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Hayes Street Grill, San Francisco, CA

Hayes Street Grill

4.6
4.6
4116 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from the Performing Arts Center, opposite Davies Symphony Hall and a block from both the Opera House and City Hall. We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves.

The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 33 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–6:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 863-5545
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Patricia Unterman
  • Private party facilities
    We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.
  • Private party contact
    Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cross street
    Franklin Street
  • Parking details
    Here is a helpful parking map showing all street parking spots and garages with real-time prices: https://www.spotangels.com/san-francisco/hayes-street-grill-parking
  • Public transit
    Bart Civic Center stopMUNI Van Ness and Hayes21 Hayes bus down the street of the restaurant...............
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

4,116 Reviews
  1. irishlass

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The avocado and citrus salad, as well as, the Petrale Sole were exceptional. The service was delightful. The only negative was the noise level made it difficult to hear across the table.

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  2. marciaC

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Best grilled salmon I think I’ve ever had - plus yummy French fries (so fresh). Friendly waitress.

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  3. Publius

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    If you want an excellent meal before the concert at Davies or before the opera, Hayes St. Grill is the place to go. Best seafood around if that is your pleasure and tops for seasonal specialties such as soft shell crab, shad roe, and in-season fruits and vegetables. The wine list is very California-centric and pretty mediocre. Very short list of wines by the glass. Other than that, food is delicious, prices fair in today's market and the service is still a bit variable, but getting better all the time as new servers gain experience.

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  4. craig

    Tahoe

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time to Hayes Street Grill. The service and food were very good. The lunch menu was somewhat limited, but the dishes were prepared well with fresh ingredients. Nice for Mother's Day.

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  5. clwho

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious as always. We go often during soft shell crab season. It's pretty much the only place to get them in the greater bay area, and, luckily, they do an exquisite job with them! I may be back for dinner in the next couple of days.

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  6. oldschool

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service very good. Broccolini was delicious. Fried oysters very good.

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  7. NancyT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is consistently yummy. Suggest an early or later reservation as this popular restaurant is full by 6-6:30. Don't miss an opportunity to dine here

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  8. DouglasD

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reliable, and delicious. Every time I go to Hayes Street Grill I wonder why I limit my visits only it to when I go to performances at Symphony/Opera/or Ballet? It remains a San Francisco institution and I think still the best of Hayes Valley restaurants Delicious clean food, and friendly on point service from a team who have been doing it for years. Comfort indeed.

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  9. StickyBeak

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I am always excited to see fresh sardines on menu, but these were too crispy, too blackened. Disappointing. Like the “old San Francisco” feel but a bit loud and tables so close that neighboring table conversations were distracting.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hayes Street Grill is consistent with its seasonal, tasty food and excellent service.

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  11. Liam

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I like the consistency I get when I dine at HSG. The food is always good, the service is great, staff is very courteous.

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  12. Disappointing

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Hayes St Grill - coming since it first opened. Their special salads and sea food offerings are wonderful - our favorites bring fried oysters, sole, scallops, and fresh salmon. Service is friendly and attentive - and I love their cappuccinos to top any meal.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff were so kind that we didn’t have the courage to complain..we arrived at 7:45pm and the restaurant was empty (only 1 table was occupied). While we had our dinner, two other tables became occupied. We had the grilled fish, my husband had the swordfish and I had the halibut. We asked for not overcooked. It arrived on a plate with French fries (over cooked) and the butter sauce on the side. Unfortunately the fish was overcooked therefore so dry. The fries overcooked. No other vegetable was served. Dessert: we asked for Pahvlova - the desert was served in a glass, cream with chopped strawberries and a small disk of merengue on top. I had to place the merengue disk on a plate and pour the contents of the glass on top. Loved the place, loved the kind staff but not the food. So sorry.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant dinning experience. Great place to eat in before a show/symphony.

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  15. VilleFranche

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was very cordial and attentive. Food was excellent. Our return visit prior to a ballet performance. Thank you.

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  16. Charles

    Hawaii

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good, and the menu changes every day. Our service was also very good.

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  17. TerriC

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter immediately asked us if we were going to the symphony and was sensitive to our time constraint although we allowed ourselves plenty of time. Food and service excellent. In SF circles, prices reasonable.

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  18. KAMC

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Normally I rave and rave about one of my all time favorite SF restaurant, but this time....not so much. My salmon was perfect, but the plate looked so sad. Not a lot of love there. The french fries were old and pieces from the bottom of the bowl. The salad was tiny and forgettable. The lemon chiffon dessert was perfet. I will be back for sure, but wanted to share. Everyone has an off night.

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  19. DavidLandis

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The Hayes St. Grill has been a reliable stalwart in Hayes Valley for more years than I can count. Always the freshest fish, great service and convivial atmosphere. Sad to say, last night wasn't a highlight. It began with a martini that clearly had dirt floating in it. Then I got a chipped wine glass which no one had noticed. The place was so busy that I don't think the kitchen was paying attention: I ordered the swordfish and the capable server said it would be medium rare. It was so overcooked I had to send it back. It was also so loud and crowded before the Ballet that we didn't have enough leg room for our party. I know the Hayes St. Grill can do better - I've been dining there since 1980 and I'm willing to give it another try. But I think the owners need to pay closer attention to service, the kitchen and the overall experience.

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  20. GFNMD

    Chicago

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh-tasting seafood perfectly prepared - scallops and halibut entrees were not dry but moist and delicious. Bread service is a must. Chopped salad and goat cheese salad were very good starters. Carrot cake topped off the dinner. Wine and cocktails to begin were perfectly served and prepared. Server was personable, informative and outstanding.

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  21. carmencat

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This classic San Francisco restaurant is reliably excellent. Perfect sea food, excellent burger and fries, the best creme brulee! The service is seamless, the decor is simple, comfortable and well-appointed. It can be depended on for a lovely meal before a performance, for a special occasion, or a business lunch, or just meeting a friend.

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  22. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always great at Hayes St.Grill Everything is fresh fresh fresh and delicious The customer service is fabulous I hope to return soon

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  23. ozinsac

    Sacramento

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 7. And the staff and waitress were very accommodating along with a very full dining room. Everyone seeming coming from a matinee or heading to an evening performance at Davies Hall like we were. Most delightful experience.

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  24. ggtandy

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Tables are packed so close together you can hardly get around them Food was mediocre at best with little or no garnish or plating interest. Loud and totally unpleasant. Disappointing

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  25. Michael55

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect place for pre-theater dining! Excellent in every way!👏🍴🍸

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  26. LDSP

    San Francisco

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good fresh fish, but a little pricey. Excellent salads and sides. Very efficient service and fast ordering/eating was appreciated, so we could make it to our show on time. Will return!

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  27. BabsK

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been coming to Hayes Street Grill for over 30 years. Consistently very good to excellent over all these years.

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  28. SFmama11

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hayes Street Grill is a favorite spot for pre-show dining. The waitstaff is well attuned to curtain times and moves the dinner along at an appropriate pace. We arrived at 5:30, ate a leisurely 3-course meal, and left around 7:00. We had paella, salmon, and mushroom pasta. They were all delicious. And the desserts were light and fluffy. My only (minor) complaint is that the noise level is a little high to hear when the restaurant is full. A great meal!

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  29. Dave

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great restaurant institution for Civic Center show-goers and anyone else who wants the highest quality seasonal food at competitive prices. My wife and I wait eagerly every year for shad roe season, and last week it appeared on the menu! Yay!

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  30. Susanne

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HSG is my go to restaurant in the Civic Center area. Grilled fish is a specialty and we had a perfectly cooked halibut filet with lemon-caper sauce during a recent visit. New on the dessert menu was a carrot cake, which was so, so delicious. We'll return soon, of course!

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  31. marciak

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    They have squeezed in additional tables making it tight for both diners and serving staff. Harried waiters, underperforming kitchen. Expensive for that kind of experience.

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  32. RichardC

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great seafood restaurant for very many years. Always warm attentive service. A comfortable gem!

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  33. Ariadne15

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Like every other diner @ Hayes, we had a performance @ 7:30, and you can count on leaving timely every time. The team is so skilled @ completing the orders that one rarely has to rush. Both of us thought the fish (cod & scallops) were excellent. My scallops came on a bed of very creamy mashed potatoes - just right for that cold day. A pleasant surprise was the glass of wine - a Piedmonte Versone (sp.?) Bassono which was so good, I could have had half a bottle. Usually wines by the glass are not of this quality. And our waiter was laid-back & friendly despite the rush of business. We will, of course, be back.

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  34. roostergirl

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this old school grill. Classy, popular, excellent food and great service. It was packed on a Friday night before showtime but they had a table for us even though we arrived early. Will definitely be back.

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  35. KenS

    San Francisco

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A spectacular meal. We haven’t eaten here for maybe decades and it’s off the charts excellent. We were going to a show afterwards and it was conveniently located. Next time we will come back to explicitly dine at The Hayes Street Grill. Food: Excellent Service: Excellent Ambience: Excellent Hospitality: Better than Excellent

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  36. YelFer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What else has not been said? Patty has created one of the world's most accomplished restaurants by doing nothing more that just what they set out to do, perfectly every single time over several the several decades I have been dining here. Fish is the most mangled food on the planet, but Hayes Street nails it every time. Superb pomme fuites as well.

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  37. JohnK

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricey, but so worth it! A delicious prelude for the ballet, symphony or opera. We’ve loved the Hayes Street Grill for years, and it seems to just get better.

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  38. RonA

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a pleasure to have dinner at Hayes Street Grill. The thinly sliced mushrooms on the grilled calamari and bean salad was delicious. Half Moon Bay Petrole Sole was excellent. We also shared their sundae which is as good as Gherardelli Square’s. Perfection!

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  39. DavidS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can always count on great food and a nice setting!

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  40. LyndaC

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    So disappointed in the food ! Pricey too. My salad was not fresh, too wet, skimpy on the beets, nuts, etc. The Calamari appetizer was a joke- teeny tiny pieces of calamari and plenty of large beans to cover the loss. Husband’s rice was bland, plate so uninviting. Never again.

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FAQs

Hayes Street Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 4116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Hayes Street Grill

320 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Franklin Street
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–6:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Californian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Here is a helpful parking map showing all street parking spots and garages with real-time prices: https://www.spotangels.com/san-francisco/hayes-street-grill-parking
  • Public transit
    Bart Civic Center stopMUNI Van Ness and Hayes21 Hayes bus down the street of the restaurant...............
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Patricia Unterman
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 863-5545
  • Private party facilities
    We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.
  • Private party contact
    Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545
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