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 a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Symphony opening season.
Everything excellent.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater

MS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre lecture dinner. Long queue to be seated with a reservation. Seated right by the kitchen. The writer could not stand in front of us as do cramped. Bar backed up so drink cane after salad. Salad excellent, petrale unlike petrale I have ever had...there are other choices nearby that are better.. restaurant is resting on their laurels

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

We always enjoy our dinners at Hayes Street Grill. The fish is fresh and delicious. A great traditional seafood restaurant!

CR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I very much enjoyed my meal at the Hayes street grill. The server's recommendations for the fish and the accompanying sauces were spot on. The food and wine were excellent. The décor of the restaurant was very plain and lighting was too bright. It clearly needs an update.

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This old time stand by does not disappoint. What excellent food, and the waiter was amazing. Well be back soon! The French Fries were better than any Belgian (French) Fries I've had in years. I keep seeking the best ones whenever I go to Belgium. They can't hold a candle to yours!!! Thanks for a great start to a lovely evening.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. The place is a little older but it has the home feel. Great service as well. It’s pricey but worth it. I would go again

H
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The only thing that was perfect was the service. The food was good but not special; cold bread with cold butter is always a bad starting point. The ambiance is dating and we were too close to our neighbors.

DC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Always great! Thoroughly recommended!

B
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd review within the past few weeks. This is our go-to restaurant before we go to the San Francisco Opera. We don't even look at the menu....because we always order (and share) the Caesar Salad, and then we each have the fantastic, delicious Scallops served with Corn Succotash and share a side-order of very crispy, hot and fantastic Fries...and then we end our meal by sharing a hot fudge sundae! The waiter came over as I was sitting down to ask what kind of water we wanted. He also gave my husband a sample of wine to help him make a choice. The service was excellent; the food was delicious and all we had to do was walk around the corner to get to the Opera House!

SF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice, semi-quiet place (for San Francisco); no frills or trends. Great fish, good French fries, a basic but decent wine by the glass list.

L
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grilled salmon, frites has Cesar salad.

CP
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very few places in the City that can beat Hayes Street Grill

MM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I got the Alaskan halibut. The fish wasn't hot, and it was very bland. I would definitely not order it again, nor recommend it. I thought it was overpriced at $33.

The fries were excellent.

Our waitress was great.

A number of years ago I got the pork chop which was excellent. The place was hoppin' that night.

A
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The place felt very crowded. More on this in a bit.

The food was very good. We opened with the tomato salad, and it was wonderful: very fresh cherry-size tomatoes, a VERY simple dressing that brought out the flavor of the tomatoes, some fresh ricotta, and some nicely grilled sourdough. Service was very good, too, though maybe a bit rushed: we both thought we would have liked a bit more time between the appetizer and the mains.

We had grilled halibut and grilled salmon, both very fresh and cooked perfectly. The Tartar sauce was wonderful, the beurre blanc needed something: it seemed more like just butter with a touch of wine than a true buerre blanc with its richness and flavors.

It felt like the restaurant crammed in an extra table, to be able to increase business. This led to a very overcrowded feeling. Two tables next to each other, with one more between those and the wall: it was clear that the diners at that pair of tables needed another foot or so each behind them to feel comfortable. Remove that one extra table at the wall, and they have that space.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very warm in SF that day. Tight quarters made it very warm in the back room. We were near the kitchen and that didn’t help. Food excellent as usual. Great waitperson, first time I’ve seen a woman server. Good for you!

GS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Incredibly expensive. Moderate food. Service was fine.

LA
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hays Street Grill never disappoints and this last visit ensured that. The petrale sole with chanterelles was superb! Perfectly cooked with just the right balance of butter with lemon in the sauce.

KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fish and great service. Good place to eat before going to a performance.

BJ
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always we loved Hayes Street Grill. The food is fresh and delicious. It’s an excellent seafood restaurants!

SK
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a well established and venerated institution in San Francisco, I had high expectations, but the food was good, but nothing outstanding or special. Service was decent, and the variety of seafood also left a lot to be desired. The city offers so many new and innovative seafood restaurants, that I would not recommend it for a return visit.

SY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and professional service. I would highly recommend when you are looking for a lighter meal, especially if going to a show afterwards

Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic fish dishes and reasonable portion sizes. We keep going back.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, terrific food, old school service from waiters who know the menu and the clients, a growing crowd as the theater times get close, and the wonderful sense that you're in a restaurant that cares about what it's doing. Oh, and the creme brulee is always phenomenal!

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, quiet enough to hear your companions opinions, and ideally located for so many activities.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The food was nicely prepared. The scallops were cooked very nicely, but the serving was a bit scanty for the price. The paella was tasty, with a generous amount of mussels.

u
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were going to the Opera and concerned because we arrived late. The restaurant got us in and out in record time without compromising either service or the food.

y
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Classic San Francisco restaurant, perfect pre-performance meals. Food is delicious and fresh-- no gimmicks, no "foam"-- just excellent fare (mostly seafood) prepared just the way you like it. Though they have yummy bespoke entree offerings, I'm a fan of the fish option: pick your fish, pick your preparation/sauce, pick your sides. Perfect location within a block of Davies Symphony Hall and the Ballet/Opera, though the decor could use a little updating. Servers are at the top of their game which results in a nice dining experience where you aren't glued to your watch worried about the curtain time. There are many reasons this classic restaurant is still going strong.

B
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Hayes Street Grill. We were here last week and came back and ordered exactly the same meal...and had the same wonderful waiter, too. We always start by sharing the yummy Caesar Salad. Then we both order the Scallops, a;ways perfectly cooked, which are served with a delicious corn succotash. And we share a side order of French Fries...and end our meal with a hot fudge sundae. Fantastic food..and it's right around the corner from the SF Opera.

r
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent wait staff and food. I will be back. I do not understand the negative reviews for this place.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is typical old fashion San Franciscan grill and sea food restaurant. The service is ok, but very rushed. The food is good but not great. Also they were out of two entrees, either of which I would have ordered. And did I say the service was rushed>

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Waiter didn’t have cooks split our order in the kitchen.

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

Last night’s dinner at Hayes Street Grill Was the worst dining experience we’ve had in years! We had to wait 35 minutes for our drinks and when they finally came to the table they were made wrong. The opah dinner was undercooked and all bones. The albacore came to the table cold.
The service was poor and the restaurant wasn’t even that crowded. We’ll never go back and won’t recommend Hayes Street Grill to anyone.

s
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very swift service. Great food that is consistently fresh and seasonal.

AS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The location of the restaurant was good for the show we were going to and there are limited choices there so we were happy it was there. Unfortunately, We thought the food was mediocre. My fish was dry and over cooked and the dishes were overpriced for the quality. We probably won’t try it again. The service was good and the wine choices were fine.

JB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hayes Grill remains my favorite fish restaurant in San Francisco. The waiters are old school: refined and knowledgeable, courteous and charming. The food is delicious.

OT
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of SF's great fish restaurants! They serve sustainable fish very well cooked. Do note, however, that at time of writing actual prices are about 10% higher than the menu prices on the website.

B
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner here before walking around the corner to go to the SF Opera. We shared the Caesar Salad and it was delicious: great dressing and crunchy croutons! We both had the Scallops for our main course and we both said that this main dish was excellent. The scallops were cooked just right and were very sweet and tender and the corn mixture served with the scallops was fresh-tasting and perfect. For dessert, we shared a hot fudge sundae. The service was very nice and helpful. We will be going back next week!!! We highly recommend the Hayes Street Grill!!!

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May this perfect place continue to exist forever... love.

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