Boxing Room
Boxing Room
  • Address:
    399 Grove Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

Boxing Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boxingroom.com/
  • Phone: 4154306590x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM,
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Justin Simoneaux
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough Street
  • Public Transit: Muni 21 Hayes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on Gough and Grove Streets. In addition the Performing Arts garage across from Boxing Room on Grove Street.
A word from Boxing Room
Boxing Room opened in 2011 in the former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory, located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux, a Southern Louisiana native, celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. Additionally, Boxing Room offers oysters from the raw bar, and an extensive selection of beer and wine on tap. Since opening, Boxing Room has been named one of San Francisco’s Best New Restaurants by 7x7 magazine, and San Francisco magazine gave the restaurant a 3-star review. Boxing Room is open daily for dinner, lunch during the week, and brunch on the weekend.
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Boxing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (61)good for groups (41)great for brunch (32)great for lunch (31)hot spot (21)special occasion (19)notable wine list (18)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (11)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • A Taste of New Orleans
    TK21979
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Friends and I were on our way to the Kermit Ruffins concert nearby, and a friend suggested this place, as I'd requested Cajun cuisine. The food was tasty, Black Eyed Pea & Boiled Peanut Dip w/ chips is a great starter, the atmosphere lively - if a touch more elevated than anticipated - and the drinks got us ready for a night of dancing to incredible music!! Our main server was either having an off night, or suffers from personality paralysis. #blesshisheart We were served the rabbit rillette by mistake, much to the delight of my friends, and me, when it wasn't on my bill. I'll definitely come back when I'm craving some Cajun cuisine in the City by the Bay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boxing Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with the food even though the menu was very small.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great late night spot
    elixir0219
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    after the symphony this was a great place to catch up with friends - open late, great wine on tap, great food - highly recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a Concert
    Bobba
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very pleasant place with flavorful Cajun food. Dishes were just the right size, each one with a unique, pleasantly spiced taste. Good service with consideration for the timing of our after dinner plans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for the Symphony!
    Jacinthecity
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Only 5 minute walk from the Symphony and Opera, the Boxing Room is the perfect pre-show dinner spot. They offer carafes of wine (4 big glasses) for reasonable prices$36-42 and have a fun menu of southern soul food, including Fried Gator! Yum! The service was great as well. Our server was very nice and quick which was important for getting to the show on time. Overall, great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cajun Flair!
    RetiredGourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had lunch at 2pm. Boiled peanuts, vegetarian pasta, Gumbo. Heaven!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    But unfortunately didn't. Our server was very kind and attentive. The ambience was beautiful, loved the open air kitchen and the woodwork. Everything else was subpar. The fried gator could have been fried anything. The shrimp and grits had very little flavor. The gumbo tasted burnt. The coffee was disgusting and looked oily. It's a shame because we really wanted to like it.
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  • Tasty Bruch spot
    Beersnob
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you love New Orleans and the food, this is the place. Hush puppies, Po Boys, and oysters are there! The wait staff was not very friendly but we were there 11'ish on a Sunday. We had the breakfast Po Boy and thought it was the best brunch we have ever had. It is located near the Opera House and Symphony and it's fun and good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great west coast take on southern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Take this critique with a grain of salt from a southern girl who is extremely picky when it comes to anything fried! First of all, their hush puppies were one the best takes I've had in CA. Fried chicken was moist, crispy and tasty, but not southern good. The gravy was amazing! They give you you complimentary pimento cheese spread once you're seated. Points for that! However, points taken for not being a good, basic dip. All in all, I'd say it's really good comfort food that is, (in my opinion) trying too hard to fusion southeast with west. 100% worth the visit, though. If you're southern, don't come expecting true south. If you're a western, come expecting really good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Am I in New Orleans?
    Bella
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I lived in New Orleans and just had the best red beans and rice I ever had at the Boxing Room. What a find! Great food and service. The raw oysters were divine. Nice vibe, several Abita beers on tap. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Orleans Treat
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Although I'm not a fan of New Orleans Cajun/Creole cuisine, the Boxing Room does produce some interesting and tasty dishes. Some of the favorites, like fried alligator, I will never experience. The gumbo is quite good, and the homemade (I think) bourbon ice cream is a keeper. It's convenient to the Civic Center, opera and symphony, and easy in and out for a quick bite before a performance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When life gives you fried lemons
    TRXTRMXTR
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I was surprised the joint was only beer and wine. However, their extensive list made it ok. My friend and I ate mostly small dishes. The fried alligator was notable for the lemons and dipping sauce. Delicious. The boudin balls were so good my friend ordered another helping. I moved on to the taurine, which was excellent. The pickled cherries and mustard matching perfectly. Next time, we'll try the fried chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    foodieamateur
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was our 1st time for Cajun cuisine, and it was much better than expected, I loved it! The gumbo and jambalaya were so good, and the bread pudding very good. I must say the best thing of this place, however, is the service, amazing friendly and promptly service, we felt pampered all the time. We had such a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy-yum-YUM!!!
    BlueMoonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Terrific melon/cucumber salad; addicting black-eyed pea/peanut dip and house made chips; to-die-for hush puppies...and those were just the starters! We will go back to Boxing Room ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 104 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 934 reviews are from the Boxing Room reviews archive.
  • MikieandJess
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The reason we chose this place for my fiancé's birthday dinner was the "fried gator" we love trying new things! It was awesome and the oysters were really good as well! Love a place that has yummy apps! Dinner was ok we have smoked ham and the jambalaya. Over all a decent experience. They could have wiped the table down after dinner and before dessert (my fiancé got sauce on his arm in the interim) but other than that staff was friendly and good timing for the most part!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    Heartluvr
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a great dinner after symphony matinee on a Sunday. Very tasty food, good value, sizeable portions, friendly attentive service, and knowledgeable waiter. I had the lamb special and my daughter had the fried chicken--both were delicious. Beignets were just like the ones I had in New Orleans. Yumm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've done brunch, dinner and lunch here. My dinning time preferences are also in that order. The brunch menu seems more spot on than the lunch menu, but they're all good. I've eaten here about 8 or 9 times over the past two years. The servings aren't huge, but most items are calorie dense and they have a great beer menu. It's hard to fault the service for anything. Best recommendation is that a pre opera or symphony reservation is hard to score here, so reserve several weeks in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place to go before any events in the Civic Center area where one wants to dine. We've been here for both lunch, brunch and dinner and it has always been good with lots of selections. This time it was brunch again starting with the baked oysters that were such a treat (and huge, too). Since there were 3, we had one each, and it was a treat. The biscuits were light and fluffy - yum, the eggs done to perfection. Thank you for making our brunch such a treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WendyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Staff was so friendly and very efficient. Food was delicious and I was so impressed with the bold southern flavors. Collard greens were my favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went before the symphony for dinner. The staff was very kind and accommodating; we especially appreciated the waiter's suggestions regarding wine pairings. The food was delicious, and food presentations were very attractive to the eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice service
    GdokVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food here is fine. It's tasty and enjoyable. But the service was the standout. It was attentive and fast. They were very willing to accommodate our tight schedule. Plus, we asked the server about some extra charge on our bill, and she explained that it helped to cover healthcare benefits for her. She also mentioned that the Absinthe group that owns the restaurant treats its servers very well. That's worth supporting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Opera dinner
    Raymond
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Ideal location for a pre-opera/symphony dinner. Cajun dishes were very good. interesting appetizers. Halibut was overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great place in Hayes Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We found another great fried chicken dish in the City!! Overall, the food was very tasty and generous portion. We will be back for sure !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters
    MissPicky
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    OMG, you MUST have the charbroiled oysters to start. Everything else is great but they are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jamieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Small menu, but interesting selections. I do not enjoy spicy food and there are always choices that I enjoy. This time I had the salmon, prepared perfectly. My husband had the alligator and the jambalaya -- each was well prepared. No cocktails available, to my husband's chagrin.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boxing room
    Lsllsl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Good food. Good service. Great location. Right near opera house and symphony. Good prices
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Lousianna Cuisine in SF
    live2eateat2live
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Boxing Room is a must! Everything is delicious. The decor is urban contemporary. The wine list is great and there are tons of local brews available on tap. Try the fried chicken. Try the collared greens. Try Granny G's Burger. And be sure to finish with some delicious beignets. You'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good brunch
    Valentines
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food is awesome. I just didn't understand why it was so hard to get a table on open table when the whole place was free the entire time I was there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been to the restaurant several times before a concert at Davies Hall. Our experiences have been very pleasant, but not Sunday 6/15. Our waitress wasn't attentive, the bowl of gumbo had spilt on the plate and coffee spilt on the saucer. Refill of coffee was offered after the check was presented. On previous visits the wait staff would refill our water glasses when it was low. Overall the food was tasty, but the service made this experience less than desirable. It was Father's Day - she didn't acknowledge or ask my husband if he's celebrating the day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Pre-Opera Go-To
    UpMarketVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Boxing Room has become our go-to restaurant prior to Civic Center cultural events. I love the food. The jambalaya is one of the most interesting and flavorful I have ever had. The fried chicken, moist and juicy. Pork terrine, wonderful with the pickled cherries. And the pickles themselves? Delicious. Gumbo is a bit smoky for my taste, but clearly started with a decent roux, nice and rich. Also a terrific wine and beer menu. I also deeply appreciate a restaurant that is so friendly, comfortable, and not combustibly loud so that I can enjoy dinner with my companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service near the opera house
    grapeqt7
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I ate here last Tuesday before going to see showboat at the sf opera house. The dinner menue doesn't start till 5pm so we sat at the bar. The bartender was Friendly and I found both the beer and wine list to be diverse. The restaurant Has a wonderful open feel to it even later in the evening when it was full. Our party Was a group of 4 myself, my mother and two of her nursing friends. One friend in Particular asked about 5 questions per menue item. Our waitress Charlotte was Great! She really took her time to make she that our friend understood what she Was going to get. I was very impressed with her menue knowledge and patience. The Food was good but nothing over the top. The fried chicken is worth a try. All together A great choice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try New Orleans!
    Louiseb
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My daughter and I shared two starters and two small entrees and a dessert. All were very good, although I would have liked a little less batter on the alligator...I wanted to really taste it and I could not. The sauces were great with both the alligator and the boudin balls (also very good). The lemon verbona ice cream was a little to herbal for me, and we both thought a good vanilla would have been better with the hot berry crumble! We would both go again...great value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and atmosphere
    BGOO
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been here a few times and the meal has always been consistently tasty. My gf and I split a salad, pickles, small Gumbo and Catfish and it was plenty of food. Also like the large selection of draught beers.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good first experience
    Phil
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed the different cuisine from the usual California fare. The catfish was excellent, great side dishes, and the deserts were exceptional. Many wine choices although the Chardonnay list by carafe or glass was limited. I'd highly suggest getting a bottle or carafe as we did have some sticker shock when the bill came and found the per glass wine really added to the bill.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    tlr123VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food and a terrific value. We were a group of four having dinner... Shared a good amount of dishes and went on to have some.super tasty desserts too.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Louisekatz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious food with a Cajun flair. Not if you are dieting, but a great evening for a splurge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Go on a date here, eat adventurous comfort food, and drink good beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Andy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The shrimp po boy sandwich was very tasty! Had an Abita beer and everything was delicious!
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Delight!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The Boxing Room is a bit of New Orleans in San Francisco and great fun with interesting food choices such as alligator, which I've never had, hush puppies, gumbos and beignets. All great fun to try and to savor. I recommend it for a definite change of pace!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was a very good choice for brunch, especially being able to try a lot of the extras like the beignets and the cheddar grits - yummy! The eggs benedict were wonderful and with a biscuit instead of an English muffin they were even better. We've been for dinner several times before and it was great to try this restaurant for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.