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Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street Grill
  • Address:
    320 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    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: 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 7:00pm - 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

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Now I can say I've been to this SF institution. Location and timing brought us, as it did many others who packed the place before a show. The french fries, which I didn't think I wanted (but I didn't like the alternative), were fantastic - tasty and HOT! My fish was delcious and cooked perfectly. I was not so keen on having the "sauce on the side," however. And the creme brulee was ice cold. I prefer a shallower serving and the warmth that comes from browning them to order, instead of the production-line, pre-made serving we received."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The steelhead was fantastic and the smoked trout appetizer as good as any smoked fish we have ever had. I have dined at Hayes Street more than 500 times in the past 31 years and it is always this way."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Fish is always grilled to perfection (not over done)."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great Menu but the food was acceptable. Nothing notable or special so I will not go back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Ambiance: LOUD - lip reading skills are necessary to communicate with waiter; OLD - my wife and I were celebrating her 57th birthday, and she was the youngest guest in the place; SNOOTY - until you're seated they definitely make you feel like "you're lucky we let you in". An air that everyone else goes there every day; like a club that you don't belong to. Food: the kitchen is EXPERT at preparing sea food; interesting wine list, prices not overblown. Service: professional and not obsequious Caveat Gustor: I tried to use a prepaid $25 AmEx reward card to pay part of the bill; they brought it back saying that the card had been refused, I put the entire bill on Visa; next day I checked online and the gift card was zeroed by a payment to HSG."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Usually so dependable and delicious, the food was lukewarm and undercooked (fried oysters) and slow in arriving. Although we made clear we were going to a performance, our waiter didn't provide the type of service you expect from this establishment. I know it must be hard to rush things through every night for performances, but 2 weeks ago, I had a great experience and I ordered the same meal. Maybe his table assignment made it hard to keep up."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Hayes Street Grill is reliable and never disappoints. Very good, fresh seafood in a classic San Francisco atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I really wanted to like this place. I've known about it for years, but never stepped in until last week. The food was ok. Both fish dishes we ordered, salmon and sword fish was cooked as ordered. Food and wine were ok, nothing special. The service on the other hand, could have been better. They made us feel rushed and non-engaging. This place is better if you're going to pre-show dinner, not a date. For me the best thing about this place was the noise level. We heard each other talk."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This has been a regular of ours for years. The dining room needs to be freshened up but the food is still dependably delicious - the best place in town for just a nice piece of grilled fish. The staff is great, too - always friendly and knowledgable. The owner must be great employer, too, because the employees have been there a long time and seem happy with their jobs - a very nice (and unusual) thing to see in the restaurant business."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I'm visit Hayes street grill as often as possible. Food and service are always great!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've always viewed Hayes Street Grill as one of those places on could always rely on for an enjoyable meal; I was a bit disappointed this time. The maitre d' was not welcoming, and seemed put out that we had a reservation. And after ordering we were surprised when our entree showed up rather rapidly, not having been served our salad. While the server did comp us for the salad, she offered to bring it while our entrees were on the table so as to not waste the food. I was fine with that, but as it was my meal was not hot anyway. and then with the salad on the table there was hardly any room; our entrees were practically in our lap. My date enjoyed her Sole, and my scallops were okay, although skimpy- only three scallops?"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "With so many places to eat in San Francisco, this restaurant has survived here because it is consistently good and I am sure that it will remain a San Francisco gem!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Hayes Street Grill is in a fantastic location for grabbing dinner before the opera/symphony/ballet, but not really worth the prices. While we appreciated the location and the fact that the waiter explicitly enquired as to our curtain time (no anxious glancing at our watches!) the food quite simply was not worth what we paid for. It wasn't horrible, but certainly not worth the $30-per-plate we paid. Given the number of superior food options we have in San Francisco, I doubt we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great for dining before a concert at Civic Center."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Always a pleasure and they surprise with things on the menu that rarely appear in other SF seafood restaurants, ie, shad roe. Keep up the good work. The service and hosts are always right on the money too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My salmon dinner was very good, as well as the service. (Have the warm goat cheese salad before your entrée.) My experience with the salads and seafood entrées has always been good, however this is probably not the place for a person who does not appreciate seafood. They've never had a good steak. They offer just a few non-seafood entree's. With the limited choices in that area the name should really be "Hayes Street Seafood Grill." Sure I'll return, but I no longer seem to be able to convince my steak loving friends to come with me."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is a perfect, easy place to eat before the ballet or opera! It is very comfortable, the food & vibe are very Midwest."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Pan-fried oysters (fresh from Drake's Bay) were super-fresh and delicious--a real local treasure. Paired with Chimay ale---mmmm!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We made 7:30 reservations... the best.... that is when the restaurant empties out from every table full to just a few tables as the performances in the area start at 8:00 pm. We all had a different entree, salmon, tuna, swordfish, and pork chop. Raves for all... I don't think you can miss at Hayes Street Grill... Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food is a bit short this time as my friend ordered the sole which has been my favorite. The portion looked a bit smaller. the presentation was not as attractive as it used to be. I ordered a scallop salad which is delicious, but not enough to be a full lunch. I ordered a pea soup, but it came in bowl size only. However, the service made up for it. Hayes street Grill is dependable, reasonable and a place you can carry a conversation. May be that is why you see all the who's who of San Francisco in here as regulars."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We have going to HSG since it opened. We love it. Jim Newman"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner at Hayes Street...seems like I have been going there for 30 years. Love that they offer so many sauces and choices for their seafood. I had the crabcakes and french fries and they were perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was excellent, but here is the tip. When you go at their busiest times which are just before performances, it will feel rushed. We came in later and enjoyed a leisurely dinner before heading to a late show at SF Jazz."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My partner and I have been regulars at the Hayes St. Grill for nearly three decades, and every meal has been delicious and satisfying. The fish is superb, whatever you choose, and the French fries that accompany grilled fish are the best in town. The waiters all know us after all these years, and we always get service with big smile. We'll continue to be regulars."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Shad is an East Coast fish and rarely can we find shad roe. Hayes Street Grill has this special treat each year - and it very close to the SFS - What could be better? Peggy W"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We went to Hayes Street Grill with high expectations. The restaurant is in a vibrant section of Hayes Valley, just 1 block from the new Nourse Theater and has a reputation as a solid fish place. The staff is friendly and accommodating and we got good service. The place has a very nice, quiet adult vibe. The only problem was the food. We started with a caeser salad and curried mussels. The salad was good while the mussels were average. We then had grilled swordfish and hamachi, the restaurant's specialty, which were just passable. Neither was flavorful and their consistency was on the chewy side. We found a decent rioja at a fair price and had a tasty pear dessert and coffee. At $80/pp it would have been fine if the fish had been first-rate."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This is the second time my first two choices on the menu were unavailable,and, at 6pm! I've been going here for 30yrs and the allure of fresh seafood has always been the draw. My wife actually resorted to a pork chop this visit. Something is not quite right with the management and I can no longer recommend it. I'll be looking elsewhere for pre-symphony dining."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "very expensive place for what I consider very mediocre food...nothing special about it. Probably wont go back given all the good restaurants we have in this city."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Very simple presentation of wonderful seafood. Several sauces to choose from and the hottest crispest fries ever. All very delicious"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Delicious fried oysters. Nice that you can get half glasses of wine when you need just a little more. Great option for a before the ballet dinner."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, wine and service. Nice find in this transitional neighborhood"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I made my reservation based on previous ratings and proximity to SFJazz. We were a large group of 8. The wait staff was there but not obtrusive. HSG was also very accommodating when I wanted to change our original reservation by an hour. Our group had a wonderful time enjoying our meal and socializing after our meal."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Hayes Street Grill doesn't disappoint. The fish is fresh, fries are crispy, and service is excellent. A tad pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place is the father of restaurants in the Civic Center having been in place much longer than most and outlived some johnny come latelys. No wonder:consistancy, fine service and excellent fare at reasonable prices is always attractive."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place has very good fish. Cooked simple so the gorgeous fish can shine. All the food is great and the service is extraordinary. Ambience....it needs a bit of TLC but don't let that deter you. It's a great meal"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very good fish if you keep it basic. OK side dishes."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It is grossly overpriced, the choice of fish is limited and it's preparation very pedestrian. Taste leaves a lot to be desired. This is not the HSG I remember from years ago. Would not eat there again or recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Ate here on Fri, 2/14 and the petrale sole was divine, as were the beet borscht and the ceasar salad. Ron is the best waiter ever, and the restaurant continues to provide a fabulous dining experience after all these years. Thank you for a perfect pre-performance meal!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Hayes Street Grill for several years as my last dining experience there was bad. Decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good, but it was pretty crowded and noisy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've be coming to this restaurant for over thirty five years. Have never been disappointed or had a poor meal.The cocktails are the best and they have great wine by the bottle and the glass.. All the seafood is great. Cooking is done to perfection. Their fish is always fresh. Their salmon and halibut are grilled to your specifications. Seasonal specials like dungeness crab, sand dabs and soft shell crabs are fantastic. Their salads are great too. You can not go wrong ;my favorite is the warm goat cheese salad with toasted pecans.Desserts if you have room are terrific...the hot fudge Sunday and the chocolate cake ( if on the menu) are two that I love."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "02/17/14 . . . .nevertheless, the friendly waiter offered to substitute something else instead. Didn't try the fish, though, which I hear this place is famous for."
    Dined on 2/14/2014