Hayes Street Grill

4.4
2960 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

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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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vipowhy
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb seafood and excellent service.

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LAI7
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish—fries crispy and delicious! It’s been 20+ years since I ate here—will do it again

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StevenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to the restaurant for years. Always great fish, perfectly prepared. Simple but very good.

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vipAndy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Hayes Street Grill is a warm, comfortable ambience, the service is efficient, and the food is of good quality. I return regularly and would definitely recommend it, especially for people wanting to dine before concerts, opera, ballet and other Civic Center events.

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MilissaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic San Francisco restaurant with delicious fish!

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prb1848
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Third time in a row Ive been let down by Hayes Street Grill. I will not be returning, after having gone there for decades. Last visit, my reservation stipulated a table for four, one in a wheelchair. All was good until I appeared in advance of my party, only to be treated to loud sighing by the maitre d when I reminded him of the wheelchair and the need to be in the first room. He said it would be a problem to push two small tables together for our party of four, despite there being no one else in the place at 5:00. A rude, sarcastic response by the maitre d when I called to cancel a reservation happened this week. A few weeks ago, eating at the counter in the bar, my friend and I were served our food, then abandoned for close to an hour. When our plates finally were being cleared, a large amount of food dropped onto the floor and was deliberately left there. Hard to believe, but true, The reputation that Hayes Street Grill used to have is. alas, no more.

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4diningout
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was positive: food, service, ambience. A full house before symphony crowd, so noise level was up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The usual excellent service! Our orders came very quickly, which was a surprise. As a result, the food was piping hot and just off the grill. The sea bass and salmon were both perfectly prepared. Just wish the portions were slightly larger for the price. I’d eat there much more often if it wasn’t on the high end - Almost $200 for a shared salad and dessert, plus two entrees, a cocktail and two glasses of wine.

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vipMikey
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A San Francisco classic! It hasn't changed all that much in 35 years -- and that's a good thing. Simple, classic dishes prepared flawlessly and served in a simple, friendly fashion. Great for lunch or dinner.

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vipLeslieR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Helpful to know seating policy for early evening reservation.

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vipBuffy
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always superb seafood in a perfect presentation; we go there several times yearly especially when shad roe and soft shelled crabs are in season

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vipLocal
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best seafood in San Francisco, and always sustainably caught. Great place for dinner before concerts at Symph, Opera, Jazz Center, Herbst and Conservatory of Music. Or Hamilton, if you can walk a few blocks!

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vipwineanddine
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed that there were no appetizers to share but food was enjoyed by all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We got here after an event just as the 60+ theatre crowd was clearing out. Food was fine, service was great, wine list left a lot to be desired. Not celiac-safe.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service & food was good although oysters were not available & Prosecco wasn’t available either

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vipDinerSF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A preconcert favorite; but, it is great anytime for seafood, it’s specialty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was marginal. The waiter brought a glass is wine with bright lipstick marks. He should have seen it. Service took forever. And very few people were in the restaurant. The waiter just didn’t pay attention. He was distracted

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Foodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hayes St Grill has been around for 40 years, and most of the clientele a LOT longer than that. It's clearly a favorite of the pre-opera/symphony/ballet crowd due to it's proximity to those venues. Service was quick and efficient, with a nod to our request to be in time for the 7:30 curtain. We ordered an old fashioned and a dirty martini - both very well executed, though I was not asked what kind of gin I preferred. I had the opah with buerre blanc and my husband had the steelhead salmon with the same sauce. Both were excellent. Each was served with house french fries which were nice and crispy. Dessert was a berry cobbler and that, too was quite delicious. If you want that old SF feel, great food and service and a short walk to cultural enrichment, you will do well to dine at Hayes St Grill.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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vipSMCorbett
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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?

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LaurieP
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JanetR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
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.

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Audrey
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
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!

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vipRogerC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SteveF
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.

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SheilaR
San Francisco
6 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

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vipRingLeader1
San Francisco
303 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always a consistent dining experience, good fish dishes. Not cutting edge but good.

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

The Petrale sole special, with mushrooms, was outstanding.

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BamiK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent.

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vipKath
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.

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glue
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.

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vipSFstairwaywalks
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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

Outstanding goat cheese salad! Prompt service and well located.

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dcgolf
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.

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Gerry
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fast service

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

Always good. Fabulous pet rake dole. Wonder calamari

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AlyceB
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

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CeeCee
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.

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Hayes Street Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 2960 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.