not so happy with our food choices. However, 3rd times a charm...particularly because of our waiter Robert. With his descriptions and guidance, we were thrilled with our starters, salads, and main courses. We're glad we gave this inventive restaurant another try!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Just go there for yourself and see what everyone is raving about."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Would rate higher but felt menu choices were too limited - would have liked a broader choice"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This was not our first time there for brunch. I don't think we will go back because their menue stays the same and there isn't much that we can eat."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food is great. Outstanding beer selection. Can be a little loud."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is consistent great -- well prepared and authentically flavored, (and that's saying a lot, coming from a bayou boy...). If you have a craving for a taste of Cajun and/or Creole cooking, this hits the spot. And the bar's diversity makes it easier to find the perfect match to complement your choices. The service was unfortunately slower than Southern molasses, at least this night. Definitely not as reliable as the menu, but the food is good enough to overlook one lethargic and negligent server, in my opinion."
    Dined on 2/17/2014