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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.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2:15
Sunday - Wednesday 5:30 - 9:30
Thursday - Saturday 5:30 -10:00
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking available for Boulevard
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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
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.
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
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