Hayes Street Grill

4.4
2750 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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LK
New England
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us enjoyed a terrific meal before a play. The fish dishes were delicious, the cocktails well made and the service was outstanding. Will be back,

P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! I took a couple of first timers with me and Hayes Street Grill did not disappoint.

S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish is the specialty here and they know how to cook it just right. Very tasty sides as well. The staff have been here for years and are real pros at providing great service. Always a treat!

D
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a standard that never disappoints.

d
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a little pricey (halibut was $33) but the food was very good. I substituted the braised greens for the French fries and was happy that this low carbohydrate option was available

TC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming here, on and off, for over 20 years. It hasn't changed. Fresh fish, perfectly prepared, year after year. Quiet, efficient, friendly service. Not a trendy spot, which to me is a very good thing.

SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect for pre-show dining. Right in the middle of the theater district. Service is always friendly and swift. Food never disappoints. Unexpectedly some of the best fries in the city. Conversations are always audible. Checks come less than two minutes after requesting to get you on to your performance just steps away.

A
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very fresh, well prepared fish. Good service. Place is crowded and old. Needs some freshening up.

s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Hayes Street Grill! We never had a bad meal there, service is excellent and I love the ambiance. You actually can hear each other when talking!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I was surprised that the menu was more limited than what was online. I expected there to be more meat options as indicated by the name “Grill”. Mainly fish options. I ordered a hamburger. It was sent back as it was still too rare for my liking. And the bun wasn’t the best for a rare burger. The hamburger meat didn’t have much flavor either. The fries were good. The service was great. Didn’t order any drinks but the bar looked great and I’m sure would be excellent.

ZD
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in good, convenient location. Reasonable prices given the area. Good & helpful service

FL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to the HSG EARLY (at 5:30) after a 3:00 matinee on a Sunday afternoon. It was nearly empty, which was a first for me, as it's usually packed. I tried a new (to me) fish with the server's suggested lemon/caper sauce. It was ok, but I won't be ordering it again. Not the kitchen's fault, just not my fave. The fries, though, were amazingly good! My friend had grilled shrimp on a salad of different greens that was delicious. Since it was nearly empty, I would have thought we'd have received a bit more of the server's attention. I was never asked how I liked this new type of fish or his recommended sauce, for example. We weren't asked about our meals at all and had to get the server's attention to refresh our drinks from the bar. I believe that the place was really just opening up and not everyone was at 100% go yet, and that's fine. I have been here many times when everything worked like clockwork, so I have no problem with one 4-instead-of-5 star meal! I'll be back!

p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal. Ever dish, every bite was perfect.

T
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. There was a mix up on my order, but I think it was more about me not being clear about what I wanted. Our server was more than gracious about it and compt our starter. It's a great place to come for food that is always well prepared and good service

DS
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and friendly, helpful staff

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-symphony dinner— delicious Caprese-inspired salad with grilled Tuscan bread, grilled salmon with a light beurre blanc, scallops cooked to perfection— all served with a smile and in record time. They have the pre-show routine down! Would go back anytime, show or not!

RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and drinks were excellent. My friend and I shared three dishes, we were served the service dish and only one extra plate, had to ask for a second extra plate. Waiter complied with request that we be served a dessert with a birthday candle. We were charge a $4 "cover charge".

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best sand dabs , ambiance,and service in town. I always dine there before the symphony and that makes a magical evening!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner before the Theater! Simple menu but excellent food. Stall was personable and pleasant.

AS
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service! Can also accommodate large parties.

t
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner after a lovely afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall.

LB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Why is this place 1/2 empty on a Saturday night? Our food was spectacular. One of the best Cesar salads I've ever had...and I've had a lot. Perfectly prepared salmon. Plenty of good-to-great options on the wine list. Desert was the sweet end-note we wanted. The service was attentive without being obnoxious. In short, a perfect restaurant. Maybe we all just took HSG for granted all these years? What with 100+ new "must try" places opening (and closing) every year, and there is HSG a stalwart, totally dependable and ready to take your rez before an evening at the symphony or any other time. Go, seriously. You won't regret it.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some visits are better than others. This visit was just ok. The salad was ok...a little heavy on the dressing. The salmon didn't taste noteworthy...possibly frozen fish. Greens were great.

But in past service was spot on great. And good was spot on also. Maybe was just an off day.

MR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

m
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family has been going to Hayes Street Grill since it opened.
My husband and I came to dinner with my parents.
Now we bring our grandchildren.
We have celebrated many important events
as well as popped in to Hayes Street Grill for dinner
before a concert or a lecture.
Hayes Street Grill is truly my favorite restaurant.

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was so charming. It was a smaller type of restaurant but the matched its adorable personality. The host was very pleasant seating us. Unfortunately, they were all out of Halibut by 7pm, but the other options were incredible. There was a small language barrier for the person taking the order but we figured it out and he was very helpful and nice. The food was absolutely amazing. Prepared perfectly. And the french fries oh wow. I wanted only a couple. Needless today I was licking the dish as were the other guests. The sauces with the fish were not even necessary, but added to the taste beautifully. I would definitely be back.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful institution for our family. Go there as much as we can.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very nice wait staff. Had a reservation and were seated right away. Some of the best french fries in SF, so we definitely indulged. They’re known for seafood and the halibut didn’t disappoint. Salad was great and the pecan sundae was a great way to end it.

T
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hayes Street Grill never disappoint. The grilled salmon with cilantro lime salsa was excellent! My husband had the grilled halibut with beurre blanc. He loved it! The mushroom celery soup was outstanding!
Service was very efficient!

2
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Civic Center area restaurant! Very much a theatre/artsy vibe; delicious food; and great service. everything works together to make a fabulous dining experience. Whether we are going to the opera, symphony, ballet, play, or event, this is always our first choice for dining in the Civic Center area.

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my niece’s birthday with dinner before seeing ‘Hamilton.’ Perfectly cooked fish, excellent service, as always.

k
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

it’s always nice, but my food was subpar. my sister had a good steak. service was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food is just not worth it. Will not be returning. $32 for dry, very boring fish. Expected a lot better.

LP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening dinner, when no concerts happening. Not crowded and quiet...it was great

Y
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Food was fresh and delicious and served promptly since we were headed to the opera after dinner. We will return soon! Thank you!!!

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Pre-opera meal. Know how to get you in and out on time. Both the salmon and halibut were a touch undercooked. Grill marks on salmon but no crispy outer side. Both fish dishes tasted pouched. A bit wet and tasteless. Side veggies kale and chard were over cooked and mushy.
The beet salad with walnuts, radishes, chopped salad and blue cheese was very good. With one glass of wine and iced tea and our bill before tip was over $100. Not a good value but still a busy popular place. Service was attentive.

e
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

a classic
excellent service
straight forward excellent food
outstanding simple fish dises

C
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered the smoked trout appetizer was delicious, very tasty served as a dip. We both ordered different grilled fish with the famous French fries on the side. Fish was not over cooked and very moist. The waiter was most attentive and was well versed on the menu items.
Lovely old style restaurant. We would return!

t
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall good, but the soft shelled crab was overcooked.

DD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed the food and ambiance at Hays Street for over 25 years. Consistent and enjoyable.

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