A reliable and friendly standby with excellent service and good quality ingredients. Once it was adventurous and surprising, but its menu really hasn't changed much since the 80s. It has good memories for me personally, and is very convenient for all the performing arts venues nearby.
Hayes Street Grill is our favorite restaurant near the Opera and Symphony. it's always great food, quick and friendly service and convenient!! our favorite seafood restaurant in SF!!
You can always count on premium fish options at Hayes St Grill and super experienced wait staff.
Aside from the noise level the experience was primarily positive. Our waiter was fun but very rushed. He's been there for 31 years so really knows what he's doing. I sent my first glass of wine back (too sweet) - no problem. Both my friend's dish and mine were superb. Don't bother with the side dish of greens. - boring. Oh and everybody in the restaurant was OLD!! But I'm old so it didn't bother me TOO much.
Hayes Street Grill is pretty much our favorite restaurant in the city. That's partly because the first time we didn't have a reservation, they looked dead full, and we had to get to a concert but the elegant host found us a little table for two by the kitchen. There isn't much point to eating here one doesn't like seafood, but the fish is always excellent, whether the main dishes or the selection of grilled fish. Waiters are friendly but very professional. Always bustling. Great mix of ages, and the average dress code is well above average though pretty casual doesn't look out of place. There is a lot to be said for a good traditional restaurant and this is a great example.
Our lunch before the symphony was superb, as usual.
Convenient pre-theater dining experience; ambiance somewhat stodgy but nicely prepared dishes. A bit pricey.
Always a favorite!
Classic, long time seafood restaurant. A bit disappointed in the food, but the service was excellent. Just didn't have the kind of charm I'd thought it would as such a venerable institution on Hayes Street.
I gave a score of 4 instead of 5 stars for service because the host who seated us was unfriendly, unwelcoming. Is it to much to ask of a person to smile and say welcome?
Our waiter, on the other hand, was FABULOUS!
Restaurant very good as always. I tried the San Diego Opah and discovered that it is not for me.
The Hayes Street Grill is a perennial favorite. The salads are excellent, the grilled fish is always perfectly cooked, and the creme brûlée is the best anywhere. The lighting is very pleasant and it's a great place for a conversation with dinner.
super disappointed with the restaurant. i hadn't been here in a couple years but i felt that the food quality and service was definitely not as good as i remember. food came out super fast and everyone's fish was dry and tasteless.
One of the half dozen best seafood (!) restaurants in SF isn't at the Wharf - it's in Hayes Valley, convenient for dining before performances at the Opera House and Jazz Center. Beautifully prepared fresh fish. There are always special menu items taking advantage of what's best in season. Great soups and great desserts. Servers are pros - attentive and friendly. Parking is impossible, unfortunately, unless there's room at the Fine Arts Garage around the block on Grove. Can't be beat before the Opera or the Symphony, and a great place to take out-of-town guests.
Always a good stop for pre-Symphony dining. But the tables are getting closer and closer together and I could have joined in with the loud conversation next to us - if it was of interest to me, lol. (I realize some tables are better than others because I have been going there for years). The other thing was that the Margarita was not very good, surprising because the drinks are usually good. But my friend's martini was great.
Next time we will ask for a better table. We like the pre-Symphony dining to be a part of our night out.
The food was great!
Excellent service and very tasty food 。 Dessert is delicious. Enjoy the convenience before going to the symphony, opera or ballet.
We traveled from New Mexico specifically to attend the symphony and Hayes Street Grill was ideally located for our purposes. Food was excellent and service was good.
Well-tuned kitchen keeps the food coming. Thoughtful wait staff ensures that those going to theater, opera, symphony, etc. are served promptly but not rushed. Food choices are creative and moderate in size.
fabulous meal. always consistently extraordinary. the petrale sole is to die for. and the brussel sprouts and the oysters. and the wine list is fabulous and the service so efficient and very friendly. relaxed and casual atmosphere. love it!
We traveled from New Mexico specifically to attend the symphony and Hayes Street Grill was ideally located for our purposes. Food was excellent and our server, although mostly efficient, was aloof and unfriendly. We were ignored for one seemingly long period, resulting in his receiving a lesser tip than we would ordinarily have given.
We went to Hayes Street before symphony. It was a short walk from parking garage to restaurant, and then another short walk to Davies. Very convenient.
We arrived early, but we were seated promptly which was great.
Pros: Service was friendly and professional. Food was VERY good. We had plenty of time to enjoy dinner without feeling rushed. Highly recommend skipping the fries and substituting rice and/or the vegetables (no charge to substitute.) The veggies were super.
Cons: Tables are very close to each other: When another party was seated at a table next to us, a man's backside was almost in my husband's lap (table could have been moved about 3 feet but no one bothered to correct that.) Our waiter could not stand next to our table but he had to lean in to take our drink order. I said something and the waiter arranged to have us moved to a window seat. Shortly after, I saw another couple seated at our old table. The waiter had to hand them their plates over the top of their heads. Ridiculous. The host should have been informed and ask everyone in that mis-placed table to stand up and shove the table over.
Therefore, if you are a party of two, and your table is against the wall, make sure the tables of 4 next to you are far enough away before anyone comes to occupy those tables.
Service was prompt and competent. Fish was tepid.
Great food and attentive waiter! I would definitely go back here.
Whenever I'm in Hayes Valley for SFJAZZ, the opera,ballet, symphony, I stop by Hayes STreet Grill. After visiting over the past 10 or so years, food is exceptionally well prepared, Service is always flawless. The waiter and I know each other's names!
Hayes Street Grill is very consistent: Always great food, always outstanding service and good bar drinks. It is my favorite go-to Restaurant prior to performances. The basic menu does not vary too much, but is always excellent. Great salads. I particularly enjoy the imaginative salads with light and tasty dressings. The French fries are exceptional! Can highly recommend if you like an upbeat, energetic ambiance!
We greatly enjoyed our dinner and will return again. Makes going to the ballet a real treat.
Never disappointed at Hayes Street Grill. Haven’t been there for years and still the same impeccable service and stellar food.
The fish and shellfish were very fresh and cooked perfectly. The server asked how we would like the fish cooked, not just how the chef wants to cook the fish. That was very important, as I don't like sort of cooked fish. I either want it raw (sushi) or fully cooked. The restaurant even accommodated out request for a different table then what was offered to us. Great job!
Super friendly stff, great food. Restaurant feels a bit dated and food over priced.
First time here for dinner. Excellent...... Fish was fresh and in a wonderful sauce. I loved their brussel sprouts. Crab cakes were outstanding. A lot of crab and limited filler. We are use to deep fried calamari so the grilled presentation were not a favorite.
Good drinks and wine list.
We will be back.