Prospect

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

When Happy Hour Ends, The Post Begins!

When Happy Hour Ends, The Post Begins!
Enjoy a Great Selection of $40 Bottles of Wine
(Available in the Bar and Lounge Only, 6pm to Close, plus tax & gratuity)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 26, 2019

Ends: August 27, 2118

Availability: Mon-Sat 6:00PM-9:00PM

What 2376 People Are Saying
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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredibly enjoyable experience the food was amazing. We had visitors from Chicago and I was quite pleased with the restaurant that I chose. There was not one thing that was not top notch. Food, ambiance, service, presentation, quality it was all fantastic.

t
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prospect is an incredible restaurant...the food is amazing...I brought 2 friends who had never been to Prospect..both of them have now become 2 huge fans of this great SF landmark

MN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening out with friends .. .this is a very special place!

CW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Prospect! The neighborhood was pretty quiet on a Saturday night, but when we entered the restaurant, it was very cozy - it was busy, but not crowded and loud. The scallop appetizer was amazing and we all enjoyed our entrees. The desserts (apple toffee cake!!) were so delicious and the atmosphere was just right for our small get together. Would definitely recommend.

MM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal and great service

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Vibrant and buzzing. Chic plates very well prepared. Pate and mini cornbreads stop you n your tracks good

FC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience and atmosphere. Very good for date night, business dinner and catch up with friends. Food was exceptional, fresh and well presented.

l
Sacramento
55 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great clean decor. Food was tasty, small portions but delicious. Highly recommend.

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice. Great service, food, bar etc.

CW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was very poor. I had to ask for everything, we were a table of 4, ordered cocktails and appetizers, a little rushed. Entrees came before the requested wine list, wine arrived half way thru entree. For the $$$ spent, service should be better. Food was excellent. We usually go to Boulevards but it was booked. Not the night out I had hoped for.

SG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Classy / professional vibe. Excellent wine and cocktail selection. Duck breast was cooked to perfection.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Birthday girl received a complimentary dessert, a pleasant surprise. Did not feel rushed.

MH
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere with a nice bar for happy hour. Very good cocktails.
Our dishes were very good. Halibut was very well prepared as well as the duck breast.
Service outstanding

l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was very good and the restaurant is very pleasant, however I think the menu is very
limited and the food is just OK.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both wonderful

AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere. I went here for a birthday lunch with my mom, and they even gave me a birthday card! Such wonderful attention to detail. I can't wait to come back.

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Prospect a number of times, often for special occasions with friends, like birthdays, or just the two of us for our anniversary. The food is always incredibly good, the service is swift, friendly and attentive. Their new "high-end" wines by the glass choices are really an interesting and fun choice if you want to try a glass (often $40+) as a splurge rather than pay $120+ for the whole bottle! The maitre d' and the sommelier were both available, helping out the staff and checking with wine choices. We always love dining at Prospect and will continue to do so.

W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jonathan the som was excellent!!

r
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was marvelous!! We had octopus appetizer and whole fish, split between two. It is pricey, but the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Not for the "faint of wallet".

SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in the city.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

If you want a corporate ambiance with very good food, this is a good choice. If you want a more hip vibe, probably not.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Recommendations by our host were well taken! Suggested specials, highlighted regular food items and cocktails made for a delicious evening. Atmosphere a bit dark giving one a more intimate feeling than normal in such a vast open space with high ceilings. Surprising; perfect temperature control.
Many excellent interactions with our host, associated hosts and table managers. Conversations by all built the flavors array delivered by such a day or night out.

JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prospect is a great place for work occasions or a Happy Hour. If you'll want to go for a fun date this place does add a good ambiance with an atmosphere around to ignite good conversations. The menu was really good. I had the duck while my friends tried the tasting menu. The Cocktail menu was short and so it was easy to chose from.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD A GREAT TIME. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS, THE WAITER WAS FRENCH..DESERTS WERE AMAZING...REALLY NICE RESTAURANT..WE ARE PLANNING ON GOING BACK!

F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Oh, I wanted to love this restaurant so much. I had a friend visiting from Japan who is a macrobiotic chef, restaurant owner and entrepreneur who wanted a dining experience in SF that served organic, locally sourced food. An evening flight arrival at SFO dictated a FiDi restaurant that would be easy to get to. I had heard good things about Prospect and thought it would be perfect.
The service was really outstanding - let me get that right out there, but the noise was really surprising. It was difficult to hear the person across the table from me. Our table was adjacent a strange sort of "window" to a serving station where we could hear the server's conversations which added to the general noise. On a Monday night I was surprised at the volume of noise.
The food was good, but not great and certainly not for the cost. We had the burrata appetizer which was pretty average, and the roasted carrots with hummus which was really good. One of us had the Pink Peony cocktail which was very good, I had a glass of the blended Gruner Veltliener, which went well with the halibut. My husband had the Piggy Vieux which he enjoyed. Entrees were a bit difficult since my guest is vegetarian and there was only ONE vegetarian dish listed in the entrees. You would think that a restaurant in SF that touts organic food would have more than just one veggie entree. The waiter suggested that we could order more veggie sides like the carrots - and I had to remind him that we'd had them for an appetizer. The de-constructed lasagne vegetarian option was had by my guest and my daughter and it was pretty clear that the pasta was either under cooked to begin with or was left under a heat lamp too long as it was dry. My husband enjoyed the duck. My halibut, while cooked well, was over salted and the dish as a whole was unimpressive. Everyone loved the desserts, especially the apple toffee cake, the blood peach sorbet, and the coffee creme brulee tart. The bill was $$$

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Restaurant and food was above average but service was absolutely horrendous.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waiter forgot one appetizer. Service was pitifully slow. Entrees seemed overpriced.

DP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service and ok quality food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great restaurant with a nice ambiance to it definitely worth it for special occasions me and my family enjoyed it very much.

A
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The day of our wedding we dined at this restaurant. We were happy to receive a secluded table and a bottle of champagne along with a congrats card. This time around dining at the same location for our 1st year anniversary to relive the moment, was not reliving the moment at all. We did receive a anniversary card, but no complimentary bottle, and we were seated in a booth almost as if we were at a diner instead of having an intimate moment. Both times we've gone we had a server who wasn't friendly. Most especially the first time, with a guy server who showed no interest in a serving us because we are two women who just got married. It was obvious he was homophobic. The recent server for this last occasion was nicer towards the end, but in the middle of our dining we had to be served and waited by possibly a manager as he was in a suit. I believe the atmosphere there is silent service. I'm not even sure... but the food was good. I suggest getting the pork chop instead of the salmon. Seriously, it's worth every bite!

HD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modern decor that fits in with the neighborhood. The service was warm and welcoming. The food is fantastic. Creative cocktails. Beautiful presentations and just excellent flavors. The filet mignon was outstanding.

DC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A good meal in general but disappointed in my pork chop. I've had Prospect's chop a number of times and it has always come out perfect. Tender, juicy, just right. This visit the chop came out tough and dry. Good news is that there was lots delicious sauce on the plate to swirl it in. Also good news is the rest of the meal was very good. Maybe just an off night. I'll definitely go back but might try something else next time.

r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Enjoyable experience except for the service & timing of food. Food was great, good ambiance but strange sequence of food, took almost an hour for 1 person to get their entree after everyone else finished their meals.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience and the food was excellent!

NM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, timely service; food was delicious. Good business lunch spot downtown.

JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service...friendly staff...food was unbelievable!

TK
Seattle
119 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable place; decor hard cold sharp lots of glass and modern art. Food AMAZING; not quite "picture food"; it was fine exotic concoctions bit not tiny portions. Very comfortable place. Wine list to die for.

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and we had a great time - food was awesome

f
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fresh ingredients and variety. Great service.

MR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We are frequent diners at Prospect and generally love the place. I have two comments. First the entrees are limited and barely change. Two fish, one duck, one steak, one pork chop and a veggie. I literally always have the duck and it never disappoints. But a bit more diversity would be nice. The Second item is that the wine by the glass menu is also very limited and there are only two Chardonnays and they’re both about $24 or $25 a glass so all of a sudden the bill becomes gigantic with $50 worth a Chardonnay with dinner. so I think Prospect would benefit by adding more choices to the wine by the glass menu.