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Comstock Saloon
Comstock Saloon
  • Address:
    155 Columbus Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Comstock Saloon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.comstocksaloon.com/
  • Phone: (415) 617-0071
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, Saturday: 4pm - 2am; Dinner from 5:30pm - midnight Friday: Noon - 2am; Lunch from noon - 4pm, Dinner from 5:30pm - midnight Sunday: 4pm - close; Dinner from 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Espinas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our separate dining room seats approx. 35 and can be reserved for dinner or cocktail parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Vanessa Harris (415) 430-6550
  • Entertainment: Live music nightly at 7:30.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We are now open 7 days a week!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Ave.
  • Public Transit: 8, 8x, 10, 30 muni lines
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Comstock Saloon
Named after Henry Comstock and the famed Comstock Lode, which brought mining fortunes to the City by the Bay, Comstock Saloon occupies a historic space that has served as a watering hole for San Franciscans since 1907.
Renowned bartenders Jeff Hollinger and Jonny Raglin of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, partnering with Bill Russell-Shapiro and the Absinthe team, continue this tradition, offering patrons refined turn-of-the-century saloon fare, and assortment of snacks, and a menu of classic cocktails, such as Negroni and the Manhattan, in a setting that preserves the saloon's historic design elements and pays tribute to San Francisco's Barbary Coast. Chef Carlo Espinas, former chef of Piccino Cafe, oversees the menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "3rd time with new Company - wife and teenagers. Definitely met expectations!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This place definitely lives up to it's name. Original 1800s bar and decor but the food is 21st century. Had the bone marrow toasts that were delicious and the buffalo chicken sliders too. The drinks were expertly crafted and the wait staff was friendly. Live music starts about 8 pm so arrive by 7 if you want to get in the door."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "loved it was pleasantly surprised- expected alot of touristas but not the case at all. Staff is outstanding"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "this is a fun place for cocktails and a small bite perhaps. Good ambiance with the jazz music but pretty loud so challenging to hear a conversation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lively Place with great food and beers! Relaxed Environment."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "What a disaster. It took three people to figure out where to put us, it took five minutes before anyone spoke to us once seated and that was initiated by me for some water, then it was another five minutes before our waiter introduced himself... menus would be nice. Our drink order took another ten minutes before it arrived (a wine and a martini). The approach of our water was strange and socially clumsy. The dozen oysters, which he highly touted, were improperly shucked, left completely dry in their shells. He asked us three times if he could take the oysters plate away as in, "Are you done" when it was obvious that there were oysters remaining and we were actively eating them. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Stand at the bar....it is a lot of fun..... We like the party scene ....... Stand at bar.........lots of guys age group around young 20 to early 40's. The group is loud but we like that atmosphere. We had a blast and the bartender was great and the drinks were made right. We would go back in a heart beat and food & wine magazine was right to rate this as one of the best bars. If we lived in San Francisco we would be regulars at this bar. The general mood at the bar is one of a party scene. The bartender knew exactly how to make my drink which is not easy. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Came here for an evening dinner and drinks. Our reservation was honored in a timely manner and we quickly got drinks. Sometimes people stay for just drinks, so if make sure the waiter knows if you want to order food. I got the mushroom pot pie which was amazing. We also had the steak, oysters, chicken, crab dip, and fritters. All the food was delicious. The cocktails were also unanimously well received. And the band on the second floor provided great music."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The chef is very creative. Menu is fairly short, but wide-ranging and imaginative. Noise level was very, very high (perhaps a Friday night phenomenon with the shrill voices of the twenty- and thirty-somethings) as bar scene seems quite successful. It will be interesting to see how the competition between bar aficianados and foodies plays out. Best to make a reservation (bar customers had to be cleared from reserved table). Waiter was very attentive. If you do not like country-western music, skip Sundays."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Comstock Saloon has a great ambiance, delicious drinks and impressive cocktails. This is my go-to spot when I want to show my girlfriend a good time in North Beach."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here on a weeknight around happy hour, and found it very enjoyable. Decor is an upscale saloon, and hits the right design notes to get that across without being heavy handed or kitchy. It has a limited, seasonally appropriate menu and executes it well. The service was excellent. Barkeep was super friendly and makes excellent cocktails. Initially noise level was moderate, but when live music started it pumped up the volume to more bar, less restaurant conversation-appropriate levels."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We had reservations for NYE at 10pm and were not seated until 11pm! The host was very helpful and gracious so that made the wait not so bad. As for the meal we had called ahead to find out if there was a prefix menu and/or if people could order off the standard menu. We were told that yes there was a prefix but we could order a la carte. This was false of course and we only had the option of the prefix. I personally would of liked to try their regular menu. Lastly as it was NYE they did nothing for the countdown....nothing. Seems like an opportunity wasted. If you like a saloon vibe and good drinks this is a good place. However, I can only speak to the food that night which was good but I was not blown away."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My wife and I had their prefixed dinner and it was outstanding! Thoughtful, sophisticated (enough) and down-home all at once. The drinks were crafted in the purist, but not pretentious style. We also love the new bar corner they added in the dinning area. Jeff and Jonny are really at the top tier of service, food and management, and that's saying a lot in San Francisco. Building their vision of Comstock Saloon using their solid class-act experience from years at Absinthe, they have definitely come into their own. It's a pleasure to come here and it is part of the City's tapestry for me – classic San Francisco charm. Try the bartender's whimsy when you go."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The New Years Eve "45 day aged steak" was actually a watery slice of prime rib that was aged in a freezer for 45 days. Service was unattentive. It took 35 minutes and three requests to get our first round after we sat down. Will not be going back in spite of the fact that it is a gorgeous looking bar."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We nicknamed our server sourpuss if that's any indication. Everyone else we came into contact with, the host, bartender, floater/manager, and busboy- all attentive and really nice. Our server didn't want to be there and it showed. She frowned when she greeted us and frowned after taking our drink order. We asked how something was, she said, it's good but then she frowned! I didn't take it as a sign that the dish wasn't good and glad I didn't because both the lamb shank and pot pie were AMAZING. She disappeared half way through the meal and we never saw her again. We ordered couple rounds of drinks and dessert with another server (super friendly). We spent the rest of our meal making up stories about who she was, which was entertaining."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was excellent. Continue to have an innovative menu. The grilled octopus was excellent. The physical ambiance is great - nice dining room. Marked it down due to the music. We hated the loud country western music. Later learned that it is a regular Sunday night special. So, unless you are a fan, avoid Sunday night."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Based on their website and yelp reviews, it sounded like they had a reliably good veg option, so I made reservations. Since two of us couldn't get an entree, we got a few items from the "snack" menu and had a cocktail before heading out to find dinner. The cocktails are pretty darn good, and the snack menu is good as well, I loved the crackers, but wished I could have actually had dinner there."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is just odd. Also, very small portions and strange combinations? The kind of place you go to once to try but not again. The worst part is the band. I was showing someone around SF and read about the saloon decor - which is pleasant - but I expected the musically entertainment to someone fit the theme. It does not! No piano. BUT a blaring horn player? It is so loud and piercing to your ears that you just can't stay long. Why a brass section in such a small place?"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food is fairly average, but then that's not really the main draw. The carefully restored historic interior, complete with spit channels in the floor and an intricate system of ceiling fans to keep the place cool, give the place a fun feel, while the cocktails (I'm told - I prefer beer) were excellent."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Fun food and a great atmosphere! The service was quick and friendly!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "This place was so gracious to our large party they gave us perfect tables, good food, good service and we all had a fun time. I would absolutely book them for another large group. It almost felt like giving a party in my owh home."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Warning! The sample menu on the Comstock Saloon's website may be useful for Friday and Saturday meals, but unbeknownst to us, the Sunday menu is extremely limited. For example, it includes only one vegetarian meal. We were not interested in any of the meals listed, so we left immediately. This website forced me to include stars for Food, Service, Ambience, and Noise Level, but we left immediately, so cannot provide a proper report. Comstock came well recommended by friends in New York and New Orleans, so it's probably pretty good, but a first class restaurant always offers a solid menu."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Food was great, could be "fit for foodies", however the server and the manager/suit guy dropped the plates on the table on walked away. No explanation of what they just put in front of us. They just flung it on the table an walked away. No bueno. We will be back because everything else was great and its in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Really good food, menu not extensive, but just simple hearty food done well. Great cocktails and attentive waiters with friendly attitude and good banter. Enjoyed our night in here."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Limited menu. Not very well thought out preparation. Service very helpful and amiable. Won't return."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "It was WAAAAY too loud. I had wanted festive but this was over the top. We asked to be moved away from the music to the bar area and then were sorta "forgotten" in the corner. The chocolate dessert was actually frozen and impossible to cut. I was really disappointed as I really like the sister restaurant Absinthe and had higher expectations for this place. sorry to say I would not go back or reccommend it"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "We were greeted by a very friendly host who gave a great first impression. The server then appeared somewhat unfriendly (I don't think she actually smiled until we ordered dessert!), however the food was amazing with some great choices you won't find anywhere else. There was live music in the bar which really added to the atmosphere."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Frequent diner here and enjoy coming no matter the group I'm with (romantic date, group of friends, etc). The minute you walk in, you're transported back in time and can't help but dance to the live music from the balcony above. Amazing drinks, great foods, wonderful staff. Love it every time."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I came with a friend on a friday night, and had a really great experience. The bar side was bustling, but I had a reservation, and the seated side was much quieter and more intimate. The food and drinks were great, but there was an issue in the kitchen, so our entrees took a while to get to us. I assume this isn't a regular thing, so I would recommend going here for dinner, but make sure you have a reservation."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "We had the Hangtown Toast, a San Fran staple, and a delicious preparation of rabbit (3 ways). The peach and tomato salad was also delightful. Drinks were good, if not exactly memorable, and the accompaniment of the piano player was enjoyable too. A fun spot with a lot of character!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "The food was good, not great. Consistent take on recent fads. Food seemed expensive for uninspired dishes, but I can't complain for getting these dishes at the hour we ordered. The servers did their job, but seemed very disinterested. I would only go for food if I'm hungry on a late night and I don't want fast food."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We had to eat in the small adjoining bar, for the restaurant itself was impossibly noisy. The food is OK (we had the Sunday dinner chicken), and the drinks were not too expensive, but this place has got to figure out what it is and what it wants to do. And it simply must figure out a way to keep the front door shut, thus to keep out the brisk SF air. Probably won't go back. Not too much to go back to."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "Went with wife a 7pm on sat and sat right down. Awesome food."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Our waitress was awkward - she seemed upset when I asked for a refill on my water. If it was belittling to her, she could have sent the water boy. We had drinks, plenty, so it wasn't like I was getting the cold shoulder for being a small tab customer. Pigs in a Blanket - very good Wine - good Cocktails - good Salad - okay, kinda boring Rabbit - like from the freezer chicken nuggets"
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "This is a great prohibition-era style spot with good drinks and food. The service was excellent, and we felt comfortable hanging out there all evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "Did dinner here with a party of four--table was immediately ready, and we were treated to great food and very good cocktails (which were speedily served in addition to being well-crafted). Would definitely recommend and return."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "Visited the Comstock on a trip to San Francisco from Vancouver, BC. We were recommended to go to the Comstock for they're Fabulous "Old School Style" cocktail mixing. Anthony Bourdain went there for one of his Layover episodes. They're Whiskey Sours and Pisco Sours were outstanding! We ended up having dinner there the "Brick Chicken", was honestly the best chicken dish I think I've ever had in my life at a restaurant. Service and atmosphere was wonderful. The belt driven ceiling fan was really cool, an original piece. We ended up going back a second time, the night before our trip ended and had more delicious beverage concoctions and for an appetizer, we split the "Rabbit 3 ways", YUM YUM YUM!!!!! Totally recommend the Comstock Saloo"
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Went primarily for the cocktails. Sazerac was not so good. Asked for the Bartender's Whimsy, and they brought a Vieux Carre, which was outstanding. Got their Po' Boy for dinner. It's not really like a New Orleans Po' Boy (although they claim otherwise), but it was good enough. Overall, they were very accommodating of our group, and the service was good."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Really good cocktails and snacks/appetizers. A bit crowded just after happy hour, so I'm glad we had reservations. My overseas guests loved the Barbary Coast theme, it was fun to take them there. Will definitely try to come back for the Friday lunch special!"
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "Very cool place that takes you back in time. They really commit to the theme without being tacky or costumy- the host has a real life handlebar mustache that never ceases to impress. The food was good, the live band was fun, and the bar was fantastic. My one gripe is that I found the place thanks to the 7x7 review of the pot pie, and this was no longer on the menu. I had the Fisherman's Pie which was relatively good, but I would have really liked to have tried that pot pie."
    Dined on 3/19/2013