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Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street Grill
  • Address:
    320 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Hayes Street Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.hayesstreetgrill.com
  • Phone: (415) 863-5545
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Patricia Unterman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Carlo Togni (415) 863-5545

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Street
  • Public Transit: Bart Civic Center stop

    MUNI Van Ness and Hayes

    21 Hayes bus in front of restaurant

  • Parking: No
A word from Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from the Performing Arts Center, opposite Davies Symphony Hall and a block from both the Opera House and City Hall. We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves.

The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 33 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Unfortunately these were not met. My first choice of a fish dish was not available at the early dinner hour, the second fish dish choice was nothing special even though the exotic vegetable was unusually tasty. Menu is limited, strictly Bistro. I would not return anytime soon."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Service & ambiance were good. Unfortunately the food has gone down a few notches and therefore may not be worth the $$$$. In the past I raved about this place, not so much now."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Their specialty, the fish in papiollete is great. Light, aromatic. Lobster Bisque was wonderfully meaty. Ahi was great. All around classic fish joint with a classic Nob Hill feel."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Hayes St Grill has a set menu, on which they print a darkened circle next to items they're out of that evening. At 7:30 on a Saturday evening, they were out of more than half their standard fare, including Petrale Sole, Sand Dabs, and Paella, items I thought to be the best of what they had to offer. When we asked our server what the restaurant was known for, the response was "the French fries"....and even they were average at best. None of the remaining menu items that we tried would be worth ordering again...a very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our server was attentive and aware of our theatre timing. We had plenty of time to enjoy our meal and still have dessert. All our food was well prepared and came at the same time."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Dinner before a show at SF Jazz. Service was professional and competent. Food was of good quality and cooked properly, but no pizzazz whatsoever. $28 for a piece of grilled salmon with some ordinary fries and a few arugula leaves. I could've cooked this meal myself in 20 minutes for far less money. Skip the trifle for dessert -- it tasted like it had spent a couple of days in the refrigerator. All in all, a good location and decent food, but with so many more interesting choices, why bother?"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Been here repeatedly and count on good food/service each time. Not flashy, noisy, pretentious, famous - just good."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "When I'm headed for the SFJazz scene know that great food awaits in the Civic Center neighborhood and by any standard one of the finest is Hayes Streert Grill. The waiters always ask if you are going to a show and what time it starts, so they make sure that each food course is complete and not rushed."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "as good as always! What more can be said. But i guess you want more and more and more."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Check their website to confirm they're serving what you enjoy Menu is limited but execution is flawless. Specializing in fish and seafood. Close to opera, symphony and other public venues."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It had been over 8 years since I'd eaten and Hayes Street and was hoping it was still 'near' the quality as it had been long ago. A friend who is a frequent diner at Hayes Street told me not to be concerned. A new romance in my life had never been there or to the Symphony. Sherman paid extra attention to my lady's desires and helped make it a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I brought a big group of my French friends here and we had a great time. Tasty food, great ambiance and a suburb staff experience. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were eating early with a 6 year and the staff was terrific. We told them we were going to a concert and they were totally on board."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Waiter and bus person seemed disconnected from us and from each other. Detracted from otherwise excellent meal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Still the best Seafood in town. The very best desserts and the finest cup of coffee in any restaurant. Everything is consistently flawless."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I always dine here before attending any event in the Civic Center complex! Reservations are an absolute must for early dining. The staff are all very courteous and friendly, but well aware of your need to make your performance time. The fish entrees are always cooked to perfection...as you request...and the choice of sauce is great to add variety to your meal. The French fries are legendary, although I noted that this time they have cut back on the size of their serving. I love the delicious, crisp flavor of the fries! I can't imagine eating anywhere else in the area when I'm there for a performance. The Hayes St Grill is the number one place to dine!!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in years but was pleasantly surprised by how fresh & delicious everything was. We had sardines for appetizer with a tomato salad that was "summer on a plate" followed by wonderful soft shell crabs & petrale. Had a nectarine & blackberry crisp with Straus family ice cream for dessert- another wonderful taste of summer. Sometimes the old stand bys are just as good as the new hip places!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I enjoyed the salmon dish -- it was cooked just right to bring out the flavors -- and it went well with the braised greens that I figured out was chard."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Satisfying and fresh in a neighborhood that has many top restaurants Hays street grill holds its own."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is my go-to choice for dinner before symphony, opera or any other Civic Center event. The menu is very good and very healthy, but they have figured out how to deliver meals to the table in minutes. They always ask if you are attending an event, so they can juggle the service accordingly. The waiters are pros, and many have been working there for many, many years. Hayes Street Grill never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group of 8 at Hayes St. Grill to dine before a concert. The service was superb, the service was perfectly timed so that we could have a comfortable meal and still get to the concert venue on time. The food is superb. We all ordered fish or seafood, and each of us was impressed at how beautifully the meal was seasoned and how perfectly each dish was cooked. We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Thankyou."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The menu is mostly fish. The preparation is better than OK but not excellent. The servers are quite nice. The service is prompt because most people are going to some kind of music event (I think). I like the place, but if it were not convenient to music events, I would be choosing a restaurant elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Remains one of the best(selection, freshness, quality and service) seafood places in the Bay area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Perfect when attending the SF Symphony. The seafood is outstanding. Salads are also. We feel very comfortable and welcome."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Hayes Street Grill specializes in Fish dishes and does them consistently well. They are close to Davies Hall and the Opera House and their good food and reputation makes them a sought after spot on nights on which there is a concert or opera."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We made a 5:30 reservation prior to a 7:30 engagement at the Jazz Center. We were finished by 6:45 and decided to leisurely share a dessert. Both entrees were wonderful (soft shell crab and petrale sole)! And the service was outstanding! In addition, the atmosphere was warm and inviting."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We ate before a comedy show @ Nourse theatre (Daniel Tosh). It was very loud when we arrived and hard to get anyone's attention. We sat down and the bar cleared (fortunately as we were seated nearby). Our waiter was great and we ordered. We had 3 different salads (chopped, caesar and calamari) which all were delicious. Our entries were the Niman Ranch steak, Scallops and fishermans stew. We all really enjoyed our entres as they were fresh and flavorful. Dessert was a chocolate sundae and the raspberry torte. A bottle of Au Bon Climat Chardonnay with dinner. A very good experience which we'd reprise gladly -especially - if we could eat in the other room away from the bar."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Hayes Street Grill always deliverers simple delicious well grilled fresh fish. Nothing fancy just good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Always dependable No nonsense straight forward food"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "always good, great staff, wonderful fish and french fries"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Too fishy calamari and mediocre hanger steak. Great waiter!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The fish was superb! We always have a good meal here, but it is often impossible to get in on opera and symphony nights so book early"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Hayes Street Grill helped make our wedding day magical. In fact, the ONLY stressful part of the day was traffic, making us so late for lunch we showed up as the kitchen was supposed to close. Instead of turning away, the restaurant stayed open just for us, and we had the most enjoyable private pre-wedding lunch. Unforgettable. Plan ahead and show up early is my only advice. The more time you have there, the better. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Well-prepared, interesting food, solid and always good and large enough portions that I feel like I had dinner. Consistently good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food at the Hayes Street Grill is good year round, but we especially like some of their summer dishes -- salads with tomatoes, corn and cucumbers. The tomato salad is not on the menu yet, but the shrimp louis salad was on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. The grilled calamari salad was good as always, although I missed the aioli dressing. For entrees, the fish cannot be any fresher. We tried that halibut and the salmon with the buerre blanc on the side. Everything was great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My "go-to" place for post opera and symphony. Been in existence so long it must be doing something right!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Hayes is a venerable institution in the Civic Center area and for basics it's a fabulous pre and post opera and symphony spot. The wine list has a mark up of at least 100% (which is significant since many of the wines come just down the peninsula or just over the Golden Gate). The food is basic...good but not innovative, Service, as always is impeccable. Noise level was acceptable only because half the restaurant was empty as people could not get near the Civic Center due to Pride Day. Although we've been to Hayes a lot over the years I think we may seek other options this coming Fall arts season."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I cannot have enough of the cold-water fish expertly cooked at Hayes Street Grill. My partner and I love it so much that, arrival time permitting, we drive directly to Hayes as soon as we get our rental. There used to be an empty lot across for ease in parking. But as with the rest of SF's building boom, it is now a commercial building. Fortunately there is adequate parking on Grove where we can safely leave the car with luggage still loaded. Although we come from Asia, where there is a whole lot of seafood, prawns and lobster galore, we just have to have the Sand Dabs, or Artic Char or Sole from Hayes. Perhaps temperate water fish is really different. But I would like to think it is the way Hayes St. Grill cooks it."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A good location for many venues in the area, but the food, service and atmosphere were just OK. The tables are very close together. It was very hot inside with all the bodies packed in cheek to cheek. I don't like having to hear everyone's conversations, or them listening to mine. Service was slow. Server seemed too busy to give good service. Food was OK, but nothing special or particularly good."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As always, Hayes Street Grill does not disappoint. The food is excellently prepared and simply, unpretentiously presented. I love the unpretentious atmosphere, too. The staff is friendly and the service is professional. Diners' time schedules are respected, too, probably due to the restaurant's close proximity to all the performing arts venues. Can't say enough good things about Hayes Street Grill."
    Dined on 6/24/2014