Sears Fine Food

Sears Fine Food

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.searsfinefood.com/
  • Phone: (415) 986-1160
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Kim 4159811951

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sutter
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sears Fine Food
The dinner menu at Sears Fine Food spotlights some of the finest, freshest local fish and shellfish, as well as home-style cuisine. One popular dinner entree is White Seafood Pasta, with crab, shrimp, and clams in sherry cream sauce. The Combination Louie Salad is another scrumptious favorite. If you're more into turf than surf, consider the Sears Special Baby Back Ribs or a T-bone steak. Sears is home to the legendary Dollar Size Pancakes, and don't leave San Francisco without indulging in their world-famous Swedish pancake plate that includes 18 of these tempting plattar along with warm maple syrup and whipped butter, bacon or link sausage. When you dine at Sears Fine Food, you're sure to leave full and satisfied.
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Sears Fine Food reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Traditional, good food
    Bobm
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We ate here early on a Sunday night before theater. Stepping inside was like stepping back in time to old San Francisco, with the hex-tile floor, pictures on the wall, and lighting. The food and service were quite good and the prices reasonable. We had Mac and cheese with ham, good and not too salty; penne with vegetables and added shrimp, excellent; and fish and chips. The fries and slaw on the side were excellent. However, talapia is a mediocre fish. Traditional cod would be better. The Pinot I had was excellent. After dinner we were given a coin for a spin in the slot machine and won a nice prize. I can't promise that will happen next time, but I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    JulieBrown0428
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a wonderful time here, great food and a fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ho-hum
    Finickygal
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wanted to like this place. Lovely room and great location. Food was so mediocre. Nothing special but pancakes for dinner?
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  • What a treat.
    Fatima
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Thank you for making our dinning experience extra special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had "The Blue Plate Special" Thursday turkey dinner. It was delicious. The turkey was moist, potatoes, perfect. I will go back next time for breakfast. That looked killer. It's an institution in SF and now I know why.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Home-Cooked Meals
    EmpressRego777
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The group I was with had Pot Roast, Lamb Tenderloin, Stroganoff, and Roasted Chicken. I had some of each and was impressed with every dish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    camkingVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The smoked salmon starter was nice, and the burger was just OK - nothing special. Restaurant was busy and they still managed to seat me a few minutes early, so plus points for that, but service after that was pretty much non-existent, sadly.
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  • First time at Sears Fine Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our party of four had the Italian Meatloaf special, the Sand Dab special and the Roast Turkey special. The other party member ordered the Ruben Sandwich. All orders were very tasty and the proportions were generous. The general ambiance was good and the decor was appropriate for the late 1930's when the restaurant was originally opened. We will keep Sears Fine Foods in mind for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent meal. Price not crazy
    chaos395VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a Union Square, SF restaurant with good food and a mediocre wine list. You would think a San Francisco restaurant, which is so close to Napa and Sonoma wine country, would have a more reliable, and extensive wine list but this wasn't the case. Our waiter was attentive and helpful despite having quite a few other tables to service. I think the pricing was very reasonable, considering the food quality, which was good. The restaurant was not too noisy. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, at Stockton and Sutter and we were about one block away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    TarncaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First time trying. For the price, nothing really special. Just average all around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just missed the happy hr
    yummyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    they have beer and wine. our server wasn't attentive though. thank God there was a pitcher of water next to us so we could refill ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Seated right away, waiter name Eddie very pleasant and explained specials well
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Sears Fine Food reviews archive.
  • Sears a Great Standard
    SFTempTransplantVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've always enjoyed going to Sears. It is a nice trip back time for a good dining experience. Their signature dishes like the pancakes are just the way I like them every time I go. I really like the atmosphere, which is that of a throwback, club room, without the lofty price tag. I'll keep coming back to Sears, time after time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner, better for brunch
    dvdptr1VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Have been to Sears Fine Food multiple times for breakfast, and they are one of my favorites in San Francisco... This time, I tried them for dinner. The food was good, but not great. There are probably better places in the area for dinner.. The this place is a MUST do for breakfast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off Day, Call Chief Ramsey
    sfrob
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was an off day for the cooking staff . I ordered their Thursday Blue Plate Special, turkey breast. Having been there many times in the past, I was usually very satisfied. Not this time. Although the turkey looked fully cooked, it was tough and very not tasty. I told the server who was kind enough to take it back to the kitchen and try to improve the taste of the bird, it was not successful. I told her of my displeasure but nothing further was done. In addition they at first did not give me the early bird discount for my glass of wine. I think that I was expecting not to be charged for the tough old bird. But that was not the case, not even any discount was given.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic SF
    Sctphil
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had dinner at the San Francisco institution, Sears Fine Food. The meal was very good (prime rib) and the service was very friendly and attentive. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was great
    Rickimatsu
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The waiter was a little absent minded and a bit rude.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, service iffy
    whitR
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We dined here in the evening and food was very good and our server was very helpful in offering alternatives for my wife who has food allergies to the usual potatoes/etc. sides. We returned for breakfast and it was medium busy our server kept telling my wife she couldn't substitute anything for the breakfast sides until she insisted he ask the manager. So the "manager' wouldn't allow her to change the potatoes and bread she can't eat for some avocado. Having worked in the restaurant business I find it unacceptable to be inflexible to a customers request plus charging for a trivial amount of something. Our breakfast experience at Sears was spoiled and we thought we'd of been better off a block up at Roxanne's where they gladly substitute
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Comfort Food and Drink
    sfrob
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    In the heart of Union Square is a wonderful diner type restaurant. Service is good. As is the food and prices. I would go back anytime!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Sears Fine Food is a strange place on a weeknight. It was half empty with most of the patrons either lost tourists or single old lonely men. It looks like a German beer hall and is very poorly lit. There was just one waiter so we had to wait a long time for everything. I don't know what happens when it's full of diners! We came here only because it was Pancake Day (aka Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday) and we wanted something else than homemade pancakes. Their Swedish-style pancakes are okay but there are only two toppings to choose from - maple syrup or lingonberries. I asked for lemon with my tea and never got it. The tea itself was the worst green tea I ever had. Can't comment on the rest of their menu but I won't be back to try it.
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  • Great diner in union square
    GourmetGlutton
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    A truly pleasant place, takes pride in its longevity. Good food selection, 4 different Benedicts to choose from. Service is adequate, but the hosts are terrible, at least during the breakfast hours. Was ready to leave just because of them, glad I stayed for what turned out to be a decent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get there early for breakfast!
    Nautilus
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our hotel was right around the corner so we went here for breakfast and dinner. The place fills quickly for breakfast, so get there early. Dinner was very good with good table service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My honey and I went to Sear's
    Jaystorm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My honey and I went to Sear's both our first times on Valentines Day. Everything was perfect, our waiter was great. I'm definitely going here again. *thumbs up!*
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Rexx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. I was expecting more of a romantic setting. Sears is a corner diner style setting. Cute for lunch or casual dinning experience but not for romance. Food was good and service was prompt. Wait staff never offered to refill my water or soda. Wait staff never wished us a happy anniversary. Husband loved his mussels and seafood linguine. My "small" chicken Caesar salad was tasty and enough to serve two. Overall good experience would go back for lunch or light dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime rib
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was a perfect prime rib. Juicy, flavorful and the right portion and thickness. I tried to eat it all! But couldn't.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place for a meal.
    Templar
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    One of the best places to eat in San Francisco: Sears Fine Foods is quickly becoming a favorite for us. They are polite, efficient and reasonably priced. The food is very good, for the money especially! They have a decent wine list and the menu has something for everyone. Sears is a piece of San Francisco history that has, like the city itself, improved with age.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Short rib special
    Vicki562
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Casual Sat. Night dinner, the food was excellent. I had the short rib special, they were amazing, with a wonderful demi-glaze. Cobbler also perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give Sears Fine Food a Try!
    Malaga6
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My friend and I are natives of SF and I had never eaten at Sears Fine Food before, despite it on Powell Street over the years. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, the service and the quiet ambiance, despite the hustle and bustle of a typical Saturday evening crowd on Union Square. The decor reminds me of old SF eateries like the Tadich Grill or John's Grill - very comfortable and relaxing. I love the crab chowder and my NY steak was cooked to perfection. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old School casual with diverse menu
    daveattoshiba
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    My wife and I arrived in SFO at night and made it to our hotel on Union Square in time to take advantage of this historic eatery. We had been there for their reknown pancake breakfast in the past and due to the hour we decided to try them for dinner. We weren't disappointed. my wife had prime rib and I had a reuben sandwich. both were made well and filling. There is a reason they have been in business since 1938! good food, affordable, affable ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for New Year's
    kimheggins
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a fabulous waitress, the food was amazing and great prices, we love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not stand behind reservation
    DennisM
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I used your online reservation service to make a reservation on December 30th. When I arrived at the restaurant the host stated that they were not honoring reservations made through your website that evening. He stated there was a miscommunication between the owner and OpenTable. It seems to me that good customer service dictates that the customer be taken care of and miscommunications between a vendor be taken care of behind the scenes. Score zero for customer service.
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  • Good Food, Fair Prices
    sfrob
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Everything was as expected. Tasty food, good service, fair prices considering it's Union Square Lication. Will most assuredly return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, reasonable prices
    Julie
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Had a very good dinner. Dungeness crab soup was delicious. Filet mignon cooked perfectly. Happy hour appetizers of calamari and blue fondue were wonderful. Service was slow -- seemed like restaurant was short staffed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like old times-loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Just like old times-loved this place when I worked in the City and our visit during a busy Christmas season Saturday night was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wanted old San Francisco charm
    Patti
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Wanted old San Francisco charm for dinner with large family group. Was pleasantly surprised at the menu selection and each of us thought the food quality was great. We would all definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Betsy
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Overall we were disappointed. They acknowledged our reservation even though we were 45 minutes late due to traffic. The service was OK but the food was only fair and pricey. Salad lettuce was old. Fish and chips were greasy. I would go back for breakfast or lunch but not dinner.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • doesn't honor open table reservatio
    Cinematographer
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Hostess was singularly unhelpful as was the manager. There are lots of great restaurants in the city.This is not one of them. Having ate here out of convenience several times I can the food and service are ok at best.
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  • Sear's Fine Food
    Paul
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    I love this place. It was owned by my friend's Swedish family, who started it in San Luis Obispo. We came on Black Friday for dinner, and booked through open Table, getting seats for the three of us on time, and in the energetic and fun-filled dining room area. We shared a bottle of white wine and munched on everything from mussles in garlic-butter sauce, to crabs legs, and sole. We finished the meal off with a yummy blueberry crisp. Our waiter was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco Landmark Dining!!
    tnhawkeye1
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Always a treat to dine at Sears when in San Francisco. Excellent and friendly staff with food fit for royalty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and great service
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Sears Fine Food has a diverse menu that delivers great food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic