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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

Specials

Complimentary Rosé Bubbles!

Specials

Complimentary Rosé Bubbles!
Details

Cheers to good company with a round of sparkling rosé on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: January 9, 2018

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:30PM-6:00PM 8:30PM-10:00PM

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Blue Plate Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (27)
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Cozy (21)
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Local Ingredients (15)
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Fun (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

This is a go-to dinner spot for visitors and special occasions. Menu is approachable but the most delicious way of preparing it. Gluten-free options including fried chicken. We went for a family thank-you dinner with 4 people. We split 3 small plates to start (try the seasonal butter lettuce salad!!) and each had a large plate for dinner. So so so delicious.
Ambiance is lively, but ok for conversations. Feels like a real hidden gem for locals only.

Make a reso though, unless you'd like bar seating.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We chose our first meal at Blue Plate on Valentine's Day. Probably not the best day to try a new restaurant. Although we waited one full hour, with reservations, for our table the mood was very positive and we had enjoyable conversations with other waiting patrons and the very friendly, (and apologetic) management and staff while we waited. Hey, it was Valentine's Day, and they handled it very well.

Once we were seated, the food came quickly and, although the kitchen was positively slammed with an overflowing house, the dishes were perfectly executed and absolutely spot on.

We started with the asparagus soup, light and tasty, not too heavily creamed. We shared the Dungeness crab salad on garlic toast which was just the right balance. I ordered the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans...iconic comfort food and one of the best renditions I've ever had. My wife ordered the short ribs on a bed of polenta which literally melted in one's mouth. Dessert was a decadent molten center chocolate cake for me and the famous Blue Plate key lime pie for my wife. Both were the perfect finish to a great meal.

If the kitchen can be this consistent during a hectic Valentine's Day with the line stretching out the front door for most of the night, then I expect on normal days they must totally rock.

The only drawbacks were the tiny tables. Seating is a bit crowded and the tables are more suited to a cafe than a full service restaurant. Noise level..well, it was a holiday and every table was occupied.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We had amazing service and the food was delicious. I had the fried chicken which was crunchy and full of flavor and my husband had the scallops which he loved. The key lime pie for dessert should not be overlooked. Definitely coming back to try more food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

rating would be a little higher but we unfortunately received a table at a large window in back of restaurant and froze due to cold windy night on valentines day. owner should be aware of this and invest in floor heat in that area for winter nights. focaccia bread tasty but salty.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Love this place. Never had anything but a first rate meal here. With a new influx of crab, we went for it, fried with a cornmeal crust. Wasn't sure how that would be, but it was delicious, the crab perfectly cooked and tasty bites of the crust to eat with it.

And, you get none of the pretentiousness often found in the city. Highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Funky and casual atmosphere yet romantic! We visited from Boston and we were very impressed. Delicious and innovative food selections. Only downside is they are super small and it makes it hard to wait for a table. Make a reservation!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The smoked-then-fried chicken is my new favorite food on the planet. It’s like bacon and fried chicken made a baby.

The pasta salad side has a lot of rich creaminess and a lot of olive, so it’s a bit heavy as a compliment to smoky fried chicken. An option for some acid and/or veg to cut the richness would be appreciated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have been dining at Blue Plate for as long as it has been open. It continues to be a favorite place for us. The odd thing is we have only ordered appetizers! We make a meal with 3-4 apps! You taste the talents of the kitchen. The wine list has improved and it was easy to order wines by the glass. Make a res and enjoy!

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The host did not greet us when we arrived, she was pretty rude to start off with. We were here for restaurant week so it was great to get a tasting of their menu. They seat you extremely close to other tables, we sat next to an obnoxiously loud man unfortunately. Fried chicken was cooked perfectly I recommend that!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We came here for restaurant week. The options offered were very good. Portions were really large. One of us ordered the 3 course restaurant offering, one just ordered an entree. We shared the faro- egg appetizer, a really large portion and very tasty. We both had the short ribs, again large portions and really tasty. We could not finish them and we are not smaller eaters. We shared the chocolate dessert, very good. We were both very full, with leftovers for lunch. We will return.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Half my party was over 40 minutes late and the waiter COULD NOT HAVE BEEN NICER. He went out of his way, over and over again to put us at ease. He was terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best key lime pie I've ever had!! The place is a bit on the small size but it's very cozy and the food is delicious. Portions are generous as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We were promised a glass of champagne when making the reservation. Nobody ever offered it or mentioned it. We were there for Restaurant Week and their special menu was very poor, and food quality below mediocre and soooo not worth the price! I don’t understand why this place is rated so high; very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for SF Restaurant Week and had a great meal. Will go back just for the Farrow and Slow Egg, so comforting! And the Key Lime Pie was better than what we’ve had in Key West, FL.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a great time at Blue Pate. Fun place, great food, but a little pricey.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First time at this restaurant. Even though it was a casual atmosphere the food was anything but that. Comfort food taken to the next level with great tastes and good sized portions. The food did take a little while to come out of the kitchen but we were in no hurry and had a relaxing dinner. Would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Blue Plate is a neighborhood go to for Bernal and Noe. Haven’t been disappointed yet.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything is always great here! Been coming here here ever since it opened and I have not had anything that I didn't like! Cory is a great Chef and Shannon is the best Host! We started out with the best deviled eggs ever, had a nice salad and I had the New York Strip and she had the Meatloaf which is a staple and is exceptional. For sure a New Years to remember!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and the food was tasty! Would love to come back to try the different menu items!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome food, top notch service. I love that the menu changes but the quality of the food never does. Keeps me coming back for more. Incredibly cozy clean decor. It almost feels like you're at a friend's house who really knows how to cook and entertain.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, attentive and welcoming service. Will visit again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This place is always great. Eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Staff is fabulous. Food is amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The staff was incredibly friendly, food was spectacular + they had tons of delicious gluten free options! Absolutely love this gem in the Mission

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I love Blue Plate and keep coming back!
Staff is always insanely friendly and personable, and the chef works constantly to play creatively with his dishes and ingredients. The staples are phenomenal, and the changing menu items are always entertaining and delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Blue Plate should be a model for all restaurants. Our waiter was attentive and the food was delicious. Our party was the first in the restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the hostess. That is one way to get off to a great start. Plus, the restaurant was so quiet we conversed at a normal voice level. Of course the restaurant was packed when we left and the volume went up but the first hour was lovely. Blue Plate offered us a memorable dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service, fantastic food. Everything was perfect!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The Blue Plate has a great vibrant atmosphere. A small and cozy restaurant in the mission which is appealing to young people. The noise level is very high. The food was a big disappointment and It’s a pricy place. The butternut squash soup was loaded with cream and cheese and was inedible by my friend who also ordered the quail. Only one tiny quail on her plate. My other dining partner ordered the pasta which was also loaded with cream and he gave it a thumbs down. I ordered the calamari appetizer and found it delicious. I also ordered the cod and clams which was dry and over cooked. So, in my opinion, the restaurant did not live up to it’s reputation. But my last word is that people were enjoying themselves, it was packed with diners, and maybe we just ordered the wrong thing.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing as always!! One of the best in SF!

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 (London)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fabulous. Blue Plate really understands food. PIty we live in London! We will return!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The presentation of the food was impeccable, the staff friendly and the flavors that out palettes experienced was like no other.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Blue Plate has been consistently great and innovative for the many years that I have had the pleasure of dining there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 14, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 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 10, 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 10, 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 8, 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 7, 2017

Way Too loud!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The back patio was awesome.

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