Best grilled fish in town, great service and I love the location.
Excellent as usual. The service is always excellent without being too fussy.
They have the pre-symphony drill down pat. Efficient and friendly service and consistently great seafood. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, which is why we keep coming back.
Fabulous fish and fries. Warm goat cheese salad was super. Save room for dessert.
Just a perfect place- before Ballet, Symphony, or Opera they time it so you are out in a timely manner- for a relaxing dinner.
Tried something new.... turned out great. It was a special. Cod over mussels in a fantastic broth. Really terrific
Hayes is always one of the best restaurants and everything is fresh well prepared and delicious. Never had a bad meal staff is excellent.
Great for pre or post performance, but also anytime. And notable for the same ownership since opening in the late 70’s. One of the original woman owned foody restaurants that still thrive and survive. In San Francisco. Consistently clean, sustainable food. No flash, just the real thing.
We loved our meal at Hayes Street Grill! We hadn't been there in years, but the food was as terrific as we remembered it to be.
Been going to this restaurant for many years. It is as good, if not better than ever. You can always count on delicious food and wine.
The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night. The arugula and asparagus salad, the sea bass, and the flat iron steak were cooked as requested and were delicious. The service was a little slow but as expected on a busy Saturday night. Our table for two was arranged so I could touch elbows with a person eating at the next table.
Really wonderful experience celebrating their 39th Anniversary and St. Patrick's Day in one night!
Outstanding quality fish and produce prepared expertly. The server was attentive but oddly unfamiliar with Fish - he didn’t get that Su called Chilean sea bass is a dangerous high mercury fish and unrelated to the sea bass on the menu that was local pacific. Otherwise the experience was healthy and delightful - reminiscent of the ever superb anchor oyster bar but better produce. I’d say the cleanest luxury eating in civic center though little gem a better value and bit warmer and hipper
Same as its always been - for 39 years. Always reliable high quality sustainable seafood. Excellent, attentive service.
Always a welcome environment, professional, delicious and time honored, neighborhood icon, a classic gem.
Food not quite as good as years ago when we were regulars but still good. The grilling of the fish leaves less charcoal taste which I see as a loss. Prices are high especially for wine. One shared appetizer two fish main courses, one shared dessert, 2 glasses of wine was $200.
Hadn't been here in 20 years. And nothing has changed. Interior getting a little run down. Good seafood. Absurdly limited wine by the glass selection.
I always like Hayes Street Grill. As usual, the food was great but the service was somewhat off. This won’t keep me from returning.
We go to Hayes Street when we are headed to City Arts and Lectures. They are very good at making sure you have s nice meal and get to theatre on time.
My husband and I visited Hayes Street Grill after viewing the glowing recommendations online. I must say we were sorely disappointed. The wait staff was curt and seemed poorly trained; to wit, our server poured the remains of my empty drink glass, full of melted ice and soda, into the new glass I was drinking from. Later we witnessed the same waiter serve another couple ketchup that he had taken from a previously-vacated, dirty table. The food itself was only average; the fish was poorly cooked and, in places, totally raw. The fries were overdone and nothing special. Moreover, the entire dining room was filled with an unpleasant burning smell as though their grill hadn't been cleaned in years. Hayes Street Grill may have been a go-to place in the past but it seems now only a ghost of its former self.
Has a tired feel and look to it. Didn’t feel any energy. Value isn’t there.
We've dined here many times before attending the symphony or the ballet, and it is always a good meal, the scallops were perfectly cooked, the smoked fish appetizer was very tasty, though four pieces versus three might be nicer when sharing this dish, well made classic cocktails and good service round out the experience, will go back.
We had a good dinner at the Hayes Street Grill, but we were disappointed that they were out of so many items by the time we arrived (7:45 p.m. on Saturday night). The restaurant had only 2 fish left on the menu - all the other fish and the scallops were sold out. What we had was good -- the asparagus appetizer was especially tasty -- but we really felt there was not enough of a choice.
Good food (petrale sole)--caesar salad could use a bit more dressing;good service. Very reliable
place that we have gone to for years.
The waitress was not very friendly and seemed to have no patience at all. She was timely and efficient but presented a highly judgmental attitude because we didn’t read the menu correctly and asked what one of items was. Everyone else exerted friendliness and were very pleasant.
The fried oysters were amazing!! The cole slaw was perfectly tossed with the right amount of dressing. Everything was fresh and tasty. The bread was flavorful. The Pinot Noir complemented my meal nicely. And, the black bottom banana cream pie was to die for!! We enjoyed a very satisfying delicious dinner before the symphony. We were glad to return to the Hayes Street B&G after a long sabbatical!
We came to Hayes Street Grill because of the proximity to the san Francisco Symphony. We were seated promptly and had excellent salad, wine, dinner and dessert. The meal was excellent, and the service creditable.
Old San Francisco ambiance. Food OK but not great.
The Hayes just never disappoints. Fish is consistently fresh and well prepared. Both of us loved the sea bass. Our appetizer was fresh asparagus that was so tasty we could have ordered another plate. Wine list is good. And, since we were going to a performance, the wait staff knows to get you out on time. We chose Verdiccio which was perfect with the bass. We will, of course, be back again.
Hayes Street Grill has been a favorite of ours for many years. It is consistently excellent with very good service. We love dining there before the Symphony, Opera or Ballet.
Table service was excellent but greeting at door was slow and distracted.
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.