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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.

320 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Franklin Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 863-5545

Website:
http://www.hayesstreetgrill.com/

Parking Details:
The valet parking app Vatler provides service Thursday through Saturday for dinner for $20.

Download the app bit.ly/vatlerApp and get $10 off with promo code HSG.

Public Transit:
Bart Civic Center stop

MUNI Van Ness and Hayes

21 Hayes bus in front of restaurant

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Executive Chef:
Patricia Unterman

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Free glass of wine/beer with your entree! See details for availability

Specials

Free glass of wine/beer with your entree! See details for availability
Details

Join us for dinner, choose from one of our signature entrees, and receive a glass of wine or a beer on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: November 13, 2017

Ends: May 13, 2018

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-9:00PM
Tue-Thu 7:15PM-9:00PM
Fri-Sat 7:15PM-10:00PM

Hayes Street Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (92)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Everything at Hayes Street Grill depends on the time...in the 90 minutes leading up to the rising curtain at the symphony, opera, or ballet, it's a mad rush to get everyone fed and out the door, since none of those venues will seat you after the performance begins. Attempting a reservation for 6 pm is doomed to failure, and at 8:15 the place is a quiet as a mouse's funeral.

We've eaten here at least twice before, and this was by far our least enjoyable time. The servers seemed to have forgotten that we had no theater planned for after dinner, and we were in, seated, served, and out in under an hour. The presentation of our fish dinners seemed uninspired and bland. My companion had to send the Opah back for more time on the grill, and it needed two varieties of sauce to make it have any taste worth remembering.

Bottom line, I think we're done here. We will, however, return to the Alamo Square Seafood Grill, where the ambience is warmer, the food more carefully prepared and presented, and the prices a fraction of Hayes Street.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

my food was marginal. everyone else seemed happy with theirs. service was spotty. location is great. not dying to go back but it wasn't a bad experience by any means.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

As usual , I enjoyed lunch at HSG--entre, srrvice, & lovely Meyer lemon tart. However, one of my party was not at all pleased. She said her salmon contained tiny bones and had an unpleasant taste, and that the sauce on the sundae she had for dessert had a hard texture.
So, the ratings above are lower than I would have given.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Got the email that Dungeness crab was available. Was delicious! Service was impeccable as always. Love love love Hayes Street Grill!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been to Hayes Street Grill a dozen times — it is one of my “go to” spots for business lunches. The fish is always great, fresh, simply and well prepared. If you like seafood—not crazy Red Lobster giant fried shrimp seafood—but quality fish served in a sophisticated, but not stuffy manner, check this place out.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The opah was delicious however, a rather small portion for the exorbitant pricetag and paired with nothing more than a few french fries!

I recently had a similar meal at another very well known sf restaurant that came with 2 equal accompaniments included in the price, a luxury setting & a view of the golden gate bridge!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent service, worth the money. This is excellent if you’re a lover of seafood

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Still a gem! We had not dined at the Hayes Street Grill in quite a few years. We took our 93 year old friend to a concert at Davies and wanted a close by restaurant. The food was very good and the service exceptional. We had the crab cakes made from a crab imported from Maine and Eastern Canada; the crab cakes were sweet, almost no filler and succulent. The rex sole tasted as if it was caught just before being put on my plate. And the paella was great - piled high with fresh seafood. We bought our wine and paid the corkage. We shared two desserts - the chocolate flourless cake and a seasonal persimmon spiced cake. Both were excellent. And finally, Hayes Street still makes some of the best french fries around. A wonderful evening. The restaurant is high on our list again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We have been dining at the Hayes Street Grill for years. First for lunch before the matinees
and late dinner after the Sunday matinee of the symphony. Always good. Excellent service
and local fish carefully prepared.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and service. A wonderful dining experience! Delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a 6:30 reservation and were stuck in bad traffic, so I called the restaurant and they said they’d save our table for us. Finally got there at 7:00 pm, got our table and we had tickets to the symphony at 8:00. Staff was awesome- they said they would take care of us and we’d get to our show. And they did- we ordered, food and drinks arrived quickly. Very good food and great service. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. Had a lovely night thanks to the Hayes Street Grill!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful as always!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dependably good food and excellent, friendly service

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

From start to finish it was a wonderful experience. We came to celebrate my birthday prior to the SF Symphony with Seal. Restaurant Location was right around corner to Davies Hall where the concert was. The waiter made sure that we were finished in time for our show. We relaxed, ordered martinis and visited. Then the food arrived. We didn't feel rushed at all-so nice. The food was so tasty and fresh. I had the grilled Opah (white fish). You can pick the sauces which comes on the side. I had the lemon caper sauce and it was FAB! I also had the homemade split pea soup with ham hocks...All delish! Mom had the crab cakes with fries..... oh the fries! Gooooooood!!! This place feels like a local hangout were everyone treats you like family. Not over the top fancy but more feeling SF nostalgic. We met a group of locals sitting next to us who were such nice folks. What a pleasure for the taste buds and happy time all the way around! PS...the concert was FeNom!!!!! Thx - we'll be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A fave since the 80s. Pleasant service, good drinks, and wonderful simple local seafood. Iconic dancers and musicians on the walls. Great pre ballet, symphony or opera venue. Supper 11/28: th best crab cake I ever ate, with beurre blanc , frisée, and hot crisp golden fries. Expensive for such a low-key place but always worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Rude and unpleasant waiter and host. Unfortunate choice for a big night out for us-we regretted it as the treatment we received was upsetting.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My scallops were tasteless as were the cauliflower mashed potatoes. $32 for spinach not a good deal, The waiter brought our wine bottle to the table but never refilled our glasses or asked how our food was.. Very impersonal service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Had a fish dish: grilled and very tasty. Very good french fries!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great restaurant with impeccable service & notable Theater/Opera “in the know” ambience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

ALWAYS consistent, accomodating, and good food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We’ve been dining patrons since 1980. Hayes St. never fails to please.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great selection of fresh fish, with your choice of sauce. I had Opah, my husband had Petrale Sole; both were generous portions and cooked to perfection. Very crowded in pre-theater time, but the service was expert and really quick.
We will be going there again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went with our grandchildren before the symphony performance. The children loved the ambiance of the restaurant. We had the oysters which were very fresh. The French fries were wonderful as usual. All our fish were cooked to perfection. A perfect experience for a perfect set of grandchildren.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Every experience,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always reliable with consistently excellent treatment of seafood.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Crowded, staff overwhelmed with post opera rush, soup tasty, rex sole fair at best.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Pre symphony dinner. Timing and location was perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Well located to all performing arts venues and a prized classic by the 55+age group, we ate well enough but did not think our dinner was consistent with the prices on the menu. Service was perfunctory but prompt given our plans for the evening. The petrale sole was overwhelmed with a heavy chanterelle sauce...2 little pieces for $30...no! The paella was just good and also small. We found the caeser salad acidic although reasonably sized. Insipid croutons. The green salad at two other tables seemed better. Decent cocktails. Not a repeat for us.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything about Hayes Street Grill is impeccable.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great, as always. best seafood in town, great wait staff and, Fred, of course!, adequate wine list (unless you're a wine snob), reasonably priced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We both had salads for lunch and the ingredients were really fresh. Our wait person even asked it I wanted extra dressing for the take-home left overs.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Why do we choose Hayes Street so often? Because we can always be certain we'll get good , fresh food and excellent service. Love the many fish choices...and the desserts when we have extra time and room.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

HSG is consistently excellent in terms of fresh, delicious food and professional servers.
They always get you out the door in time for your concert.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The greeter and server were very warm and friendly. They keep the atmosphere upbeat. The food is delicious. This is the perfect place to have lunch before the symphony.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at Hayes Street Grill many times over the years prior to attending performances at the San Francisco Symphony in nearby Davies Symphony Hall. This is the worst experience we have had at this restaurant. My wife and I and two friends all ordered sole with chanterelle mushrooms, which tasted ok. However, the portions of sole were very small - about four bites each. More problematic was the overly long wait time (~ 30 minutes) between our appetizers and our entrees, which was puzzling because the restaurant was not ovrerflowing with customers. We ordered a nice bottle of Grgich Hill Chardonnayl, which arrived with our appetizers and was almost finished by the time our entrees arrived. This experience suggested to me that the restaurant was hoping we would order another bottle of wine to accompany our entrees. A minor annoyance was that no bread was offered to us during the meal. Finally, the maitre dei said nothing to us as we left the restaurant and he was not at all busy. A "thank you" would have been a nice gesture on his part. We will not be returning to Hayes Street Grill any time soon, given the spate of better restaurants in this area.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Host seated us, he never smiled. Saw our waiter only when he took our order and brought wine and our bill. He never smiled. Bus guy cleared efficiently, he never smiled. Dishes were plated like a cafeteria. My buerre blanc was separated. The fries were all end pieces. The creme brulee was ice cold, the top was soggy. No one said thank you, or good bye, or "don't let the door hit you going out." Will I return? Would you?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

HAYES STREET GRILL IS ONE OF THE BEST MANAGED AND LONG TERM SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANTS IN THE Bay Area. IT RARELY DISAPPOINTS. OUT OF 6 DINERS, 5 WERE VERY PLEASED WITH THEIR ENTREES. THE RESTAURANT IS METICULOUS ABOUT GETTING DINERS OUT THE DOOR TO THEIR "CURTAINS".

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Hayes St Grill never disappoints! The Service, food and ambiance are great! We had the flank steak and fish which were both fabulous.
the Persimmon pudding was to die for!
Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food & service always superb. Our favorite restaurant in SF.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very enjoyable food is always delicious that’s why we continue to return

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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