The Vestry

The Vestry

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thechapelsf.com/
  • Phone: 415-551-7306x
  • Hours of Operation:
    The kitchen is open Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 1am.
    The Chapel Bar is open 7pm - 2am Tuesday - Sunday & Mondays when there is a show at The Chapel.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Colgan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: All catering is provided in-house by The Vestry restaurant.
  • Entertainment: The Vestry restaurant's concert venue, The Chapel, is a stunningly restored historic chapel that has live music, comedy and other events weekly. Check out the website's music page for upcoming shows.
  • Special Events: The Vestry is honored to help you in planning and hosting your special event, from private company parties to weddings in The Chapel, our concert venue. We can accommodate 85+ guests in the dining room, another 70+ guests on the patio, 100+ guests in our large neighborhood bar, and up to 500 in The Chapel.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th Street
  • Public Transit: The closest BART station is 16th & Mission, approximately a 10 minute walk from The Vestry. SF Muni bus lines 14, 22, 33, 49, and the J CHURCH light rail are all within walking distance. There are also All Nighter bus routes available throughout the city and surrounding counties.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Aside from metered street parking (enforcement ending at 6pm), there is no parking provided onsite. There are parking garages located in the neighborhood. One is the Mission & Bartlett Garage at 90 Bartlett St. (between 21st and 22nd Streets). Another is the Hoff Street Garage at 42 Hoff (between 16th and 17th Streets).
A word from The Vestry
The Vestry resides in the beautifully restored historic building at 777 Valencia, in the heart of the Mission dining scene. The menu features seasonal contemporary Californian cuisine with influences from France, Italy and the Mediterranean, served on dining tables handcrafted from original wood from the building. The bar features cocktails created from quality spirits and flavors, along with a carefully chosen selection of wines by the glass and bottle.

Dining options range from sitting at the bar or intimate tables for two, to larger tables right in the mix, with private dining areas for larger parties. An outdoor dining patio with full sun in the daytime and warm heaters and blankets at night creates another option for dinner or weekend brunch.

Going to a show at The Chapel? Reserve a table for either before or after the show for a convenient, delicious dinner and drinks. The Vestry is also a great go-to spot for late night dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Vestry reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (31)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (19)great for brunch (18)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (13)fit for foodies (12)late-night find (9)special occasion (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nothing special
    Dewfactor
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    The restaurant is very convenient to The Chapel, obviously, and is in a good location for the Valencia club/bar scene. The food was ok: pork tenderloin breaded & paper-thin (not how you expect meat described as "tenderloin" rather than paillard or cutlet on the menu); sturgeon was an appetizer sized portion -- although it was billed and priced as an entree; the burgers were fine, but nothing special. The fritto misto appetizer was weirdly soggy and quite spicy. The drinks were fine, the joint was jumpin', but the service was really awful, slow, lackadaisical, & frustratingly uncommunicative. Fish came first, 5 min later pork, 10 min later burgers: hey, kitchen, I can screw up timing at home -- you're supposed to be PROFESSIONALS.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner prior to Chapel venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food and service were average. Enjoyed the cremini flatbread and meatballs. Had the fritto misto and fatty pork (cant recall their menu names), I would not re-order either. Our party of 4 was cramped into a corner - annoying to have other guests bump us from behind. Dinner music was too loud, and we asked if they could lower the volume. Instead it felt like they turned up louder. If it wasnt for the location of Vestry being next to our post-dinner event at Chapel, I would not return given this experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fish
    Romanticouple
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The table for two in the side room is too small for two people and squished up against the wall. I suggest creating more space for the tables for two in the side room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We went to see Marc and the Casuals at the Chapel and the show was excellent. The acoustics were great, the crowd fun. Food at the Vestry was tasty, but pricey. Small portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect spot in The Mission
    AuthenticityseekerVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Not to be missed if you are looking for an authentic San Francisco experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy. loud
    momsthewordVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    so, this is a tough one. the food here was really good, but the bar is definitely the draw, which means that it is so load that it was hard at times to hear the people i was with, although most of the time it was okay. but the tables for the dining areas are not ideally situated. it feels like a bar that decided that they should also have a restaurant. that being said, the food was fab, and very well priced.n the croustini was exceptional. the sturgeon the same. we skipped dessert, but they looked good too. service was fine. not great, not bad. fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    I went here with my wife before a show at the Chapel. We really enjoyed our dinner; we started with the chantrelle flatbread which was rich and flavorful, done just right. For entrees my wife had the radiatore pasta with kale and squash, it was very tasty. I'm not a huge fan of either kale or squash but this was delicious. I was a bit less enamored with my Sardinian sausage with fregola past...it was okay but nothing exceptional. Still not a bad dinner. The dessert sealed the deal for us, we go the "It IS it", a delicious (and generously portioned) serving of ice cream with oatmeal cookie, toffee, and a hard chocolage fudge shell. Great way to round out the meal. We'll definitely be back. The brunch seems to get good reviews.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A birthday night to remember
    2good2miss
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    I booked on-line for a special night out on my birthday. My wife and I were in town from Santa Barbara and thought we'd catch The Reverend Horton Heat. Not knowing SF too well we took our chances and settled for both dinner and show at the Vestry. It couldn't have been better. We were made very welcome by your manager Nate and waitress Alex. They were attentive and provided exceptional service. I might add that I am known to be very picky. We would both like to extend our gratitude for making our evening with you one to remember. The ambiance in the dinning area made us very comfortable. I'm glad you provided an opportunity for us to comment. Many thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for "show" only
    myrtlepie
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Don't wait to try The Vestry until you are going to a show at The Chapel. Stop in, have a delicious, hand made cocktail and enjoy a few of the lovely, tapas-like plates offered. The meatballs are AMAZING and I am a meatball lover. Nice cheese plate and good choice of flatbreads. I wasn't as excited about the profiterole dessert as I wanted to be but all in all it was a great experience. Our server was just friendly enough and it was a fun place to go. I know the owner has a great restaurant in the east bay that I have always loved and I don't know why I waited til now to try The Vestry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; not a late night spot
    mikeNjamesVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We enjoyed our first visit to The Vestry; the food we tried was thoughtful and well executed. However, we made a post-theatre reservation for 11:00PM because the restaurant information says: "The kitchen is open every day, Monday - Sunday 5pm - 1am." This is misleading. After ordering an appetizer or two and a first bottle of wine, we were told that the kitchen was "staying open" for us for a short time longer and that we had to order anything else off the main menu right away; then at 11:10, we were told that we would have to order any additional food off the limited bar menu. We left shortly thereafter. But again, the food we tried was good. And the server was polite and attentive. One other thing: The place is loud. Very very very loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant
    Mldot1
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Been 3x since it opened and I love it every time. My goal is to become a regular before this place undoubtedly blows up. Honestly don't think I could be disappointed with a meal here. And the bartender makes a mean old fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Mimi
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Seems to also have a great music scene. Definitely get the burger next time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food/good prices
    judgec
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    A good selection of dishes. Their salads interesting and different. Also very tastey. The big mushrooms in the broth for the chicken tortolloni were delicious. The server could have been more attentive, but he was very friendly when he did come around.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unusual spoy
    jannVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    fun place very different from the norm would go back again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Troubled Waters
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Was excited to visit this new venue with a group from out-of-town. There were 4 of us.. The Vestry is dark and moody and the restaurant feels anchored around a bar. In fact, the bar seems to be the hero and the restaurant feels like an extension of bar tables. The menu is a confusing mix of small and large plates. We were told to think of the menu as a family style offering of plates to share. But you have no idea how much food comes on a plate or how to share the items (soup?, a burger?). The prices seem high and offered no clue to ordering (a little food or a lot?). Our table was also a nightmare - 2' by 4' table for 4 people. Plates stacked on glasses is no fun. Drinks expensive and packed full of ice. Two sips and done. Sad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun at the Vestry
    Simone
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The Vestry is a great spot not only for dinner, but late night dining (kitchen open until 1), great expansive bar scene and even a bit of entertainment next door at the Chapel. As we were familiar with the menu at A Cote, the Vestry's "sister" restaurant in Rockridge, we were pleasantly surprised to see very familiar options on the menu but at a lower price point. The flatbread (nectarine and prosciutto) was to die for, definitely get the meatballs and try one of their signature cocktails just for fun. If you're a creature of habit and know your drink, they have a great bar and are completely open to making your drink of choice for you, and generously offer to spice up the drink with ingredients you may not have chosen before. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off to a fine start.
    WillMc
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Seeing that The Vestry had just recently opened and planning on seeing a show at The Chapel, I figured this would make a fine pre-show stop. Initially seated in the courtyard, we discovered the stools for the two-tops were a bit to uncomfortable for anything more than a drink, so we were courteously brought to one of the communal tables inside. The wine selection was respectable. Entrees were quite good. The Toulouse sausage with sauerkraut and pickled turnips was perfectly complimentary. The meatballs were also very good, although the sauce was a little over seasoned. Dessert was spot on, with the brioche doughnuts taking a star turn, along with brilliant cheesecake-in-a-mason-jar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.