Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street Grill

Hayes Street Grill

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.hayesstreetgrill.com/
  • Phone: 4158635545x
  • 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 4158635545

Getting there

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

    MUNI Van Ness and Hayes

    21 Hayes bus in front of restaurant

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  • 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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Hayes Street Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (114)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (53)great for lunch (33)notable wine list (20)good for groups (20)romantic (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hayes grill
    Marcelle
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old School SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tinman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a fairly early reservation, 7:30, but they were already out of several entrees. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry, we're out of that.
    Fishluver22
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the dinner very much.
    SavoredMoments
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, so-so
    LisaMV
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable
    abetlaminati
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Been here repeatedly and count on good food/service each time. Not flashy, noisy, pretentious, famous - just good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food before the show
    Cominback
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistency counts!
    musiclover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    as good as always! What more can be said. But i guess you want more and more and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited but excellent menu.
    adbcampbell
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a premier experience.
    TyeofEarth
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bizarre service
    cramartin
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Waiter and bus person seemed disconnected from us and from each other. Detracted from otherwise excellent meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lippy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for all Occasions
    JoeC
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lively place before the Jazz Club
    eliyahu
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coyote
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Satisfying and fresh in a neighborhood that has many top restaurants Hays street grill holds its own.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Civic Center dining gem
    cynschoice
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nasturtium
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before music-event
    StanfordResident
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Remains one of the best(selection, freshness, quality and service) seafood places in the Bay area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AndThenVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Perfect when attending the SF Symphony. The seafood is outstanding. Salads are also. We feel very comfortable and welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somthing Fishy?
    FastidiousVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectations!
    Ellie720
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the show....
    billsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    rocinkokoVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Hayes Street Grill always deliverers simple delicious well grilled fresh fish. Nothing fancy just good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple fresh seafood, good service
    WrayVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always dependable No nonsense straight forward food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • blane
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    always good, great staff, wonderful fish and french fries
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Too fishy calamari and mediocre hanger steak. Great waiter!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera buff
    LAHSVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City Hall wedding super bonus!
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent, solid food
    alexVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Well-prepared, interesting food, solid and always good and large enough portions that I feel like I had dinner. Consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Summer Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An SF Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old time food and service
    farpointdiveVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First stop, Hayes St. Grill
    BengT
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location, location,location
    DanielVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic