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.
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Boxing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (97)fit for foodies (92)good for groups (46)great for brunch (44)great for lunch (44)special occasion (33)hot spot (28)notable wine list (21)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (15)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jamieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Small menu, but interesting selections. I do not enjoy spicy food and there are always choices that I enjoy. This time I had the salmon, prepared perfectly. My husband had the alligator and the jambalaya -- each was well prepared. No cocktails available, to my husband's chagrin.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boxing room
    Lsllsl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Good food. Good service. Great location. Right near opera house and symphony. Good prices
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Lousianna Cuisine in SF
    live2eateat2live
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Boxing Room is a must! Everything is delicious. The decor is urban contemporary. The wine list is great and there are tons of local brews available on tap. Try the fried chicken. Try the collared greens. Try Granny G's Burger. And be sure to finish with some delicious beignets. You'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good brunch
    Valentines
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food is awesome. I just didn't understand why it was so hard to get a table on open table when the whole place was free the entire time I was there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been to the restaurant several times before a concert at Davies Hall. Our experiences have been very pleasant, but not Sunday 6/15. Our waitress wasn't attentive, the bowl of gumbo had spilt on the plate and coffee spilt on the saucer. Refill of coffee was offered after the check was presented. On previous visits the wait staff would refill our water glasses when it was low. Overall the food was tasty, but the service made this experience less than desirable. It was Father's Day - she didn't acknowledge or ask my husband if he's celebrating the day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Pre-Opera Go-To
    UpMarketVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Boxing Room has become our go-to restaurant prior to Civic Center cultural events. I love the food. The jambalaya is one of the most interesting and flavorful I have ever had. The fried chicken, moist and juicy. Pork terrine, wonderful with the pickled cherries. And the pickles themselves? Delicious. Gumbo is a bit smoky for my taste, but clearly started with a decent roux, nice and rich. Also a terrific wine and beer menu. I also deeply appreciate a restaurant that is so friendly, comfortable, and not combustibly loud so that I can enjoy dinner with my companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service near the opera house
    grapeqt7
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I ate here last Tuesday before going to see showboat at the sf opera house. The dinner menue doesn't start till 5pm so we sat at the bar. The bartender was Friendly and I found both the beer and wine list to be diverse. The restaurant Has a wonderful open feel to it even later in the evening when it was full. Our party Was a group of 4 myself, my mother and two of her nursing friends. One friend in Particular asked about 5 questions per menue item. Our waitress Charlotte was Great! She really took her time to make she that our friend understood what she Was going to get. I was very impressed with her menue knowledge and patience. The Food was good but nothing over the top. The fried chicken is worth a try. All together A great choice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try New Orleans!
    Louiseb
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My daughter and I shared two starters and two small entrees and a dessert. All were very good, although I would have liked a little less batter on the alligator...I wanted to really taste it and I could not. The sauces were great with both the alligator and the boudin balls (also very good). The lemon verbona ice cream was a little to herbal for me, and we both thought a good vanilla would have been better with the hot berry crumble! We would both go again...great value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and atmosphere
    BGOO
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been here a few times and the meal has always been consistently tasty. My gf and I split a salad, pickles, small Gumbo and Catfish and it was plenty of food. Also like the large selection of draught beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good first experience
    Phil
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed the different cuisine from the usual California fare. The catfish was excellent, great side dishes, and the deserts were exceptional. Many wine choices although the Chardonnay list by carafe or glass was limited. I'd highly suggest getting a bottle or carafe as we did have some sticker shock when the bill came and found the per glass wine really added to the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    tlr123VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food and a terrific value. We were a group of four having dinner... Shared a good amount of dishes and went on to have some.super tasty desserts too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Louisekatz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious food with a Cajun flair. Not if you are dieting, but a great evening for a splurge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Go on a date here, eat adventurous comfort food, and drink good beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Andy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The shrimp po boy sandwich was very tasty! Had an Abita beer and everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Delight!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The Boxing Room is a bit of New Orleans in San Francisco and great fun with interesting food choices such as alligator, which I've never had, hush puppies, gumbos and beignets. All great fun to try and to savor. I recommend it for a definite change of pace!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was a very good choice for brunch, especially being able to try a lot of the extras like the beignets and the cheddar grits - yummy! The eggs benedict were wonderful and with a biscuit instead of an English muffin they were even better. We've been for dinner several times before and it was great to try this restaurant for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OperaFan
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I really wanted to like this restaurant since my friend really wanted to eat there. We had brunch before going to the opera. I ordered 2 eggs, scrambled with garlic potatoes and andouille sausage. This meal also included a buttermilk biscuit. It seemed to take a long time to get the food. I know they were busy, but really there's nothing difficult about scrambled eggs, potatoes and sausage. The eggs were almost cold when I got them and I couldn't seem to get enough salt and pepper on them....totally tasteless! The potatoes were mushy and overcooked. The sausage and the biscuit were actually rather good, although, I was surprised that I didn't get any butter or jam for on the biscuit. It was served just plain and dry.
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  • good as always
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been coming here a long time. The food has been consistently excellent. They have one of the best draught beer menus in town. The service is attentive, but if you're in no hurry at busy times, you might feel some pressure to get on with it. They'll be around for some time to come. It passes my bang for the buck test.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 126 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 906 reviews are from the Boxing Room reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great place for brunch before the symphony. We usually get three or four things to share, which is more than enough food and gives a variety of tastes. If you're not into sharing, the bigger plates are also excellent. The only negative is if you get "table neighbors" who talk a little too loudly - the tables are very close and don't provide a lot of quiet conversation space.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aligator
    DolceVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is good. Loved the vegetable salad and the steak fries. The pickled vegetable was ok. The chili with rice was good. Overall an interesting experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cajun Corner
    roncrutch
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I chose the Boxing Room as a precursor to the SF Symphony. I had crawfish etouffee, which I found delicious. My wife had mushroom and asparagus bread pudding that she did not care for. You either like Cajun food or don't. Specialty food is a risk. I wish the Boxing Room good luck.
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  • Great Southern Cooking!
    Barry
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Lots of great dishes from the South beautifully and deliciously prepared. I had fun watching the dishes being served to other tables before I had to order! The fried chicken is fabulous! I look forward to going back to taste some of the other wonderful things on the menu. This is a great place to go before opera, symphony, ballet, etc. A gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was a good restaurant. The food was good. I've had better beinets, but it still tasted good. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boxing Room hit the mat hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Ive been here several times, and was very pleased but this time they were quite lacking. I took a friend who is vegetarian and lactose free. She loved Cajun food however. Our server was a bit bewildered by her request for the salmon done extra spicy and cooked in oil. Come on, its San Fran. He comes back and says they cannot make the dish spicy and cannot cook it in oil. Really? A cajun pace that wont kick it up a notch? BAM! Right cross to the jaw! Well, I think, at least my Granny G will be good... but it was dry overcooked and well... on par with the service. A vicious 1-2 combo. I dont know if they just stumbled to the mat, or they are down for the count, but this round the Boxing Room is not looking like a contender.
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  • Great food!
    SB18VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was wonderful- great food, great service & an overall fun place. My only complaint is that they really should have 1 or 2 things for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, enjoyed the experience
    WhymeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have gone to Boxing Room several times now, and have always enjoyed the food, the service, and the ambience. We'll definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, but . . .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food is fun, but the chicken batter was over cooked. We had a good time and I will probably go back, but no more fried chicken for me.
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  • gator good but not a lot else
    chefJ
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Close to symphony which is a plus but hard to get a spot when symphony is busy. Family loves the fried gator (kind of like fried chicken) . Gumbo was spicy. Had pecan encrusted fish which was bleh. Hubby had a burger (could have gone to in and out instead) Tried the oysters rockefeller which was not bad but not good either. A lot of money for food that is just okay. Not a lot of other fish or vegetarian options for adults and definitely not a date night kind of experience. simple food but nothing exceptional .
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boxing Room
    Phil
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The restaurant achieves what it attempts: fast good food for the performance crowd. Moderate priced, forulaic, like a 100 other SF restaurants.
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  • sandy
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This was a return visit. The menu has changed, with far fewer appealing selections. We were five people; three were left to order only the Po Boy sandwiches; nothing else looked very good. The other two had a vegetable dish was uninspiring, to say the least. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic