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Bluestem Brasserie

1701 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Mon - Fri from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Daily from 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Daily from 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Sat - Sun 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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Executive chef
John Griffiths
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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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The atmosphere is casual but energetic and in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant's heart-of-the-city location.
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 1701 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Excellent food , pleasant atmosphere and staff. Clean and comfortable.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Met friends here from out of town for brunch. Every dish was quite good and everyone was pleased with their selection. Arrived early and had some drinks at the bar.... Very attentive bartender who took time to answer question about the brunch menu. Excellent experience and very good eats. Attentive wait staff who easily assisted with one of our party with food allergies. Very good experience....tasty food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

I liked it a lot. The pork chop was outstanding. I thought the steak prices were out of line. I would pay the price but only where it is their specialty. I will definitely be back and give a recommendation

DTHLMC (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went here on the recommendation of the front desk person at our hotel, and we had a wonderful lunch. We liked it so much that we came back for dinner the same day! For lunch we had a seat overlooking the courtyard outside, and it was great people watching. Very friendly staff. Dinner went a bit faster than we might have preferred, but looking back we probably could have slowed things down a bit if we had said something. We have already recommended it to friends, and we plan a return visit on our next trip to San Fran.

CKWW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very good service, good food, and nice atomosphere.

RhiannonB (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I ordered the chef’s vegetable selection. YUCK. $25 and I took two bites. Dessert was solid though. Skip the veggies and get dessert.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great service, great ambience.

vipbkm425 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

This is one of my favorite local restaurants in San Francisco located very near Union Square. The drink menu is excellent and the food menu is always creative and always changing. Be sure to order some of the appetizers! The trout on toast (I forget the actual name) was outstanding and very generously portioned. The $18 hamburger is one of the best you'll ever have and the scallops are superb. Don't miss it! Make this your regular hangout during JP Morgan or any of the many conferences at the Moscone and be sure to have reservations!

davidmillvalley (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

It was our first visit. We had the SF Restaurant week dinner
All of the courses were very good. Almost too much food. 3
Apps great entre choices. Only the chocolate desert was
So so. The only negative was the music. It is not in keeping
with the experience

MariBella (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Was really disappointed to hear that they were not doing restaurant week even though it was advertised in the OpenTable website. Aside from that the food was pretty basic for the price, they were out of some ingredients for one of their more popular dishes. Overall the restaurant was underwhelming.

vipTexasEx (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Really great burger and fries. The dessert was excellent. It was a great place to wind down after a day of travel.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Lemon was too strong in the Brussels sprouts. Steak was over done. Steak was $48! I cook a better $15 ribeye at home.

vipAllOvrNY (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Bluestem is okay but the service is a bit slow. Some of the dishes were excellent (chicken liver toast), some fine but nothing special. Overall it was good but there's better in SF.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food, cocktails, desserts, and service!

vipSFSam (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I had better expectations for this place. The bartender was awesome but as soon as we were seated, it felt like the dinner went south. The devil eggs were spicy...didn’t expect that. The octopus was good but the potatoes accompanying it were spicy. Didn’t expect that either. The mussels were good. I like that. I ordered the burger med-well, but it came very rare. The macaroni and cheese was ok. My experience here was mediocre. I don’t think I’ll be going back.

Mikeb (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

This is the second time we made reservations at Bluestem and they did not disappoint. They even made my son feel special on his 15th Birthday by bringing him out a cinnamon bun. I would highly recommend this place. Food is great and the service was awesome! Thank you!

onewithcheese (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

This is perfect for a business lunch - it's beautiful, the staff is gracious, menu interesting, food excellent, noise level not bad. It's close to Moscone center and major hotels. It's also a great place to stop for a bite after visiting SFMOMA or Yerba Buena.

vipRichH15 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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 :=)

vipDashman (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

vipLovefood (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

vipJill (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

vipElizaCate (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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


OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 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.

GeorgeG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on January 4, 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.

vipdanc (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

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

FLORA (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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...

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.