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
193 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (96)fit for foodies (90)good for groups (46)great for brunch (44)great for lunch (42)special occasion (32)hot spot (30)notable wine list (19)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I had a wonderful time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2011
    I had a wonderful time dining at the Boxing Room. The food was freaking great! I had the fried chicken and it was fabulous. My friend had the shrimp po'boy and she ate so much she could barely drink afterwards, which I am pretty sure meant she loved it. I loved my my service, thanks Doug. The music was energetic and added to the vibe of the place. I will be going back often and I suggest you do the same.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best wait service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2011
    Not the best wait service, restaurant would not credit me my points for my confirmed reservation that I honored. Somehow claiming I booked separately from opentable, very annoying! I enjoyed the menu's food and beverages options and what we ordered was good to great.
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  • Food was absolutely wonderful.
    happyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2011
    Food was absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to go back. Service left much to be desired. The waiter (Douglas)had to be "nudged" by the more attentive bus boy every time I wanted his attention. Sure hope tips were shared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Especially considering they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    Especially considering they opened about a week ago, Boxing room was great! The fried chicken and Boudin Balls were especially outstanding. Our server made excellent recommendations, and danced to the music when she thought no one was watching. I hope enough people discover this place to keep it thriving, but not so many that I can't get a table.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was not as expected ...
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    Sunday - June 26th: Very nice aesthetic. Pleasant, competent staff - almost too many of them on the floor. The Boxing Room reflects the attention to detail one expects of Absinthe and Comstock Saloon. Food was bland lacking the essence of Cajun and/or Creole spicing as appropriate for the dish. Boudin Balls were excellent. Etouffee was tasteless; gumbo was watery. Please, Chef, get back to cooking instead of supervising. Taste what is coming out of your kitchen. Maybe add some 'fried pickles.' There is significant room for improvement if The Boxing Room wants to be considered a destination for foodies!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ordered oysters in the
    WilliamVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    We ordered oysters in the half shell and other appetizers before our entre. The appetizers were brought before the oysters. There seems confusion with the service because several people are involved in serving in addition to our waitress. We ordered a carafe of wine on tap. Quality less than satisfactory. We ordered a wine from the wine list for our entre which was very good. All dishes were good. It seems that the authenticity of flavors is compromised to satisfy all who eat there; not unlike The Olive Garden being authentic to Italian foods. Dinner for 2 was $175.00 not including tip. When I presented my American Express card for payment I was advised they do not accept the card. I am glad I brought my Visa.
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  • Great experience at the Boxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    Great experience at the Boxing Room. The waiters / hostess & managers were very accommodating and well informed with menu. The menu selection is great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's hype didnt quite live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/23/2011
    It's hype didnt quite live up to the punch. The Hushpuppies and the Boudin Balls are amazing and tasty. Perhaps all the little snack bits on the menu does justice but the entrees can do a little bit more of a kick. Overall for The Boxing Room, I was expecting a little bit more of a knockout rather than a punch!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant is in the same
    WhymeVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    The restaurant is in the same space as Citizen Cake, but feels more spacious as the space was completely remodeled and they eliminated the bakery section. The unusual name of "Boxing Room" stems from an historic use of the space where manufactured shirts were put in boxes for shipping. The Cajun/Creole style food is a welcome addition to the Civic Center area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wanted to like this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2011
    I wanted to like this place more but it was a bit disappointing. Overall most dishes were well executed although the lagniappe portions could have been slightly larger. The pickles were so good I wanted to keep eating them but they disappeared way too quickly. Some of the dishes could have used more spicing and less flavoring (whatever that liquid smoke taste in the gumbo was-yuck!) and the rice really should have been cooked right in a dish like gumbo I don’t want it chewy. The trout dish was very good and cooked to perfection. The hush puppies were divine; nice crunch on the outside without being greasy and fluffy light texture on the inside…mmmmm! I just wish chefs would stop dumbing down regional dishes and give us the flavor!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK but not New Orleans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Not quite what I was expecting after hearing rave reviews from friends. Cute inside but nothing special, and the food was good but a bit lacking in flavor. I had the gumbo which was kind of bland, and my partner had the white fish that was good but a bit unfulfilling. If you're looking for a piece of New Orleans (like we were) you'll be a bit disappointed. But if you're looking for a cute place to have a fresh cooked meal, you'll probably be satisfied.
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  • Had a hard time finding the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    Had a hard time finding the 'cajun' in the food. Food was good, but no 'aha' moment. It also wasn't what I would want from a cajun restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate