Blue Plate

4.8
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1621 Reviews
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was not particularly well prepared. Many dishes were simply too salty.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant for 20 years. They just do it all right. The food. The service. The vibe. Top notch all day everyday !

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good experience overall. However the food wasn’t as good as it usually is.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, the staff friendly and professional!
Everything we ordered was fresh and beautifully presented. The food was flavorful and not overly salted as can be the case at some restaurants. The only drawback was the noise level. Overall we had a very enjoyable meal and evening. We will definitely be going back soon.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here with a group of 12 for dinner. The staff was super friendly and helpful as everyone filtered in at different times. We were seated near the back which made for a nice spot for the whole group with only 2-4 other guests in our section.

Wine was great, all the small plates and larger entree plates were delicious. We loved the homey ambiance and being able to hear each other in conversation. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem on the border of Mission/Bernal Heights! The location is super cute, the staff friendland the food is spectacular. Highly recommend the truffle gnocchi, farro and egg, filet mignon bruschetta, meat loaf, fried chicken and KEY LIME PIE!!!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Busy because of restaurant week so still had to wait quite awhile for our reservation but food and service was excellent.

C
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The meatloaf was great, ambiance is okay, service is good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and cozy atmosphere with, of course, great food. Bay salmon that we ordered is among the top salmon dishes that we had. Will come back without hesitation.

JJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars because we live the food so much. But what makes it special is they treat us like family. Amazing food with seasonal ingredients. So good.

JG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! This place is solid.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had fun and the food was good. Had a seat in the window so it felt private and very one to one.

C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BP always satisfies and delights. The environment is spirited and upbeat. It can get loud. But this is offset by the helpful but casual staff and, most importantly, delicious fare. Unlike other SF restaurants that strive to wildly update or expand, Blue Plate continues to offer old favorites and some new with a consistent excellence.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Talented chef
Welcoming and accommodating staff
Yummy food
Reasonably priced
Excellent wine menu
Fun atmosphere

LL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve. Ate outside in the garden. Quiet and beautiful — a perfect night.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and fantastic service!! Cannot wait to return!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the front counter this time, seems like a lot of companies had their holiday party/dinner while I was here. I always enjoy this place, good food and service, reasonably priced and portioned. A bit loud during the busy times, especially up front. I will continue coming here.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really great fried chicken but my duck confit was dry. The fillet mignon bruschetta was good but not meant to be shared with a bigger crowd. The crispy octopus was great but overall the small plate portions were a little small. Overall the food was good but I'd only come back for the fried chicken. And more choices for the main courses would've been nice as well.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic birthday dinner experience!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, good service... will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family coming over for thanksgiving and they loved it! Every dish was the favorite as it came out. Service is amazing and the ambiance is great!

ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Plate staff is always amazing and accomodating and the food is creatively delicious!

PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting family

AW
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Spacey server. Didn’t seem on top of things. We had t

VS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday and everything was wonderful. Totally my fault we were late and they were still accommodating.

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great neighborhood place . Very comfortable to a leisurely meal with friends.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing at Blue Plate and food exceptional!

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place for 15 years.

KR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
35 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! Always !

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food great service..try the fried chicken

w
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

f
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good, not great. Service was terrible

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not many vegetarian options.
And I found everything overly salted

LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always, solid delivery on all fronts. As always, a bit brightly lit and quite active, so maybe not the best place for a first date (thankfully mine wasn’t), they continue to not disappoint. Thanks for being the great neighborhood gem!