Comstock Saloon

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324 reviews
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Named after Henry Comstock and the famed Comstock Lode, which brought mining fortunes to the City by the Bay, Comstock Saloon occupies a historic space that has served as a watering hole for San Franciscans since 1907. It now offers turn-of-the-century saloon fare and classic cocktails.

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An old school saloon in North Beach, Comstock Saloon also has a great happy hour.

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and pitcher of Pimms Cup. We loved the choices and variety of their brunch menu. I'll definitely be back for more!

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k
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a fascinating, historic place with a very cool fusion menu, reflecting its location between Italian and Chinese neighborhoods. It's an antique-lover's delight -- contrasted with the cutting-edge menu. I had a Benedict that featured a crisp sort of brioche stuffed with Char Siu bbq pork, blanketed in a very good Hollandaise. Though the brunch menu seems a bit limited, the food is so good! I will be back here again.

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JC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

interesting food and fun, relaxed vine... great before going out in North Beach

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VT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I typically enjoy my experiences at Comstock, but my last visit was not typical. First, they tried to give us a table literally at the door, even though most all of the booths were free. I asked for another seating and they would only give us a table in the back that was very tightly squeezed next to another large group. So much for private conversations. Also, service when ordering was also off this time. Orders came out wrong, and communications crossed. Based on passed experiences I will give probably still give them another try, just not quite yet. Need to let the 'crankiness' of the experience subside.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall unique menu with classic and unique options. Good portions and quality! The service was slow at first but the waitress was hilarious and gave us some food on the house due to the delay. You can make reservations which is a plus!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Waitress had a bad attitude and the food was mediocre. After reading about this place in EATER SF I had high hopes, but won’t go back. It wasn’t terrible, but not great either. The croque monsieur was the best of the dishes we ordered.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! The food was so good. Couldn’t have asked for a better birthday brunch. I’d recommend the eggs Benedict, miso tots, and the “egg in a cauldron”. Definitely going back as soon as possible!!

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SF
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun window back into old San Francisco with great, original details and live music.

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BA
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first heard about the Saloon for their amazing cocktails, which are delish. But the food is no slouch either: tasty dishes with generous portions that will leave you happy and satisfied. A perfect pair. The live music is great, but be aware - it's energetic, and can make conversation difficult, except between sets. So, come more to hang out than to catch up.

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EJ
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch. We didn't like our table so we decided to sit at the bar. Soon after someone came to get us with a better table option. Nice service. The restaurant was busy but the manager was very hands on, helping the staff and making sure everyone was taken care of. Food was delicious. Brunch poutine was awesome. Will go back.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything we had was incredible! Cocktails were great. Waitstaff was a little snarkey...

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t write reviews for every place I visit, but Comstock Saloon is special. I’ve been here three times with different guests each time, and it’s a phenomenal experience every visit.

1) Live Jazz - I’m a musician at heart, and I have been hungering for a great live music joint since I moved to SF half a year ago. When I discovered this place in January, I knew I would be back plenty of times as long as I live in the city. 2) Great Food & Drinks - Reasonably priced and delicious, from cocktails to entrees. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts appetizer. $7 for an Anchor Steam (SF’s signature beer) and $10-$14 for well-crafted cocktails. 3) Friendly Staff - Nearly 0 issues since I’ve been visiting regularly, and the only time there was a mix-up with my reservation, Michael got it taken care of promptly so my date and I could have a fantastic night.

I definitely plan to spend some more time at this extraordinarily swank and historic spot.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance was cool. A band played upstairs on a balcony overlooking the dining room. Nothing super exciting on the menu. We ordered multiple starters and entrees but weren't in love with anything. Drinks were yummy.

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RD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I've been to Comstock (mostly the bar) many times over the years, but this visit to the dining room was such a let down. Once we sat down and viewed the current menu I immediately has hesitations. The menu is extremely limited with a number of "odd" pairings, such as a udon with pesto and a tofu parm. I ordered the udon since they were out of the ribs chow fun, and barely touched my dish. The broccoli rabe tasted burnt and each bite was worse than the last. On top of it the service was very inattentive and never asked why I hadn't touched my food. Dinner for four was over $160 before tip for a disappointing and lackluster meal. Won't be returning anytime soon.

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RF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. Definitely will come back to taste other food in their menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

They forgot to make my drink, then blamed it on only having one bar tender. They also messed up our parties food order multiple times. Good place if you want to listen to live music in a really busy loud setting and pay for over priced food and cocktails.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

noise was too much, could not appreciate the great jazz

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R
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very ordinary food. Worst wine I’ve had in a while. Noisy with no music to be heard before the band started after 8 pm. Easy to find much better in San Francisco.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the music !!!

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was pushy and rude on NYE. Very weird vibe. Disappointing.

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HO
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and interesting but not intimidating menu with lots of fun little details, like the fact you can order the “family meal”; the one served to the waitstaff, different every night. Great fries, great burger, and excellent cocktail menu. We’ve been three times and would love to go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon this place looking for good cocktails, found that and more here! Great drinks and the Cacio e Pepe was spectacular!! Definitely will come back. It is a bit pricey though ($18 for a calamari appetizer ?!) but the food is so good.

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing to write home about

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was in town for business and made a reservation about 45 minutes before our arrival for Sunday brunch on 12/16/2018 and arrived by 12:30pm. When we arrived we were immediately escorted to a table with bar stools in the front room by the bar. We had asked if there were additional seating available and the hostess said let me check. She brought us into the back room where there were a handful of tables available, most were booths. She had sat us at a very small table by the door and said “sorry this as good as it gets”. My business partner and I were both taken aback but the comment. She said the other tables were for later parties and that they were reserved. Mind you the restaurant was not busy. In fact it seemed extremely slow for a Sunday at 12:30. I had noticed other booths with couple siting in them so we were confused as to why we weren’t allowed sit there. We had planned on order multiple dishes each and knew that we wouldn’t be able to accommodate our food on aug a small table. Also the table was by a door so there was a draft. I had asked a female manger who came to our table and she said hold on let me see. She can’t back to our table and said no and that again the tables were for reservations only. I had expressed we had a reservation said “oh”. She left and far back about 10 minutes later. She knelt down next to our table and said to me “these tables are for reservations and you only hire booked yours 20 minutes ago”. We were very confused as to not only why she would come back to say that, but also what does it mater how far in advanced we booked the table online. She said it in a try condescending tone. As if to say sorry your reservation isn’t good enough and she just stood tree staring at us not saying a word. It was the most bizarre encounter I ot my colleague have ever experienced and I dine out 2-3 meals a day 7 days a week. I then told her I felt uncomfortable in that moment and she shrugged her shoulders and smirked. Don’t waste your time.

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S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've had delicious dinners at the Comstock before. This last visit was a mix of excellent and disappointing... The oysters were rather warm and full of broken shell. Most of the waitstaff were amazing, friendly, responsive, delightful... but the bartender in the back room insisted on "airing out the room" occasionally by throwing the doors wide open and causing all of the patrons to suddenly put on their winter coats. It was 40 degrees out and pretty unpleasant to sit in the breeze because he happened to be warm. His response to patrons about this was rude and unapologetic. I can so do without hipster attitude from people in the service industry. The restaurant should find another way to get a little more fresh air in that back room besides freezing the patrons periodically and cooling off their food. The "family meal" was curried udon noodles with pork belly and was soo delicious.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing! They just started their brunch menu though so service was lacking. Seemed like they were still getting their sea legs. Manager was awesome and gave us a discount for the slow service (they brought our meals out 15 minutes apart from each other). Food was amazing though and friendly staff

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yum! Unicorn sauce

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Spent Sunday afternoon here for an early birthday lunch and had such a fun time. Food, drinks & service were all top notch. The french fries were especially amazing!

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CG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Good vibe. Sense of history in menu, drinks and food, is nice. Beautiful bar.

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, wonderful brunch. SF suffers from pretentious eating - you will not find that here!
Warm, casual and delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

At this point Hazel is our go to for dinner

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Great for drinks and live music, but would not recommend for dinner. The sauce for the calamari appetizer was way too salty and not enough calamari. The main dishes were ok, but did not have any accompanying sides for the prices. The live music was surburb and looking forward to returning for that with cocktails.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vibe

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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GP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

Found myself desperate to hear some live music on Saturday, and the jazz men of Comstock Saloon always reliably deliver. Very high level of musicianship and an awesome location in which to appreciate it. The cocktails are truly exceptional. I won’t judge the menu by the really bad $9 tater tots I ordered, but you may just want to enjoy the jazz and cocktails.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite burger in town with the best service and staff.

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o
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason Raffin's creative menu and delicious food never fail to disappoint along with outstanding saloon service.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service was great too. I am deducting a star because I asked if my egg yolk would be runny since the eggs dish I ordered was baked and the waitress assured me the egg yolk would be runny but the egg whites would not be; however the egg yolk was hard. The dish itself was delicious but it would have been even tastier to me if the egg yolks would have been runny. I would have ordered a different dish had the waitress given me accurate information.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic piece of San Franciscan history. I have always loved this place and I think it’s even nicer now after the remodel. Upgraded the seating but left this historical bar and everything else that should have been left.

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SP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for weekend brunch. Drinks were great.

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