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Hayes Street Grill

2169 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre (105)
  • Neighborhood Gem (73)
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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 2169 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 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 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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.

vipTiger (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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!

vipPS12 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Restaurant very good as always. I tried the San Diego Opah and discovered that it is not for me.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Traditionalist (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

ycp1127 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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!

Spinnaker2013 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent service and very tasty food 。 Dessert is delicious. Enjoy the convenience before going to the symphony, opera or ballet.