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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
  • "always good, great staff, wonderful fish and french fries"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Too fishy calamari and mediocre hanger steak. Great waiter!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great established restaurant. We went just before the Opera/Symphony crowd so service was a little slow but understandable. Food was very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "everything was fine, but the food preparation did not live up to our expectations per our previous visits. will try again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "Our waiter Tom was excellent. The food wonderful."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of soft shell crab, and Hayes Street has never failed in this regard. Fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I have eaten here before, in fact two weeks earlier and food was great. My salmon was overlooked and not the least bit tasty without sauce, a real disappointment. My friend said her scallops were O.K. Not what I expect. It was pre-opera, so that could be the reason."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent fresh seafood, exquisitely prepared, in a relaxed clean setting. The wait staff asked if we had tickets to the 8:00 show and clearly moved our order to the front of the queue. Each of our dishes was unique and worth coming back for."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "michael bauer, come to your senses! this has got to be the best caesar salad in town. the fish stew with saffron creme was elegant and delicious and the best oysters i have had anywhere. ample portions. love loved this dinner."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is consistently flawless. For fresh seafood, there is no better place around."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our anniversary, actually as a second choice since our first was booked, but we were not disappointed. My soft shell crab just melted in the mouth. I had doubts about the 'sustainable' swordfish (I hope it is) but my husband said it was delicious and hopes it was sustainable."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great seafood. An old standby that is as good as ever."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I have had business lunches here many times, and the food is always excellent."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food and service are always very good. Love he seafood dishes! The wait staff is very good at completing service in time for symphony or opera performances."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I like to have lunch at Hayes Street Grill before attending afternoon San Francisco Symphony. The location is perfect and the food is always good. I enjoy special salads served attractively and sometimes splurge on a delicious dessert. Because I am usually alone I appreciate that I don't feel rushed and can enjoy a cup of tea while reading my book."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The best swordfish ever. I tried the ceasar salad for the first time and it rivals Zuni Cafe. Of course, I'll continue to go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "They do a simple menu, top notch organic sustainable food, the freshest fish prepared with shocking simplicity, grilled with choices of sauce on the side,...I've been coming here for over 30 years, and it never disappoints. It's a sterling place that in a sea of newer hot spots still stands out as one tied not to the latest fads, but one that delivers a small menu flawlessly. And retains the same loyalty from staff and patrons alike."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The Hayes Street Grill has been consistently excellent in quality of food and service for years. I've never had a meal there that was less than outstanding."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I wanted seafood my last night here. Bread was stale and ice cold. My sister and I ordered 2 apitizers. Sardines which were mediocre at best served over vegetables that were obviously just thrown out of a fridge and nuked in a microwave. Shrimp Louie which was gross and not at all what the menu lead us to believe. My main corse had a Sichuan penut sauce. More like penut utter with soy sauce bleh. My fish was supposedly grilled but I never heard any grilling sounds. It came with possible greens. My sisters dish was nt at all what she expected. Desserts were good. Te bill though was way way too much considering the quality of the food. and there was a fly just buzzing around like he owned the place"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "very good fish ...good service...close to the Davis hall will defintly go again..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I had eaten at Hayes Street over 20 years ago when a San Francisco resident and was little impressed at that time. However, since I was going to a nearby program I decided to give it another try. For starters, the waiter was stiff, curt, perfunctory and all around not pleasant. A warm blob of goat cheese enrobed in coarsely chopped nuts set atop assorted "house" but not dazzling greens was the first disappointing course. We did order dessert....it was brought to us without even cleaning the table of crumbs from our dinner entrees. No one refilled the bread or water. Because of the cold, uppity attitude of the waiter, we left a minimal tip and will not be returning. The restaurant relies on its past name and excellent theatre location. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Haven't been here in a long time. I should go more often, cuz it's great. Everything about it! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "For >35 yrs has been one of the best fish restaurants in SF. Very convenient for the SF opera and convention centers. Waiters are among the best in the city. Excellent wine list. The exception is the maitre d': She has seen it all and is just too weary to be more than barely polite. Otherwise would have been 5 stars."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It's always a pleasure to be in SF and get a chance ,or two, to get to enjoy your Sand Dabs. We love your restaurant and remember many wonderful lunches and dinners over the years. It's also one of the few places that still offer Sand Dabs."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It has gone down hill. It was such a great fish restaurant in it's day 80's-90's. I have been back now two times this year. Both times it hasn't been very good. I order the Halibut and it just didn't taste or have the texture of that wonderful fish. I will say, they have great french fries. The best and their green salad is wonderful. simple but the dressing it perfect! I don't live in SFO, but it was the place we would go to as soon as we got off the plane and beeline there. Sorry but not anymore..... "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Fish is never over-cooked, always delicious. Our go-to place before a performance."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The quality of the food has always been the same after all these years. We always think it is a treat to eat there!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I ate here years ago and again recently before the Symphony. Nothing has become tired or routine. The food and service are both top notch. The menu and wine list choices are good and prices very reasonable considering the quality."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Lots of good seafood choices that are well prepared. We plan to eat here from now on when we are in San Francisco."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "5pm reservation through open table. Even though our condo we got through airbnb was all of 35 feet from the restaurant we were running late. Called in and the host pushed us back to 5:30pm and I was so appreciative. We were VERY overdressed (but hey, on our way to the symphony afterwards, so....) but that tipped our server off to ask us what time the performance was so he could get us in/out in time. the food was WONDERFUL, the portions were just right (i'm not a fan of HUGE portions, and these weren't tiny either, they were perfect) and the timing of each course coming out was great too. We had such wonderful service we actually wondered how we could generate this kind of care/attention to a work ethic in a chain restaurant staff."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We have been going to Hayes Street Grill for probably thirty years. The food has always been excellent. Items used to be on the blackboard but not the restaurant has moved on to a more formal approach. Symphony goers find this stop the place to go for years as they cater to early diners. On our last trip which had been quite a while we wanted the soft shell crabs which were as excellent as they always have been. Unfortunately the service was very poor. The waiter was very matter of fact. Took our order and the food came out quickly. We asked for a glass of water and our waiter assured us he'd be back. He never returned. We got one water refill from a bus boy. The waiter seemed unaware that we were dining. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My friends and I like the Hayes St. for the excellent seafood that we know is sustainable and that the restaurant practices good environmental ethics. It doesn't have a huge selection, but what it does is excellent!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014