Royal Exchange
Royal Exchange
  • Address:
    301 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Royal Exchange

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://royalexchange.com/
  • Phone: 4159561710x100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    We are closed on Saturday and Sunday but do host private events on the weekends.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do cater to local businesses, our full menu is available and more options are coming soon. Please call.
  • Entertainment: Watch your favorite team on one of our 17 televisions or stop by before you head over to a San Francisco Giants home game. We show all major sporting events, and have a great sports bar atmosphere so come and cheer for your team. Meet your friends for lunch or after work to enjoy one of the 32 micro, domestic or imported beers on tap and delicious American-style pub food. We serve delicious food as well as offer a full bar with innovative and delicious cocktails. Some of our most popular dishes are our NY Steak, Cioppino & the Royal Cobb Salad. We are also known for our burgers that are served any way you like it!
  • Special Events: The Royal is closed on the weekends and is available to host private events such as birthday parties, cocktail parties, corporate events & holiday parties. We have great rates and a fun space. Please call owner Mike O'Brien with any inquiries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front
  • Public Transit: Muni Line: L, K, N, M, T and J exit Embarcadero Station
    Bart: Exit Embarcadero Station
    Muni Bus: 5, 8X, 101 and 30
    The California St Trolley: Exit Embarcadero Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on weekends or after 7pm. Embarcadero 1 Parking is right across the street as well.
A word from Royal Exchange
THE ROYAL EXCHANGE IS A LANDMARK RESTAURANT situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District since 1972. One of the city’s best-kept secrets for good eats and drinks, the Royal is a place for everyone in need of a dose of nourishment for body, mind and spirit. Our warm, lively pub and casual American eatery boasts 72 taps, specializing in 32 different micro, imported and domestic beers, as well as a host of inventive cocktails. Housed with 17 televisions and satellite access, the Royal Exchange is the perfect place to cheer on your favorite sports team.

Whether it be for lunch, solo dining, afternoon snacks or an after-work gathering or a private event, now’s the time to grab your friends and tell them to “Meet Me at the Royal.’’
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Royal Exchange reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)special occasion (1)neighborhood gem (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Birthday lunch
    SweetieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took a good friend for late lunch...2 p.m. Place largely empty...quiet. Wonderful service. Very good salmon platter...variety of grilled veggies none overcooked. They put a candle in birthday mousse and our waiter (a honey) even sang with me! Check it out. Sweetie
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice New Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had lunch with my cousin here and we had a ball. Nice area and the people were great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Royal Exchange reviews archive.
  • A Happy Happy Hour
    sjoanns
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Went here after work with my family who were visiting. Place was very busy but they sat us quickly. Service was fast and friendly and food was delish. Great drinks too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's one of my go-to places
    DaleTVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Royal Exchange is always tasty, consistent and a friendly staff. Their Miramonte salad is awesome!! The grilled shrimp on top.. YUMMY!!! Sometimes I have to get 2 skewers. And a very light lemon vinaigrette. Lots of other tasty options too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Gem
    KathTs7
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    If you work downtown, this is the place for lunch and/or Happy Hour. The atmosphere is relax and the service is great. Try the Fish and Chips, really good or the Gorgonzola-Walnut Salad and add some grilled chicken, the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food, a little pricey..
    Toddf
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Good choices for food, but at $48 for lunch including tip I thought it was a little pricey. I would still go back, but not if I wanted a cheaper lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    DoubleB
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    An informal business lunch. Half of us had burger, and the other half pasta - which was the special dish of the day. I am pleased I chose the pasta. It was creamy, with plenty of bacon, shrimps and asparagus - an unusual but very nice combination. My colleagues who chose the burger were not as pleased with their dish, and I must admit I have seen burgers servede with nicer extras elsewhere. The meat looked good though. Service was great. The Royal Exchange is a really good option for lunch in the business district.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quaint little pub...
    GenoVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Nice quaint little pub... Food was good service was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Royal Exchange continues to provide quality lunches in fun pub setting. Service always excellent with friendly staff. I having been coming here for years since I worked downtown. I am retired now but continue to choose Royal whenever I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The salad was good except
    RmenascheVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    The salad was good except that my salmon was overcooked.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waiter polietly(and without
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    The waiter polietly(and without being asked) split an entree my friends were sharing, we were seated quickly and served immediatly. However, I disliked that we weren't allowed to make a reservation at noon (presumably because they're too busy to accept reservations at that time) And we were "repremanded" for trying to pay with any more than 3 credit cards (our table of 6 asked to split the bill evenly between all of us-we weren't even picky enough to ask the the salmon go on MY card and the salad on another). All in all, it was a 50/50 experience, most of the good was offset by most of the bad!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only bad part was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    The only bad part was the hostess who was very rude to our party due to the fact that not all 12 of us showed up at the exact same time. The back room was perfect and our server was excellent. The bill was pretty outrageous, but as it was a successful game one of the world series we were all a little too intoxicated to know if it was incorrect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty meh. Despite reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Pretty meh. Despite reservations and a not very busy dinning room we were kept waiting 10-15 minutes. Service OK, not bad but a bit rushed. Food was pretty disappointing. Nothing wrong, but nothing that good either.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group Lunch
    KathTs7
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Tables are a bit cramp but they made it comfortable and the service was great. They were friendly and efficient. The Food was great, love their Fish and Chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love that reservations are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Love that reservations are now available. LOVE the grilled salmon salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Royal Exchange. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    I love Royal Exchange. I love it so much that I go, sometimes, twice a week. The food is deelish. They have a great happy hour menu and service is great. Staff is fun and very tentative. Awesome spot to watch sports as well. My friends and I enjoy meeting at Royal Exchange. It is our favorite stomping ground.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Royal Exchange is great place
    TwinkieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    Royal Exchange is great place to lunch by yourself or with friends. The staff is friendly and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Seemed like a "real" place;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    Seemed like a "real" place; good pub atmosphere; would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was good -- so was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Service was good -- so was the burger. Beer was cold. Appetizer fries were inedible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it that reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Love it that reservations are now available on Open Table. The food was great! Just a little too loud but love the private booth!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Royal Exchange is a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    Royal Exchange is a great place to go for lunch in the financial district when you want to do something special with your friends. If you make a reservation on Open Table you will have one of their back booths waiting when you get there. Their menu has a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and entrees. My favorites are their black & blue salad with steak and blue cheese and their hamburger.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is always good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2012
    The food is always good. They always have TVs on with various sporting events so it can get very lively in the bar area, but they also have a lot of booths along the back wall that provide plenty of privacy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun spot for lunch
    halfacookie
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    Great lunch spot for a casual meal with friends or business colleagues. Loved the caesar and Goose Island brew on tap.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • typical Sports bar food...will
    May565
    Dined on 3/1/2012
    typical Sports bar food...will probably go back maybe during happy hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm a burger lover and have
    August2014
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    I'm a burger lover and have always enjoyed burgers at this restaurant that's so convenient to my work place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strictly a happy hour joint,
    LoveMyFoodVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2011
    Strictly a happy hour joint, but probably the best for the financial district. Drinks are served in decent portions but food, although edible and better than its neighbors' food, and service are mediocre at best.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really enjoy this old San
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2011
    I really enjoy this old San Franciso bar and grill. I love the ambiance and enjoy taking my out of town family to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Been going here for years.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    Been going here for years. Love it. Varied menu, service is usually good, food is consistently good and their Black and Bleu salad is FABULOUS!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was especially pleased with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    I was especially pleased with the salad this visit. Very filling and just the right amount of dressing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant is convient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    This restaurant is convient as it is two blocks away from my work. Great for having lunch with coworkers or clients. A satisfactory place for pub food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice bar scene, very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    Nice bar scene, very good selection of sandwiches, and a server who had opinions (which I love). Staff is friendly and service as well as food was excellent w/o being rushed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great spot for happy
    susanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2011
    This is a great spot for happy hour, or a burger after work.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want to enjoy bar food
    runster
    Dined on 8/23/2011
    If you want to enjoy bar food and still feel good about yourself after your visit..... this is the place to go! Nothing is overly oily greay or otherwise artery clogging and yet the taste is there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food are both
    ren205VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    Service and food are both equally poor. But there aren't that many pubs in the financial district.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food although nothing
    Karen2845
    Dined on 6/8/2011
    Good food although nothing on the menu for a vegan diet. The booths are perfect for business conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typical bar setting and bar
    LoveMyFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Typical bar setting and bar food. Service was fine, but nothing spectacular. Food was as expected, again, good, but nothing amazing. Fun vibe, though, unless you hate crowds, but good for a drink with lunch and watching sports.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the relaxed feel of
    KathTs7
    Dined on 5/25/2011
    I love the relaxed feel of this place - small and cozy. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Fish and Chips was delicious. Service was well-timed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fast service, food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2011
    fast service, food was good except my ceaser salad was way over dressed. 1/2 the dressing and it would have been perfect. My friend had the chicked pita and she was pleased with it. Next time I will ask for dressing on the side, or choose a sandwich.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pub food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2011
    If you are in the mood for pub food, this is a great place downtown. I always get the club sandwich with fries. Their fries are delicious! Get there early or late for a comfy booth and enjoy being tucked away from work for a little while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    Went for lunch. Had a menu that contained items that were NOT available for lunch. WTF?? Waitress has a chip on her shoulder and wasn't too friendly. Cold but efficient comes to mind. However, the food was ok but leaned toward the typical bar food of defrost and reheat and/or fried items. Go here for the drinks (it's usually packed weeknights) but I'd go elsewhere for the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate