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Hay Market

4.1
94 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

Hay Market serves New American cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The funky interior of the restaurant is set up with communal seating in the dining area. The ambiance provides a fun and relaxed environment for guests to enjoy their meals.

The menu at Hay Market offers creative appetizers and dishes. Start your meal with a bucket of mussels or Hawaiian rolls. Try entrees like the Okonomiyaki burger, 72-hour broth ramen, heritage Korabuta bone-in pork chop, flank steak with demi glace sauce or mezzaluna pasta. Finish with a unique dessert and drink like olive oil gelato and Ancho Reyes chili liqueur. Hay Market is a modern, innovative eatery from the dining area down to its menu options.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tu-W 5:30pm-9:30pm

Dinner: Th, Fri, Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Sunday 5:30pm-9pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm
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Phone number
(408) 295-4800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Cirone
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Catering
All off site operations are designed to reflect client's wishes... tell us what suits you and we will provide.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow Street
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Parking details
Numerous lots on Lincoln Avenue that are offered to the public.. as well as the lot located to the rear of our building.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HungryMoms (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2015

The best part about this restaurant was the service, which was personable and friendly. Our server was very attentive, and had good suggestions on what dishes were good. She suggested some delicious cheeses, which were appreciated by all.

Our party of 6 each ended up ordering pasta dishes. The pasta sauce was great, but some of the pasta was hard. We thought the dishes were just okay.

The caeser salad was good, with a tangy lemony dressing. You also have to pay to have bread at the table...eh.

Dessert was good...brown butter ice cream with snicker doodles. The liquor soaked pears were an odd match in what was otherwise a good dessert.

Besides one other party in the restaurant, we were the only ones there. There really wasn't much ambiance to the place, sadly enough.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 22, 2015

I was excited when Hay Market popped up into Willow Glen, but now so disappointed. This place is expensive and the food lacks in flavor and originality. It needs to start trying to be more like the gems in SF and Oakland. The chef needs to start researching what is good and interesting in the culinary world. Maybe then I would return - - that is if it's still around which is unlikely.

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vipBudnball (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Simply put, a really poor effort. I had a pickled fried fish that was small and odd, but my husband had an awful pasta that was recommended by our server. Undercooked in a salty broth, the pasta was inedible. Very disappointing.

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vipPkanter (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

Unique menu that changes frequently. One of the best spots on Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen (San Jose).

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CalPoppy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

The staff was especially friendly and warm. We were made to feel right at home and comfortable. Thank you for a happy experience. Our friends drove to Willow Glen from near San Francisco to join us for dinner. They were not disappointed. Food was memorable, wine selection very good, and two of us found a new favorite beer -- the locally brewed ale.

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SeanM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2015

Really enjoyed the entire experience at Hay Market. Went there on a Wednesday, and the small restaurant was not packed so it was quiet which made for nice conversation. The waitstaff was attentive, but definitely relaxed and we never felt like they were trying to rush us through dinner.

The food is fantastic. Their food is locally sourced, so they only have limited options for entrees. However, there is plenty of variety that I don't think many would feel forced into choosing something they weren't excited to try. The preparation and presentation of the food was excellent.

I will definitely be returning to Hay Market.

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vipMaryZ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

We have been to the Hay Market many times and always had a great meal. The cheese, bread and charcuterie are outstanding. THe meat dishes are top notch. THe pasta dishes are good but on occasion were too salty. We love the relaxed fun atmosphere and service has been great. Make a reservation as there is not a lot of space.

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Fitzgerald (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2015

First time at Hay. Four of us went on a Thursday night. It was quiet which was nice. Wait staff was attentive but not pushy. Drinks were. Great. The food was delicious. This isn't an inexpensive Resturant though.
And the decor is hip rustic but for the cost of the food it would be nice to have a the environment not so barn/ hole in the wall bar like

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vipDryz (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

Overall , the food was good, but I didn't think worth the price. My wife liked the chicken dish, my steak dish was just ok. We both felt the menu selections were too limited. Four entree choices and a few pasta choices.

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vipDelightful (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Our party of seven dined at Haymarket on a busy Friday evening and, although the kitchen seemed a little overwhelmed, it was more than worth the wait. From the steamed mussles, to the creamed Jerusalem artichokes accompanying the (grilled? pan-fried?) sturgeon that was cooked to perfection, to the expertly prepared filet mignon, to the house-made salami and other sausages, our party to a person thoroughly enjoyed everything that was served. we also enjoyed the casual communal dining atmosphere, although it made it difficult for persons at the opposite ends of the table to easily converse.

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Wiseguy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We found this restaurant on Open Table for a last minute Valentines Day dinner. Pleasantly surprised with the location. The food was delicious. We had the prix fixe menu with the wine sampler- it was a winning combination. All dishes were served by a very friendly and funny server who was gratious enough to offer us a complimentary refill on the wine we most enjoyed. We will defineatly be back to continue sampling the wonderful food!

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vipEatandConfess (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

I liked the service and the food options on the menu. All the dishes were too salty for my taste buds, but my husband didn't mind it. Had the kale, brussel sprouts, the ear shaped pasta, scotch egg, mint and prickly pear desserts -- will come back for a second try

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vipDebsdelights (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

Small plates excellent!

Macaroni was too salty!

Disappointed menu had changed and some if my favorites were no longer available -- especially, the awesome dessert with espresso!

Last visit was excellent! This visit was good.

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viptinadonovan (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2015

Upon entering the restaurant you smell oil and food preparation. This smell clings to the clothes and has taken a couple days to clear.

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willinsj (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

Hay Market is our go to restaurant. Its close to our home so its convenient, however, there are lots of other restaurants close also that we could go to as easily. Why Hay Market, because the food is great, drinks are yummy, and atmosphere is fun. Basically the Hay Market provides fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere without all the fuss. Another plus is the the restaurant continues to innovate and change on a regular basis keeping things interesting and regular diners on their toes.

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vipDebsdelights (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

from the warm sea salt focaccia and olives, to the Brussels sprouts, to our delicious entree of short ribs, to dessert -- small donuts sprinkled with sugar dipped in an espresso soaked cream -- this was an amazing experience for our palate! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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DarrenN (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2014

Food and friendly staff make this place a really great place to eat
The owner always comes to greet us at our table and suggests the best picks of the day
I like how they experiment with different flavors here
Always leave satisfied
Great drinks too

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MiaAnima (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

Very interesting menu but a bit pricey for Willow glen. Has potential

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vipLiloprincess (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2014

This place had so many good reviews I just had try but was a bit disappointed. Food taste was ok but not great. Portions were so small that you would have to order multiple plates to be full. Count on spending $50+ per person

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Max5897 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 7, 2014

I am not sure what happened to this place. It was such such a great place and the food was great. Now it is just a waste of $$

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