Bluestem Brasserie

4.4
1836 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
A San Francisco brasserie & gathering place, at ONE Yerba Buena Lane, the intersection of downtown’s cultural, shopping and business corridors. An urban neighborhood restaurant, offering a lively dining experience, for anytime bites or drinks; a meal with friends, business associates or family; or picking up to enjoy at home.
Bluestem Brasserie features a familiar brasserie menu of fresh, simply composed dishes; distinct cocktails; a satisfying wine list with 12 on tap, sourced directly from Napa and Sonoma's finest producers - offered at a great value.
Named after the indigenous North American grass favored by cattle, Bluestem will showcase sustainably produced beef from highly regarded purveyors with an emphasis on whole-animal utilization. Ingredients sourced directly from the ranchers. Savory items are balanced by a dessert menu of classic, brasserie-style selections.
A theme of terroir extends from the menu of house-made items to the carefully crafted wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm

AFTERNOON DELIGHT:
Daily from 3:00pm to Close

HAPPY HOUR:
Daily from 4:00pm to 6:30pm

DINNER:
Daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

WEEKEND BRUNCH:
Saturday - Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 547-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Bluestem is the perfect place to host your private event. We offer both indoor and outdoor options to meet a wide range of needs. Please contact us for help in arranging and coordinating your exclusive private event.

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Private party contact
Stacy: (415) 547-1111
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Cross street
Market Street (between 3rd & 4th)
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Parking details
In addition to street parking in the area, there are several parking garages within one block of Bluestem Brasserie including the Jessie Square Garage, located below the restaurant, and the Fifth & Mission Garage.
For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.
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Public transit
Bluestem Brasserie is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.
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Entertainment
The atmosphere is casual but energetic and in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant's heart-of-the-city location.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1836 People Are Saying
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SN
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food, and the hospitality is standout! A shout out to Abigail, thank you

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NS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I adore the staff members at Bluestem; they feel like a part of the family and treat you as such. Most of those who've been around for a while welcome you with a smile, check-in on you and share a few words (not how's it everything and mosey along). It is my go-to when I can't think of where I want to go (and that is VERY often for a reason!!)

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b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, but the ambiance feels a little mismatched.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

4 of us for after an after show birthday dinner. I'm vegan and I felt lucky to find this place, as they had some excellent vegan options. Service was top notch by all. Restaurant was beautiful, good location, and loved that the acoustics made it possible to talk at a reasonable level and hear each other. My only disappointment was my drink - a GnT with Hendricks. It would have been better to have more than a hint of gin in the drink.
I would definitely eat at this place again.

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L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!

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AS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really a great fine. Beyond reasonable prices for a GREAT meal. Desserts are a must too so save room. Specifics: NY Stripmwas excellent if you like MR order rate FYI. Halibut was as good as antsy a restaurant. Thdoadta sprcial was quite nice. Desserts were (for me the peanut butter honk) PB ice cream with bananas, peanut brittle, PBcatamel overa light, thin cake... Black Forrest cake... and a lavender cake with ice cream that is sometimes available and if it is get it! A real gem and great wine list too

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JV
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is always consistently wonderful.... the staff has a way of making one feel like a Regular.... Te food never disappoints either.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for Brunch. Great service and the biscuit and gravy is a must try. Cocktails were well made.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I wish I could say this was a great pick, but it just was not good. The food is very very bland, the prices are very high and the service is average. Don’t make the same mistake we did. Do yourself a favor and hard pass on Bluestem.

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BT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, warm atmosphere, good food, quiet so business can be conducted

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b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us were seeking a Sunday night dining spot after attending the 2001 Imax screening at the Metreon. We would be out of the movie by 8:15 pm. That was late for this area, where many restaurants either weren't opened or were closing by 9. Plus, we didn't want to drive or walk a long way.

All four of us absolutely detest noisy restaurants, so that was a priority, too, in addition to the obvious good food.

I scored by selecting Bluestem Brasserie:

1. The smallish menu was not overwhelming and it had good choices for each of us.

2. The tables were arranged so we weren't dining on top of other diners. Nor did we have to hear their conversations. There was one large group table (round), thoughtfully set off in a little alcove. We didn't even hear them. That is SO unusual for SF, where we are constantly dealing with parties of 10+, all of which think they are the only patrons in the place and don't know the term "inside voices."

3. Nice design and lighting. No constant clatter from kitchen, the floors, etc. Lovely.

4. Soft music that we liked so much we listened to via Pandora on the ride home (thanks for sharing, folks!).

5. Hot food, well-prepared. We had the

—burger with fries topped with parmesan and truffle oil (cripsy fries so soft on the inside....so toothsome!)
—roast chicken with the most scrumptious carrots as a side
—steak tartare
—blue cheese wedge salad
—a salad I did not take note of but my friend liked.
—beer and cocktails
—one desert....banana ice cream.

6. Nice little stroll down pedestrian-only Yerba Buena lane to reach the restaurant.

We had no complaints about any of it and enjoyed every bite.

Thanks for a lovely evening, Bluestem Brasserie. We will return.

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RI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were there for two hours because our water would not check in on us. We had to ask for our check at the bar. Also the waiter charged us for two items we did not eat. One was a coffee, which we cancelled because 45 minutes passed with no coffee being served and we wanted to leave. The other was a dish that we returned because it didn't taste right to us, and we replaced it with another dish. Charging me for the meal I didn't eat is pretty rude and I guess their rule is that you are charged for everything you order. I disputed the coffee since it never touched our table. The waiter looked at me and said, "Yeah let me make sure you get your $1.70 back". He was so condescending and snarky. I still tipped him but the more I think about it, I wish I hadn't. I really like this restaurant but this experience was terrible. I hope there wasn't another reason behind our mistreatment.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best hamburger I ate while in San Francisco! Hubby’s filet was cooked perfectly and the service was fantastic. Two thumbs up!

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FB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good and service OK, but nothing spectacular. The bill was too expensive for what it was.

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k
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fantastic food in the fine SF local spot. we have been back several times over the years when visiting SF and will be back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Construction happening at Marriott with jack hammer. Not a pleasant experience.

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SB
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food choices were very creative and everything was well prepared.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant. The ambience is wonderful with a great vibe. Adam the owner was welcoming and accommodating. Couldn’t recommend it more!

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London
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Honestly? This was a disappointing start to our trip in San Francisco... While the food was acceptable, it really wasn't quite as special as other reviewers had described. The Roast half chicken was very moist and tasty, but the vegetable roast sides were burned, overly oily and tasteless. All of this would be excusable if it weren't for the appalling service. We waited for 15 minutes after seating before we had to return up as ask if it was bar-order style - to our surprise, it was supposed to be full table service! The server was doing his best to be friendly but seemed very unconfident (perhaps training?) Which, again, would be understandable - but having watched other tables with different servers they didn't seem to be having a great experience! Wrong orders, mix-ups and customers waiting too long for servers to show up. It's a great space with a lot of potential - but the waiting team needs some serious work to match the restaurants prices, appearance and kitchen staff.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The cinnamon roll was super good (VERY sweet!) and my strawberry salad with feta, fennel, and nuts very tasty. My friend had the avocado toast with 2 poached eggs which were unfortunately cold but quickly replaced after we mentioned it to the server.
Unfortunately, the restaurant does not have alternative milk options. The cappuccino was a bit bitter even after putting in sugar.
All in all we had a nice brunch :)

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MR
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a good, fresh take on American brunch classics at this less-busy-than-it-should-be contemporary on the corner of Market and Yerba Buena. Good food, convenient location for shopping at the Westfield Mall or Union Square, and a pleasant ambience mean I will definitely go back. The standout dish, for me, was the ‘avocado toast with ricotta cheese and all the spice’, which was simply outstanding.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good ambience and Wine list ! The menu options are Very creative and healthfull. The duck salada and the octopus with black rice is unmissable!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed at how we were seated. We were all the way to the back. I noticed that all the white folks were seated in the front and the three couples one was black another couple was Hispanic and us Filipino were seated in the very back.

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BC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and stayed there. Very friendly bartenders. Good food!
Thanks!

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cake for dinner! Their “Bake the World a Better Place” all cake dessert menu is great. 7 different types of cake, and $1 from each slice goes to a CUESA program. Of course my friends and I tried all 7 slices. Sugar overload, but we had a fun time. Looking forward to next year! If only they had a limited edition t-shirt that they sold to people who try all 7 cakes- it would be a brilliant way to commemorate the event.

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San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Bluestem. My wife had the salad with duck confit, my sister-in-law had the octopuis, and I had the wonderful burger, which was cooked exactly to my order, medium rare. Started with corn bisque, very nice, and the chicken liver toast, which could've used a bit more chicken liver paté.
The dessert menu was almost overwhelming: I had the peanut butter and banana ice-cream cake, which was delectable, and they had the peach-almond upside-down cake, about which they raved!
(3 people sat down next to us, and their dinner order consisted of all 7 desserts. What a display! Totally droolworthy!)
Highly recommend Bluestem as an after-MOMA visit, which is what we did.

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G
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, and so was the beer selection. I was there for a business lunch and we had limited time. We felt the food just was very slow to come out. So slow, we actually had to box up our food to eat at work, etc. I ended up never eating the food because when I got back to work I got too busy.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam and his fine staff consistently aim to please locals and visitors, alike, with a wonderfully hospitable and delicious dining experience. He keeps things changing and refreshing, so regulars can always find surprises. We love Bluestem!

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Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great culinary experience

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck confit salad was tasty. Desserts were out of this world, especially the "Hangover" pie. Would like to see a couple more appetizer options though the nuts and dried berries were addictingly good. Service was friendly, professional and accommodating, as it's been in the past, even for a large party of 6 that arrived at different times. Thanks Adam and team!

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LC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good, service is terrible. More than once I contemplated opening a desalination plant and going to the ocean and filtering my own water because I would’ve gotten it faster.

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Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were delightful!

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Overpriced...

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vacation , all dishes a la crate so you need to order vegetables

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AE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been here several times over the years and it has been a go-to spot for me for business meals as it is near Moscone and has a great atmosphere. It had been at least a year since I last visited and the food has gone downhill, the prices have gone up, and it is just not worth it! I know SF is expensive these days and I don't mind paying up for a good dinner but this restaurant no longer delivers. Taking it out of my rotation.

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JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was in San Francisco for a big convention at the Moscone Center, and this restaurant was such a gem! Great food, good prices, wonderful ambiance. I highly recommend it.

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SH
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a freat olace for brunch
Great food
Great service
Incredible atmosphere
Great vibe
Hard to find parking but thats not their fault!

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ED
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation when the restaurant opened. Despite there not being a huge number of people waiting they seated us at a two-top directly in the middle of two other 4-top tables. They easily could have sat us at a 4-top table by the window which would have been nice.

We ordered our food and drinks. The Avocado Toast was amazing! The ripeness of the avocado and the flavoring of the spices were a great pair.

I ordered the Bacon Bloody Mary, which included an ingredient of pickles on the list. I asked for no pickles, making it clear that I did not like them. When the drink came the entire flavor of the drink was pickles and the server never even asked why I didn't drink it (it was cleared mostly full).

My wife ordered the fried chicken, which was under the savory section of the brunch menu, but when it arrived the bun was covered in some sort of sugar (also not referenced on the menu). This caused her to not like here meal (as she doesn't like sweet things).

I ordered the biscuits and gravy which was great and I would order it again. The overall service was fine.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The place was too quiet for my taste but service was good and food well presented, good portions and tasty.

Id guess it would be a different experience on a busier day.

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O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make a point of having a meal at Bluestem when we're in the city. Every meal has been a treat, with innovative dishes, a nice selection of wines from the barrel and really tremendous service. On this trip we skipped the appetizers (except for the tasty almonds and dried cranberries, which we nibbled as we compared the Picpoul and Arbarino, both from the barrel taps). The Alaskan halibut was great - crisp, light crust and just right inside. The pasta special featured a fermented chili cream sauce and blistered summer squash - a surprisingly light dish with a bit of a spicy kick. We settled on the Bonny Doon Picpoul to go with the meal. Isaac, our super server, recommended the peach New York cheesecake, and we decided to also try the apricot almond upside-down cake with ice cream. Wow. Double wow. We'll be back!

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