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Hayes Street Grill

2171 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 863-5545
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Patricia Unterman
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Private party facilities
We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.
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Private party contact
Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545
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Cross street
Franklin Street
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Parking details
The valet parking app Vatler provides service Thursday through Saturday for dinner for $20.

Download the app and get $10 off with promo code HSG.
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Public transit
Bart Civic Center stop

MUNI Van Ness and Hayes

21 Hayes bus in front of restaurant

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2171 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Helen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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!!

jma002 (Salt Lake City)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

You can always count on premium fish options at Hayes St Grill and super experienced wait staff.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

vipTokyoJohn (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Our lunch before the symphony was superb, as usual.

Susan (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Convenient pre-theater dining experience; ambiance somewhat stodgy but nicely prepared dishes. A bit pricey.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Always a favorite!

vipCraigS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.