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
248 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (151)vibrant bar scene (96)hot spot (92)good for groups (80)neighborhood gem (75)special occasion (62)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (47)romantic (45)notable wine list (41)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Perfect Special Occasion
    swimrena
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Amazing food! Probably best food my husband and I have had in SF... We're big foodies - and we were not disappointed. Fabulous drinks. They made our special occasion even more romantic by seating us in the corner of the restaurant and providing us with a complimentary DELICIOUS drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jolly Good!
    Sean
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had wanted to try this place for breakfast but made it to supper instead. Amazing food! Attentive and knowledgable staff and luxe surroundings. Had champagne, oysters and the most heavenly fries with beef drippings. Yum! A great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evitesseq
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    terrific surprise. creative, appealing menu, not gimmicky. staff couldn't have been nicer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip and Historic
    mpattyfly
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Feel like you're in a French Bistro amongst the happening crowd of early 20th Century Paris. The bar area is the place to hang out, have some drinks and a light meal and take in the great ambience. Great date spot or place to meet friends after work before you're off for the night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for client lunches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very nice spot for a client meeting or lunch. Quiet so you can discuss business, but not too quiet where there's a lot of awkwardness if the conversation lulls. Burger was a little too salty and bacon was like a chip but otherwise not bad.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The perfect spot for a dinner before heading to the theater. The bone marrow and oysters were spot on. Our waitress was the perfect amount of attentiveness. The smoked duck salad was wonderful. As someone visiting from out of town, I'll definitely look forward to another visit on my next trip to San Fran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and ambiance.
    Alex
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We liked the food and the service was quite good. It was noiser that we would have preferred
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining out of town guests
    DinnerwithDadVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fun place to take friends from out of town. Great cocktails, food and wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER Skip the Brussel Sprout Chips
    KayTee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service is especially memorable because no matter who took your order, other servers were always on hand to help out and extremely courteous. Even if it was just refilling your water or dropping a plate off. It being my boyfriend's first time at The Cavalier, it was an awesome site to watch him take his first bite of the Marlowe Burger and seeing his eyes widen at how good it was. Never skip the brussel sprout chips!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Gem by Hotel Zetta!
    mswsnson55
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time here and really enjoyed the location, food and wine available! Loved the bone marrow and duck beet salad...only draw back were the hovering bussers, too much time spent at our table which interrupted our conversation too many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was very slow, although the waitress seemed to be rushing us at first. Boy did that change. At the end of the meal I had to ask two people for cream for coffee, and by the time it arrived coffee was cold. I hope slow service was due to a short staffed evening, because otherwise the dinner was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    NancyLu
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Stuck in an alley between Nordstrom's and Bloomingdale's, it's such a treat - it feels just like a British pub. The Fish & Chips were fantastic - triple fried fries that were a delight. Great mushroom pie, nice beer choices (pricey wine... I have a hard time paying $18 for a glass of wine when the bottle retails for $35...)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!!!!
    Leahstephens1028
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Amazing food, everything we had was wonderful. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate, I absolutely love the corner booths. The only thing that was lacking was our server, regardless we cant wait to go back (and hopefully have a different waitress!) !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best Scones
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The scones are the best I have had since I visited Scotland 2 years ago. The Earl Grey jelly was wonderful - would like to take home a jar of it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not many people, the food was fine, server was inattentive even though she only had 2 tables.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for Pre-Theater
    WilliamVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fish & Chips were the best I have ever eaten. Beef dripping chips were terrific. My partner had a "Marlowe" burger which he thought was okay. That said, dinner was $185.00 for 2 with a bottle of wine. One should ask, "is the quality of food and service worth the price?" Answer: Yes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic Dining scene
    MonAmieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Comfortable amount of foods (not too large, not too small), friendly services are always nice. Although the space is soooo loud. You need to shout to the companion who sit in front of you. Mushroom Pie was a bit too salty. Probably I am getting too old to be accommodated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Travel2dine
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Cavalier is part of our hotel (The Zetta) and we arrived late after a long journey from the UK. The food here was exceptional. We had the lamb and the pork loin, both were amazing. The sauces that come with those two dishes and the beef dripping chips, are also brilliant. It's expensive for the type of food they serve but with great taste and good portions, you don't feel too ripped off. Overall, a very good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Talk or Hear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The noise level is actually deafening. Conversation is nearly impossible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of my top three go to restaurants in the city. I've recommended Cavalier, Marlowe and Park Tavern to everyone I know and they are always thrilled with the food and service! I always have the crispy brussel sprouts and this time for my friends who'd never been, we had the lamp scrumpets (OMG) and beet salad (wasn't quite what I expected). Then we had the mushroom pie which was delicious, the chicken cooked to perfection and beef chips (to die for)! Because what we were having was a bit heavy, the waiter recommended the tomato salad and he was right - perfectly complemented and lightened up the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded Expectations
    rocky0
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Some of the best service we've received. Good cocktails. Food was excellent. Beautiful setting. We picked this since it was a few blocks from the theater and it had good reviews on Yelp, and a few not so good ones. I really wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steve
    SkalushVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Awesome spot for a date or groups, the menu is really awesome. Anything you order will be great, the steak is really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Every person who assisted with our meal - bus boys, people pouring water, clearing the table, etc were all fantastic and really really friendly. Our server was nice but reserved, and the hostess was not very great. The food was all good, I had the tenderloin and my husband had the Marlowe burger. We started with a scotch duck egg which was good but weirdly sweet but that's just my opinion. Also tried the deviled crab with bay shrimp, which was again good but not great. We were given an excellent recommendation on dessert from a gal who filled up our water, the peach crumble - awesome - just the right amount of sweet and crunchy. We liked our meal, but other than dessert nothing really stood out in our minds.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderfully detailed dishes&service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everyone and every dish at the cavalier is wonderful. Great for a special occasion, great for a Tuesday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFdiner
    SFdiner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great place. Traditional British fare blended with San Francisco foodie qualities. Service was very good. Highly recommend a stop here if your in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks the best feature
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Another very fine venue from the Marlowe folks. To me, the most outstanding product is the cocktails . The food was tasty and competently prepared. Great burger and very good apps. Pork loin good. Someone needs an espresso lesson . The young woman at the bar was great. Our server at the table was strangely disengaged but otherwise I thought that the hospitality was outstanding. I will look forward to coming back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcoming, Lively, Very Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by our experience at The Cavalier. The hostess was warm, sparkly, and genuinely welcoming, while our waiter was cheerful, energetic and helpful in recommending a new cocktail to try. We declared that the Fish and Chips might be the best we've ever eaten and we loved the minty pea salad. All very fresh tasting, not a bit greasy. We dined early and by 6:30 on a weeknight both bar and restaurant were lively and packed. Obviously popular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Venturing to th City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I chose The Cavalier primarily because of BARTaccessibility. We decided to start with appetizers and picked the scotch egg and the crabmeat and Bay shrimp dishes. Simply out of this world good and worth the trip all by themselves. For dinner we had: welsh rarebit souffle, the Marlowe burger, Sunday chicken, and the leg of Californis lamb and - on the recommendation of our waiter David - we selected the beef dripping chips. Since the lamb came with virtually nothing else, we ordered the horseradish mashed pitatoes. We did share these plates so we all tasted each of the dishes. The verdict: run, don't walk for the beef dripping chips, the scotch egg and the crabmeat. The main dishes - not so much. The peach crumble was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epicurus
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    When we arrived, our table was ready. The waiters descended on us and pressured us to make a drink choice right away. We felt like we were being "hustled" even though it was a Sunday night and the restaurant wasn't full. We asked for more time to make menu choices, which they gave. Once we had ordered dinner, it took about 45 minutes to arrive. They brought one wrong order to our table, and that guest had to wait for her food. I have been here before and not had such uneven service. Not sure what was going on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it!
    divegurl7
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Cavalier Restaurant and the Hotel Zetta are located in what was once the Milano Hotel and Grill. The restaurant has been redecorated in dark red and black; still long and narrow with big windows. Great food! I had a wonderful house salad, slices of leg of lamb, steamed rhubarb/strawberry pudding, the Bodkin sauvignon blanc, and an espresso. All very reasonably priced for nicely creative items. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit too much salt
    jwgood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The facility is pleasant and the service was excellent. The menu is a bit limited. Two of our party found the food over salted. We mentioned this and the staff promised to tell the chef.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar vs Restaurant u need to decide
    JimPVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Unique theme; wonderful decor; and limited but interesting menu but it falls far short of Marlowe and Park Tavern. Have been for both lunch and dinner. Lunch hamburger=great and dinner pork tender= perfect. However noise deafening, hostess dismissive, service confused by large private party. No difference between bar and dining accommodations, even for only 2 the table size in dining area for dining makes you feel you are juggling plates on AGT. In fairness to them, if they could improve the reception and coordinate service a bit it is a good bar ( but not great bar scene) but it is not a restaurant designed for a evening meal. Good bar scene but bag it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find.
    Tbick34
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went to the restaurant on a Sunday evening. Our reservation was for 7. The restaurant wasn't very busy at that time. There where 4 in our party. We had appetizers, our meals & dessert. Everything was very good. You must have the French fries. They are fried in beef fat & served with a demi glaze to dip into. These were the best fries I have ever had. We ordered the black cod, pork tenderloin (x2) & ribeye steak for our dinners. They were all great as well. Ask to have your picture taken with the fox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another hit.
    Cokereke
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cavalier is another hit from the folks who brought us Park Tavern and Marlowe. All three are among my very favorite restaurants. You will find excellent food, beautiful ambiance and impeccably trained/friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Favorite in San Francisco
    princeton
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always consistently fantastic service and food. Great ambiance and interesting menu. Great wine list. Overall 5 stars.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cavalier Salad Obsession...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love everything about this restaurant. I've been several times and it just gets better and better. The cavalier salad is the best salad I've had in the city. I can't get enough. I also love the fish and chips. It's such a simple dish that usually doesn't stand out, but theirs is different. It's light and fluffy and extremely flavorful. I would highly recommend it, even if you don't normally order such a simple dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pub Food
    Kats
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was quite impressed with the pub menu and food at The Cavalier. Our waiter was excellent and not only steered us through the menu, but also shared history and stories about the restaurant. The food had a fun twist on the typical pub fare and was very good. The only issue was that it was extremely noisy - above the average bar/restaurant. Not good for intimate dining, but great for small groups that want to shout and have a fun time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Lunch!
    DannyGVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Came here for a casual business lunch and really enjoyed it. I'd had the restaurant recommended to me by multiple friends and it didn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to coming back for weekend brunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JimP
    JimPVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Like the sisters Park Tavern and Marlowe really excellent on all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunny brunch spot & great service
    VegDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was introduced to The Cavalier by a friend who grew up in the UK. While (as an animal lover & vegetarian) I could definitely do without the animal heads on the wall, I otherwise like this place for the delicious brunch and the friendly service. Hot, satisfying coffee. Scrumptious earl grey scones. The Cavalier kitchen is great about adjusting menu items to your individual liking. For example: I get the Breakfast Sandwich with the eggs scrambled instead of fried, no bread, no bacon. Extra cress. A side of the savory roasted tomatoes. It's a unique and wonderful meal. There's something cheerful about the sun pouring in the windows, which feature red geranium planter boxes. The staff is warm and hospitable (especially Eric & Melissa).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.