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The Richmond Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.therichmondsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 379-8988
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: John Owyang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: John Owyang (415) 379-8988

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th & 8th Avenues
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Richmond
Message from John & Thu Ha: The Richmond is a small family owned restaurant. Our goal is to deliver upscale food and service at neighborhood prices. Since the Spring of 2005, we have created relationships with local farmers and ranchers. The entire Richmond Restaurant family would like to thank our suppliers, and most importantly, our loyal customers for your support. We are proud to have you as part of our small community. Wine Program: Our goal is to offer some of the cheapest "restaurant" wine prices in the Bay Area. We believe most local restaurants take advantage of customers with overly inflated wine prices. My wife and I are committed to selling wine at more than 30 percent below typical restaurant pricing. Our wine list has an emphasis on small local family wineries. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Warm, personable service that felt friendly rather than professional, without the usual artifice of "my name is..." We sought a place where we could converse easily and requested a quiet table at a restaurant rated as quiet. We got a table in the window, curtained off with heavy velvet, that was completely private and luxuriously quiet. The menu was slightly quirky, some dishes with an awkward attempt at fusion, but all were competently executed. It offered 3 and 5 course tasting menus even though I'd characterize the food more as comfort than haute. If you're older or hard-of-hearing and are tired of missing part of the conversation even though everyone is shouting, this is the place for you."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our foursome often dine together, but have seldom had a meal where each dish was perfect - every bite. Service was also as good as it gets. Small, family operated, simple and attractive decor - we'll be back in no time!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had the five course tasting meal and couldn't believe the consistency of quality. There is usually a hit and miss, but every single morsel was sensational! We also paired it with the suggested wines. John is the consummate host and an excellent chef. And the price point was very inexpensive considering what we ate. Our party, who are all city foodies, couldn't believe that we'd never been there, and are looking forward to the next occasion to return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The chef personally came out and went over the menu with us. He was really pleasant and it was a great way to feel welcome. The food was delicious and we look forward to returning often."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We love the Richmond. Chef John and his wife are warm and welcoming -the food is beautifully prepared and tasty. the atmosphere is quiet enough for intimate conversations. This is a true neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've eaten at the Richmond many times and always enjoyed it. This time we dealt with a passive aggressive and very rude server. Our reservation was 8:30. I'm guessing we were ordering around 8:45. We were told we had to order our apps and mains at the same time because the kitchen would be closing. Weird, right? I could go on about the server, but rude and awkward sums it up. Not sure I will go back, which is a shame because I live close by."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We decided to explore the Richmond neighborhood last weekend and were absolutely delighted to find this restaurant via OpenTable. We had a simply delightful dinner. If you go, be sure to order the beet salad - it was scrumptious and made special by the addition of cardamom-scented carrot slices. The service was terrific, the place has a cozy feel. We ate on the early side and noticed that all of the tables were full by the time we finished our meal. Clearly, word is out that this a great place!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "John and company are the tops. Food always interesting, clean, and good. One of the best wine lists in town. We just keep going back, again and again. I am so proud to have such a fine dining establishment in our neighborhood. A gem indeed. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Second visit in 3 months. On each visit, the owner/chef made the rounds. I like their personality, their willingness to assure you're satisfied, and love the setting and interiors - nothing overdone; simple, inviting, relaxing. We both had the beet salad; good, but not as good as my first visit - slightly bland in flavor. Bread: excellent as was the amuse bouche. Hanger steak was very good (med-rare as ordered), but the vegetables (not overcooked) and the puff pastry (hot! and flavorful) were outstanding! My companion had the pork and pronounced it excellent. He followed with the chocolate dessert and ice cream and wanted another order. An excellent choice if you want a relaxing experience and good/very good food."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "One of our favorites in our neighborhood! Service is good and the waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine to complement our dinner. I actually tried the cheeseburger! It was one of the best burgers ever! Desserts are delicious. Because one of the desserts did not come out when the rest of our parties desserts came out, it was free! Great service"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "A great little spot in the Richmond. We celebrated a reunion of college parents and John gave us the alcove that fit the 9 of us. The food was delicious and well priced. We ordered the salmon, duck, steak and pork and everyone was delighted with their choice. John suggested the reasonably priced red and white wines and we enjoyed several bottles of wine and were told the alcove was ours for as long as we wished. It was a wonderful evening which all of us will remember for a long time. We will certainly come back! The only drawback was the parking but TISF(This is San Francisco) "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The Richmond is family run, very personal, very local, very fresh, very humble. Food is excellent. Large portions and not fussy. Great place in a sleepy part of town."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We had five course tasting menu with wine pairing.all the courses were superb and the service could not have been better. I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Second time we have been here. Both times our dinners were excellent. They start with an amuse bouche (sp.?) that is always a nice touch. Then they bring out delicious bread with three different savory butters that are all really good. Dinner itself for us included a shared Crab cake and spinach salad (not a huge portion but delicious), Salmon with Linguini and clams for me, and Braised Duck for my wife. We thoroughly enjoyed the main courses. I took some of mine home and had it the next day (even better) and really enjoyed it. We shared a warm chocolate, peanut butter torte with Vanilla Bean ice cream. Nice finish to a great meal. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love the ambiance of this gem in the Richmond. This was my third time there and I took my friends there to celebrate their marriage. The service was very slow. We were almost through our first glass of champagne and still jdid not have bread on the table. We had to ask for it. Our starters were very slow in coming and so did every other course. We noticed the chef came out and spoke with the other tables next to, but did not acknowledge our table...very bad form. Either you come to all the tables or non at all."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good food, great neighborhood location, and an elegant , quiet ambiance make this restaurant a hidden gem. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings and it was excellent. It's quite small, looks like it seats less than 30 people at a time. But the menu is creative and delicious. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The two front rooms in the old-storefront window are clovered by velvet drapes for great old-world mood and privacy. Waiter was slow to greet us and when he did (ten minutes later), he just walked up and asked what we wanted. He did not communicate very much. Took easilty another 20 minutes to bring our wine. Did not offer bread, but later an amuse bouche appeared (delicious). It continued like this thru the meal -- slow and inattentive I loved everything else, food was great, but the consistently bad service ruined the meal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "THIS IS A GREAT SPOT WITH AN INTERESTING MENU AND REASONABLE PRICES, AND BEST OF ALL, CONVERSATION IS POSSIBLE! WAITER WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went here for a girlfriend's birthday. The food is great and the service is outstanding...never had an empty water glass and they gave us our dessert as a birthday gift for the birthday girl! The chef apparently always makes a special appetizer to give complimentary to his guests...we got brie and ham on puff pastry: delicious and so very thoughtful!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great service and the staff was very attentive and friendly and definitely not over bearing. Would definitely come back again and a few more times after that."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have been to the Richmond several times as we live just a block away! Find it to be a nice Nopa alternative (not replacement). Love the Billie Holiday-esque music, the romantic curtains, wine is always good and you know you'll get an above average meal for a reasonable price. We took a couple of friends there to show off our neighborhood gem, and were treated pretty rudely. We made a reservation and arrived late but still within 5 minutes so I held on calling. We got there and the server was extremely rude, mentioned how he didn't know if we would show, and that we needed to order immediately before the kitchen closed. Understood the message, but the extreme attitude at greeting and through service was unappreciated."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place remains one of our absolute favorite places to eat, esp. if you want a quiet place where you can actually hear each other. The food is incredible and we have loved every one of our meals there."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "There were 6 of us and we all agreed that we truly enjoyed Richmond - for the value, for the taste, for the ample portions, for the service. We went without any expectation and was pleasantly surprised to find a lovely restaurant so close to home. Parking can be quite a challenge in this neighborhood but we definitely plan on coming back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend out for his birthday and actually had to apologize for taking him there for his special day. The food was not good and the steak actually tasted funky. The service was disappointing. We like to dine. Take things slow and order as we like. It felt like the waiter was rushing us to order. When we ordered appetizers he told us that we had to order the entree at the same time. I understand that restaurants like to turn tables more quickly but as there was only 2 other tables in the restaurant besides us it didn't seem appropriate. In addition, a restaurant should not make it so obvious that they're trying to turn the tables as it makes the patron feel rushed. I was disappointed and will not go there again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The Richmond is a terrific gem with excellent food, service and cute ambiance. This was our second visit and we will be back many more times as the food is excellent and the prices below what you would find at comparable restaurants."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Richmond is our go to quality restaurant: a post work day evening walk, high quality food, quiet talk, good wine. A neighborhood gem......receiving citywide notice. We came with friends.....8pm reservation.....left at 10pm. John is the Chef and owns The Richmond .......during the evening he walks the tables checking in with diners. The food is always well prepared. The wine list is strong. And the menu changes with enough frequency to keep coming back interesting."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Definitely a quaint place & food is delicious. Could use some improvement with ambiance. Maybe some candles on the tables. But, overall great romantic spot for dinner."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The Richmond is a very favorite neighborhood restaurant. Wonderful comfort food and service, and the owners/chefs, are always warm and welcoming, as if you are a guest in their home. Little touches in the sauces and preparation make their dishes sparkle!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We visit The Richmond several times a year and are never disapointed."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I have been to the Richmond many times and usually love it. I have had some great food there. I brought a friend of mine who is a chef because I thought it would be somewhere he would love. Sadly this time the food was a let down. I am hoping it was just an off night."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We LOVE The Richmond. Food is deliciously prepared, staff is attentive but not intrusive, the wine list is varied but all reasonably priced. The Richmond is our go-to restaurant when we want a "California elegant" meal--scrumptious food without pretension served in an atmosphere that's as hospitable for "jeans-and-a-jacket" casual meal to an "impress-your-inlaws" night out."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed dinner here with my fiancee the night before we moved out of San Francisco. We went late in the evening on a Wednesday and received attentive and enthusiastic service. Our waiter graciously arranged and presented wine pairing selections to match our appetizer and entree selections (even though we weren't ordering off the fixed course menu, for which the standard wine pairing accompaniment was specified). The short rib and scallops over polenta appetizer was the best part of my meal, but the duck entree that followed was also excellent. Overall a fantastic experience and the perfect way to celebrate the bittersweet moment of leaving town ..."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "SITTING ALONE AS A FOURSOME IN THE CURTAINED-OFF AREA IS A PERFECT SPOT FOR INTIMATE CONVERSATION. FOOD AND WINE WERE VERY GOOD AND THE SERVICE WAS EXTREMELY THOUGHTFUL. 'THIS IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES. PARKING IS DIFFICULT."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Hi, We had a great experience at the Richmond. We had one night for a "good meal" in San Francisco and wanted to eat someplace special to celebrate a birthday. The reviews on Yelp were good and so we tried it. Prices were excellent...especially for the size of portion and the flavors. Service was great. They had a large party so Chef/Owner John came out to welcome us and make sure we were not neglected. They did a great job of taking a small space and making it cozy and feel special. The food amazing...great flavors and an overall wonderful experience. They are a hard working restaurant that is doing it right and I would not hesitate to tell others to try The Richmond. Well worth it! I will go back...."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We, and our friends & table-mates, feel that the Richmond Restaurant is a quiet, comfortable, and much loved Place to eat. It is not our 'first time' there, and we still thoroughly enjoy our time there. It is really an Neighborhood Gem. We sincerely hope they are able to keep up the whole outstanding experience long into the future."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Delicious well prepared and presented food using top ingredients. Reasonable prices. Chef came out to check on us, which is always nice. Very conveniently near the DeYoung and Golden Gate Park."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The food was great, but the joint was strangely empty and quiet. Our food was very good, but unfortunately we almost all had to settle for our second choice of beverage and entree because they were out of quite a few items. I might go back again to try more items, but not for the atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We've been to The Richmond three times. This last time the service was lacking, the limited menu has grown old, and proper wine glasses were not used. We had to wait 10 minutes for the waiter to take our wine order and another 5 minutes for him to appear with wine. I don't mind waiting for dinner, but for beverages to take so long is unacceptable. I don't know what the problem was as the restaurant was not crowded on the Thursday night we were there. The food was all right, although the other couple we were with felt there just weren't enough choices to satisfy them. I could see their point."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Great experience: very nice server and food was well prepared and presented. We were tucked in a nook created by drapes right next to the front door. The heavy drapes did the job providing a cozy, warm space on a chilly SF evening."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "A last minute Christmas Eve dinner out and was pleased The Richmond was available. I've dined here a few times and always find the quality and presentation of the food top notch. The downside is finding parking (allow an extra 30 minutes to roam!) and the service. I presume since it was Christmas Eve, the restaurant did not anticipate it being busy, but all the tables were filled when we arrived and there was just one waiter and a hostess that should have helped out more. But the other times I've been there, the service did not meet the food quality experience. I will continue to eat at The Richmond despite the service, as I feel the excellent food and reasonable prices for wine and the gourmet food, is worth the wait!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013