Blue Plate

4.8
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1602 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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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
4 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
29 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
34 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
3 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!

KZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JL
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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