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

Boxing Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boxingroom.com/
  • Phone: 4154306590x
  • 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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Boxing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (96)fit for foodies (91)good for groups (43)great for lunch (41)great for brunch (39)special occasion (35)hot spot (31)notable wine list (21)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (12)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food, great beer list
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I hadn't been to Boxing Room in quite a while. The last time I was there, it was ho-hum. This time was much better. Friendly service (although he woman behind the bar was obviously quite impressed with herself) good food and a great beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, rich food
    GinnaB
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fantastic offerings, great wines on tap. Wish the gravy was better but overall a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad, bad, bad....
    kemevaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We used to love Boxing Room but it has gone WAY DOWN HILL. For brunch we shared the frittata and gumbo and both were bland and forgettable. The frittata was so dry we sent it back and the 2nd round was no better. The "large" portion of gumbo was a small soup bowl, $14.00 and sad. We asked for corn bread or something to break up the blandness and they only have corn bread for dinner (even though its on the menu!).... Our server never checked in on us and took 20 min to come back with our re-cooked eggs. We saw food sit on the shelf in the kitchen while diners stared at it waiting for their order to be brought out to the tables... Sad because we would really like to love this place..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, excellent service
    SChanSF
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Some girlfriends and I went to The Boxing Room for Sunday brunch. We've made a reservation and were seated a few minutes after our reservations time. The restaurant has a great vibe along with a nice decor. Our waiter has provided excellent service and the entire meal from appetizer to dessert were delicious. All of us ordered a different po boy on the menu and they were all yummy. We would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one disappointmen t...
    HUlagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    ...they only serve beer and wine, no full bar. The beignets are really yummy. I ordered shrimp and grits and they were good; the other diner asked for her bacon very crisp and it came exactly as she liked it. Very filling, rib-sticking down home food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Some of the dishes were very good. Menu limited. Salmon very over cooked. Could be a one time thing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oysters!
    TRIXVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful early dinner at the Boxing Room. Service was excellent, and the beer and wine menu was impressive. The stand-out however was the oyster bar with a selection oysters from 6 different regions. I had the "whole animal preparation" for dinner which consisted of this very spicy pork sausage over cottage fries and red cabbage. A wonderful dining experience - Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant.
    Susan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our group of six was seated at a lovely round table where we could all talk and enjoy our meal. Delicious hush puppies. Good salmon and squid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Jdmp
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good New Orleans food Could be larger portions but very good. Nice service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not Great
    FoodieInTraining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was good, we had the pork belly, fried gator, beignets, and cobbler. The pork belly was my favorite dish, and the aioli that came with the gator was delicious. The beignets were a tasty treat, but the cobbler was only average. The menu is small, so going here regularly would lead very quickly to repeating dishes, and the servings are not particularly large so this wouldn't be a great place for a huge meal. A good restaurant with good food and an interesting theme, but the menu limitation is pretty significant. Service was great, ambiance is fun and interesting, and overall we had a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    ShinerG
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great spot for lunch and or a special occasion. Tasty food with a Cajun twist. Certainly a new repeat choice on my restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A LONG WAY FROM NAWLINS . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The restaurant interior is beautiful and well laid out . . . but the food and service were lacking. We were there on a Sunday night (6:00) and only 4 tables were occupied. We started with the Hushpuppies with pepper jelly and they were fantastic. But then it went down hill from there with the Classic Louisiana Menu / Entree's. We had the Crawfish Etouffee (half order) * Smoked Chicken & Andouille Gumbo and the Duck & Sausage Jambalaya * It's never good when you have to add hot sauce and salt to a meal (at the table) and say . . . try it now. The wait staff had no passion for what they do and were simply delivering plates. We will not be returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first time there. I went for lunch. I had the chopped salad, and the beans and sausage. Both were very good. My lunch partner and I lingered for 1 and 1/2 and did not feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CinderblockVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service and desserts were fantastic (fruit cobbler and nana's pudding). I wasn't at all thrilled with receiving 3 small shrimp along with a tiny plate of okra and peppers. It was as if I were receiving the appetizer portion of my entree. Not sure that I will be back. I did see quite a few burgers coming out of the kitchen, so maybe that's the way to go.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Gem for Pre Symphony
    LivingwithInterest
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is excellent and the prices are fair. They are very accommodating. We arrived 20 mins late and were seated immediately and still had time to spare. The service was excellent, the food was very tasty. Great beverage list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent New Orleans Cuisine!
    LuvMeSomeSFCuisine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We love this place! We come here a few times a month. The service is spectacular and the wait staff is always super friendly and informative. The duck & sausage jambalaya & the smoked chicken & andouille gumbo are amazing. This is a great place to try new things like the alligator. We get the boudin balls and hushpuppies every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Taste of New Orleans
    TK21979
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Friends and I were on our way to the Kermit Ruffins concert nearby, and a friend suggested this place, as I'd requested Cajun cuisine. The food was tasty, Black Eyed Pea & Boiled Peanut Dip w/ chips is a great starter, the atmosphere lively - if a touch more elevated than anticipated - and the drinks got us ready for a night of dancing to incredible music!! Our main server was either having an off night, or suffers from personality paralysis. #blesshisheart We were served the rabbit rillette by mistake, much to the delight of my friends, and me, when it wasn't on my bill. I'll definitely come back when I'm craving some Cajun cuisine in the City by the Bay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boxing Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with the food even though the menu was very small.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great late night spot
    elixir0219
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    after the symphony this was a great place to catch up with friends - open late, great wine on tap, great food - highly recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a Concert
    Bobba
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very pleasant place with flavorful Cajun food. Dishes were just the right size, each one with a unique, pleasantly spiced taste. Good service with consideration for the timing of our after dinner plans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for the Symphony!
    Jacinthecity
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Only 5 minute walk from the Symphony and Opera, the Boxing Room is the perfect pre-show dinner spot. They offer carafes of wine (4 big glasses) for reasonable prices$36-42 and have a fun menu of southern soul food, including Fried Gator! Yum! The service was great as well. Our server was very nice and quick which was important for getting to the show on time. Overall, great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cajun Flair!
    RetiredGourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had lunch at 2pm. Boiled peanuts, vegetarian pasta, Gumbo. Heaven!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    But unfortunately didn't. Our server was very kind and attentive. The ambience was beautiful, loved the open air kitchen and the woodwork. Everything else was subpar. The fried gator could have been fried anything. The shrimp and grits had very little flavor. The gumbo tasted burnt. The coffee was disgusting and looked oily. It's a shame because we really wanted to like it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Bruch spot
    Beersnob
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you love New Orleans and the food, this is the place. Hush puppies, Po Boys, and oysters are there! The wait staff was not very friendly but we were there 11'ish on a Sunday. We had the breakfast Po Boy and thought it was the best brunch we have ever had. It is located near the Opera House and Symphony and it's fun and good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great west coast take on southern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Take this critique with a grain of salt from a southern girl who is extremely picky when it comes to anything fried! First of all, their hush puppies were one the best takes I've had in CA. Fried chicken was moist, crispy and tasty, but not southern good. The gravy was amazing! They give you you complimentary pimento cheese spread once you're seated. Points for that! However, points taken for not being a good, basic dip. All in all, I'd say it's really good comfort food that is, (in my opinion) trying too hard to fusion southeast with west. 100% worth the visit, though. If you're southern, don't come expecting true south. If you're a western, come expecting really good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Am I in New Orleans?
    Bella
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I lived in New Orleans and just had the best red beans and rice I ever had at the Boxing Room. What a find! Great food and service. The raw oysters were divine. Nice vibe, several Abita beers on tap. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Orleans Treat
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Although I'm not a fan of New Orleans Cajun/Creole cuisine, the Boxing Room does produce some interesting and tasty dishes. Some of the favorites, like fried alligator, I will never experience. The gumbo is quite good, and the homemade (I think) bourbon ice cream is a keeper. It's convenient to the Civic Center, opera and symphony, and easy in and out for a quick bite before a performance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When life gives you fried lemons
    TRXTRMXTR
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I was surprised the joint was only beer and wine. However, their extensive list made it ok. My friend and I ate mostly small dishes. The fried alligator was notable for the lemons and dipping sauce. Delicious. The boudin balls were so good my friend ordered another helping. I moved on to the taurine, which was excellent. The pickled cherries and mustard matching perfectly. Next time, we'll try the fried chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    foodieamateur
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was our 1st time for Cajun cuisine, and it was much better than expected, I loved it! The gumbo and jambalaya were so good, and the bread pudding very good. I must say the best thing of this place, however, is the service, amazing friendly and promptly service, we felt pampered all the time. We had such a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy-yum-YUM!!!
    BlueMoonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Terrific melon/cucumber salad; addicting black-eyed pea/peanut dip and house made chips; to-die-for hush puppies...and those were just the starters! We will go back to Boxing Room ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikieandJess
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The reason we chose this place for my fiancé's birthday dinner was the "fried gator" we love trying new things! It was awesome and the oysters were really good as well! Love a place that has yummy apps! Dinner was ok we have smoked ham and the jambalaya. Over all a decent experience. They could have wiped the table down after dinner and before dessert (my fiancé got sauce on his arm in the interim) but other than that staff was friendly and good timing for the most part!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    Heartluvr
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a great dinner after symphony matinee on a Sunday. Very tasty food, good value, sizeable portions, friendly attentive service, and knowledgeable waiter. I had the lamb special and my daughter had the fried chicken--both were delicious. Beignets were just like the ones I had in New Orleans. Yumm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've done brunch, dinner and lunch here. My dinning time preferences are also in that order. The brunch menu seems more spot on than the lunch menu, but they're all good. I've eaten here about 8 or 9 times over the past two years. The servings aren't huge, but most items are calorie dense and they have a great beer menu. It's hard to fault the service for anything. Best recommendation is that a pre opera or symphony reservation is hard to score here, so reserve several weeks in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place to go before any events in the Civic Center area where one wants to dine. We've been here for both lunch, brunch and dinner and it has always been good with lots of selections. This time it was brunch again starting with the baked oysters that were such a treat (and huge, too). Since there were 3, we had one each, and it was a treat. The biscuits were light and fluffy - yum, the eggs done to perfection. Thank you for making our brunch such a treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WendyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Staff was so friendly and very efficient. Food was delicious and I was so impressed with the bold southern flavors. Collard greens were my favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went before the symphony for dinner. The staff was very kind and accommodating; we especially appreciated the waiter's suggestions regarding wine pairings. The food was delicious, and food presentations were very attractive to the eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice service
    GdokVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food here is fine. It's tasty and enjoyable. But the service was the standout. It was attentive and fast. They were very willing to accommodate our tight schedule. Plus, we asked the server about some extra charge on our bill, and she explained that it helped to cover healthcare benefits for her. She also mentioned that the Absinthe group that owns the restaurant treats its servers very well. That's worth supporting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Opera dinner
    Raymond
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Ideal location for a pre-opera/symphony dinner. Cajun dishes were very good. interesting appetizers. Halibut was overcooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great place in Hayes Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We found another great fried chicken dish in the City!! Overall, the food was very tasty and generous portion. We will be back for sure !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters
    MissPicky
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    OMG, you MUST have the charbroiled oysters to start. Everything else is great but they are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate