Hayes Street Grill

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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.
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DF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food

E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Hayes Street Bar and Grill is an old San Francisco favorite. If you are a fish lover this is the place. All the fist is fresh and delicious.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love HSG! I must admit that we were a bit worried, given some of the recent reviews, but our dinner was delightful. One caveat that we noticed (and was mentioned in another review,) my husband's swordfish was only lukewarm - not hot. He decided not to send it back, as the dining room was full, and he figured he might not get it back in time. He did say the taste was very good. Service was prompt, and attentive, our other dinners were hot and delicious. Yes, we'll continue to dine here!

C
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Worst service ever! Waiters kept forgetting what we would ask for. Brought bread and no bread plates. Never refilled water. Asked for coffee twice and waiter brought bill. I said I hope you didn't charge us for coffee we never got. He said no and brought an ice cold decaf coffee. Unbelievabletable! Never checked back in on us. Forgot one of our drinks. The only plus was the food was good. Delicious warm goat cheese salad. Everyone enjoyed their fish entrees. I had steak which was super chewy but I got through it. Great apple crisp for dessert. If you don't mind horrible service, then the food is worth going for. However we will not return.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Crowded and uncomfortable. Noise level unbearable. Tables squashed together. Food quality is good, but the portions are very small. Paella was warm, not hot, and a very small portion. Scallops,mashed potatoes and cauliflower, a few leaves of spinach—five quarter-sized scallops. Swordfish was okay, tiny side serving of over cooked French fries. One appetizer, two drinks, three mains, one dessert—$200 with tip.
Next time we will find somewhere else to eat.

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with a great waiter, whom has been waiting at Hayes Street Grill for over 30 years.

IB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Hayes Street Grill continues to offer excellent seafood but the ambience feels like from another time. That would be fine if only there was some spark added like flowers or better lighting or a fresh coat of paint. It just seems quite fatigued and so is the service. They have such wonderful potential to continue their traditional presence on Hayes Street. Just spiff it up a bit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and presentation. Excellent service and ambiance

EL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and good service. Low key and friendly.

h
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Paella was room temperature when served. Sent it back. When it returned the container was warm but the rice was still room temp. Maybe this was partially because the rice on one side was dry and the other side moist. I could not send it back a second time since my partner was well into his dish which was served hot. Flavors were tasty and I was hungry so I ate the paella at room temp. Given the price I would hesitate to recommend the restaurant. Too bad because we are regulars at all the performance venues.

V
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, atmosphere, location and cocktails. I recommend the goat cheese salad and scallops!

PD
Tahoe
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy the Hayes Street grill. The service is top notch and the fish is so fresh. The trout appetizer was my favorite. My young son loved the peanut sauce in his salmon. All our fish was cooked perfectly.

The greens and the brussel sprouts were a bit underwhelming. I guess I prefer roasted veggies ah these were both streamed or sautés and a bit watery.

Th portions are also smaller than I remember from previous visits years ago especially the amount of fries and filet size.

Definitely enjoyed our meal and we will be back.

OT
Oaxaca
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Crazy loud and busy but excellent service

LA
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a staple for pre opera, Hayes Street Grill really knows how to cook fish. Their filet of sole is perfectly cooked and sauced, the octopus, shellfish always excellent. That the staff stays for many years attests to the fact that the place is well run. Will return soon!

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was good, but not outstanding and the portions seem to have become smaller.

g
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not as good as usual. Our guest's Swordfish was almost raw---had to be sent back. Service was spotty, at best. Had to ask for bread, etc. Hope it is not slipping.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We share our entree’s but the waiter didn’t divide the serving. The fish was raw when I asked for medium. Overpriced and skimpy portions. Have been coming here since you opened but this is the last time. I will miss it the atmosphere and the efficient and friendly wait staff but the food quality has deteriorated.

KS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was skeptical at first, but the food and service was excellent! Highly recommended!

MF
San Francisco
330 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallops and halibut were perfectly cooked. The dirty girl tomato salad was as sweet as candy. Can’t wait for a repeat visit

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service excellent.

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried oysters and the swordfish were delectable. Delicious sauces, and perfect french fries and the slaw was tasty.

LD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

‘Tired’ in all ways - menu, food, ambiance, service but at full price.

LB
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently high quality food in a landmark setting.

p
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were seated right next to the kitchen despite the fact that we arrived at 5:30pm and there were plenty of empty tables. (We were two women.) Our service was terrible: it took quite a bit of time to have the waiter pay attention to us. In fact, the most attention that was paid was when I asked a question about the computation of the bill. What should have been labeled "Employee Health Care Tax" was labeled as an extra of the meal itself, not a percentage of the total. When I asked the waiter about this, he was unable to explain either the amount of the tax (4%) nor that it was a tax for employee's healthcare.

OP
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice, though not particularly special. I had grilled salmon, which was unmemorable. Very tasty fries. Pleasant service. Not at all crowded at 8:30 on a weekday evening.

j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

love Hayes Street Grill....consistently good fish, great service, quiet space to have good conversation...and love Hayes Valley, too.

S
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, HSG exceeded expectations.

Two orders of salmon with butter and capers was simple and perfect.

Good iced tea too.

Flawless service, delightful surroundings, a very fine lunch.

Thanks.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good except for the Creme brûlée dessert (cold on the bottom, not adequately flamed on top). The smoked trout appetizer was a bit too salty, but the scallops and the paella were very very good.

DS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service very attentive
Wine by the glass pairing was not too good... like you were trying to finish off an opened bottle

MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was excellent, however the quality of the food we all ordered was pretty basic and for what we got, overpriced.

F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal

CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Had a pre-Symphony meal here. Oysters were good, but maybe one of the sadder looking fish dishes I’ve seen in a while; a pot of fries and a plain salmon fillet that was fine. The tables around that had ordered fish didn’t look any better.

Might be ok if it was relatively moderate priced but at ~$30 an entree it felt really underwhelming. Also at mid 30s in age we were probably a good 20 years younger than average. Better places for a pre show dinner nearby.

CA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Although we had a good dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our old-school server, I think the restaurant is resting on its 35 year-old laurels.

j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brand new server first day on job so service was a little shaky. Still give an A for effort. Food very good but dining room very noisy when restaurant filled.

DS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We came here while waiting near the concert hall. They put us in a quiet area but in view of the kitchen. The food was not exceptional for the price. The ambiance was impacted by the location of our tables. We sat right near the door to the kitchen so many people passed by us like we were at a fast food restaurant table near the bathroom. The restaurant needs to rethink its floor layout.

JS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

In light of the prices, the dining room needs to be refreshed. We were disappointed at how rigid the rules were in requesting a substitution of anything in lieu of potatoes.

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual. Staff very accommodating. Lovely evening once again

CO
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place for a presymphony meal. Great service and food.

B
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As I have posted elsewhere, this is a timless Hayes Valley and Civic Centre classic. Been going there for thirty-odd years. Being San Francisco some were really odd... But all kidding aside, if I had a desert island choice, this and a "Two Fat Ladies" cookbook would be it. Be aware that this is a fish restaurant. That said, the steaks are great and the French fries are the best in show.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was bland, options were limited and my date was pretty upset in my choice for her birthday.