The Cavalier
The Cavalier

The Cavalier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecavaliersf.com/
  • Phone: 4153216000x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast:
    Served daily in the Blue Bar beginning at 7:00 am
    Lunch:
    Served daily from 11:30am to 3:00pm
    Dinner:
    Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
    Thursday through Saturday from 5:30pm to 11:00pm
    A Bar Menu is available daily from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Jennifer Puccio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available through Hotel Zetta; located at 55 Fifth Street on the corner of Jessie Street; adjacent to The Cavalier. Parking is offered at $20 for the first two hours, and $10 for each additional hour.


    Parking is also available at the Fifth and Mission - Yerba Buena Garage; located at 833 Mission Street. The garage is accessible from Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, as well as from Minna Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
A word from The Cavalier
The Cavalier is an all-day London-inspired brasserie, located in the new Hotel Zetta.

This is the third property for restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas & Chef Jennifer Puccio; the team behind Marlowe and Park Tavern. The team has collaborated with award winning San Francisco designer Ken Fulk, who has revamped the interior in deep leather banquettes, polished brass, zinc and white marble, giving it a posh and sultry feel.
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The Cavalier reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (141)vibrant bar scene (94)hot spot (85)great for lunch (73)good for groups (72)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (65)great for brunch (58)romantic (42)notable wine list (41)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great find
    MiswuVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    wonderful atmosphere and greta service. Food was invetive and delicious. Will definitely return in the near future
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyable "in" spot. Outstanding drink - the waiter was very helpful in describing the choices and helping me pick one I would like. The curry mushroom tart was superb. Also had the lamb scrumpets which were good, except for clumps of fat inside. Also a good steak and heirloom tomatoes. Very nice English clubby atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great menu and excellent food. Nice casual spot with very British Gastropub feel. Service can be a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cavalier is an understatement
    foodie2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Possibly the worst server a paying customer should get- condescending, arrogant, would not take ownership of his mistakes and overcharged on the bill-
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun times
    Daho
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I came for dinner with a friend, we had a reservation and were promptly seated at a really great table at the corner end of a really comfortable banquette. We shared an appetizer, which was plenty of food - the deviled crab and bay shrimp, it was delicious and inventive. Lovely food, lovely wine, great atmosphere. We had a great evening. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impressions
    FoodieFoodie87
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This rings true more so than ever in SF's premier restaurant scene. Our overall experience was wildly mediocre. That said, the drinks/bartender (Scotty) was great. Came here for bday dinner. Wait staff greeted us shortly after we were seated, never introducing himself as our waiter. He asked if we would like ice water or sparkling. After that, he disappeared for 25 minutes... I had to flag down the Maitre'D to ask where our waiter had gone. 5 minutes later, he returned, and made awkward remarks about how he "heard we were feeling neglected." Overall, food was good, not great. Bone marrow was great. Everything else was "meh." Cocktails were great. Bar service was great.
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  • MarinFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely and memorable evening at Cavalier. Such attentive, warm and friendly service made us feel at ease and welcome. The rib eye steak, brown sauce and chips was outstanding. Loved the commitment to quality such as Mill bread, Stumptown coffee and Samovar tea. Will return for more British specialties like Welsh rarebit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastro-Pub Done Right
    DanielCVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this place! So many gastro-pubs make a lackluster dent on elevating bar food, but The Cavalier does an exceptional job of modernizing traditional English and American fare without abandoning their roots. The atmosphere is spirited without needing to rely on interior cliches. It's well-thought out from food to drinks to service to style. It's easily become one of my go-to's for lunch with colleagues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Updated English food
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Having just returned from London, we were curious about this restaurant's fare. We had the mushroom curry pie, fish and chips, Sunday roast chicken, and hamburger. We all thought the food was good. We had the Brussel sprout chips beforehand and they were outstanding. The restaurant has metal chairs that made a horrible screeching noise whenever someone pulled one out across the tile floor. (It reminded us of nails across a chalkboard.) I'm not sure any of would go back, but it was worth a go.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Surprise
    SFTempTransplantVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    When my dining partner recommended this restaurant, I'd only passed it and thought it stuffy and maybe pretentious. Boy, was I wrong. This is a hidden gem and a very nice surprise for me. Service, from the door to the table, was excellent and far from stuffy. In fact, Jonathan, our waiter, was warm, engaging, and quite knowledgeable about the menu. His suggestions were right on, particularly for the oysters and the size of the fish and chips. The food was fantastic and a gourmet's delight. While I live near here during my stay in SF, I will return again, and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a lovely lunch at Le Cavalier and especially enjoyed the friendliness of the host and server. The heirloom tomato , avocado and burrata sandwich was one if the best sandwiches ever and the fries were fantastic! Located on Jessie, a small alley street just behind Nordstroms, it's a gem!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • British food with a twist
    eataroundsf
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A fine take on classic British fare, with delicious food and great ambiance. Scotch eggs, blood sausage and everything in between, done with flair and flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun dinner for six
    auntvava
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We all loved it. They did their best to seat us at a quiet table. The food was good and very sharable. Our server went out of her way to help us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh plus
    eatinginsf
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice menu but the food is average. Good service improved the experience. Decor felt unnecessarily over designed. Bar was the highlight—friendly bartenders and busy bar atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent brunch
    TheCavalier
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Brunch was excellent on Aug. 3, 2014. The food, cocktails, refreshers and dessert were all very good and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth It
    Foodbear
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've been wanting to come here since it opened. Contrary to my usual experience with overrated and overpriced San Francisco restaurants I wasn't disappointed. I thought Cavalier did a good job of representing the traditional London dinner club concept. Only the Steak Tartare was a disappointment. The Rarebit Soufflé and meat pies were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun atmosphere
    RetteVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Beef dripping chips are the best fries I've ever have.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    shelleyandfood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Every item we ordered was delicious - we had the Duck eggs, fries, port loin and mushroom pie. The two of us said we would be sharing everything and I was impressed that they split the meals for us on separate plates. We sat at the bar before our table was ready, and the drinks were expertly made too. Best cocktails I've had in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Yes, english food can be wonderful, and The Cavalier delivers. I was bitterly disappointed by the lack of steak and kidney pie, but the meal was marvelous
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but.....
    Jake415
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Not much to choose from on the menu. For lunch. mostly empty so noise not a problem but probably would be with a busy room.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Brunch!
    LooLoo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit to The Cavalier for an early brunch. I had the pancakes, which were absolutely delicious. My husband had the breakfast sandwich with a side of crispy potatoes. Everything was so flavorful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We waited 20+ for coffee; the server brought the appetizer (scones) after we had finished our main courses; we waited an absurd amount of time for our dishes to come out; they messed up an order (after being explicitly told about an allergy, they bring the dish out with an allergen on the plate); they had run out of one of the drinks, and only told us 20+ after; wait staff was very unprofessional and seldom came to check on us. Overall, terrible experience, and the decent food did not make up for the awful service. We will not return
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  • Great "British" food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Cavalier had wonderful service and ambience. We went for our 10 year wedding anniversary - and they greeted us with a champagne cocktail which started our night off right! The food was delicious but so rich - I couldn't even eat dessert buy my husband would recommend the Sticky Toffee pudding with lime ice cream. I would definitely go back soon for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Before theatre dinner
    calgal
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The cavalier is convenient to several theatres. The excellent service makes it possible to enjoy an extraordinary meal and still arrive in plenty of time for an 8:00 curtain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was spectacular - brussel sprout chips addictive. Entrees were perfect, and our waiter accommodated our request for a cheese plate (not on the menu) for dessert. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    caraya
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Amazing food and dining experience. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and are very personable. Authentic decor. Thinking about hosting our company's holiday dinner here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but service is lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've enjoyed a few visits to The Cavalier now and have really enjoyed myself. The ambiance is just what you'd expect from an upscale British Pub - and the best part is their food is actually quite good! I've only been in for brunch but I look forward to coming back in the evening if it's anything like their brunch menu. You can't beat their location downtown as they're tucked away in an alley right behind Nordstrom. My only complaint is the service; our server was unapologetically slow, inattentive and completely uninterested in whether or not we were content. Perhaps she was slammed and doing the best she could - whatever it was, here's to hoping they work out the level of service soon! Hope to come back soon for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    TimothyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service, food and wine were as good as it gets (our waiter was super attentive and knew what we wanted before we did). the crowd is a little touristy given the location and it the noise level was deafening in there on a Friday night (back room is a little bit better noise-wise), but the food/service experience more than made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I had dinner with 2 of my friends and we all loved our dinner at The Cavalier. Fantastic cocktails (we had the Pimms Cup and Gin & Tonic) and amazing food! I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends! Gabriel checked in on us and made us feel special. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cool spot
    ccpicks
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was my 2nd visit: Both for business events; One with a group and the 2nd for an interview candidate. It was very good both times. Service is attentive and timely. The ambience and decor is very nice. You almost forget your next to an ugly alley until you spot a strange passer by. Food is good but not what you can have every day. The black cod is good. Of course you cannot resist the slice of bacon that comes with it. I sampled the Fish and chips and they are ok.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place in San Francisco
    princeton
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Cavalier is a wonderful find. My boyfriend and I eat out frequently, at lot of the hot spots and many of the unknowns. Cavalier is the pinnacle for us because the ambiance is great, it's young and vibrant, the food is fabulous and the service is perfection. Ryan is our favorite server and I always want to go back just to see him - but the overall staff is on their game. LOVE this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful surprise!
    AmyGB
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was in San Fran for a few days with my kids and we decided to try this place based on the fact that their menu is inspired by traditional Irish/English dishes. The food was amazing. My son had the rib eye which was absolutely perfect, and my daughter had the fish and chips which were also fantastic. We're not usually big dessert people, but the Sticky Toffee Pudding was, in and of itself, a reason to give this place 5 stars. The service was excellent. Friendly and attentive, but not overbearing or stuffy. This was a perfect experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious menu and unique cocktails
    JLpa
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was great, and great bar menu. It was a little bit quiet for a friday night but I was there around 6:45 so maybe a bit early. Trendy interior, upscale-casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great space, great lunch
    atthetrough
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Went to Cavalier for the first time for lunch and greatly enjoyed it. Beautifully done spot, fabulous lobster roll accompanied by the best fries I've had in ages. Nice service. And the bartender knows how to make a terrific bloody mary. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even better than the first time!
    AllegrovVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit to The Cavalier and the restaurant certainly delivered! From truly professional bartenders, to terrific cocktails, outstanding food and impeccable service by David, this one is a keeper. Everything we tried was bursting with inventive flavors: farro & beats, heirloom tomato & cucumber salad, black cod, ribeye, and the mushroom "pie." Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing, as usual
    Suziecups
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been here, probably 6 times so far and it never fails me. Food is consistent, beautiful and the flavors are so well balanced. Service is friendly, professional and genuine. Of course I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, prefer Marlowe ambience
    Flick
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Unfortunately we were put in one of the few center tables, which I don't like but not their fault....someone's gotta sit there. Extremely noisey - just like london restaurants, fine with noise level eccept had to repeat everything twice for the waitet - though some of that was probably my accent. Food was good, had the chicken and the fish n chips. Was a little disappointed my Pimms cup didn't have chunks of fruit and cucumber in it - as is custom in the UK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    excellent California take on english pub food all of the good and none of the bad beautiful space too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best
    Gigi
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food and service was excellent and rates as one of the best restaurants I've been too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    TaddyBoy
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was a lovely, sunny, June Sunday morning in San Francisco and "The Cavalier" ended up providing the cherry-on-the-cake. Admittedly, there weren't too many diners that morning but that ended up being perfect for me and my beautiful date. I wanted to impress her and The Cavalier really helped me do that. We took our time to order as we wanted to catch up and there was no pressure to order. All very European! She commented that the choice of teas offered on the menu was very selective and in very good taste! She ordered a Cappuccino and described it as "perfect." The food was tremendous. I ordered "The English" and my date the "Breakfast Sandwich." Delicious and all very tasteful! We'll definitely be back. Many thanks:-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.