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Bluestem Restaurant & Market, San Francisco, CA
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Bluestem Restaurant & Market

4.2
4.2
2260 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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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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 2,260 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. DF

    DawnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm so sad that this place has closed its doors. I really hope to see it open again in the near future, we have loved Bluestem for many years!
  2. EE

    ErinE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in San Francisco! Thank you for such a great meal.
  3. JP

    JennyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything we ate and drank was delicious. I'm so sad that this place is closing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place! Food was superb, staff was super friendly and the ambience was great. This is its last week open so if you have a chance to check it out before Christmas, I would highly recommend!
  5. AJ

    AlamoJim

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    All good except having to view the menu on the phone. Kind of bush league for such a high end restaurant.
  6. TW

    TarrahW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Didn’t enjoy having to view menu on my phone
  7. BW

    BonnWill

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I have been a patron of Bluestem since the early days of their opening. I have not been since Covid lockdown so was excited to reunite with my friends there for our pre-show dinner. First off: NO physical menus. You are forced to use your mobile devices to start your evening. Everyone is trying to read the phone and place orders. There were technical issues. It was confusing. It was annoying. You must enter your name, phone number and credit card number to place an order at a sit down, full service restaurant. I asked why can’t we have physical menus as an option and was told Bluestem could not afford them. Because the app where we were placing orders froze and I could not add my selection, the server did offer to take my order verbally. I could not see the details of the item but by the price of $38, I assumed it was an entrée size. I ordered the salmon and I specifically asked if it could be cooked rare. I was told it’s served medium rare, but they could make it rare for me. Well hallelujah. 15 minutes later I received an appetizer size dish with two modest slivers of salmon with capers. Maybe 2 ounces total if I’m rounding up. I thought I got the appetizer version, but was assured that this was the only one on the menu. Not only was the portion incredibly stingy, but it was also cooked medium well instead of rare. We were going to the ballet so didn’t have a lot of time to spare and I didn’t want to spoil the mood by complaining. My portion of the meal was $65 for one glass of Pinot wine, 2 ounces of fish that wasn’t even prepared as I requested and one half of a deviled egg. (Incl taxes and 20% tip). I left hungry. Because of the complicated way you have to order using toastab app, we couldn’t just give our individual credit cards and split the meal. I had to figure out my portion and PayPal my friend because the entire bill went to his account without anyone really understanding what happened. Sad to say I won’t be going back anytime soon.
  8. MC

    MelanieC

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Undercooked hamburger/everyone’s meal came out at least 10 min apart. I had to find my server twice to take our order and asks about our guests meals.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and festive staff, great attentive service and the food was fabulous. I loved your hummus and portabello mushrooms, corn salad and cornbread with honey butter in a cast iron skillet. Delicious as well as beautiful presentation!!!
  10. BS

    BriS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service, we will definitely be coming back.
  11. H

    Hippy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    We ordered several small plates to share and these dishes were uniformly tasty, if a bit too salty at times. The shakshuka was very good, as were the lamb meatballs. The noise level was quite high, probably due to an office party near our table. The seating is a bit cramped. The service was friendly and courteous. It was a bit difficult to order from the menu since both selecting and ordering were driven by a QR code.
  12. SP

    StephanieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had our team lunch. The food was very good and the service was excellent.
  13. GG

    GGCC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The quality and quantity of the food for the price has declined substantially since the pandemic. Old staples like the lobster mac & cheese are gone, replaced with sparser, blander fare.
  14. M

    Marconi58

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. Excellent food and a menu with unexpected delights, not just the usual fare. Great service where everyone seems proud to be working there and enjoys serving customers. The food mostly is intended to be served family style though that's not required. The three of us shared an assortment of small/medium sized plates and every one of them was delicious. I'm pescatarian and there were plenty of dishes for me, most of which could have included meat as an option. I probably eat at Bluestem more than any other restaurant in SF.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Using the QR code and ordering app, all food came at the same time. Staff should recommend that diners order in courses unless they want appetizers, salads, and mains to all come at the same time.
  16. TP

    TyleeP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Way overpriced. Ok service but tip is included so the staff isn't incentivized to focus on your table. The food is good, but not worth the money.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love all about the restaurant, the service was excellent, food ambience all on it. The best part was the not tip policy. In so many restaurants we pay expensive tip and receive a horrible service. This restaurant gave us a good experience. I will definitely come back
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worm in the food. Lukewarm apologies.
  19. P

    Pete

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There was a fixed menu for Thanksgiving and everything on it was delicious! We bought the cornbread mix to take home. The service was fantastic. The manager checked in on us regularly but we had no complaints. A little on the pricey side but it was delicious and all inclusive, including the tip, so really not that bad in the end.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner was delicious but family style setting left little room to move food around table as there was little space for five people & their plates. There was a little too much hovering from wait staff as we wanted to talk & I think they were in a tight time schedule. Definitely worth trying again. All good was delish.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and cocktails in a beautiful facility with absolutely excellent service staff. Fantastic experience!
  22. WM

    WilliamM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bluestem has taken simple dishes and upgraded them to wonderful using creative ingredients to bring in surprising flavors and textures. Waitstaff was perfectly available, yet hidden.
  23. RD

    RonD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice selection of menu choices for vegetarians, food was well-prepared and tasty, and service was friendly and efficient. And, in principle, I liked the idea of ordering from my smart phone and paying the bill that way. So what didn't I like? Before I could even order one thing, I needed to provide my name, email address, phone number, credit card number, expiration date, and CV code. And after we finished, I needed to provide more or less the same info once again, as well as my home address. And all this in a public setting where my transmissions could be intercepted. Much too intrusive.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The concept is interesting and the food they offer is good. The prixr ranger is rather €€€ than €€, considering The size of the portions. The location was pretty cold unfortunately.
  25. L

    Lindy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The online ordering seemed very moderne, and, was actually a little challenging. One of us couldn't order, probably due to their internet connection, another had very slow internet. We were confused as to what was & wasn't ordered, as all four of our cellphone screens showed somewhat different orders. Fun at first, but the learning curve was a little steep for us older folks, and was decidedly unfun after awhile. A better tutorial would have been helpful, starting with informing us about their wifi. The food was delicious, and reasonably priced except for $38.75 for a small piece of chicken. Staff was very friendly and helpful, though it was a bit confusing to have multiple people serving us.
  26. MP

    MaryP

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ordering was a bit of a challenge on the app, they were out of their famous cornbread, which was disappointing. We very much enjoyed the food, shared a salad, avocado toast and mushroom bolognese, nice flavors and unique blends of flavors. Nice atmosphere.
  27. H

    Hana

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at heart of SF, especially wine served here are so unique. Variety of food is interesting, too. Staffs are so friendly. They welcomed us very well, and cared us very friendly. One point, there is no paper menu. Everything is ordered though their web, even payment.
  28. k

    kimmee

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fun!!! Unusual food items but all were great!!!!
  29. MH

    MeaghanH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but a little overpriced. Pacing on dishes was a little too rushed.
  30. AS

    AngelaS

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came with my boyfriend for the SF restaurant week menu. It was super good. It’s a great value - there was so much food for two people that of course we had leftovers to take home. Appetizer kimchi hushpuppies were amazing. Super perfect crisp outside and fluffy inside. Deviled eggs were great with the pomegranate reduction. Lamb meatballs were tender and flavorful. Caesar salad wasn’t drowning in dressing like some places - love a food caesar salad. Main dish was the duck pesto pasta. I liked how the duck pieces weren’t massive chunks. They were cut up into perfect bite-sized pieces which made them easy to eat with a forkful of the saucy pasta. Really good, hearty and slightly chunky pesto that wasn’t overly salted. Desert was this epic, decadent chocolate cake. I loved the coconut frosting. It was so rich, and difficult to eat after that massive meal because I was so full; however, we still polished it off nicely.
  31. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    came for Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner. The variety was fantastic and the combination of the ingredients and spices used to prepare the dishes were unique from all over the world. I would definitely come back for a regular dinner when I am downtown.
  32. A

    Angelica

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Did a birthday celebration for my boyfriend and needed a nice place for over 10 people! The service was great, they were flexible with party modifications. Food and drinks are always amazing, understandable that it's a bit on the pricier side. Amazing environment, beautiful interior! We had one waiter that didn't know which drinks were which so we had to help him out. Other than that, we will come again soon! Thank you!
  33. EQ

    ElizabethQ

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A unique experience for us, as it was our first time here. Overall food was great and they were very sweet as we were celebrating our Anniversary and greater us with champagne. Would definitely recommend.
  34. N

    Nana3

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, wait staff is friendly and very helpful. Relaxed atmosphere, great location. A favorite of our family.
  35. MW

    MatthewW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Online menu and ordering system is awkward. Big gap between my food and my companion’s food. Companion should have been advised his dish was an appetizer and small portion so he could have ordered more from the start, instead of midway through the meal. Food itself was good and staff was eager…but could do things differently to create a better experience.
  36. JM

    JoeM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    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 😃
  37. H

    Hollyleaf

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    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.
  38. 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.
  39. F

    Fullove525

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 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!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was too salty for us.

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 2260 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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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