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
174 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (87)fit for foodies (77)good for groups (44)great for brunch (38)great for lunch (36)special occasion (26)hot spot (25)notable wine list (21)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (13)romantic (12)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
  • Never Disappointing
    Bibliobob
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I've eaten at the Boxing Room a half dozen times and have been delighted each time. This was my first dinner visit so I HAD to try the fried chicken. Wow!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    lisag3490
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was great, the service was great, and the ambiance was great. We didn't feel rushed, but our food came promptly, our coffee cups were always full and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • boxing room is a knock out
    Mack
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Our first time there and everything was great. Our wait person, Steve, took time to explain unfamiliar dishes and patiently answered our questions. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Cajun food west of N.O.
    pickyeater
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Everything came hot and nicely spiced. Service could have been a bit more attentive. Corner table best for conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried gator?
    HandyAndy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The service was slow. I felt the food was under-spiced. I had the shrimp 'poboy. The server was pleasant and answered my questions genially. When I asked about the fried gator and ethics of having it on the menu, he got the manager who explained that they are farm raised and indeed are endangered so they take some for food and release some too. This has something to do with how hard it is for gators to survive until they are a larger size. Still not sure it's a good thing for people to eat. It was described as tasting like chicken :) and something chewier and gamier. No thank you!
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  • Service was great!
    VieB
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The restaurant is very nicely designed and cute! The service was great...the waiter was nice and very attentive. Food was a little oily, but good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Easter Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter Brunch at the Boxing Room was terrific. The staff was so attentive, and the many menu selections were excellent. It was Easter, so we treated ourselves to many dishes. The oysters, cheddar grits, beignets with chocolate cream, sticky buns, bacon and the very healthy salad -- all great. Did I say it was Easter?
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good.
    DonfVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    One of our favorites. Always good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jambalaya!!
    lxticsVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before the concert
    Squid
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The wait staff was right on top of everything. The food was fantastic, very good wine on tap and there is no bottled water!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hayes Valley standout
    galocke
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is a great spot for dining after (or before) attending a musical event at Civic Center. Great oysters, gumbo, and other fare reminiscent of a trip to New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How hard is it to fry chicken?
    sfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We had the fried chicken and it was pretty awful. The crust was like a solid armor around the chicken, and the chicken had very little flavor. The accompanying mashed potatoes were uninspired and a bit thin. Service was lackadaisical. I liked the look of the place and then was so disappointed.
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  • Reliably good
    CountryGrrrl
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    crissy
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    Shirley
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cajun Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quick bite before the symphony
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    JimboJones
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great pre-show dinner place
    Saket
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Boxing Room A Knockout!
    GabeVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost great
    slynns
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Rachel
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Satisfied
    Jenn
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location, needs improvement
    LongtimeDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
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  • King Cake
    JoeFVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty & Authentic
    fogcitymomVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great N'Awlins treat! From Boudin to Beignets, you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu review
    Bobetal
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Very interesting unusual items on the menu that were enjoyed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.