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Grub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grubsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 431-4782
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 6:00-10:00, Friday-Saturday 6:00-11:00
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Burgers, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Zarur
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Grub is a 40 seat restaurant available for large parties and buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Grub Reservations Team (415) 431-4782

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th St.
  • Public Transit: BART at 16th Street Station. The 14 and 49 MUNI buses stop at 18th Street and Mission, just one block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Grub
Grub is a casual neighborhood spot in the middle of San Francisco’s Mission district, the hot new restaurant area in the city, which is continuing to set new levels of culinary and hospitality recognition. GRUB is here for you for dinner, late night and weekend brunch. With constants on the menu like a custom burger bar, Mac ‘N Cheese bar or our seasonal small and large plates, and everything from around $6 to $16 and an international wine list from $26 to $50 a bottle, how can you miss? You are family and always welcome at one of San Francisco's newest concepts and great eateries.... Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I went to grub for my birthday brunch and it was a great experience! My party got there a bit early and couldn't be seated but the host was nice enough to start us on our bottomless mimosas as we waited out in in the beautiful sun. Once we were seated, we ordered our food which all my guests were completely happy with! It was delicious! I had the Cuban Sandwich, bomb! The waitress was very sweet. I don't remember her name but she had the SF skyline tattooed on her wrist :). This was my 2nd time coming for brunch and I loved it both times. I can't wait to come back . :)"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Was fine but we have had so many great dinners in SF this just didn't stack up to the competition."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Our group enjoyed the fried chicken and peanut butter waffle stack(!), eggs benedict, french toast and eggs cooked to order. Portions are generous, food is well prepared and servers are friendly and efficient. Great place without the long lines at other Valencia corridor brunch spots. And you can make a reservation if you don't want to risk waiting."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had dinner with some friends here on Saturday night. There were 5 of us. When we arrived, the only table they had ready was right in front of the door but that wasn't too bad. The food was good and nothing was bad. The mac and cheese was pretty amazing and the fries were delicious. The risotto was mediocre. The wines they offer are good ones but the drinks are pre-mixed, so no real bar. They couldn't even make a virgin drink, so I don't recommend this place for cocktails. The service was ok. It took more than 15 minutes to get our drinks and appetizers. Overall the food and service were good, especially for the price. I would go there again"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "solid brunch, good service, take RSVP which is the best for SF brunch places!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "so rare to find a restaurant these days where 6 ppl can have a conversation the whole table can hear and join in. Grub is a good place for this. And the mac and cheese menu is decadent and delish. their other dishes are good and they have some that counter the richness of the cheese. wines seemed over-priced for the types offered"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "There was nothing wrong with this place, it just that you should know what to expect and that it shouldn't be a San Francisco restaurant. It's a step up from bar food but I can't go so far as to call it a restaurant. It's on the edge of the golf course, in the Presidio, which gives it a nice surrounding area. The food was fine and the service too. There are golfers that finished their round, people waiting for them, and others having beer/cocktails and being a bit rowdy-as you would expect in a lounge bar. For a quick, inexpensive food grab where atmosphere isn't of concern, pop in and be satisfied with a burger and beer!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I love mac & cheese, so my expectations are high. Grub's M&C exceeded them. Salads (a Caesar and another) were fine, but not special. Mac & cheese 5 stars, salads 3, steak 4. Not too loud, and 7 of us could actually all converse (I disagree with Open Table's use of the word 'energetic' to describe the loudest restaurants; I find them deadening for conversation, and not the least bit energizing). I give a fair rating for service, as it was oddly unresponsive, despite the place being not close to full, and also, for not highlighting that an 18% tip had already been included. Finally, in a world of grade inflation, a 4-star in my book is truly very good, and definitely a place worth going to again and again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "all the food is amazing here and everyone is really nice but the service was so slow - strangely so - probably just our server though and the whole place got smoky - really weird - they have these giant fans that werent working?"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went to this place just to get a burger and was blown away by the quality of the food. Had an absolutely outstanding lamb burger and the best sweet potato fries I've sampled in this city. Service was fast efficient and friendly. The only drawback that I could find, and it is a minor one, was the absence of any beer on draft, but they had a very good selection of bottled beers and wine by the glass."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My overall assessment of Grub is it has the potential to be a great neighborhood restaurant, but it's not there yet. Our starters -Ceasar Salad and a Heirloom Chickory salad were quite good, especially after I remixed the Chickory salad as all the other ingredients settled to the bottom. My entree (halibut) didn't quite live up to it's potential. The beans were al dente rather than creamy in texture. There was a big pool of olive oil at the bottom from the costelvetrano vinaigrette. My partner had the rosemary chicken which was moist and delicious. For dessert we split the bread pudding which was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. Will come back again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Grub is decent. There's nothing wrong with it. But it feels a bit like they're trying too hard to be something they're not. Starting with the name, one gets the impression they've cobbled together a bunch of hipster/foodie cues into one restaurant. The menu, the interior design...even the check that shows up in a mason jar (cliche?). But none of it feels authentic or inspired. The food is good but nothing special considering we're in SF (we had shrimp appetizer, mac and cheese, broccolini, ribs). Again, nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn't go again or recommend it to anyone over other places in SF."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Took 50 minutes to get our appetizers & another 1 hr for our entree. Grub wasn't full. Observed many plates dropped by the servers that night. Our server blamed the kitchen for the delay in our food being served. However we observed several dishes being prepared and served from the kitchen. Could have been a combination of our server not placing the order w/the kitchen and being slow as well. When our entrees finally did arrive to our table at 9:45p (7:30p reservation), the server tried to sling and slop a plate overflowing with fluids across me. Stopped her from covering me w/broccolini juice as I could see the trail of liquids behind her as she approached our table. Guests at the table next to me were covered in liquids also."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the variety of brunch choices. Service was very friendly and timely. Grub is very popular and we're SO glad we made a reservation. The noise level was 'lively' but not offensive. Considering that the folks at Grub are mindful of great flavors and energy, it's amazing that they failed to provide the simple choice of soy milk for those who wish to enjoy their coffee lactose free. According to the wait staff, the lack of soy was a choice the management made because it was too expensive to order from the supplier. Ever heard of Costco?"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Found this place thanks to Open Table on a trip to San Francisco's de Young museum. I had a lamb burger and the boyfriend had a grass fed burger it was delicious and they served the lamb burger without a bun upon request. French fries were perfect!! They serve seasoned popcorn at the table instead of bread. We would go again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent staff, especially our server Nicole. Abundant diverse menu with wide range of brunch options from burgers to pancake choices. The cobb salad is the most underwhelming and dull Cobb I've ever had. no bread and butter with it. Very flat and dull compared to cobbs elsewhere. Great service and location. Probably wouldn't come back unless in a pinch."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have eaten at Grub several times and I have never been disappointed. Little touches like the spicy popcorn that greats you when you sit to the level of service, which is always excellent. Very good burgers and entrees, the steak is GREAT. If you have Gluten allergies as I do having servers that understand their menu and what's added to sauces etc is so important. I happy to report that for Celiacs and Gluten intolerant you can eat almost everything. They need a dessert that is gluten free but the rest of the menu is a great offering for us GF folks. The decor is really nice love the blue colors and openness. I say GO THERE!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "selected grub because of the central location in the mission, classic brunch food options, bottomless mimosas, and they easily took a reservation for 8. service was extraordinarily slow, food was good - but moderately small portions. tasty mimosas, but needed to ask for refills. what was most notable was how we got attitude from our server at the end of the meal when asking why a vegan dish -- of just potatoes and vegetables (which we had to special order for my friend because there was not 1 vegan item on the menu) was the most expensive meal on the check (just under $15). when we called over the manager, he quickly and professionally responded with great customer service. however, i will most likely not return."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If poor service is what you crave, you've found your home. We had tried this place before and had great food but terrible service. We thought maybe we had caught them on an off night, we were very wrong on this. We sat down and it took 15 minutes for anyone to approach us. The good news is in this time out neighbors on both sides of us told us they hadn't been helped either. If sitting with empty glasses and empty plates is your thing, again this place is for you. Upon finally finding someone to get us our check, I found the manager/owner to explain our bad service. His response, we had an inexperienced server on and it was her fault. Bad news here, she was the SAME server we had six months ago! Do NOT come here if you want service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Though the food was very good, the poor service and inattentive server caused this to be a worse review than it needed to be. Kale chips are awesome. Both of us had burgers and they were cooked a perfect medium as we asked. Not sure if it's just me, but I feel that I get the worse service when restaurants aren't very busy, as was the case last night. Not many tables, 1 server and she barely checked in on us. We sat at the end of our meal with empty plates in front of us for what I feel was an unacceptable amount of time. The table next to us looked like they had the same issue. We had to locate her and ask for our check. We may have had time for dessert if she had checked in on us earlier."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The Mac and Cheese bar is really good. No one is doubting that. However, the service was extremely poor, they will not let you split the bill onto more than 2 credit cards (kind of pain if you are with a group). Just not a very impressive overall experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Pros: takes reservations, bottomless mimosas, will let you claim a table while you wait for the rest of your party, really nice hostess (Jessica), they keep your glass of mimosa full Cons: food is ok, not the best, not the worst, the waitress clearly wanted us to leave the table even though the restaurant was empty. The crab cake Benedict was good minus the crab. The hollandaise sauce was great and the poached egg was cooked perfect."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Agree the sweet potato fries are the best I've had - but not a reason to eat here. Halibut was dry and chewy, despite heavy seasoning with salt and oil. We sent ours back, then waited some time for the replacement orders of other dishes. If it was our server's first night on the job, then all is excused, otherwise not so much. This might be a nice place to eat if you order the right stuff. The "mac and cheese bar" and "burger bar" are not bars - just a list of things you can add to the basics. And the basics may be the strong point of this restaurant that perhaps has reached beyond the kitchen's skills. Overall, this felt like an amateur operation - and, on Valencia St these days - that's not good enough."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Every time I go it's the same; good food, good service, good prices, good atmosphere, and no pretensions. Can't go wrong w/ that!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "In a neighborhood of good restaurants, Grub has been consistently good before any of them arrived. The service is great, the food yummy, and it's not pretentious. What's not to love?"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I chose this restaurant due to it's location to a club I was going to visit later. I was pleasantly surprised with the food and the service. I had some of the best sweet potato fries I had ever tasted, and a delicious, cooked to order burger with a nice choice of different sauces including 3 different aoili's. The service was really good too - we stayed for over an hour and never felt rushed to leave in any way. I will definitely go back here."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "It was our first time, but not the last. Excellent comfort food with a modern twist - Mac N Cheese create your own with a Gluten Free option (outstanding) also great burger options, if you are looking for quick and easy. The entrée selection is very nice on the evening we were there we had the prime flat iron steak which was excellent - I had the chef's risotto -it was excellent. The wine was very good we had the Malbec. and if you like desert, then plan to save room. A neighborhood gem - that shouldn't be missed"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "My date and I enjoyed our dinner at Grub. The entrees were creative and cooked just right. The arugula/grilled grape/pomegranate salad was delicious. So I rate the food high. The ambience isn't much to speak of; sort of industrial cafeteria style. And our server could have used some training. She didn't know much about many of the menu items, and it was occasionally awkward, such as when she brought the check before asking if we wished for dessert or coffee. I'll give it a try again when I am in the neighborhood, just moderate your expectations."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Order the hash made with short ribs; you won't regret it. The breakfast sandwich is also very good, as is the bottomless coffee. Go for the food; ignore the crowds. We were lucky enough to get the window seat and enjoyed the endless parade of hipsters. Some people don't bother with reservations and wait for hours for a table."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We met friends there and had one teenager and one 92 year old and fortunately it pleased everyone! The kale chips are awesome along with the complimentary popcorn and the fries are a must have. Mac & chesse is over the top and the burgers were juicy and filling. The bread pudding was awesome! Great place for people of all ages and the wait staff was so nice. We were actually able to carry on a conversation without screaming and all in all it was a great night out!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Our brunch at grub on Saturday was wonderful! We got there at 10:30 and were surprised to see the restaurant was not busy yet. The music was loud when we entered but by the time we ate we no longer noticed it abd did not have a hard time conversing. tWe had a truly delicious meal, with our group sampling many items on the menu. I had the Maple French Toast with Carmelized Bananas, which was perfect - a decadent brunch treat but not so over the top so as to make you feel badly afterwards! We did find the potatoes that were served on the side were a little too spicy for some of us but great for others - one diner still added Chalupa Sauce to them. Our server was equal to the food - friendly, helpful, and handled our many requesrs well."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I visited GRUB with my boyfriend and my cousin and his partner who were visiting from Ohio. I have Celiac disease, so when choosing a dining establishment, it is essential for me that it has gluten-free options. I was so happy with our dinner at GRUB. First, instead of bringing bread to the table to start, they serve popcorn (my favorite snack). Our server was phenomenal-very attentive, knowledgeable, and she catered to our specific tastes, requests, and questions. The spare rib "small plate" was delicious (and not at all small). I was super-excited about a gluten-free mac-and-cheese bar, and it was tasty, but I wasn't blown away by the cheese sauce. The truffle pommes frites, on the other hand, are addictive! I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Overall a great experience...the waitress was very good - and the food great. And its a great neighborhood. I even parked 1/2 block away."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Grub's staff, the food and ambience all make it one of the places I go back to again and again. Reasonable prices, a decent menu selection, with some really amazingly good things. Desserts are often spectacular. Overall, just a really good place in my neighborhood, which happens to be the trendy Valencia corridor."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We chose this restaurant because I wanted Italian and my boyfriend wanted a burger. His burger was GREAT! It was actually cooked medium, as most restaurants overcook. I ended up having the special, which was shrimp in a creamy pesto over linguine. It was just OK. It lacked some seasoning. I should have gone with the Mac & Cheese Bar. But the truffle fries were delicious!!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Good comfort food - all fresh and seasonal. Pricing is good and portions are good too."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I was here Agee months ago on opening weekend and then a few times since. The service here is always spot on - a true effort by the wait staff, busboys, and even the owner. The bottomless mimosas are continuously refilled without any delay as well. The food selections are varied and all delicious offering something for everyone. Plus, they seem to have no issue customizing orders to your liking. One of my favorite things about Grub? They allow you to order a single pancake as a side dish. AWESOME!! From the frittata to the Benedicts and the burger, everything I've tried has been flavorful and well portioned. Their salad selections are quite nice as well."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Despite mixed reviews for the mac and cheese bar, we gave it a try and were not disappointed. There are a wide range of add-ons that would suit every taste. Service was excellant, space not too noisy and, best of all, we could get a last minute reservation. My partner had the grilled shrimp starter which was very tasty and filling. Would definintely give it another go."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food here is always good, and I love that they're one of the brunch spots that takes reservations. The service, however, is pretty subpar. I honestly can't blame them since it's usually pretty crowded, but it takes a loong time to get coffee and order. That said I really do like it and it's a nice spot to go for brunch"
    Dined on 2/3/2013
  • "Grub serves a great brunch! We ate the Peanut Butter French Toast with fried chicken breast and the Breakfast Burger. Both were outstanding! Our server was very personable and attentive by keeping our water glasses full and checking in at the right moments. Check out the local art that is also displayed on the walls."
    Dined on 10/13/2013