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Bluestem Restaurant & Market, San Francisco, CA

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

4.2
4.2
2233 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Bluestem Restaurant & Market. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco—at the crossroads of Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens—Bluestem is a spirited gathering place created to foster connection, and serve people for how we eat and drink today; on the go, in the moment or somewhere in between. Our California coastal fare marries the vibrant bounty of ingredients native to Northern California, with the diverse cultural influences of the many immigrant groups who continue to plant roots in the region.

Bluestem’s market is inspired by our chef’s pantry where one can find the best ingredients and prepared items, offering a carefully curated snapshot of the Bay Area’s incredible community of local food artisans. Our menus and market are designed to respect and preserve the balance of an interconnected local food system, while nourishing the body, mind and spirit.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 547-1111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Market Street (between 3rd & 4th)

  • 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.<br />For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.

  • Public transit

    Bluestem Restaurant &amp; MArket is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,233 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. JM

    JoeM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Table was nice and overall cost and service very good. Seemed to be a lot of choice and food was well presented and prepared. Some of the guests were not as excited about their meals, although mine was excellent! I had the chicken burger which was spicy and I felt very tasty. Order of Fries were enough for sharing. Billed as a place for sharing plates, but we ordered per person and meals came out to fit that parameter more than a “sharing plate”. Still would recommend as nice ambiance and cost seemed very reasonable 😃
  2. H

    Hollyleaf

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time for us at Bluestem, and we were happy. It is steps away from the Powell St. BART, if you take the right exit. The staff is very friendly, the drinks were well made and imaginative, the prices were not too high AND they pay their staff a living wage with health benefits. You may NOT tip here. It is the type of restaurant where the management talks to all the waiters before the dinner service to update them and give them a pep talk. We chose it because we wanted vegan and non-vegan, meaty food. We were both happy with our available choices. We will return.
  3. DF

    DaidreF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Although I made a reservation for 5 people, we were crammed into a booth. The restaurant was overbooked and too busy to provide good service. Service was mediocre at best, and the food was not stellar. They should not have accepted any more reservations -- including mine -- if they were not staffed to handle it properly.
  4. F

    Fullove525

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Although we were there for lunch time, the service was still very attentive and on point. The food is delicious. The party of 4 had the Hummus & Mushrooms, Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, roasted corn, (a take on street corn) and the Sea Bass Piccata. we want them to bring back the deviled eggs but know they are time consuming to make. It's such a treat to have a restaurant with variety, presentation and style in SF. Glad that owners Adam & Stacy are still here after 15 years!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was too salty for us.
  6. j

    jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Great place for lunch or happy hour
  7. JL

    JennL

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent food in a great space. They are still using a self service model where you order your own food via Toast - each order requires several click-throughs, which means it takes much longer than usual to order a simple meal. Servers are not allowed to take an order, it must all be done through the app. I will not return for a business lunch with a large group, but will definitely go back for a casual or social lunch, the food was excellent!
  8. PN

    PigNpoke

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and all fees included. What you see is what you pay as is Price fix including taxes, fees, and gratuity . A great concept with a great tasting menu meant to share. My only complaint is that we ordered too much. But I guess that’s on me😀
  9. AL

    ALex

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Food was oily did not meet our expectations. Staff was friendly. Ambiance dull.
  10. P

    Phom

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Ordering online in restaurant was new experience, but staff was helpful. One downside, we never had same wait staff who took order and served food. I think that was the problem as I waited a least 15 minutes to get my meal while my table mates were already served and eating. A big plus: I checked in, but the rest of my party got lost and were late by 25 minutes. Bluestem honored my reservation and a had a table for us despite the crowds.
  11. CC

    ClementC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The online ordering system is slightly clunky but manageable. Friend’s order wasn’t in stock and server offered alternatives, but this caused confusion if we had to place order online or not. Settled on a Baonini and that took an hour to get to table. Only reason to return is ambience and tasty food. Probability to return is low at this point.
  12. CF

    ChristyF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Bluestem was great. Ordering is a bit different in that you can do it all online or through the waitperson. All the food comes out when it is ready, there is no sense of trying to time things, for a traditional dining experience. But, this works well for a casual dining experience with friends. And if you understand that experience going in, it is really fine. Given that the restaurant does not expect or want tipping, I am good with this serving/dining philosophy, especially since the food and drinks were delicious, and when personal service was needed, it was prompt and friendly.
  13. CH

    CorwinH

    New England

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ordering is a bit funky because the restaurant is trying something different. Everything is done electronically. That said, the food was outstanding. We had two different baos as appetizers. They were delightful and the avocado sauce was a perfect accompaniment for the bacon,egg,and cheese version. My wife had the duck pesto pasta and declared it her favorite meal on our entire visit to SF! We would highly recommend this place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oaxaca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! AMAZING DRINK SELECTION! Plant based dining and food portions. Must try
  15. Y

    Yole

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as was the service. We enjoyed their upstairs outdoor seating area too.
  16. AD

    AndreaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had been to Bluestem before Covid with a group and have to say I really enjoyed sharing the small (and not so small) plates with convivial friends. Going solo meant I had to limit my choice, which was difficult without a paper menu. There are so many choices that it's hard to get a sense of the whole when you can only few 3 or 4 options at a time. I ended up with the eggplant panini (shouldn't it be panino – just wondering?) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bluestem is located near a number or museums and shares a walkway of restaurants. It charges big city prices but is not outrageously so. One reason I chose it above the others is that there is no tipping. All the staff are paid a living wage with benefits.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic service. The ordering process through the app was not necessary. We’d rather place the order with a human. Other than that, fantastic.
  18. N

    Nana3

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and service in a very comfortable setting. Expanded menu has many new and interesting dishes. Great location too.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    There was a technical problem with their nenu/ordering system, but otherwise great
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! We were able to get a reservation for the same night. Service was excellent!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Get the Bluestem Smashed cocktails:
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item we selected was delicious, all of the staff were helpful and even the phone ordering was handy once we got used to it. Overall excellent experience and we will return.
  23. MC

    MeganC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a friend here for weekday brunch to celebrate their birthday. Because our reservation was close to opening time, it was on the quieter and more low-key side. If I could give 10+ stars for service I would! Though the menu and ordering was electronic (through Toast app/QR), servers checked up on us frequently, were so friendly, and made us feel so welcome and made my friend feel so special for their birthday. Food was phenomenal; our server recommended the BAOnini (the breakfast one) and it was delicious! 1,000/10 would recommend Bluestem Restaurant & Market to a friend and would be delighted to dine there again!
  24. s

    sm1200

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my go to restaurants. The food and service is excellent. The dishes are made for sharing which is a great way to taste everything. Very nice ambiance with a full bar. Prices are reasonable and include the tip.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great from beginning to end. There wasn’t one dish that we ordered that we didn’t like. Attention to detail and tasty. Servers were friendly and attentive. Thought it was also very cool that they do not do tips here, as the staff gets paid a fair wage (with benefits!). Will definitely be back!
  26. k

    katheryn

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was amazing and so was the food! So happy we booked here.
  27. j

    jmcdonal33

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    God help you if you actually want to look at a menu.
  28. C

    Classic

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very nicely designed space with a very attentive staff. The food was well cooked and simply laid out, not too much, but not a tasting menu either. We had perfectly made cocktails followed by a liter carafe of good wine. The liter bottle gave 4 of us enough to enjoy. I'd go back any time.
  29. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Food was so good! Great vibe with in the resturant.
  30. M

    Milli

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Bluestem changed to a self order/self pay system. We ordered apps plus main. We got 1 out of 2 apps before our meal. The other came with the meal. 2 out of 5 of the meals came extremely late. 1 meal was completely wrong and that person waited even further to get the correct one. 2 people ordered the exact same thing, yet the dishes were different/missing ingredients on one. Service was awful, every time we mentioned something was wrong they huddled in groups of 2-3 people and stared at us (there are mirrors around the restaurant). This was the first time I’ve been here post-pandemic. Service has completely gone downhill and good is incredibly overpriced for what you get.
  31. S

    languageStudent

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good selection and value. We had cocktails and small plates. Good quality! Service was excellent
  32. LL

    LesleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like the new Toast ordering system. It was quick and efficient. Food was good and service was great!
  33. GP

    GopherPress

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Terrible experience for hosting a lunch with clients. First we had to pass one phone around so we could all order off the QR-code based menu. Then (as host) I had to verify everybody's orders and ask them if they wanted drinks. Food arrived quickly for 3 of 4 guests, but one order was from the Cafe next door or something and so it didn't arrive until 3 other diners were done eating. About that time, the kitchen staff starts bringing our table dishes that we didn't order - insisting that we did. Even telling us we were wrong, that we must have. Turns out, a neighboring table used our table tent/QR code to order their own food -but on my still open tab. Probably on accident. Then I had to get up from business meeting to get manager to fix, which he did, but didn't even apologize. Then I closed out my tab so nobody else could order on it, but that made it impossible to order coffee after the meal. I asked waiter to get it for us complementary, for the trouble I had with the open ticket. He said sure. But then, never showed up. Then the manager came to table though, and asked if we wanted coffee, and said I have to open a new ticket. I explained that we didn't want to do that and the waiter said he'd take care of it. Then manager left, but then never came back. And so we just left -- without any coffee and with a very negative view of this restaurant. Overall the restaurant was too loud to hear my guests because and the food was OK, but not worth the trouble.
  34. CP

    ConnieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were wonderful. I will definitely return.
  35. M

    Makeda

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The pork belly and the squid ink tin were amazing.
  36. M

    Megamind

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Interestingly enough the tip was included in the price of food. Food was all good, but we mostly liked the view from the balcony, that is why we went there. Service was very good.
  37. KC

    KrisC

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. Excellent food quality & great service.
  38. SM

    SMRd2

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Using the phone to order and pay there was very little interaction with the staff unless I posed a specific question. The coating of the kimchi balls seemed overly fried and looked burnt. Many of the specialty cocktails are pre-batched and the caramel dessert cocktail with oat milk was a sweet one-note disappointment. I'm glad that the restaurant was able to pivot and remain in business during the pandemic but the changes seem to have removed all of the charm and special hospitality touches from before 2020.
  39. SN

    SassyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! I cannot say enough about the overall experience. Food and drink were excellent but more importantly so were the staff. We stopped by to take a look in the morning as we had just made our reservation for the evening. We were invited in by the owner to take a look and walk around. Basically he gave us some history and personal attention as to how the restaurant operates. Later while dinning he took time to chat with us again. The staff were friendly and attentive and we never felt rushed as we were taking our time enjoying each other and our meal. KUDOS to all and thank you.
  40. M

    Marcy

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Extremely disappointing, especially compared to it’s pre-pandemic cuisine! Food was just ok to blah. Not writing more because Open Table reviews seem inflated and irrelevant anyway….

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bluestem Restaurant & Market using the Order Online button. Bluestem Restaurant & Market also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 547-1111.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market is rated 4.2 stars by 2233 OpenTable diners.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bluestem Restaurant & Market

ONE Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street (between 3rd &amp; 4th)

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.<br />For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.

  • Public transit

    Bluestem Restaurant & MArket is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 547-1111

  • 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

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