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About Hayes Street Grill
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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Bart Civic Center stop
MUNI Van Ness and Hayes
21 Hayes bus in front of restaurant
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.
Private Party Contact:
Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Hayes Street Grill Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
We had a nice evening- not extraordinary. Food was Good, not great. Service was similarly good but not as attentive as I would have liked. The sole was very Good, my companions entrees which were fish with different sauces were just so so. We were there for a relaxed evening with friends on sunday of the mlk weekend, not before an event. We arrived at 7 and would have liked to linger but at 830 - published closing- the wait team disappeared.
Thi8s place has been around a long time so people tend to forget about it, but the food is excellent! Highly recommend it. The staff cold not be nicer as well and Hayes Street has lots of interesting stores and bar. If you go a little later, the crowd that is there for performances clear out and much less crowded.
The combination of tastes were exquisite! Everything from start to finish was delicious. The staff was friendly and enthusiastic about the menu. It was easy to book a table last minute, even on a Saturday evening. Salad through desert; tasty! Authentic; high quality.
I've lived in Hayes Valley since 1980 long before it became known as "HOT" Hayes Valley. I work to SFOpera as a chorus member since 1975 . I've watched the area change and miss many aspects of the gritty, diverse neighborhood. That said, dining at HAYES STREET GRILL was a pleasure. Old-school pleasure. thank you. sincerely , claudia PS I've married twice both times to chef/ restaurant owners . I HATE the term "foodie". HATE it. Presumptuous and off-putting
My wife and I went to this restaurant last Saturday night before a performance at SF Jazz. Although I had read many good reviews, our personal experience was not what I had anticipated.
- Very nice ambience (warm lighting, not too noisy, not too crowded)
- All tables have white linens (which is almost a thing of the past for many modern restaurants.)
- The food was very good (salad was fresh, grilled calamari was almost perfect, wine was good, the fish was cooked as expected.)
- We did not feel welcome the moment we walked in. (We both are non-caucasian). We got a few unpleasant stares from the patrons on the way to our table.
- The waiter's attitude was somewhat cold and unwelcoming (although not rude).
- All tables around us received very warm welcome and frequent visits from the waiters to see if they were doing ok. None ever stopped by our table.
Overall, the experience was very awkward and unpleasant. We have come to almost every single restaurant around this area whenever we attend a performance at SF Jazz and always have very good experience. This is the first time for us and it somewhat spoiled what could have been an enjoyable Saturday night. I personally cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone. (Of course I can only speak for myself as others seemed to have enjoyed this restaurant.)
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