555 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102Neighborhood:
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
Contemporary FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.sfmaestro.com/
- Phone: 4155515115
- Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour: 3:00-7:00pm
Cafe: Mo-Fri, 7am-5pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Andrew Bush
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Maestro"s catering will literally "cater" to your needs. You want cozy? We'll give you comfort food! You want elegant? We will perform beyond your expectations and blow your guests away! Our cuisine and our service will be tailored to whatever you request.
A word from Maestro
Welcome to Maestro Restaurant! With 2 private dining rooms, a main floor seating for over 100, full bar selections, Maestro is perfect for a business lunch, romantic dinner or large scale affair. Let us entice you with Chef Andrew’s signature dishes, charm you with timeless style and humbly serve you. Celebrate your birthday, rehearsal dinner, graduation/ retirement party, baby/bridal shower, wedding with us. Our goal is to make you happy and we know how: we go with your style and your budget, we do impress your guests (it's hard not to, when you do not compromise on the quality, presentation and ingredients and do care about every single customer). Each occasion should be celebrated! Our divine in-house one of a kind desserts (cakes, tarts, pastries, truffles, cookies, French macarons) will be the final accord to your memorable evening at Maestro. We invite you to join us and experience Maestro’s symphony of flavors. We look forward to meeting you!!Continued
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Maestro reviews from OpenTable diners
- The restaurant closed withoutArturoDined on 3/6/2013The restaurant closed without notice to patrons who had reservations. I believe they moved but the woman who was there was quite rude, so I most likely will not be going to Maestro where ever it moved to.
- CLOSEDdonotknowVIPDined on 3/1/2013The restaurant was closed even though I was able to book a reservation.
- Well, since the doors wereOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/1/2013Well, since the doors were locked because they had been evicted, I couldn't really do a review. Kind of a bummer that opentable didn't know to send a cancellation.
- When we walked to MaestropennyVIPDined on 2/28/2013When we walked to Maestro last Thursday night, it was locked and had signs thatsaid no trespassing. We walked over to Max's where we ate. I didn't bothergoing into my phone to make a res. You need to take it off Open table unlessthey have reopened.
- Heavenly food, off night for servieUnknownDinerVIPDined on 2/22/2013It was a night when no regular waiters were available. The bartender was acting as Maitre D, water boy as waiter... so service was a nightmare, with meals going to the wrong table including mine. Normally, we would never to return. However, the bartender/waiter Shane, did his best to keep the ship afloat, made up for it and apologized profusively. In spite of this debacle, we will give them a second chance at some point because the food is exquisite, with generous portions for a reasonable price (I would even say cheap relatively to comparable restaurants). We had the onion soup, lobster bisque, salad, beef tartare, tournedos and rack of lamb. Everything was delicious, except for the onion soup which was a bit sweet but still good.Special Features:
- Excellent food, but the restaurantElboDined on 2/20/2013Excellent food, but the restaurant was very cold when we got there and took a long time to heat up.
- Very diappointed in the entireOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/16/2013Very diappointed in the entire experience. Very understaffed. Food came very slowly and was just very average. Given other write- ups I expected alot more.
- Service and bar need improvementLawrenceJDined on 2/16/2013The lovely ambiance, great location, and good food were greatly outweighed by the inadequate level of service and lousy bar. Our waitress was clearly overmatched, carrying way too many tables so unable to service any properly. We waited over an hour for the first food course to arrive. Cocktails were slow to arrive and were poorly made. We sent the mojito back twice - the first undrinkable due to lots of sour mix that doesn't even belong in a mojito at all, the second was overwhelmed with lime juice, so even adding sugar didn't help. My aviation had no discernable trace of Luxuardo liquor and lots of pink grapefruit juice in it (!?). We were told that the restaurant didn't have a single bottle of port in it, so we were out of luck.
- Great dinner! Bryan, ourOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 2/15/2013Great dinner! Bryan, our waiter, was slammed, but he did a great job; polite, attentive, and a sense of humor. Not the best wine and beer lists (needs more choices). The food (I had the short ribs and my wife had the filet)....Delicious!Special Features:
- Horrible ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/14/2013Upon arrival we got seated very quickly in a nice sfotley lit area which was pretty nice scince it was valentines day. We got greeted by an older lady that was making remarks that made us uncomfortable but didnt mind. After the appetizer it went all down hill. Never had a server except that elder lady and werent getting any attention. The tables around us were getting water serve, food coming in nicely, and pretty much someone checking up on them. We had someone coming to us about every 25-30 and the worst part that ruined the night was our main course took almost an hour to come. We got there way before people around us yet we werent getting food nor service; not to mention it was not busy.Overall food was good and really bad service.
- The filet mignon was great,OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/14/2013The filet mignon was great, the rest of the meal was just okay. TV's on during Valentines dinner was a little tacky. The lounge act was also a little out of place. All and all sort of disappointing for the money spent.
- We were looking for a restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 2/14/2013We were looking for a restaurant that did not have a special Valentine's day dinner planned before going to the Ballet on February 14th. Maestro did not have anything about a special dinner on their website and they had an open table. So we went looking forward to eat some of their dishes that they had on their menu. Once we arrived, they told us that they were only serving a special menu for Valentine's day and the cost was $75.00.We stayed and ate and the food was really so, so, definitely not worth $75.00 and the lady who was serving us was very nice but didn't know much about serving.Special Features:
- Terribly disappointing. ThehotdoggiemDined on 2/13/2013Terribly disappointing. The food was mediocre at best. The waitperson was very nice, but there was a real miscommunication about our order, which upset the timing. The decor seemed stark, making for an uninviting atmosphere.
- Disappointing - the remodeling,MatadorDined on 2/13/2013Disappointing - the remodeling, the menu and the food. We were excited to try the new restaurant in the old Star's site. We're often in the neighborhood and miss Star's and California Pizza Kitchen. I don't know who designed the remodel, but those crystal chandeliers are not good in their placement or appropriateness, One in our party ordered game hen which looked lovely on the plate but had no flavor. Another had the crab and avocado salad which was a strange flavor combination and was not edible
- Dining here was like beingpaulVIPDined on 2/9/2013Dining here was like being on a 3rd rate Baltic cruise. Bad steak tartare with ice cold french fries, mediocre ribs, average bisque.Out of half of the wine list and 2 of the entrees. Only 6 people on a Sat. night! Well meaning but unprofessional servers. Private party going on in the back with bad foreign disco which was inescapable. Staff intimated that it was all private parties most of the time. Interior decor is stripped down Trader Vic's. Feels like a Third World idea of luxury. Shockingly bad!!!!!!!!!
- Looking for their niche...KritiKareVIPDined on 2/9/2013The food and drinks were really great. However, the sports bar-esque TVs over the bar (in full view of most of the dining room) were a bit distracting for a more formal meal. The restaurant seems like it is trying to define itself but wants to be too many things to too many people right now. Hopefully they will find their niche since the flavors and style of food (and its presentation) are lovely.Special Features:
- they have a lot of serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/8/2013they have a lot of service issues they need to work out... and the table was freakishly low for the chairs. Convenient to the theater though.
- Maestro was good all around.OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/8/2013Maestro was good all around. I would recommend it to friends.Special Features:
- We went on a Tuesday nightAubergeDined on 2/6/2013We went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant and bar were about 1/3 full. The food was very good but not outstanding. The onion soup, which both of us had, had a sweetness that I had not previously encountered in onion soup. My wife's filet mignon and my duck confit were both well prepared. Service was good, although the server forgot a couple of things and had to be reminded. He was very conscientious and was trying hard. Overall, an enjoyable evening in a well-located space.
- Two over-sized bowls of soupFoodieVIPDined on 2/6/2013Two over-sized bowls of soup came which we could not finish. I ordered lobster bisque. I got tomato cream soup. I ordered a filet steak which came as I ordered, but with french fries, not the mashed potatoes on the menu. (I don't like French fries, and didn't eat them.)Instead of a vegetable, I got a pile of small onions. Never experienced that one! My husband also got French fries, but they brought him watery mashed potatoes at his request. We will not return. The ambiance was cold as well as the temperature. We went at 5 p.m., and the very large place had not warmed up. One looks out on a very large, wooden, empty restaurant.
- Great Food, Wine & ServiceDCJimDined on 2/5/2013Food, wine and service was impeccable. Staff did not rush you and it was a delightful evening.Special Features:
- Nice place in Civic Center area!2forever1VIPDined on 2/5/2013This is a nice restaurant to use if you have tickets for a nearby venue. I had tickets to see "Wicked" and selected Maestro's because it was within walking distance to the Orpheum. We dined on a Tuesday night so it was not busy at all. The host greeted us warmly and did not mind that we asked for a table on the bar level. Our server was charming and attentive. Upon telling her that we had theatre tickets, she assured us that she would get us out in time for the curtain. She did! We had a delicious pear, candied walnut, gorgonzola cheese salad that we shared. My guest had the salmon and I had the short ribs. Both dishes were delicious and plentiful. We drank cocktails instead of wine and those were very nice as well. I would return.
- It was very nice. Food wasPhilVIPDined on 2/5/2013It was very nice. Food was fine but nothing unusual. Setting is very nice. White cloth tablecloths and napkins and pretty setting at a reasonable price.Special Features:
- Best part of the meal wasMikeVIPDined on 2/1/2013Best part of the meal was the soup! Most of the wine was not available, the food had the appearance and tast of reheated Costco products! Nothing of the main course seemed fresh or like it had actually been just cooked. With so many good places around, check out the others before Maestro!
- Needs better serviceGreatVIPDined on 1/30/2013The service was the main problem here. They looked disorganized. We were not given the pre-theatre menu (when we asked why we didn't get one, the person said, "Did you ask for one when you sat down?" We had to ask?) No one told us of the specials for the night; we overheard them being given to another table. We tried Maestro as a pre-ballet meal and ordered the pre-theatre dinner. Service was nonetheless slow. Food was good.
- Not as good as hoped-ran out of spaRobynDined on 1/26/2013Arriving at Maestro at 6pm on a Saturday, and the restaurant was all but empty. It was difficult to see the entrance: The signage was not lit (it was after dark), the doorway small and un-remarkable--two of my guests did not find it. Immediately seated, we were given 4 "wine menues." After about 5 mins, we opened it and found it was the complete menue, and it appeared to be a nice selection of each. Upon closer inspection, we found mis-marked wines-a Chilean wine, listed from California, etc. Food was very good, but not great; service--literally, every 5-mins, someone asked how things were (after the first 4-times, it was annoying; server did not know how to pour wine, he just dumped it into our glasses all at the same time (no tastiSpecial Features:
- Never heard of this placeJAHODined on 1/26/2013Never heard of this place before and thought it was great. Reasonable prices and delicious food.
- We had good food and outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 1/23/2013We had good food and outstanding service. Our waiter worked with the chef to design a special oyster appetizer for my wife. The server was always quick with water and bread. We were sorry there was not enough room for dessert.Special Features:
- This is our second visit,NameDined on 1/23/2013This is our second visit, and the service as well as the food seems to have declined a little. The filet mignon is still delicious and cooked just right, the short ribs was very tasty, but both were very heavy on the salt and made it hard to eat. Service, while it was attentive on the first visit, was just adequate. The bus person worked very hard and we appreciated it, but the waiter was too busy. The desserts there were way too sweet for our taste. Shrimp flambe appetizer and the onion soup were excellent though. Will try having appetizers for entrees next time.Special Features:
- It was like sitting in a gymnasiumPepperVIPDined on 1/22/2013It was like sitting in a gymnasium that was decorated for the prom. Void of personality and charm, but very clean and bright. Drinks were average and the wine list unimpressive. The food was good but far too ordinary for the prices they charged - and we all struggled to see any connection to French cuisine.
- We rated ambiance just OKSteveWDined on 1/19/2013We rated ambiance just OK and noise level quiet because we were in a separate overflow room with no decor. Boring, but the food was as wonderful as always.Special Features:
- My son had a Groupon and broughtOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/19/2013My son had a Groupon and brought me here as a Christmas present. Food was delicious (lobster bisque, rack of lamb and tournedos de beouf). Server (young Ukrainian man) was very attentive and pleasant. We will be back.Special Features:
- We had the salmon and musselsOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/19/2013We had the salmon and mussels dishes. Very tasty, and very fresh. Also had the calamari hors d'oeuvres. It came with 2 different sauces: cocktail and creamy mayo based sauces. Both of the sauces seem to have relish in it, which made it somewhat unique. However, I would only rate the fried calamari as above average. Would I go again....yes....if I had another Groupon deal, since it can get quite expensive, even without any beverages.Special Features:
- Masquerading as Haute CuisineOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 1/18/2013As we stepped into Maestro's I was excited that I would have an exceptional eating experience. The diningroom was nicely and invitingly lit. From the minute we met our waiter, however, I knew the meal was going to be a little wierd. After a lengthy wait, he came to our table, mumbling to us about a complimentary drink but then he just sort of stood there waiting to take our order. Orders took too long to get to the table and my main dish appeared 20 minutes before my friend's! While we waited for our mains the waiter appears with a tray of escargot saying it was on the house. Later, when the bill came, he had charged us for it. Maestro's is a restaurant aspiring to be haute cuisine. The food, service lack refinement. Wierd.
- Great location near the operaOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 1/18/2013Great location near the opera house and Davies Symphony HallSpecial Features:
- Even though the filet mignonBernalGal1VIPDined on 1/17/2013Even though the filet mignon we had was good, the menu was unfocused and the energy in the room was low. Why is a French bistro named "maestro," which is an Italian word? And to offer Turning Leaf Chardonnay, a mainstay of cheap liquor stores? We probably won't return.
- Great spot for pre-show dining.NameDined on 1/10/2013Great spot for pre-show dining. Service was attentive but unintrusive, and the food was excellent. Medium Filet Mignon was cooked exactly medium - slightly pink inside and not a single second over, and the sea bass was tender and flavorful. Definitely will go back. The neighborhood was actually pretty clean between the restaurant and the Orpheum.Special Features:
- Well prepared food from smallRonzoDined on 1/9/2013Well prepared food from small menu. Also good wine list and attentive service. Was not crowded for our business dinner, the low noise made for great opportunity for discussions.Special Features:
- The Soup was wonderful, butOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/4/2013The Soup was wonderful, but the Sea Bass and Roasted Hen was average. Will try some other place next time.
- Arrived early for a 5:30 PMOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 12/27/2012Arrived early for a 5:30 PM reservation and found that most of the staff had yet to arrive. Our bartender/ waiter seemed to be overwhelmed. Eventually, additional staff did show up. Our waiter did not know where the salmon came from, but was sure it wasn't farmed. We had a Groupon certificate that we received for Christmas and upon receiving the bill, our server reminded us that the gratuity was not included in the Groupon. We found this awkward because we were aware that the tip was not included and had intended to leave an 18% tip based on total cost of the meal. (approx. $18 tip instead we left $16). The food was good and attractively presented. I probably would not go back without some discount.Special Features: