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About Boulevard

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.

1 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Served:
Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2:15

Dinner Served:
Sunday - Wednesday 5:30 - 9:30
Thursday - Saturday 5:30 -10:00

Cross Street:
Steuart St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 543-6084

Website:
http://www.boulevardrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking available for Boulevard

Executive Chef:
Nancy Oakes

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private parties in L'Avenue evoke the same award-winning dining experience as Boulevard itself. The private dining room menus change continually with the seasons in order to bring you the freshest and most interesting food possible. The rooms exhibit all of the Belle Époque charm of Boulevard.

Boulevard Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (165)
Fit for Foodies (133)
Good for Anniversaries (124)
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Good for a Date (121)
Creative Cuisine (113)
Romantic (106)
Business Meals (95)
Good for Birthdays (94)
Notable Wine List (79)
Worth the Drive (66)
Local Ingredients (63)
Waterfront (60)
Scenic View (57)
Bar Seating (56)
Great for Lunch (51)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Authentic (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Hot Spot (38)
Cozy (37)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Seasonal (35)
People Watching (31)
Fun (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Healthy (21)
Comfort Food (18)
Casual (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Out of town visitors

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·Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant was good but did not live up to the hype.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 3 days ago

Boulevard is a great restaurant for special occasions. We had the filet and halibut and they were amazing. Highly recommended.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a wonderful restaurant! The food is unbelievably good and the service is delightful as well as efficient. Also, we like the decor a lot. For Christmas, it captured the flavor of SF with nicely presented Christmas decorations. Such a great ambiance!! This is definitely 5 star and has become one of our top SF restaurants. Will recommend to anyone at any time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Phenomenal restaurant. Have been dining here for years always enjoyed it. I’ve brought school friends. As I got older I brought my employees here. When we had our children we came on their birthdays. Of late I bring my friends here when we have time in San Francisco and always take extended lunches or dinners with great wines coffee’s desserts and the most excellent service in San Francisco. Some of you as always of great help . The cooks are excellent the waiters and waitresses no well how to describe the menus. Beautiful ambience in view of the Embarcadero with the overlying lying Baybridge seen. Hands-down my favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Boulevard has maintained a standard of excellence for many years, Bravo Nancy Oakes.
The interior could use a fluff but it remains one of my favorite places to dine in San Francisco.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A special restaurant to share with special friends. Always fining dining, ambience and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I've been coming to the Boulevard for twenty-one years. I live in San Jose but make a point of coming two or three times per year. It has been my favorite restaurant in SF for over a decade!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We have been going to Boulevard for more than 20 years, even though we live in Hawaii. It is always a must stop place for dinner whenever we are in the Bay area. The setting, especially if you can get table in the back room, with a view of the Bay Bridge at night is spectacular. Food is the restaurant's calling card...always consistently good regardless if you are having appetizers, salads or the main dish. Kudos to the chef for so many years of bringing gastronomic joy to us and many others!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Dependable long time downtown lunch and dinner spot—excellent for business lunches or special dinner.
Great Art Deco decoration housed in one hundred year old historic building. Varied menu including local crab in season. Professional service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great Beer, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Boulevard never fails to impress. Aside from a slightly longer wait (8:30 reservation, sat at 8:45ish) everything was perfect - and waiting at the bar in this place isn't a huge sacrifice anyway - we were just starving after the BBB show. This place is great for cocktails, date night, special occasions, etc. The foie was incredible, get it while you still can before Kalifornistan outlaws it again.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fantastic, but the service was terrible. The host seated us next to a verrrrrry loud (and drunk) table of 8. Everyone hated them, the other guests, the host, the servers. Certainly, we didn't choose to sit near them. But our server kind of punished us just for being seated near the loud table. He was trying to ignore them, and ended up ignoring us as well. I tried in vain for 20 minutes to get his eye to order another round of drinks; could not get the guys attention. I finally asked the host, who was seating another table, to please send our server over so we could order more drinks. Two tables over, a table of four men ordering bottles of wine, got all his attention. I used to go to Boulevard at least once a month, when I worked in the area. I think it's fine for a business lunch. I will never go back for dinner because of the service.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was our anniversary.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

From beginning to end fabulous. All staff were wonderful, the food-amazing. Go to this restaurant!

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nothing special about the food for a Michelin star restaurant. Disappointed that the food was served like warm and not hot

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great restaurant in a super location--everything was to my liking and would definitely return

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the best meals I've ever had, hands down, and I am close to 70. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my first time at Boulevard and I was so impressed! Food was excellent. We started with burrata and a crab salad. Crab was excellent! So flavorful and gorgeous plating. I enjoyed the filet and we finished with a delicious ice cream sundae with brownies and banana. My only complaint was i was too full to finish everything!

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Waterfront, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Slow inattentive service. Food was bland. Normally excellent, disappointed yesterday.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Sourdough bread = heavenly! Far superior to Michael Mina, over-rated, or La Folie, superb. Sourdough precisely the way it should be - perhaps one of the best in San Francisco. Butter excellent as well. Together a superb combination. Abalone appetizer disappointing - didn’t work - Abalone too parsimonious, purée ‘meh’. Service mediocre - over-crowded and/or under-staffed or some combination there-of. Duck breast excellent, and the duck sausage though American Girl Doll sized was delicious and creative. Again - would the chef please just ditch the purees? We know he can do them but there is no benefit from them. The duck fat fries were also delicious, though again - why not lose the white sauce/condiment on them? They stand on their own! The cheese I had was excellent though glad I saved the bread for the cheese course as that was superior to the three that came with the French soft cow Cremaux.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Fantastic food and great bartenders! We were here for the first time and it surely won't be the last when we get back out to San Fran.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I went to San Francisco for the Thanksgiving holidays and since I knew I would not be going back for a few years, if ever, I had to go to Boulevard as it was always one of my favorite restaurants. It did not disappoint. Great food, service, ambiance.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Acapulco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Unfortunately our birthday dinner took over three hours because of glacially slow service. In particular there was a long gap between being seated and ordering — and we were unable to choose a wine before the apps were down. Also an entree ordered well done arrived at medium rare and took 12 mins to bring up letting all the other dishes go cold.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great restaurant. Excellent food. Ask for a window to see the Bay Bridge lights. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best dinner we had in San Francisco. Highly recommend this great spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service food and atmosphere all fabulous. Server was precise and informative in helping us choose our meal, and the sommelier recommended a perfect wine. Have visited Boulevard several times, and have always been thrilled.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding flavors, beautiful plates, 5-star cocktails and service. Pricey but worth every $$ !

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our first time visiting SF celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and so was the service. That said We’d had better fine dining. The place is very noisy, we asked for a different table as we were right in front of the open kitchen, they did move us with no issue. Still not a romantic atmosphere. The tables and cushions were very uncomfortable. It needs a make over. People were in shorts and baseball caps. No dress code reinforced which takes away even more for a very expensive dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at Boulevard for over 15 years.

Our experience this time was decidedly less satisfying. Food took long time to arrive. Portions small, food less pleasing, Sorry to say this about a long time favorite.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was absolutely outstanding!! Every dish tasted great and was prepared well. Also the portions were not huge, they were medium size and perfect for my wife and I. Great restaurant!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Such a lovely experience for so many years...truly enjoy Boulevard!!! Keep up the great work!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Boulevard never disappoints. As usual the food was excellent and the staff is always friendly, attentive and efficient. We can only give Boulevard our highest recommendation for special occasions, business luncheons or any other reason you might have to dine in one of San Francisco's finest restaurants.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Whenever I come to San Francisco I try to visit at least once! My dining experience was great as usual! The Pork chop is outstanding! Bring back the carrot cake!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Boulevard is one of my favorite restaurants ANYWHERE. It is my favorite in San Francisco. It's the real deal: great cooking, honest "non-tortured" food, great service, exactly the right size portions, great wait staff, perfect cocktails, a great hostess, etc. etc. Friendly atmosphere! I seriously wonder why some of the three starred restaurants in the city have any stars at all. While I appreciate a well plated meal, I am more interested in flavor than in eating art. What one gets at Boulevard is delicious, beautifully presented, and elegantly served REAL FOOD! There's a good reason it's so well booked and has been for 24 years. Brava, Nancy!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Overrated and probably living off their reputation for too long.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Would not recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Was taking my 88 year old mother there because she loves oldy worldy style architecture - and we were not disappointed with that at Boulevard - but while the food was god, the service was quite perfunctory - adequate - not what I would expect given the prices - so disappointed. Perfectly fine for a business meal

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Boulevards used to be my special occasion restaurant but I doubt I'll go back. 1st of all we were meeting a friend for a celebration-she had not been there and we went there on my recommendation. The celebration was for her by the way. My husband and I checked in and were told that our friend had checked in already but didn't know where she went. We were seated assuming she would show up. 30 minutes later our waiter brought her to our table and she told us they had seated her in the back where she could wait. When I asked the waiter what had happened he said he really didn't know and that was that. I was happy that we finally connected but as I later gave it some thought I really thought they could have apologized, given us a glass a wine or done something to compensate us for their mishap.
OK-now on to the food. I don't mind spending money on excellent food but $44 for halibut that was only fair and a small portion is too much. The decor hasn't changed since they opened in 1993 and has a very dated (vs classic) feel.
I'm sad because I always loved going there but letting us sit there for 30 minutes then serving a very mediocre (but pretty) meal without apology will take me to one of the many excellent restaurants in San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service, ambiance, and food. Second visit and just as pleased with it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It's amazing to me how a restaurant can be around for 24 years, and still be as good, if not better! than it was in it's opening act. This was the perfect choice for a dinner-to-remember. My partner's birthday dinner had to be just right, and Boulevard was a bullseye.

So a fine meal starts out with fine service. From greeting, to seating, to eating, we were treated with the dignified professionalism one would expect at a fine dining house such as Boulevard.

We started with a celebratory bottle of true Champagne from their wine list, which set the tone for the evening and made choosing our courses an adventure. Meanwhile, our wait staff decanted our 1996 Cabernet that we had brought from our home collection. The wine service was masterful and, I must say, respectful of the quality of the wine.

Go on line, before you go, read their menu, so as to avoid hyperventilating. I found myself wanting one of everything, and had to calm myself before ordering. I was too cool to show it, but my excitement was palpable. So, the Fois Gras was heavenly. It came with a small smorgasbord of accompaniments including a grain filled "granola" cake was like nothing I had every had before. I made that last. By the way, if you're not in the mood for a big meal, the appetizers make for a meal in themselves. The entrees for our table included, the Filtet, which was rich and cooked to perfect. The lamb was a home run, and the halibut was a big hit (it looked great, but I did't get to try it before they polished it off). Everything was masterfully prepared and presented.

The desserts were rich and somehow simultaneously light. The mango sorbet was my favorite because it didn't overwhelm the meal what was still echoing in my mouth. We had a final course of Vintage Port, and Tawny Port to round out this perfect experience. I left there thinking, "Yes, I deserve this." (and it wasn't even my birthday!)

Can it be expensive? Well, that's relative, but yes. But you deserve it

Tags: Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Busy lunch on a Fri. afternoo. We had a reservation, but were crammed into a small table in traffic. Great food, attentive service, but wish we had had a bit more space. We come here every time we are in SF, are never disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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