Boulevard

4.7
7503 reviews
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Since its opening in 1993, Boulevard restaurant has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Created in partnership with designer Pat Kuleto, the elegant, yet warm and welcoming interior of Boulevard is the essence of the Belle Époque style. It is a glorious setting for Chef Nancy Oakes hearty, flavorful, beautiful cuisine. American regional flavors, French influenced style, enthralling design, form the entire experience at Boulevard. Located in the heart of the San Francisco's revived waterfront area, the historic Audiffred Building is the ideal home for Boulevard. Among many wards received, Boulevard was proud to announce being granted the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant 2012.
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JS
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, as always.

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TP
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there twice this week. Quite upmarket and somewhat more pricey. Excellent service - staff is attentive and give their best. Great food. I asked for a table with side-by-side seating and we got the perfect table. We had a great time and will come back next time we are in San Francisco.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat on SF. I started when chefs Nancy was at L’Avenue, and have never left her!

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, beautiful presentation and fabulous service

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LM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to this place for me and my wife's first year anniversary. I let them know ahead of time and they had a couple of pleasant surprises that made our night all the more special. Food was amazing, coffee was great and they have awesome non-alcoholic beverages. Would definitely recommend this place for any special occasion.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulevard has been creating and serving amazing food for many years. Nothing has changed since Nancy first opened with her friend Pam. They have sustained excellence in the competitive restuarant atmosphere of SanFrancisco. We never tire of this establishment because everything is always fresh and new and excitingly delicious.

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PD
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, as always, the service excellent, and the ambiance among my favorite in the country. But don’t be surprised by the bill...it is easy to spend $150-$200 pp here.

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GH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here for years. Absolutely hands down one of my favorite restaurants. If you're from out of town, go. If you live in the Bay Area, go. Everything about it is absolutely delicious.

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F
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. My absolute favorite in SF. Never disappoints.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have wanted to try Boulevard for quite some time; sadly, I wasn’t wowed. The service and ambience were very good, but the food wasn’t anything special. I had the halibut and my husband had the lamb. For dessert we shared the chocolate pot de creme, which was somewhat tasty, but had too many components. I kept thinking Ina Garten would say, “It looks like a dogs breakfast.”

Next time I’m in San Francisco I’ll skip Boulevard.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Boulevard - excellent food and service, and beautiful ambience.

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Used to be the BEST (and my favorite) restaurant but now it is looking very tired and shabby after not being updated or refreshed in over 20years. Sadly, the service and the food is reflective of this also. Over zealous bus boy, hovering like a vulture over our table and several times, tried to take plates that we were still eating off! Our server was the caliber of one that you would expect in a much cheaper restaurant. Not once did she check in with us to see how the meal was. Our meat prep requests/orders were all wrong - medium instead of well done; well done instead of medium, etc., etc... The most disappointing element of our experience was that they totally forgot about the fact that we were celebrating a friend's 40th Birthday, even though I had reminded the hostess at check in AND our waitress! Not wanting to cause an uncomfortable situation at our table, I quietly went to speak to the Manager, who did apologize and offered to send something over to our table, which I told him was too late because we were about to leave. He did so anyway - a few little truffles - but the moment was lost at that point. To add insult to injury, we noticed that the gross dessert we had ordered (before I spoke to the Mgr) and had informed our waitress that we didn't care for it, charged us for it anyway! Had this been any other occasion, we would have sent our meals back etc. and spoken to the Mgr at the same time. However, like I said this was a 40th Birthday celebration dinner and after spending a beautiful day in the City, the last thing we wanted to do, was create any discomfort at our table. Lastly, as another sign of how this formerly fantastic restaurant is now sub par, the parking valets were dirty and reeked of body odor. Needless to say, we "self parked" our vehicle!

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H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in wine country and seldom get to San Francisco anymore. But when I do, Boulevard is my favorite restaurant. The ambience, food and service have been incomparable for more than twenty years in my experience. I’m pleased to report that as of yesterday, that hasn’t changed. Valet parking is also a plus. Just bring your wallet.

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A longtime standby, Boulevard remains a reliable choice for a special evening out. Starters and mains are well prepared, thoughtful and creative courses. Traditional in the mold of a high-end Parisian bistro when Paris was the center of the culinary universe. But w/ a definite 21st century California flair. My one criticism were the desserts, which did not live up to the caliber of the rest of our dinner for four on this evening.

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K
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must stop for anyone who enjoys great food and is visiting San Francisco.

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w
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the friendly valet, to the warm and gracious greetings, to our table and excellent waiter, a perfect beginning. As always, a delightful cocktail menu grabs my attention, and the festivities begin in earnest. A couple of fantastic appetizers, accompanied by a great glass of wine from the ever genius sommelier, and we're ready for more. Amazing pork chop, delicious sole, more tremendous wines and the satisfying warmth of this meal is engulfing us. There's no stopping now, and mango and cheese appear, the cheese with a wine that perfectly matches.
This is absolutely the best meal Ive enjoyed this year thus far, and I'm already planning my return.
Thanks for a superb evening!

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c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Boulevard twice for lunch (not recently) and really enjoyed it. Dinner missed the mark for me. I had the petrale sole which was rather dry and needed some type of sauce. No one at our table commented about how wonderful their food was which was unusual for our group.

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l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They still have it after all these years. Go to spot for somewhere nice that is suitable for baby boomers, ie no shared tables and low noise. If your parents are like mine, they will love Boulevard.

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AG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as always. We enjoyed speaking with Eric the Somm. Ridge Monte Bello 2007 sublime! Then he found some great wine from Paso Robles for desert. Exceptional service. Great views and ambience.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It's big and noisy restaurant. Food was good though.

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AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Such a lovely time & the food was just as amazing as its talked about :)

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AN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect! It was our wedding day and Boulevard made it very special. So glad we chose you for our special day dinner!!

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C
San Francisco
237 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a great old school restaurant, service beyond compare, good cocktails generous pours. I’ll be back

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a distant regular at Boulevard for may than 20 years. It continues to thrill with great ingredients, interesting (but not weird) preps., wonderful service and an outstanding bar/wine list! Wow!!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food fantastic. Portions were filling but not over large with an amazing use of flavor. And the setting is pure class.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulevard never disappoints! It is an outstanding restaurant with a fabulous cuisine and service!

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t
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place; always electric and high energy and oh, the food is perfect....quail appetizer as appropriately dainty fried chicken and the always wonderful lamb t-bone over gnocchi. All served up by a knowledgeable and engaging wait staff. Love, love, love it!

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 4th anniversary in a row spent at Boulevard. I was disappointed that only $50 from one $75 gift debit was accepted and $0 from a 2nd $50 gift debit was accepted.

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KY
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal in every way!!!!

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TV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, we knew this was going to be a special evening. The service was amazing - they made us feel comfortable without being pretenious. We started off with a cocktail recommended by our server and they were suberb. The server paitently walked us through the menu and explained our options in a friendly, casual manner. And the food was every bit as good as the service. My girlfriend had the vegetarian risotto and loved it. The portion size was perfect and it was one of the best veggie dishes she has ever had. I ordered the lamb and it was excellent. The entire evening was flawless. Can't wait to go back the next time we are in San Francisco. Thank you Boulevard for a wonderful evening.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulevard, thankfully has never changed. Always the right setting ambience and wonderful food. I have been going to Nancy's place since she was out on the avenues in late 1980's early 1990's. Keep on doing what you have been doing...

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PB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food and amazing ambiance

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CC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, amazing table, and delicious wine. One of the finer go-to spots in the city. Hosts were great. Table service was just OK - not great. Wanted a little more attention and a genuine feel (eye contact, sincerity).

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RB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, friendly service. Creative and varied menu paired by a tremendous wine list.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food wasn't worth the experience. Had better expectations. Wasn't tasty and very less portion sizes.

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TH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This was probably my 10th visit to Boulevard and my least favorite.
Food was fussy and salty and fatty...all of it.
Portions very small and silly.
I think after this experience I will not quickly return.

Sorry.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, one of the best in the city

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WD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my son and both of our meals were wonderful, and the service couldn't have been better

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband to Boulevard for a birthday dinner, and as usual, it was outstanding. Their food is amazing, and their service is excellent. I have an unusual food allergy and the waiter was great in assisting and keeping me safe. I love this restaurant - a warm, welcoming and beautiful atmosphere, and we always really have fun. Thanks Boulevard!

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