About Blue Plate

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.

3218 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Valencia St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 282-6777

Website:
http://blueplatesf.com/

Parking Details:
The parking lot at the Bank of America is open for a flat fee of $10. Otherwise, street parking is available.

Public Transit:
The Blue Plate is located at the stop for the following bus lines: 14, 49 and 67.
Bart riders should get off on the 24th and Mission station.

Executive Chef:
Cory Obenour

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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Blue Plate Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Comfort Food (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Casual (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Cozy (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (12)
Romantic (11)
Seasonal (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

service is amazing- food incredible. Love this hidden SF gem.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

This place is the best and one of the most consistent restaurants in San Francisco. Go blue plate!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very nice place. The food was really well made and the service was really nice as well. I like that it's not a "hip" place so the place is quieter, warm and inviting. I would definitively go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The hostess was not very friendly. The server was friendly enough until she discovered we had diet restrictions at which point she made us feel like we were such a bother.

We ordered meatloaf, mac n cheese, rock cod & clams, fried chicken, cavatelli, brussel sprouts. Every dish was overly salty except for the rock cod & clams which was excellent.

Ambience was nice though a little on the noisy side.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Came here with my wife for a 8pm reservation. We ended up waiting 25 minutes for a table. After ordering, we received our 2 appetizers about 30 minutes after placing our order. An hour later we, along with many other tables, were still waiting on entrees.

We canceled the rest of our meal which was disappointing because the two appetizers were really good. The waitress was nice and management were apologetic about the long wait.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Creative and inspired food. The place is very relaxed and down to earth. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Great find!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great wine selection. Excellent dishes. Professional service. Paid the check through open table. Best sorbet I’ve ever had in my life. Great job Blue Plate team. 🙌🏼

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Way Too loud!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The back patio was awesome.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food I had was very good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

First time to Blue Plate and I can't wait to go back. The meatloaf was the best I've ever had and I can't get it out of my mind. BLue Plate is a fabulous neighborhood restaurant with friendly, caring servers. 5 stars all around in my humble opinion.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I took one star away because of the not impressive vegetarian option. The food is absolutely delicious. The service started with the mistep but they fixed it professionally and the service is very friendly. The rose wine is perfectly chilled.
We started with grilled calamari and salad. Then, we had ling cod and soup for the entree. My vegetarian could not find any entree so he picked the soup as the entree. All of them are spot on delicious.
There is one weird service approach of the restaurant. On Monday, we arrived the restaurant, the restaurant was totally empty. Since we had the reservation, they took us to the back. Throughout the whole night, they did not seat any customers in the front house, which is a weird arrangement. If I did not know this restaurant and just walked pass it, I would not pick this restaurant because of the emptiness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Healthy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I love the homey atmosphere, friendly staff and atmosphere, and always impeccably delicious food! Not a fancy venue, but my husband I love it for date nights, special occasions, or any time we just have to have Blue Plate's fried chicken. We come here just the two of us, bring our parents, and always bring friends when they visit from out of town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food came out without too much waiting, food quality fit the prices, was absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked as well as gorgeous presentations, service was spectacular and the ambience was very cozy and romantic. It was a fabulous place to take my girlfriend out, on a date and she was very impressed with everything. We loved our experience and would definitely consider revisiting on another occasion.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

There was an option to select the occasion which we selected birthday and it was not addressed. We also requested to be seated outside but we were seated inside.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

💙 I always love my experience at Blue Plate. The food, service and ambiance make any night special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service and food were excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I don't know if it was just a rough night or it is the usual experience, but dinner was long and service was non-existent. We arrived at 6pm and left at 815 and were waiting for our food at every course. My $28 pork loin was over cooked and the server never checked on me so that I let her know. Too pricey to be that wrong.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I love Blue Plate and have been coming since they opened early 20 years ago. On this occasion I sent three friends there for dinner. I called ahead and gave them my credit card number and it was absolutely no problem. Although they have been seriously successful, they are still neighborhoods-ly friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Organic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Late flight in from San Diego. Had to change the reservation time twice. Well worth it! Absolutely delicious and a perfect spot near my Airbnb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Still my favorite neighborhood restaurant , didn't disappoint.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Been solid since the day Blueplate opened. My favorite is the fried chicken!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Blue Plate is on our list of wonderful SF restaurants where we have no hesitation to take friends for a great dinner ... if you enjoy Flour & Water, Nopa, Rich Table, Seven Hills, Stones Throw, Thanh Long, Trestle, Cotagna, SPQR, Hillside Supper Club, In Situ, Ju Ni, La Ciccia, Mourad, Octavia, Quince, etc., add Blue Plate to your dining destinations!

One of my fav dishes is the fried chicken. The skin is to die for! The meat is so moist and tender. If you love fried chicken the last time you were in New Orleans, you'll be delighted with Blue Plate's!

Cooking fish right so it's flavorful and moist can be challenging for restaurants but no so for Blue Plate. We had ling cod and it was right on the mark (you'll love the accompanying fried chick peas)!

Peach and heirloom tomato salad. Order it. Nuf said.

And for the vegetarians in the crowd, the risotto with sweet corn and hen of the woods mushroom is absolutely delicious. Can you say ohhhhhh, the oakiness is crazy good?

Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The fried chicken met my expectations after reading several great reviews. It was a great combination of crispy and tender, and went well with the buttermilk ranch dipping sauce that they provide. The macaroni salad also went well with the meal. We also tried the deviled eggs, which were wonderfully creamy with a little bit of crunch, and the macaroni and drunken goat cheese, which was a tasty variation. My friend, who is a wine connoisseur, was very happy with the wine list and picked out couple of nice pours (a gris, then a barboa). Last, but not least, was the butterscotch pudding, which was a delicious way to end the meal. Our only complaint was that the service was a little slow, seeming like we were waiting a bit too long at times. But our waitress was welcoming and helpful, so this was a very minor nit. The place itself is very charming and intimate, with a nice open kitchen arrangement.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Organic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Delightful old gem!I live in Bernal and sometimes forget that these guys are just around the corner. GREAT food, chill vibe.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Blue Plate never fails! As San Francisco's restaurants get more and more ridiculous, Blue Plate is a rock: they just deliver a great meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and great service as always. Highly recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a delightful start to the meal, 2 starters, several glasses of wine, 3 fried chicken dinners and dessert. We asked for our food to be boxed to take home and had a little over 1/2 of each meal left. When we got the check we asked for our boxes and the server said they were gone. The gentleman who took our plates to be boxed said they were not and went to get them and the server stopped him and told him they were gone. This left the entire table and the man who took our food very confused. He seemed to know where it was and wanted to get it but the server grabbed his arm and said it's gone. The server said he'd give us a gift card and basically pushed us out the door. We spent $200 dollars and walked out with a $25 gift card that won't even cover 1 plate. I've been to blue plate over a dozen times and have recommended it twice as many times. The end to our meal this time has made me feel like they just wanted us to get out and didn't care that they lost all of our food and wouldn't even offer to remake what they lost.
Disappointed and I won't be back so their gift card is worthless to me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The restaurant has Over rated food and is over priced.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

They were amazing, as usual

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Would have preferred the waitress to be a bit more energetic about the menu and her personal favorites. She was not excited to give suggestions and just kept saying everything was delicious when we asked her for her opinion between to dishes. I like it when servers sell me on certain dishes since I obviously know everything is good on the menu.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The Blue Plate is consistent with it's menu, quality and service. If you end up with left overs from this place, co-workers will be jealous the next day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

What a great little spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service. One of my favorite places in the Bay Area

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I've been to Blue Plate several times; this time the service was very good; the food was ok, but not what I remember from them.

I love the ambiance. I'll give then another try before giving up.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Gracious, friendly, patient service.

Excellent to exceptional take on traditional American comfort food dishes. The fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and trout deviled eggs all shines brightest for me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Blue Plate was a total surprise - I have bicycled past it for years without realizing it existed. I think the best things about it, in order were: 1) friendly, accommodating staff, 2) delicious food, 3) cozy, bistro-esque atmosphere. Each of these three things are within a tenth of a point of one another, making for a really lovely experience. The focaccia is to-DIE for, and all of our small plates were creative and tasty. The two of shared a gnocchi small plate, deviled eggs, a meatloaf large plate and a lovely bottle of wine. We couldn't even FINISH our shared large plate. Great value for a tasty, friendly, warm experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had a great dinner here the other night with friends, we loved everything we ordered including fried chicken, and clams and shishito peppers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Consistently good food at Blue Plate! Service is always superb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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