Prospect

4.5
2270 reviews
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Contemporary American
Prospect is a more casual dining hall from the team behind San Francisco's acclaimed Boulevard. Partners Nancy Oakes (James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Boulevard), Pam Mazzola and Kathy King, have created a convivial venue that pays tribute to contemporary American cuisine. Whether it's a cocktail and a bite at the bar, a casual meal at the communal table, or a relaxed lunch or dinner in the main dining room, guest can enjoy the full menu and exceptional service. Designed by Brand + Allen Architects, the loft-like space is warmed by earth tones, natural fibers, and reclaimed wood, while unique elements like artisan-crafted wrought iron chandeliers add distinctive character to the impressive dimensions. A separate dining room is available for private events.
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PO
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Burrata and Asparagus was outstanding. The Hamachi Crudite was also very good. Excellent responsive service.

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N
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

(Copy-pasting my review I wrote on yelp)

I felt 2 stars was too harsh, but even 3 seemed generous. It isn't to say that the food was bad; it was.... good. Just not acceptable for the price. The service itself was very good, but when you have great service, small portions, delightful presentation and a considerable price that builds you up for a somewhat upscale dining experience, if you find the actual food around which all of this was built around, you come out feeling deflated and even upset. You don't find gems without sampling different places, but this is an example of a place I won't be returning to.

Oh, and there was a hair in the blueberry sauce of the cheesecake.

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SF
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good with the exception that the lentils had too much smoked ham bits. I was surprised with the service. We were presented with the wrong bill which was $30 more than it should have been. One of our desserts was the wrong one. But with the missteps I would return again for lunch. This was not my first visit there.

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CH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty, fresh, beautifully presented meal. Kudos to the pastry chef for the handmade strawberry cheesecake ice cream sandwiches.

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LU
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unique cocktails. Bar menu is very yummy

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h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent spot for lunch. Tables are well-spaced and noise level moderate for conversation. Had the hanger steak and salmon, both seasoned well and tasty. Portions were not huge, but starters and sides fairly priced. Service was attentive, but not intrusive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small menu, but everything was really delicious. The Little Gem & Lolla Rossa Salad was perhaps the most interesting and delicious salad I've ever tasted. The halibut was superb.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good and setting is perfect for having a business lunch but service was surprisingly slow and inattentive.

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t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prospect is an outstanding part of the amazing San Francisco food scene...Great for Lunch..great for Dinner...The menu is always changing in new and different ways...A wonderful experience.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the dining room is very relaxing and comfortable. The wait staff are attentive but not too attentive! and the food was absolutely fabulous. I

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RD
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and overall dining experience at Prospect is exceptional. Beautiful presentation. Service was exceptional.

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LG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service outstanding.

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SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Prospect since it opened and have enjoyed my dining experience every time. The food is amazing, the room makes you feel special and the ability to talk over dinner is a bonus.

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b
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this fabulous restaurant everything is always superb. Food and service always keeps us coming back. Thank you so much Kathy King, Don and Rebecca love you and all you have created!!!!

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PT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. It was our second time there. The service was a little better, a bit more friendly the first time. Took a while for server to ask us about dessert.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yesterday my husband and I took my Mother-in-law here for her birthday dinner, and the service was impeccable! I thank everyone here for their excellent service and attention to detail. The ambiance, food, and decor was beautiful and perfect.

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R
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good location for business lunch with a menu that has good options for vegetarians and all others. Excellent seasonal/daily soup.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful in every way, from decor to service to food to cocktails (amazing) and a great wine list.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so nice to dine at a restaurant where I could actually hear my dinner partner without yelling over loud music or crowd noise. Thank you!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversaries

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was mostly uninspired. The restaurant was not crowded. The ventilation system was designed for many more bodies. There was so much air movement, the food was cold in 5 minutes.

The Ahi tune crudo starter was good (sesame, jidori egg, black squid ink rice chips), but the portion was tiny. Petrale sole, boring. Steak, had a mound out a mushroom-ish tapanade, totally overwhelmed the meat.

Mint ice cream sandwiches were great.

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RL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was okay. Better places for the price. The ambience is great for conversation. Large booths, lots of room between parties.

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t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and decor was very nice and pleasant-great for a date night. The food was very good but not much of a selection. Service was excellent. i would recommend for a night out.

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was very special, accompanied by impressive service, not just at our table, but throughout the area where we sat. Presentation of each plate was a beautiful sight to behold, each with its own surprise.
Expensive? Yes, for my pocketbook; but it was a special occasion which merited a fine dinner.

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AS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, Prospect does not disappoint. Considering how many people were there, you'd expect it to be loud and hard to hear others at your table; not the case at all.

It's a give that the food is amazing, but it was the wine service that was especially noteworthy. The Som took the time to sell us 2 great bottles of Italian red that we otherwise would not have known about.

This is a place that great for business and for a date night. I'll definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

not the best, should've booked elsewhere. we had 3 people and ordered a lot but the service was slow and the food wasn't that great. will not visit again

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My new (from a stack from the server) appetizer plate was coated on the bottom with copious creamy white and brown food. From a dirty table? All over my hands and on my shirt before I realized. This is disgusting - . Server later merely said sry and replaced it. Certainly not HER fault, but her lack of apparent concern is not encouraging.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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DC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both excellent. Far superior to other nearby restaurants. Only complaint is that it was very noisy.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal along with the service was amazing! Thank you!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! From the food to the service! An SF fave.

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H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal, from beginning to dessert. Nice cocktails, good service. Pricey.

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LJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Based on one lunch visit: The food was good. The service was perfunctory at times, and our server seemed rushed. The decor is like a corporate boardroom.

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JN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. This is my third visit to Prospect over a several year span and each time it has been excellent from the food, to the service to the overall feel of the place. I was with a long time friend visiting from out of town and she was equally pleased. Our server and the other wait staff who helped were right on top of everything. I can highly recommend this place for a nice date, with a group of friends, a celebration or business dinner. I will be back!

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. We were in the back and service was slow.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I really liked this restaurant when it first opened but since then it's become a venue for large format corporate dinners and company happy hours and it just kills the vibe for anyone going for anything else. My husband and I were seated at a two top between a party of 16 and a party of 20 and got zero attention from our waitress. It was so loud, we had problems hearing each other from across the table. Food was unceremoniously dropped down at our table without any explanation by food runners which is a clear training issue. When you pay $22 for a salad, you expect an explanation of what you're getting and a better level of service. There also was a long break between our appetizer and entre and the scallops were overdone and unevenly plated (he got 4 and I got 3 but why). I won't be going back or recommending for anything.

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DL
Central Coast
132 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After eating at Boulevard the night before, we decided to head over to Prospect to try out their sister property. The vibe is Super modern, quiet, brightly lit. Greeted by friendly staff, we started our dinner well. We got the burrata salad, filet and sole. While the food was all well made and beautiful, the flavors were just a bit underwhelming. Very forgettable. Even the dessert (peppermint ice cream sandwich and toffee cake) was just not great. With all the great places in San Francisco, I’m not sure if I would return.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding - fresh and thoughtfully prepared. Staff is attentive. It's unusual to have such great food at a business lunch. Highly recommend

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizer was super small portion.
Dinner was slightly more.
We ate a lot of bread to fill up.

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