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Prospect, San Francisco, CA

Prospect

4.6
4.6
2560 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Prospect is 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 dinner on the new patio, guests will receive exceptional hospitable service. A warm modern space in the heart of SOMA, Prospect has become an anchor for the community.
A separate dining room is available for private events.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 247-7770 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Pamela Mazzola

  • Private party facilities

    The Candace provides a stylish setting for both intimate dinners and larger, corporate and celebratory events. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and accented with a lush, velvet-draped wall and an elegantly mirrored wall, the Candace blends artful sophistication with relaxed accessibility.

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Smith: (888) 448-2203

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Folsom

  • Parking details

    Validation available for one hour at Hill Plaza Parking, entrance available on Folsom between Spear and Embarcadero, half a block from Prospect.

  • Public transit

    MUNI N or T light rail to Embarcadero and Folsom, <br />MUNI Bus to Temporary Transbay Terminal <br /><br />or <br /><br />BART to Embarcadero

  • Entertainment

    Now serving Weekday Lunch! 11:30 to 2:00, Monday through FridayAward winning fine dining happy hour on Weekdays:drinks and snacks from 4pm to 6pm Monday through FridayBar Menu now served daily exclusively in the Bar and Lounge area from 5:30 - closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,560 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Contemporary American

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  1. M

    Magsman

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food, when it finally arrived. The restaurant appeared to be seriously understaffed. Pasta dishes are delicious but they are appetizer-sized; they're definitely not an alternative main course. The dessert menu was very limited and not very interesting. Noise is a problem in this restaurant - it was only about 3/4 full, and was still deafening.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at prospect was an incredible experience. The service was exceptional as we were attended to just the right amount, the servers were knowledgeable and polite, and received our food and drinks at the perfect time. I highly recommend prospect.
  3. DP

    DP1900

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the prettiest restaurants in San Francisco. Always enjoy the ambiance, great food, and expert service. They know how to do it!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Just all around bad service. They were 15 min late for our reservation and when offered a drink we asked for seltzer and then we’re told “oh it comes in a big bottle do you want to just wait?” Which was strange! For a nice restaurant I would normally just have it brought to us and then to our table for us. Or even have some champagne or something comped…. Then our server was just not trained at all. He was nice and did his best but it was really on management for not training this guy and letting him serve without help. Food was hit or miss. My salad and my entree were mediocre at best, the filet was cold…. Everything took forever (our reservation was 7;30 we didn’t leave until 10 and not because we were lingering). Just a really disappointing experience when paying that kind of money esp with the intention of celebrating.
  5. S

    Susan

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful and very well designed. I really liked it immediately. The hostess and our server… all staff … were excellent. Attentive, accommodating and not annoying. The salad and meatballs delicious. Will go again!
  6. VI

    VIvianR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great Holiday meal at Prospect! The restaurant was really festive, and beautifully decorated. Prospect does such a good job with their holiday menus, adding fun specials like this year’s Maine lobster ravioli, which was spectacular. We shared that as an appetizer, which allowed everyone to enjoy it. I had the halibut, which was delicious and perfectly cooked. But I want to mention my friend’s pork chop. I usually order fish, because they do such a good job with it. But her husband always orders the pork chop, so she ordered that and gave me a bite. Oh, my! The best pork chop I’ve ever eaten. Tender, juicy, flavorful.. it was a revelation! We were so full we had to share a dessert and ordered the egg nog brûlée. That was a perfect ending. Saul picked out wines by the glass for each dish we ordered and did his usual brilliant job of that. Happy New Year, Prospect!
  7. 6

    69447765

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was salty, service was bad, took 30 min for appetizers to arrive
  8. MR

    MoniqueR

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here for our annual friends Christmas dinner and EVERYTHING was top notch. From the service to the food is was a wonderful experience. With five of us we were able to explore a lot of the menu. Octopus, fried oysters, tartare, cheese dip all yummy. Steak, chop and both fish entrees; my absolute favorite was the sturgeon-you can’t make that at home! Will definitely revisit Prospect next time we’re in the City
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love prospect and will be back again
  10. RS

    RicardoS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Only real complaint was portion size, we had the Octopus and the Risotto and both were hardly enough to wet the pallet. The octopus was sliced into nickle size slices and honestly if it wasn’t even half a portion, of a full tentacle. Taste was very good but a super small quantity for an app to share. Risotto was the same, about 60% of a normal serving size. I did rate it higher for flavor, but were very good.
  11. FG

    FoodieG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superb food and spectacular service!
  12. SB

    SarahB

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening in the plush and atmospheric environment at Prospect... lovely holiday lights and candles, great innovative food, steady service.
  13. RD

    RegularDiner

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck was excellent. Cocktails are small. Service was terrific.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Not as a good as it looks.
  15. MF

    MichelleF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met for a drink and dinner sat at the bar first - service was great and drinks were creative. Dinner was delicious and the group enjoyed themselves very much.
  16. JO

    JOSEPHA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Service was slow- took 15/20 min before a server arrived for drinks. Our fish dishes were mediocre; toughest sturgeon we’ve ever tasted. Our foursome had difficulty conversing as it was so loud. Nice decor but will not dine here again…
  17. JS

    JulieS

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is very attentive. Food was delicious. My husband ordered the poke bowl and loved it. I had the filet mignon that was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. For a large size restaurant the noise level was amazingly subdued. I hate a restaurant that is so loud you can't hear your dinner partners conversation!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    They ran out of literally every dish that we wanted to try by 8pm on a Friday night, which was obviously disappointing. The salad we did get was good. The server was great and apologetic, though obviously the issues were not here fault.
  19. b

    boccioni

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As usual, an amazing meal with highly imaginative cuisine. I give 6 starts to your front of house staff. They gave our party of four an above and beyond welcome, asking genuine (not scripted) questions and made our arrival so positive. However, our main server seemed distracted and not-so-attentive, compared to previous visits at Prospect.
  20. T

    Tommy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    I had high hopes but I was underwhelmed. It was a business dinner so no skin off my back, but I would have been very disappointed to foot the bill on my own. The menu was promising yet didn't come through on the flavor front.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We have dined many times at the sister restaurant, Boulevard. They were booked, so came to try Prospect, run by the same master chef. It has a nice open contemporary ambience. The food was excellent. Maybe a little less spectacular than Boulevard, but the price point is also lower. A highlight is the starter and share menu for appetizers. These were uniformly outstanding. My pork chop was very tasty and juicy, but the glaze was a tad on the sweet side. The affogato dessert was really good.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Used to eat at Prospect frequently a few years ago before moving out of the city - the fries are still amazing, but the other dishes i tried last night were disappointing. Not bad per se, but certainly not the great flavor combos as before…pretty mediocre and for the price not worth it. It sounds like they reopened very recently, so perhaps just some kinks to work through. Service was also a miss, the hostesses were the best though!
  23. S

    Skyking

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been back since Covid, & was delighted with service, food, & all! Everyone was so friendy, even though Kathy wasn't present!
  24. RT

    RobTech

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time dining at Prospect and will definitely return. Good menu, well presented, interesting food and overall exceeded our expectations. Cocktails were maybe trying too hard. The Negroni with chocolate infused mezcal didn't work. Atmosphere was good and 4 of us could easily chat.
  25. SM

    SMCorbett

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was professional but a little slow to start. The squash blossoms were unremarkable, a wee bland and overly cheesy. The little gems salad was one of the best I have ever had. The lettuce was fantastic and the dressing was deelish. My pork chop was cooked perfectly and was not overly sweet despite the presence of fruit. The heirloom apples were just the right amount of tart. The crispy skin salmon was cooked as ordered and was moist and fresh - yes, the skin was crispy. The room is pretty but meh. I hate the overhead light fixtures but that's just me. Place was lively especially for a Monday night. I'm a fan.
  26. GS

    GaryS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Prompt. Good space between tables and high ceiling.
  27. OV

    OliverV

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall a mediocre experience... They were oit of the appetizer we wanted. Then the risotto was over salted and the portion very small. It took them a while to try to handle the problem...when they finally enquire we were upset, so the experience was ruined... in addition they did not even ask if we wanted dessert...we got the feeling they are more interested in the money than in the clients...
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    575 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    575 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food and great ambiance. Pretty noisy but nice vibes
  29. DS

    DStoess

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary. Good service and delicious food. Plates were presented very nicely and the quantities were not too small but not too big either, just right. The dim lighting set a romantic mood which was perfect for our date. The wait staff was very knowledgeable on all of the drinks and foods. We would definitely visit again.
  30. JT

    JTG78

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prospect is one of those few restaurants that is excellent nearly 100% of the time. They have a great bar program, friendly staff, and exceptional food. The only down side is they're only open on weekdays. Highly recommend.
  31. C

    Cflocchini

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice surprises on the menu where something looked fairly ordinary turned out incredibly delicious. Everything we ordered was spot on. Great ingredients and flavor combos.
  32. LP

    LPFoodLover22

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    The food was amazing. The ambiance was almost like detention center in terms of color palette. VERY BAD ACOUSTICS made it really hard to hear the waiter and each other. We were going to bring parties of 6 and more and decided not to because no one would enjoy it. I would recommend it wth a lot of caveats.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for all of us.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The staff was most courteous when I requested to move inside from an outside table where the heat lamps were impossible to keep lit in spite of the staff trying to reload them. This is our go to favorite restaurant for a special celebrations and the food never disappoints.
  35. CW

    CindyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great environment. Will definitely go back :)
  36. SM

    ShaneM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience from start to finish. Very friendly staff and excellent food.
  37. MF

    MarkusF

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent first date experience, from great service (sometimes a little too fast) to delicious food. We liked the atmosphere a lot as well.
  38. r

    roberth

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really nice night out!
  39. V

    Valerie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Thought the food was ok, tastiest item I had that night was the Hokkaido Milk Bread. I chose opted for the risotto as my main and while I liked it I wasnt blown away. I thoroughly loved the cocktail I ordered (The Prospector) and was delighted at how good it was. Hard to find a fine dining establishment that also has a stellar bar program - Prospect definitely felt like it did based off the way our drinks were received at our table. Can only speak for my experience felt fine but for 100/person spend for a group of 5 felt like too high a price tag for this meal. Would come again if someone invited me here.
  40. PF

    PeninsulaF

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent from start to end. Exquisite Tamarind Margarita. Delightful Muhammara spread. The scallop and calamari dish was lovely. The duck dish which included a leg confit and a perfectly done breast was to live for. My caramel afagoto was a great ending to a wonderful diner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Prospect offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 247-7770 ext. 1.

Prospect is rated 4.6 stars by 2560 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Prospect

300 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Folsom

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Validation available for one hour at Hill Plaza Parking, entrance available on Folsom between Spear and Embarcadero, half a block from Prospect.

  • Public transit

    MUNI N or T light rail to Embarcadero and Folsom, MUNI Bus to Temporary Transbay Terminal or BART to Embarcadero

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Pamela Mazzola

  • Entertainment

    Now serving Weekday Lunch! 11:30 to 2:00, Monday through FridayAward winning fine dining happy hour on Weekdays:drinks and snacks from 4pm to 6pm Monday through FridayBar Menu now served daily exclusively in the Bar and Lounge area from 5:30 - closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 247-7770 ext. 1

  • Private party facilities

    The Candace provides a stylish setting for both intimate dinners and larger, corporate and celebratory events. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and accented with a lush, velvet-draped wall and an elegantly mirrored wall, the Candace blends artful sophistication with relaxed accessibility.

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Smith: (888) 448-2203

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