Blue Plate

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Blue Plate opened in 1999 as a casual spot where friends and neighbors can enjoy the best ingredients our seasons have to offer. Owners Cory Obenour and Jeff Trenam have created a space that feels like a home, with three distinct dining rooms each appointed with the work of local artists. In the back, a lush, night-fragrant garden offers an exotic retreat from the bustle of the city. The kitchen stays committed to using the highest quality local produce and meats in classic American and rustic Mediterranean dishes. Through a working friendship with Bay Area farmers, the Blue Plate is expanding the notion of "the blue plate special" to include dining that is casual, affordable, delicious and responsible.
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KR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely servers, excellent and innovative food. Two bummers: some food was too spicy for me, and I feel that the menu could have described it more accurately; and second, the place was very very loud. One of my friends had to put earplugs in, and then could not hear conversation.

W
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Plate has been one our favorite gems for creative dining. We have been eating there for twenty years! We love the small plates and usually order 4-5 of them. The small plates are so delicious and creative that, in twenty years, we have never ordered an entre! There is always a variety of fish, lamb, veggie dishes! Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone’s! This place is wonderfully! And a fabulous wait staff and hostess.

NZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine was amazing along with the service. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Two couples dined and we all ordered different meals and appetizers and desserts. We all shared a bite of everything and we couldn’t pick one thing to be our favorite- everything was excellent.

SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great but bad service took away from our experience.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love! Always !

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food great service..try the fried chicken

w
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid place, we travelled from Nob Hill, which was a little far. Food was great and interesting menus. If you at close by stop here

NI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was amazing! This place is a hidden gem.

f
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, not great. Service was terrible

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not many vegetarian options.
And I found everything overly salted

LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beyond excellent, reminded me of New Orleans. Staff was prompt and helpful. They brought us sparkling water and ensured we had enough (there was the option of flat). They offered opinion but would let us have our time to decide. The fried chicken is just incredible but all dishes were impeccable.
I would say it is a great place to come with friends.

KZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem. Food is always great. They change the menu seasonally, so vegetarians get some variety. Delicious appetizers and mains, and really creative salads. Staff is excellent.

OB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Dinner there always feels very special and memorable.

RA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great so choices were hard to make. Service was friendl6 and quick. Would definitely return here again.

U
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience dining at Blue Plate. The quality of food was obviously excellent and their service was great. The menu isn't crowded with too many options, there's a perfect blend of variety and portions. The wine list was impressive, it's actually larger than the menu! I had the Lamb and it was without a doubt the best I've had. The atmosphere is so inviting it's perfect for a date, celebrating or even just trying something different with the family. I would recommend if you visit San Francisco, Blue Plate is a must to experience!

LE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love this place, it is noisy, so not great if you want a quiet place.

y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Blue Plate! Last time the three of us went with our 7 years old daughter. We have ordered three appetizers, main course, side dish and two deserts. Every dish was delicious, unique and with great ingredients. And the place is has a great vibe on top of it. Blue plate never disappoints!

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Plate is a neighborhood gem, and has been for over 20 years. Comfortable intimate setting in a converted house, great food priced fairly, nice affordable wine list, friendly and efficient staff. a can't miss favorite for years!

LG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There are some good dishes but food tends to be on the salty side.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going there for years and love it. The food is delicious ALWAYS! The staff are so nice and welcoming.

P
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful local Bernal joint. Beautiful, sunlit patio dining. Simple, non-pretentious menu with fresh, delicious ingredients. This place is our new San Francisco favorite!

RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive but not intrusive. Great wine list but very limited beers on tap. Food was great...had the hanger steak. It was perfectly medium rare as ordered and just delicious tender and the horseradish and chimichurri sauce was perfect. Ambiance is charming old San Francisco Mission district. Eclectic mix of dates, families, girls night out and friends clientele is fun and makes the Blue Plate a good time for all.

H
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience as always in one of the neighborhood's gems

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the soup and meatloaf, which were both incresible. The meatloaf was delicious when they first opened and that has not changed. Blue Plate has been able to sustain a high level of excellence over the years and I highly recommend it.

NB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful! Great place to dine!

JL
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good comfort food, great attentive service.
I had the pork chop which was cooked to perfection. The only downside was the brussel sprouts. There was a heavy hand of salt that wasn’t needed.
I’ll definitely come back but will ask to hold the salt on my next visit.

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter's college graduation with 9 of our family members and had a wonderful dinner at the Blue Plate. Shannon was super helpful and accommodating and the wait staff was great! Love you guys...thank you!

TV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good, but not great: the steak and strawberry crumble dessert was worth the price. The pork chop was a bit dry, although the flavor was fine. Service was fine, nothing special.

JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Francisco is by far the Mecca for amazing food. Blue Plate has just reached the top of my
List!
Our dinner (party of 3) was outstanding. From appetizers to everyone’s entrée, 5 stars all day!!!!

Can not wait to visit San Fran again and hit up
My new favorite spot Blue Plate.

TA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Blue Plate! Such a welcoming restaurant and the food is delicious..highly recommend:)

KC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First place I want to go when I’m visiting SF. Love the atmosphere, neighborhood, staff and food.

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

The experience was fantastic, and the service was friendly and exceptional!

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love Blue Plate! My favorite neighborhood restaurant. Fun to bring visitors to enjoy a meal in a great space. Thanks always to the friendly staff. X

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot. Was slightly disappointed server didn't offer more wine after first glass. We definitely would have ordered more had we seen him again during the main course!

PE
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Always a good time at Blue Plate

MR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy this place. The food is consistently excellent. The staff is very friendly. The back patio is gorgeous. Will enjoy coming back here in the future.

d
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual, Blue Plate is perfect for a birthday dinner, tourist destination or date night in the gorgeous backyard garden. Let’s hope it sticks around for another 20 years.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant! I brought an out of town friend who was very impressed. Although their menu hasn’t changed in years, they have a winning combination. Bon appetite.

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

I have lived around the corner from this place for 12 years. I’m moving in two months and I will try and eat here every chance I get. No place I know has been such a consistent delight for so many years.

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

Been coming here often for 20 years...so happy to be s part of their 20 Year celebration tonight! We love this place!

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