Hayes Street Grill

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2627 reviews
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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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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hayes Street Grill still has the Freshest seafood, freshest salads, best homemade soup and attentive service. After many years, not a sign of faltering in their standards of quality.

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T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.

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WC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were asked right when we walked in IF we were attending a show. They were fast, attentive and the food was again terrific.

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DW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! We will always return.
The best place in Hayes Valley.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant, particularly for special occasions. Everything was delicious! We especially like the friendly atmosphere and knowing so many of the waitpeople. It's lovely to go somewhere that never fails and where you're appreciated as a longtime customer.

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SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hayes Street Grill is perhaps the oldest, and one of best venues in the Hayes Valley. The constancy over the thirty-something years we have dined there is truly amazing. The Bay Area dining scene has of late seemed to place a premium on novelty, frequently in the guise of 'innovation'. Hayes Street is truly innovative. Innovative in the sense of devotion to the classics of gracious and amiable dining in the face of continental drift. It adapts to changes in taste, availability, the economics of the business in order to deliver a constantly pleasant experience. It has never attempted to 'impress' me, but it does so. It has become a 'locus amoenus' where we can dine in refuge from noise, manufactured atmosphere, and the hurly-burly of the "Scene". I perhaps should recuse myself; for having a mostly seafood diet, for having had many of the same waitstaff for most of those years, and a soft spot for any place that can usually get you to a show even when weather and traffic are filthy obstacles.

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Visiting from out of town and unaware that we’d be looked down on for our casual dress. Our server was pleasant but we noticed many looks of disdain. Other diners and some staff were clearly irritated at our lack of finer dress. The food was terrific but the experience was very uncomfortable.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HSG= great menu+wonderful servers+delicious food +authentic SF casual chic ambiance!

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great time, as always. Good food, friendly service, nice ambience.
NF

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TM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had plans for the theater with my sister and brother in law. I offered to find a place For dinner. I checked several and based on what folks were interested in eating I selected Hayes Street Grill. It did not disappoint!

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H
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The cuisine has changed. It was disappointing. Too much pepper, too much sauce, soggy french fries. Maybe it was a bad night.

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DF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Hayes Street. Perhaps because of the show crowd the place emptied out almost as soon as we got there. And the food arrived faster than at a Mexican restaurant, giving us the feeling that they wanted to close the place. The service was outstanding but there was not much the server could do about the time pressure. Might return at a different time.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill is always welcoming in every way: The food is really delicious and, like the decor and staff, comfortable and not overly done up.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Three of us had dinner here and two of us got grilled fish, each a different variety. Only one person out of three enjoyed their food and even surprisingly ate some of the others undercooked fish. Both of the grilled fish dishes were undercooked in the center to the point of us not wanting to continue eating our dinner once discovered. The salmon had spots that bled onto the plate. We couldn't mention it to the waiter as he didn't come to check on us after our food was delivered. Surprising experience for a place with such a good reputation.

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SS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We had to contend with a very loud gentleman at the table next to ours. (My companion guessed that his wife was hard of hearing.) I know that Hayes Street Grill is a relatively small space, and the spacing of the tables is usually satisfactory. However, on this occasion it was definitely problematic!

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MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have really liked this restaurant in the past but I was very disappointed in my food and my waiter on this visit. My salad was delicious but my fish, which my waiter said the chef cooked medium rare was really just cooked a little on the outside and raw in the middle, not my idea of medium rare. I eat sushi so I'm not squeamish about raw fish, it's just not what I ordered and it didn't work particularly well with the type of fish I ordered. I mentioned my problem with it to the waiter but, as far as I could tell, he had no interest in making sure I didn't leave the restaurant unhappy with my meal, no offer to redo it for me, not even any attempt to reduce my bill. I'm not sure I will be back. The fries, however, were great, as usual.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

My bad for ordering a pork chop at a fish restaurant. It was so dry and unseasoned I could not eat more than 2 bites. I pushed it away and the waiter didn’t even both to ask if anything was wrong. As a courtesy I mention it to the maitre’d on my way out. He defending it saying it was a Niman Ranch pork chop. Well... it could be a chop from the queen’s pig and it can still me made inedible.

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BB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, they got us out on a busy Friday evening in plenty of time for our show at NCTC. The scallops were delicious! This was a much better meal than on our previous visit, so we will certainly try it again.

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CR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I arrived late and needed to make a 7:30 curtain on Market and they were amazing - serving us within minutes with more consideration than I deserved. The food was just right - asparagus was delish and the sardines were as good as what I had in Italy. Lovely wine selection too. I look forward to returning when I'm not in a rush to better enjoy the cuisine and excellent service!

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D
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I never feel that I’m getting full value for the amount I spend at Hayes Street. However, the food is very good

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Especially appreciated the gracious and helpful assistance with choosing a vegan meal for my companion. Waiter and the chef both participated and the food all around was excellent.

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f
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant especially for before a concert. Atmosphere is warm; service is personal and efficient; food is good; and they always get you out in time. I come often and enjoy it every time.

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F
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great for a traditional, no frills seafood dinner. The pan fried oysters looked terrific as they came by - must get them on my next visit.

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SF
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All of our seafood dishes were excellent! And I love the sourdough wheat bread. Will continue to return.

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K
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service

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N
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Dear Hayesies ... I am so glad that you have given me this opportunity, as I wanted to write to you anyhow. I have eaten off and on at the Hayes since the very early seventies when it opened... I have always loved its intelligent atmosphere and the NO MUSIC policy... a rare island of sanity. Last year about this time was my previous meal there preceding last Sunday evening. It was all really excellent.

On Sunday my partner and I brought two friends from Cape Cod who were visiting and I wanted to treat them to meal at Hayes... well, it was truly awful... all four of us were quiet about our disappointments and then the next morning they were embarrassed to confess that they really did not like the food at that restaurant... well, my partner and I had the same reaction. It was truly awful and NOT as we had had in the past. And the price for such sub mediocre food was truly outrageous.. we had salmon, sword fish and petrale... I feel I could never ever return there.... a sad thought indeed...

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RG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was very good, the service was great, and the price for the 40th Anniversary Special was well-priced. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the next night to try additional dishes.

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SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill remains one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco. With the constant appearance of new restaurants, it is easy for the newcomers to overshadow the old ones. Happy 40th anniversary HSG, and may you celebrate 40 more!

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DI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are celebrating 40 years in business so we availed ourselves of the $40 special for ou rchoice of appetizer, main course, sides, and dessert. A superb meal. The place was packed so a bit noisy but it was worth it.

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciated the 40th anniversary special. Without it we would not have sampled so many different dishes. Thank you

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fish and great service in a fun atmosphere

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b
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried oysters and crab cake were delish.. Desserts are all so fabulous, how can you choose?

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DO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took advantage of 40th anniversary prix foxes of $40 for three courses. Fried sardines were light, crispy and fresh. Delicate flavors, textures and balance of calamari, beans in olive oil. Halibut with lemon, capers & butter sauce and scallops on bed of puréed sweet potatoes were perfectly prepared. Black cod in cazuela with clams in dashi broth brought Japanese influenced flavors. Finished with Crême brûlée, an apple-pear crisp and flourless chocolate cake. Both the food and server John made for a wonderful experience.

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VF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of five for my birthday on March 20, and everyone was satisfied and very pleased. The food was outstanding, fresh and delicious! Our waiter was excellent and very attentive ! I would highly recommend the Hayes Street Grill for the pan-fried oysters and their delicious fresh seafood!

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RC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Food was good and interesting. We were most appreciative of waiter being conscious of our theater time restrictions.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed helping to celebrate the 40th anniversary. Especially enjoyed the breaded oysters - delicious!

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LD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter was pleasant and happy
Service was prompt and attentive
Our meals were exceptionally good.

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LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HSG is a reliably fine resturant. I've never been disappointed in the food or the service..

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good plain food- nothing fancy- but grossly overpriced by about 30%. If it weren't convenient to the cultural venues in the area, I wouldn't go out of my way.

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N
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the past 4 decades, this restaurant has been consistently outstanding in quality of food and service. The composed salads are always creative and delicious. The staff is nothing short of miraculous. Our party morphed from 11 to 13 at the last moment. The waiter was efficient at getting us out in time for our performance without ever making us feel rushed. Pacing of the meal was perfect.

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