Bluestem Brasserie

4.3
1981 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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LB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect setting for a lunch meeting. I will comeback for sure

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Maybe we got there on an off-time for the staff, but the wait was incredibly long for everything. At one point we received our appetizers but still had no appetizer plates or utensils. Poor waitress seemed stressed. It's a busy place for lunch meetings, so I would have thought they'd be more accustomed to the rush. Instead we wound up waiting far too long for our meals and had to pack up everything to go in order to get back to work on time. Great food, friendly staff, beautiful restaurant, great location-- but that wait was on a whole other level!

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MS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter was new and not well trained. Appetizer so so. Mains were good. Drinks were good

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was delightful, full of thoughtfully prepared meals and delicious sides. I will visit this restaurant again!

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r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice, convenient brunch before a Sunday show...great food.

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M
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Billy Ray was delightful, and such a great server.

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k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great location, great beer and food

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lunchtime experience I’ve had all week in SF. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, yet still professional. Food and beer recommendations were spot on. Great discovery.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all the way around.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were the only guests with children due to a large conference with lots of business people In the restaurant, the staff went out of their way to make us and them feel welcome. They were very accommodating and were very kind. The food was amazing and the service was just great. Highly recommended!

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HL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Super disappointed by the food. All dishes were overly salty and not a lot of depth. The corn bread was burnt.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value, ambiance, location. My colleague ordered something that she turned out not to like, and it was quickly/cheerfully replaced. I’ll definately return.

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C
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creative cuisine - wonderful service. Must try the deviled eggs. Nice small appetizer that won’t disappoint.

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GO
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group from work come to the Bluestem Brasserie for a send up to one of our managers. We were seated in the upper level of the restaurant and we had a great time. The food was really good, the wait staff was very helpful, attentive and the drinks were good as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a number of reasons.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beware of cancellation policy when booking online. To cancel they wanted $45 per seat even though restaurant was empty. Because of this we ended up going with fewer numbers than the reservation they didn’t charge for empty seats. It was a very pleasurable experience author than the annoyance of the cancellation policy.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, especially the food. Only wish our server checked up on us a little bit more than she did. She was pleasant but didn’t really make much effort to connect with my family and I.

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HU
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I went for brunch. The person I went with got there earlier than i did and they took her order before I arrived, consequently out food came at different times...think the kitchen should have been able to figure out that we should have been served at the same time? Other than than, food was outstanding. I had the dick confit salad and there was a lot of duck. Very good, interesting and varied brunch menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good brunch spot downtown! Modern foodie spin on Southern and French classics

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s
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place: new cuisine that's delicious, great cocktails, prices aren't crazy

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

We ordered the $42 duck break that came alone and was lukewarm and so salty I could only have a couple of bites. The server didn't even bother to ask if we liked it and why we weren't eating it and would regularly leave the table without asking the other person if they wanted a refill. Lame place.

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IP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner here. Very unique menu items- I had a stuffed pork chop which was outstanding, and my wife had the halibut which was one of the most interesting and best she has had. Prices are moderate for San Francisco. The ambiance is nice. They seem to get a number of groups here, but most of them went to the upstairs dining area so the main floor dining room remained rather peaceful. There were quite a few theater goers eating and staff were very aware of getting everyone out on time. An easy walk to the Golden Gate Theatre. We would eat there again and highly recommend.

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c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a joint birthday lunch. Great food and ambiance. Service was great. Looking forward to another good experience.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ambiance was lacking, however our reservation was late and it was a public holiday. Service was friendly and attentive, without being invasive. Food was mediocre at best; one guest ordered the ‘Seared Alaskan Halibut’, which arrives raw in the centre and had to be returned, despite the waiting staff insisting ‘seared’ insinuated it’s acceptable to serve a white fish raw in the centre. Another guest ordered the roast chicken that arrived warm at best and as such as tough, dry and lacked seasoning. Desserts were fine, but not memorable. Overall disappointing.

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great drinks, fantastic wait staff. Highly recommend!

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussels sprouts were the best I've ever had. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Honolulu Hangover for dessert. Great service!

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RK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite places to go in Union Square. The service is always good and their cheeseplate is outstanding! A great place to go for a night out with friends.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite being incredibly busy, the food and service were excellent. Fairly priced and good quality.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We had to ask her for refills a few times

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely! Have eaten here a number of times and it has never disappointed us in variety and quality.

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b
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great before theater stop-over! Varied menu included in Sunday Brunch.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch on my birthday. The food was very fresh & expertly prepared. We all enjoyed our food & plan to return soon!

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is great: very relaxed while still sophisticated. The food is wonderful. Portion sizes are appropriate, flavor mixes are thoughtful, and menu is varied to keep it interesting. I want to go back to try more items on the menu.

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AC
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was uninspired. The quinoa stuffed winter squash was roasted squash with a cup of quinoa poured on it. No additional, interesting flavors.

We ordered 3 mains and a share plate. One main came out 5 min before the other 2 mains. The share plate appetizer was last. Amateurs!

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TP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Don't go if you have a deadline. We told the waiter we had to be at a show and gave him a specific time deadline--over an hour after we sat down. They did not meet the deadline. I don't think it was the waiter's fault. We waited a long time for our entrees, and they were warm. Thus, I think the kitchen was slow, even though the restaurant was not full. The other problem is that we went during SF Restaurant Week, and no Restaurant Week menu was provided until we asked for it. Even then, the waiter provided only one menu for the 4 of us. Three of us ordered the halibut from the Restaurant Week menu and the fourth person ordered the mussels from the regular menu. All were very good. The waiter was also good. The desserts from the Restaurant Week menu were also good, but we didn't have time to finish them.

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K
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for before theater. Easy walk to Golden Gate, Orpheum, and Warfield. Good food a tad overpriced. Great cocktails. Fun vibe.

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t
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is always gracious, inviting. The space is warm, comfortable. The food is delicious. The wait person made excellent recommendations from the menu. My friends & I had a wonderful time.

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C
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been here twice. The food is fine. The service was inconsistent - good and not so good. I came recently for SF restaurant week. They had a fried chicken sandwich, which was pretty good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My birthday!

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C
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5-stars is not enough! The service was amazing - the best we have had in a long time (and we eat out a lot.) My husband and I both had the halibut and it was excellent. The portion size was just right. Had a short walk to the theater afterwards. A perfect evening!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved this restaurant! Attractive decor and delicious food. Service was a little slow to bring drinks and not as informative about the menu and the wine (on tap!!), but overall a great experience. Would definitely go back.

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