Hayes Street Grill

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Salmon and scallop served cold. Octopus and deserts were good.

SM
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasant meal. The place is relatively old school - nothing trendy, nothing hip. Service is better than capable, food is prepared well, the room is comfortable. The prices are a little high, but the food is fresh and not overly complicated. In these days of SF restaurants trying too hard, Hayes Street Grill is a nice respite for a good dinner that satisfies but doesn't overwhelm - in a good way! Bartenders know what they're doing too. Where's the rosé by the glass though?

LP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed all that we ordered from appetizer to the dessert.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Still a good one after all these years. Business lunch for SF folks who know their way around SF dining. Everyone commented on how they had not been to Hayes Street Grill in years. We had a nice lunch, with friendly attentive service in a relaxed atmosphere. Parking is the only challenge to enjoying time at Hayes Street Grill.

A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hayes Street Grill is and has been for as many years as it’s been here an absolute favorite of ours for reliably prepared fish (never dry as in most places) ; gorgeous creative salads; every morsel superbly delicious!
Waitstaff consistently efficient, quality, knowledgeable.
Perrrrrfection!

RC
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual for a post-symphony meal. Sherman did a great job!

SF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I lived in San Francisco in the 70's and 80's. Hays Street Grill was a favorite. I have been telling our daughter about it and invited her last Saturday. Sadly, it was not the experience I expected. We both thought the meal was good (Petrali, mushroom soup and a smoked trout appetizer) but were both feeling "off" when we left. We were both dizzy and I had intestinal problems all of the next day. Additionally, the cost for two of us (~$240 with tip) seemed excessive given that we only had three glasses of wine between us. I am very uncertain I would come again or recommend Hayes Street Grill, which is very sad given my impression from years ago.

SR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is an icon for S.F. It has sustained throughout the years because of its aromatic flavors, consistent good food, and sizable portions. They have an excellent wine list.The service is impeccable and the location perfect if you are going to the symphony. The real hot fudge was a culinary dream. The soup, and the scallops left a taste for wanting more, with the memory lingering in my mouth. Cannot say enough good things. Hopefully Hayes Street Grill will be here for the next 20 years. Sheila Ash

AV
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Petrale sole special, with mushrooms, was outstanding.

BK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent.

K
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service but a little slow.. Food was ok, overpriced. First time to try this restaurant and not planning on returning.

g
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hayes Street Grill is perfectly located for an evening at SF Jazz. The ambience and the service were
outstanding. However, we were disappointed with the food...the calamari appetizer was more white beans
than calamari...the petrale entree as well as the black cod with clams were okay but not outstanding. Generally, it was not the dining experience that we remembered from earlier visits.

SF
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A solid choice if you are in the area - SF Symphony Hall, Opera House, etc.

f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding goat cheese salad! Prompt service and well located.

d
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Noise level was high but due to no fault of the restaurant since it was a pre concert packed crowd on a Sunday night. Part of my fish dish that is normally "under cooked" which I requested be done but not dried out came out still under cooked but the issue was remedied within five minutes. Wine by the glass pours are a bit skimpy. Everything else was five stars.

G
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fast service

DI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Fabulous pet rake dole. Wonder calamari

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish restaurant in the city. Have been dining there since it first opened and have never been disappointed in the food and or service
Very professional in all aspects

CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hayes Street Grill always can be counted on to prepare fish to perfection. Their specials are always paired well with vegetables that are interesting and well prepared. Appetizers and desserts were excellent as well.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

RS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always and so glad it’s still here. Service with

SF
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is consistently a great place for fresh fish, simply prepared, with french fries on the side. They rarely disappoint. On this visit the food could have been better if the fish were hotter instead of lukewarm. They also served the main courses on cold plates with french fries that were half broken into small bites. Caesar salad was great as usual.

NN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hayes Street Grill is a favorite when visiting the city. They are always accommodating and friendly, and
the food is a good value

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I’ve been going to this restaurant forever. I noticed a few things different. The piece of fish was much smaller, the french fries was a smaller portion and not served the way they used to be which made them taste so much better with the paper wrapped around them come-shaped, and at least one of the oysters we ate was bad because I got the bad one. The chocolate mocha cake was bland so I wish I had ordered the crème brûlée which always was the best in San Francisco. The server was magnificent, as was her assistant, which I hope they don’t call busboys anymore. He’s been there a long long time and was wonderful. The craziest thing, which I do remember happening every time I ever went there, is that the host Sue sent us down in the middle of a crowded road that was completely empty, and then proceeded to try to put the next couple sitting in the empty restaurant directly next to us about 4 inches from our table. Thank goodness they were smart enough to ask to be moved. And then he kept doing it again and again. The whole restaurant was empty and we could’ve all had a little bit more privacy. It’s great to squish so many tables in together except for the people who are on top of each other. I’ll just say that Hayes St Grill isn’t what it used to be

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelllent all around.

s
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite "go to" places before shows at SFJAZZ! Always good (book in advance!)

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, delightful dinner. We always enjoy our time at Hayes Street Grill.

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was wonderful. Since I was the only member of our foursome to have beef (flatiron steak), I was disappointed not to have a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon available on the menu by the glass! All in all, we had a great meal experience.

A
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully cooked grilled calamary. Extremely fresh and simply cooked. Loved every bite.

LL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-performance dinner. Excellent service and food. A bit overpriced.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

FRENCH FRIES WITH COLD CATSUP!!! The service was excellent. We had Petrale (sp) Sole. Very good. Green Salad, Good, PS Salad Maker, please toss more, half had dressing other half no dressing. Hamburger, ordered MR came M, I can live with that. Ordered no cheese but got cheese, OK, I liked it. It came out hot, just off the broiler. The fries were the dregs, all of the little pieces that fall to the bottom of the SS pan that they keep the fries in. A lot of fries came by our table and most were 3" to 4" long. Mine were 1/2" to 1 1/2" long. I don't mind getting some of the small piece (dregs) but ALL of them. The worst thing was the cold catsup out of the refer. That was the last straw but my wife said to not complain. DEAR HSG YOUR CATSUP WON'T SPOIL IF IT IS AT ROOM TEMP. The bread, sliced 1/4" thick with no crust on the ends, weird. Nice slab of good sweet butter though. The dessert was suppose to be a Devils Food Cake with Ice Cream. The cake was old, greasy, not the ice cream noted on the menu and FOURTEEN DOLLARS. I'll pay $14.00 if it's good but, come on... WE sent that back. I would like to repeat that the waitperson was delightful and efficient. One more comment. HSG please do something about that cold draft that comes into the dinning room every time the front door is opened.

BA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic SF place - quiet, good service with excellent food. Glad it's still going!

ML
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

HSG used to be my favorite restaurant in this area of SF but I believe now it is on the downhill slope. The service was outstanding as always but the place was really quiet, the wine selections by the glass were poor and the value is not quite there. My swordfish was fine but the frites were little nubbins for the most part, the chopped salad was just ok and the small Creme brûlée not worth the $10 or $12. It’s sad actually because I’m sure prices for raw ingredients and labor are very high now so perhaps the restaurant itself is struggling to keep afloat.

TJ
Detroit
57 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think I reviewed it before, but this is our favorite place in SF. Being from NY we like a lot of tables crowded together and the patrons as well as staff are always so cheerful. Be sure to reserve ahead when there is a concert, although in fact the host has found a table for us more than once. Of course the fish is delicious and the drinks are good too without being too precious.

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to the Hayes Street Grill many times over the past 40 years and always find it excellent. The food and the service are always up to expectations. A friend who lived nearby took us there many years ago, and we keep going back because we know we will like it.

LR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Hayes Street Grill to a friend who enjoys simple, traditionally prepared seafood in a quiet setting. The crowd is older, the noise level low, and there is an atmosphere of comfort. My fish dish was tasty, with a burnt butter sauce, chanterelles, and fingerling potatoes. My husband’s swordfish was plain and a little dry... he didn’t enjoy the “salsa” which was more like cilantro pesto. The wine was so-so, but the calamari appetizer was tender and excellent. My chopped salad.. a little pale with iceberg lettuce. Old school. There a hipper places to eat on Hayes Street, but for speed of service (for nearby events) and quiet atmosphere, this is a good choice.

RC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual for dinner after the symphony. Close tables made it intimate and a little noisy.

SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Professional waiters. Excellent food. I’ll be back.

s
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, salad was fresh, fish was served perfectly, French fries were crispy, and the dessert was a listing of comfort food. I'm never disappointed.

ES
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A great restaurant for before the symphony, opera, or ballet. We like choosing our fish, and then choosing the sauce. Other options looked very tempting as well.
I'm sure we'll be back...