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About Bluestem Brasserie

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.

ONE Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Mon - Fri from 11:00am to 3:00pm

AFTERNOON DELIGHT:

Daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

DINNER:
Daily from 5:00pm to 11:00pm

WEEKEND BRUNCH:

Sat - Sun from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Market Street (between 3rd & 4th)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 547-1111

Website:
http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/

Entertainment:
The atmosphere is casual but energetic and in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant's heart-of-the-city location.

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.

Public Transit:
Bluestem Brasserie is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.

Executive Chef:
John Griffiths

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.

Private Party Contact:
Stacy: (415) 547-1111

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

Bluestem Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (24)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Business Meals (19)
Casual (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Seasonal (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
People Watching (6)
Cozy (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great looking restaurant. Very personable hosts and waiters. Fun/cool/hipster inside .. we sat on a nice couch for our lunch. Food was very good, unique, surpassed expectations. Lunch for two was a little pricing for two at $75 with tip (it was a business meal but I was personally paying) ... but I would go back for lunch and dinner! Yes, a fun, interesting, unique restaurant in SF :=)

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great would be better if service was attentive and not MIA.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and good service. Nice bar area as well for a pre dinner drink.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The service was amiable, but the food was mediocre. Overpriced for the quality. The decor is interesting--a bit diner retro with a sprinkling of class, and the location is great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Love the interiors of the restaurant, and the food is fantastic. Ate there twice in the same week.

GET THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Overall, I would recommend the Bluestem for great food, cocktails and friendly staff. The service was a bit slow, 10 minutes went by after beinf seated before we saw a staff person, but after that the staff was attentive, just enough.
I would suggest they turn down the music just a notch. Having a conversation was borderline difficult.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Top notch meal and service! As usual! I love this place. I keep coming back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The place was close to the hotel/conference, the food was good but nothing special. Expected more considering the price. I have had a lot better for a lot less in San Francisco.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Always a great dining experience. This is my go to restaurant for a more upscale business meal

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food for everyone in our party of 8. Took special care for a fish allergy. Wine was excellent. Great service!! Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for NYE 2018 to celebrate with a group of 12. Their prix fixe menu looked great described on paper and then you get your $85 meal and you realize it’s fit for folks who have lost all taste buds and have no idea what they’re eating. By far the worst dinner I’ve had let alone it being categorized as the worst NYE dinner I’ve ever had. And when it came down to ordering dessert, they ran out of the dessert we all were looking forward to, as if they weren’t prepared for an NYE night full of paying celebrating customers—what’s the point of making a reservation?? Our dinner was not worth $85 per. I wish I was the only one who felt this way but I’m not, all 12 of us felt the same way. We dropped $1600 that night, $1600. Thoroughly disappointed.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This place is a joke... I booked at the last minute for New Year's Eve and my first clue should have been that had availability. Service was unbelievably slow but the server was super friendly. The $85 fixed menu wasn't the issue but for $85 my entree consisted of three scallops that were the size of a nickel. They weren't even cooked properly. I have literally never felt so ripped-off at a restaurant. This place must be running on fumes. No local in their right mind should go here. It belongs at Fisherman's Wharf...

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Bluestem had great atmosphere and looked like a fun place to hang out for an hour or so on NYE. The service, however, and food were terrible. Our waitress was nice but seemed new and wasn't very attentive. The food was awful. Bluestem offered a pre-fix menu which is expected for NYE and normally we don't mind paying extra but this wasn't anywhere near worth the $85 per person. The final bill with tax ended up being $230. The filet was o.k. and was served with two tablespoons of cold mashed potatoes and raw broccolini. My husband ordered the duck which was extremely small and very fatty along with a side of raw carrots with the green tops still attached. We felt completely robbed of our money and our dinner experience for NYE. I would never recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Grossly overpriced, average food and service for a 5star price... tourist trap at best..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Perfect evening out with Family-Friends. Excellent service, wonderful atmosphere, delicious meal! Thank you!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wanted to like this place, but very disappointed. Pork chop was too dry. Beet salad presentation was odd.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Dinner

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Loved it
Food was delicious & the service & atmosphere excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our server disappointed. Took so long to greet out table, take our order, entrees took so long to come out was let down after talking up Bluestem to my friend's. Tried to get someones attention multiple times during the waiting periods but couldn't get anyone's attention. Will be back because I've signed there many times before.

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

From the minute we walked in the door, everyone that worked there was so friendly. The servers help each other out and when there was a problem, it got fixed immediately. Our server was attentive without being obnoxious. Because we had an issue with one of the dishes not being prepared correctly, they apologized and sent us a complimentary order of beignets to finish our brunch. I have eaten at this restaurant four times, and each time has been a very pleasant experience.

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

Casual restaurant. Good food and nice presentation. It locates very convenient area for shopping and theatre. Service was a little slow but okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Half our meals arrived cold, portions are very small and very expensive. Drinks and oysters were good, the rest was mediocre or bad. Next time we will head to MKT at the hotel next door instead.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Bar tender forgot to take our order. We waited for about 20 min to get our order taken. We ordered drinks and food the food came out, but the drinks never came. Really disappointed in the service the food was good but just lost my business since it took so long to get an order in and our cocktails never came out. We were never checked on to see how the food was, which we could have addressed the cocktails coming out but it just never happened.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our servicer was great! Even had the bartender work up a twist on the drink that we ordered because we didn't like the ingredients. Food was very good as well... didn't last long our plates :) Will dine here again.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Location is good, setting is nice. Only downside was menu was very limited.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was great, food was mediocre. Nice location and it is a good choice if you are hungry and aren't picky.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I have been coming to Bluestem since day one and it keeps getting better.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Limited Menu, stopped by for a quick bite the options were limited. I should have left but, decided to stay. Food was not bad, just not worth the price

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 18, 2017

great ambiance for a date. Beautifully decorated and nice lighting.

Service was slow to get us our drinks and it did not seem very busy. I was going to get a second drink but was never asked if I wanted one and did not see our waitress enough to get another drink.

I asked for the burger medium rare, I was told that they cannot take temperature requests because it is a double burger with thin patties although the waitress mentioned it's usually slightly pink. The burger came well done with no pink. While the patties were thin, they were not five guys thin, and could have definitely been cooked less. I asked the waitress if the burgers are usually cooked this much and she said they can't take requests and walked away. I ate the burger but it was not the best and certainly not worth $18.

My Fiance ordered the pork chop and it was pretty good, not great.

We got espresso for dessert and service was very slow to bring the espresso, and then another long wait before we could ask for the check.

I would not recommend this restaurant and will not return if I'm in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Bluestem Brasserie is a delightful place for dinner downtown. The ambiance is relaxed but sophisticated, seems like a perfect meeting place after work. The food is delicious and portions quite generous. The wine list is very well chosen. The only blip in our experience, despite having a reservation, was not being acknowledged, given water or asked to order drinks/apps for quite awhile once we were seated. The owner was quick to acknowledge and gave us a round of seasonal, very tasty punch. The waitress also missed ordering an entree, then expedited it, once realized. Anyhow, I look forward to going back, as the food/drink are very much worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always excellent in every way. Glad we found this special gem in the heart of the city.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

From the moment you walk in the door, every person in the restaurant greets you with a friendly smile. There's quite a large staff that keeps everyone happy and feels welcome and important. Our waiter, Mandy, could not have been more helpful, attentive and personable. You should visit Bluestem when you are in SF!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I ventured to Bluestem to catch up over dinner with a dear friend. Highlights included the cocktail and dessert menus, which both featured seasonal treats! Our small plates also were enjoyable. Super convenient location by BART's Powell station, if commuting in.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My team and I went to celebrate the holidays. It was perfect! Food and drinks were delicious! The ambiance was great we stayed for 2 hours. Definitely a good spot to eat, drink and be merry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Steak was fine, but frites were tough and had a strong oil flavoring. I was eating alone so had brought a book to read, but it was so dark I was unable to. The glass table is a bit of a problem when cutting into a steak ... my plate decided to take off on its own.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nice place for a pre-theater meal. Staff was very attentive. Food was abundant and yummy!
Definitely would recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was delicious and different in pairing the flavours. Service could have been better. Like for steak meals they could provide with steak knife without having to ask for it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Really excellent food. We had the steelhead and pork chop; both bursting with flavor. The accompaniments complemented the mains really well. Even the dessert was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I set up a holiday dinner for 12 at a large live edge table next to two huge windows looking out on the plaza on the first floor. Stacy was helpful with setting it up. The food was great, the area was quiet enough for all twelve people to talk across the oval table and the service was perfect. Our lead server seemed to always be there when we needed something but not on top of us. We had a blast and would definitely go back. The location is great too for being close to Union Square, Downtown and SOMA but not in the fray. Parking was easy.

Thanks Stacy.

DA

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Noise level was the most intense of any of our visits over the last 3 years; it was hard to have a conversation. Meat was undercooked but the restaurant adjusted the bill. Lots of confusion and a long wait when we checked in for our reservation. The menu changes have removed some of our favorite dishes and we found fewer choices that were appealing. Service was good, as usual.

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