Hayes Street Grill

4.3
2538 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Just a really good restaurant.

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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Started off with our waiter having a miscommunication (his words) with the bar. Our first martini's were not drinkable....so we reordered.
The hamburger ordered as medium and was very rare. My guest only ate half of her meal.
Still like going to Hayes Street, and will return.
MARK

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our very favorite City "go to" place for the always delicious, fresh, clean food, old San Francisco type atmosphere in the attractive setting, and helpful service from long-time servers. There is nothing "faddish" about it, and while enjoying one's own meal, you can just feel the long history of interesting events and people who have enjoyed it over the years.

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R
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The Maitre D and staff ignored me in favor of his computer for five minutes when I came in. The steak, ordered medium rare, was raw, the fries hard and cold, the aioli style sauce with the steak-frites, stone cold. For $35. We had a good server, but then, at the end, the maitre d. dropped our check on the table with not a look, not a comment. Frosty. $150 for two, with the food not good, the feeling of hospitality absent (except, again, for our good server).

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RI
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great seafood. Simple but very fresh sole and sea bass dinners for us. Excellent service and good value.
Solid choice for a simple but elegant meal.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not good! The fish was served cold, the service was rushed and the whole experience was a let down.

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m
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service. Food is enjoyable but pretty ordinary and priced pretty high.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before attending the symphony. The waiters are aware of your schedule and make sure to get your meal to you in time!!

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p
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

What a ridiulous price to pay for three scallops and a small handful of beans....$24, really!!! Nevver again.

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HH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Scallop Salad was superb. Asked for the cauliflower side, but it never came.

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MA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Hayes St. Grill has been around for a long time and it has not changed at all, including the menu. It's good, and very reliable in terms of taste and quality but not great. Waiters are efficient but not overly friendly either. Great location to City Hall and Davies/Opera, etc.

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s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Grilled fish with sauce was just nothing special. Stick yo the salads -Caesar and goat cheese - they are better than the fish entrees.

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LH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill is one of my very favorite restaurants!!

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

Terrific place. Our waiter had worked there 39 years - this place must be run with excellence to keep so many of their staff in place over many years. We were trying to make the 8:00 Symphony with a 6:45 reservation: we were seated on the dot, and our main course came so quickly that we had time for dessert as well. The opah and the scallops were delicious; high quality seafood, perfectly prepared.

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MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything perfect from ap to desert. Highly recommend

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CG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for people who will attend a nearby performance that evening.

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p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Reliable and good. Easy walk to Davies and all area performance venues. Waiters not always attentive. A bit spotty that way.

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JJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food but poor service.

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AP
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill is always good and consistently reliable. a mainstay in our Civic Center dining

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JW
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always feel so comfortable at Hayes Street Grill. You can have a conversation and hear the other person while being served first-rate food by an excellent waiter. Not pretentious; just classy.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation worked fine so we could attend the SF Jazz gig with time to spare. Had a nice family outing ambiance is fine..nothing to get excited about. Noise level was minimal which we really appreciated.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fish quality always excellent! However, staff seemed totally "spent" after the rush before the 8pm symphony crowd. Service for 7:45pm reservation seemed to suffer. Slow and unresponsive.

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H
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and terrific service. The calamari arugula and broad bean salad was lightly dressed and perfectly balanced. Fried oysters are lightly coated and pan-fried and remain soft and succulent. Staff friendly and helpful. Love this place!

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very expensive but good food and service.
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GR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

Disappointed with the mushrooms
Served with the petrale. The scallops were delicious on my visit last month.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s dated and has an older clientele (including us). Was not thrilled with salmon and a cup of fries for $28. My wife’s sole was meh according to her. Decent wine selection, an ok choice before the ballet. I’d reserve this and anything in the vicinity. Hayes street is pretty cool to walk around.

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hayes Street Grill is consistently good. I don't like tables that are as close as the ones in this restaurant, but the food and ambience is always good.

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TH
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not the hot new trendy Hayes Valley restaurant, but it is truly an old-style San Francisco restaurant at its best. The steelhead salmon and the swordfish were perfectly prepared. Crab avocado salad appetizer delicious. Crème brûlée San Francisco style – delectable. My only complaint is that my Perfect Manhattan should have been stirred and not shaken. Most San Francisco bartenders understand this. Admittedly a minor transgression.

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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill has been grilling first rate seafood for decades. Choice of many sauces, sophisticated service, traditional in the best way. Wonderful for before a performance at the Jazz Center.

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RK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The dinner was excellent. Grilled salmon, and a black bass, mushroom, clams , broth French inspired dish that was perfect. Sides and dessert great. Stayed at Hayes Valley Inn (clean, small but immaculate rooms, shared bath which surprisingly wasn't a problem) and just just $130. Branford Marsallis quartet at the sf jazz center. All the above within 3 blocks. And many more eating choices in the immediate area. Memmorable!!

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l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The quality of the food went down over the years. The fried oyster was soggy. The services was in such a rush. The waiters are running with no reason, which creates chaoes and unpleasant dining experience. I used to like its charm (musicians hangout space and old school of dining), but the deteration of quality off and services is putting me off.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very slow to get waiter to take drink order. Then sped up to get us out in time for a play. Menu was already missing several items despite early hour. Food tasted delicious so no problem there

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent dining experience!! I highly recommend this restaurant. Hi

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Poor overall. Overcrowded place, mediocre food...

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GL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food, wine & desert - all yummy. However, arrive early for best entree selection. We were able to order what we wanted from the daily menu, however, the table next to us, seated 15 minutes later could not. Service was attentive, yet it seemed our waiter had just one table too many. Use of runners seemed to result in inconsistent service.

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SY
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is excellent
Very good about getting diners out the door in time for concerts
Food is great
Just too noisy though, but not unbearable

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LS
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hayes Street Grill is predictably good and caters well to the pre-show crowd. The food is good quality and comes very quickly. Because of the rush of diners prior to shows in the area service is brisk but the wait staff doesn't have much time to be attentive. That's OK in this case because we all have a deadline.

I would definitely recommend Hayes Street Grill as a solid go-to for a dinner prior to the symphony, opera, jazz or the ballet. But it's not the place for a leisurely meal.

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CC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After coming here for 30 years everything everyone was four star.
I did take a minute to go to the kitchen and tell them thank you!!

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w
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old standby; Patricia Unterman continues to dish up perfect fish - fresh, of course, and with a conscience - treated gently by the chef. French, of course, but not gooey, not overblown, honest, tres nouvelle.
Great for watching celebrities - the classical music and cabaret scene is well represented. Tables are close together so you almost have to acknowledge your neighbors, often leading to charming encounters.
Service totally professional, friendly, knowledgeable, fast, unobtrusive . . . perfect. And very old San Francisco!

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