Bluestem Brasserie

4.4
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2196 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.
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4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for an early birthday dinner after a Sunday matinee of Hamilton. It was a nice walk from the theater. We were early enough to take advantage of happy hour drink prices, and late enough to order off the full dinner menu. The food was delicious. Whatever you get, make sure you order fries to go with it! And they brought out a giant slice of the most wonderful cake as a birthday surprise—the Honolulu Hangover. I don’t know if I would’ve picked it off the menu, as I’m weary of coconut. But it was fantastic. Probably the best cake I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The staff was lovely, and it’s a nice ambiance. I’ll definitely go back.

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were spending the weekend in SF to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Fabulous food and excellent service. I highly recommend!

EM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed here. The food is beautiful and creative. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. The space is both elegant and comfortable.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here serval times. Always very good. Hopefully, I’ll try brunch soon.

DP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I think the food was just to sophisticated for my palette. Your staff was incredible.

JA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food quality (during a moderately busy time). Food tasted amazing and their dishes are definitely newly created ones. Come if you want to try something new for a change and if you want to be treated well by all of their staff!

MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Expensive wine...$35 bottle of wine with a mark up of $85. Food was good although unable to mix & match away from the Valentine menu...overall ok

M
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

While the food was delicious, the price were shameless. The presentation was very appetizing, and our server was very cordial. While I was sitting there, I couldn't help but think the rent for this place must be stratospheric. I have had equally delicious meals at much lower prices. That is my only complaint about the place. Otherwise, I recommend.

L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at Bluestem Brasserie. All of our dishes were wonderful. Leslie was our bar tender and server and did a fantastic job. We'll be back!

MM
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for brunch on a Saturday; my daughter likes the restaurant, but it was a first for me. The service is friendly, welcoming and efficient. The place was almost empty; I am sure it was just due to the fact that Market Street was being readied for the parade.
The food was delicious; perfect coffee drinks, amazing hash browns. I did think the shakshuka could have been spiced more aggressively, but that‘s a small detail. Overall, a nice experience.

MT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had customer entertainment dinner. Table was not too noisy, easy to talk.
Unlike the other American place, all the dishes were very good size for Japanese and also tasty. I was introduced to this place by my friend living in SF.
I also agree this place is recommendable.

EZ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is creative, delicious and satisfying. Service is responsive, professional and friendly. The atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. The room is spacious and quiet enough to have a conversation.
Bluestem is a go-to for business or pure pleasure.

ML
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional staff. Helpful and very knowledgeable!food is delicious and fresh ! This is my second time here !

WH
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waitress was pleasant but the food preparation was very slow and there was no apology or communication. The food was well prepared: chicken sandwich was a good value; burger was tasty but not large and overpriced.

a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a new staff member there on her first day at work. It was the perfect way to welcome her to our team. Service was efficient, pleasant and non-intrusive. I've taken clients and other staff members there before and have never been disappointed. I'll definitely return again whenever possible.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a big group. The server was funny and entertaining, very nice, patient, and helpful which will go a long way for me choosing to return with my business group in the future. I thought the food was great. I had filet mignon on the servers suggestion, which was good. We all shared some oysters and seared pork belly for appetizers which were both amazing, especially the pork belly. Some of my colleagues mentioned their food was just ok, while others said it was great. I had mentioned the many positive reviews of the pork chop, and those seemed to be the colleagues that were most satisfied. The atmosphere was nice, and the location was ideal. Will definitely eat here again.

LS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and attentive. Great atmosphere. I will go back again next time I’m in San Francisco!

OT
San Francisco
266 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bluestem Brasserie is convenient in the downtown SF area for lunch. Decent service, decent food, good location. Nothing real special but certainly a good lunch spot.

J
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The waiter was unable to serve the wine correctly and was slow to accept finding real red wine glasses when requested. Stay away from this restaurant if you enjoy drinking good wine.

LC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, close to hotels and shopping but not right in main area so a bit quieter. Food was good, but it, like everything in San Fran, was pricey.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food and very accommodating service. A bit on the loud side but that's what one should expect for a popular Brasserie

a
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for conversation. The duck confit salad is incredible.

CG
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We were one of the first to be seated at lunch at noon and one of the last to receive our appetizer and then our meal almost an hour later. I was there with a potential client and I was embarrassed. No explanation was given.
Also while the food was good we had some special dietary restrictions and they tried to meet them but missed on one of the items which was unfortunate.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had a client lunch here during a conference. I was pleasantly surprised. I got the chicken sandwhich and it was delicious.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in SF, our favorite place to eat when we visit SF. Cinnamon rolls are THE best, food is fresh, service is amazing. Don’t leave feeling ill and stuffed, quality food.

TP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This is a very nice restaurant/bar with a very good ambiance. They provide excellent service here. Foccacia appetizer pulled pork sandwich, and the burger is all good.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a 5:30 reservation appetizers & entrees. A bit of a long wait for the entrees, which arrived warm, not hot. Very tasty. He asked us if we’d like to see the dessert menu & we said yes. Theater was a 9 minute walk,& we told him we needed to leave by 7:00. By then restaurant busier. Waiter brought dessert menu, then took a bunch of orders from new parties,& I could see him in back corner entering their orders into computer. Couldn’t catch his eye. Didn’t return to take our dessert order for over 15 minutes. By that time it was too close to 7,& we knew there’d be no way to get & eat dessert in time. We told him there was no longer time,& asked for the check. That took a while too. We left about 7:05, disappointed to miss dessert. I think 90 minutes should have been enough time to manage 3 courses, especially with advanced notice. We had the exact same experience the last time we ate there-slow service,& ran out of time.
Loved the French techno jazz. Waiter pleasant, just either disorganized or overloaded.

J
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS BLUESTEM BRASSERIE AND STAFFS IN EVERYTHING THEY ARE DEALING WITH , WHEN, WHEREVER. AMEN.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Well executed dishes but pricey

EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff; unique faire, well prepared, fairly priced.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Incredibly over priced mediocre food. Ordered chicory salad, Brussels sprouts and butcher cut chimichurri steak. Salad was totally uninteresting and the Brussels sprouts were ok. The $34 steak was so tough that I couldn’t eat it. Luckily I let the server know and she kindly took it off our bill. Service was mediocre and we had to keep asking for things and felt like we had become ‘that’ table. Will not return- nice location but there are far better restaurants nearby.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was poor all around given this price level. Disappointed. Soup was bad, pasta was mushy, burrata cheese was more like cream cheese, mussels were the large ones that are not as good. Open Table’s rating was misleading. I rarely write reviews, which should tell you how disappointing this experience was.

NS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came here with my family. It was ok- not amazing and not horrible. The matzo ball soup was lackluster but the bite of Porto chop, macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts were pretty good. Fries were tasty. Someone had a past dish with a mustard sauce- that was weird but also not horrible. The burger is usually the safest bet here.

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in fairly early (11:30am) and it was very quiet. Food was great, lots of options. Location was convenient and close to bart.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was good food but we waited 5-10 minutes to sit for our reservation then had to wait a while for our main course and check. Just seems the timing could have been better. We’d said we had show tickets at 6 and our reservation was for 4:30. We ended up rushing to the theatre.

S
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very nice brunch with an out of town friend. The location is convenient if you are near Union Square.

N
Phoenix
149 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met at Bluefin two days in a row for a family pre Christmas brunch. We had different staff and different food, both excellent.

SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Over priced for quality & quantity. Would not honor happy hour prices unless you’re sitting at the bar.

ET
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location near Westfield; nice atmosphere but food was mediocre

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our Anniversary date, and we had a great experience! Thank you!

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