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Permanently Closed - Boxing Room

1559 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Boxing Room opened in June 2011 in the former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory, located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Chef de Cuisine, Athman El-Kindiy celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. Additionally, Boxing Room offers a seafood bar, cocktails, wine and several beers on tap. Since opening, Boxing Room has been named one of San Francisco’s Best New Restaurants by 7x7 magazine, and San Francisco magazine gave the restaurant a 3-star review. Boxing Room is open daily for dinner, lunch during the week, and brunch on the weekend.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 3pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm
Midday Menu: Every day, 3pm to 5pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday, 5pm to 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 5pm to 11pm

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Phone number
(415) 430-6590
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Athman El-Kindiy
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Cross street
Gough Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on Gough and Grove Streets. In addition the Performing Arts garage across from Boxing Room on Grove Street.
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Public transit
Muni 21 Hayes.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipSaraLB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Sadly, I went to go one last time before Boxing Room closed for a makeover and reincarnation as something different. Will sadly bid farewell to excellent pickled okra, and more

Password1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

We will miss you! Thank you all for many great meals and times out. You guys have been our go to for business lunches, to take visitors, show nights and just drop Ins when we needed a bite and some drinks. The food never disappointed, cocktails/wine/beer always on point for quality and selection and you had the best staff. Pretty bummed out to be honest.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2017

Short rib bread pudding special was terrific

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

Love the food, good chill spot, good for a date where you can actually hear each other. :)

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

Great NOLA-inspired spot in Hayes Valley. Tasty food, good drinks, 5/7, will go again.

jbw1 (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Worst ever

vipPalmGuy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

We went pre-theatre and had no problem finishing dinner with plenty of time to spare. We split a little gem salad, which was chilled and delicious. We also both had different varieties of gumbo and it really hit the spot! Be aware that the last service at Boxing Room is brunch on 7/02/17. Thereafter, it is transitioning to Barcino, with a Catalan slant instead of Cajun/Creole.

vipoaklady (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

The menu was not very creative and we wound up getting hamburgers because there was nothing else appealing on the menu. We had an 8 PM performance which our server knew. We waited a long time and when our order finally came it was incorrect and we had to wait even longer for the order to be corrected. We've enjoyed Boxing Room in the past but I doubt we would want to take a change again.

vipWhyme (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Boxing Room has been one of our favorite restaurants in the Civic Center/Hayes Valley areas. However, it will soon close and reopen with a different name and cuisine. According to our server when we went there on June 17, 2007 it will become a Spanish restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

I used to love this place, but now the food has gone way downhill lately. The sole stuffed with crawfish was hard as a rock on the outside. The fish was way overcooked and the filling had a ton of lemon zest in it that was not listed on the menu (one of my allergies, btw). It tasted like it came straight out of the freezer and went into the microwave.

The vegetable plate was much better, though I suspect that the artichoke hearts were pre-frozen, too. And the peas were mushy. It's pea season, folks. Couldn't they be fresh?

The ice cream was wonderful, especially the bourbon and ginger flavors. Come here for cocktails and dessert, not dinner!

The waiter was very nice and helpful, and he paced us well so we could get to the opera on time.

vipHappyfoodie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 13, 2017

We have had brunch and dinner at Boxing Room several times over the last two years. Dinner this Tuesday was very disappointing. The menu seems to get less and less varied -- brunch has more interesting options than dinner -- and the prices are high for the quality and quantity of the various courses. The service was rushed. We did have a theater event but were there in plenty of time. Like most American restaurants they rush to remove your plate before all diners have finished, annoying in the extreme. I might still recommend the restaurant for pre-theater but won't return myself for a while.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Disappointed. Our waiter seemed miserable, so not the best way to start a meal.

vipRobW (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was good, but not as good as I remember the first time I was there.
Too bad though they are closing, as it has taken a very long time to get
the Reservations I wanted at 6 PM, but was lucky this time, again, probably
because they are closing!

Wait Staff was really Fantastic, they knew the Menu, and were able to explain it,
and the delivery of food to our table was very fast. They were probably the most
Efficient Staff I have encountered in any restaurant, and I eat out a lot!

vipNeek (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

One of few Cajun restaurants in the city and one of the best. Unfortunately, I understand Boxing Room is closing. I'm sorry to hear it, because the food is very good. This is a great spot and right around the corner from Davy's Symphony Hall - it has become my go-to for before-show dining. I hope they retain their excellent staff and keep the ambiance and look-and-feel as is. I look forward to trying the cuisine of the next iteration.

vipAngela (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

The food at the Boxing Rook is uniformly good and tasty; however the menu is small and doesn't change often enough. One visit tends to be the same as the last. This is definiely not the place for those seeking new tastes.

Alec (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

Food was not up to the expectations from this reliable restaurant. Then I found out that the chef had relocated and the restaurant would be closing in a month.
Duck was overcooked and dry. Subtracting from a great dish I have enjoyed here before.
Still I will miss this spot.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 6, 2017

Food quality has declined. Our meals were ery salty and shrimp over-cooked.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Duck is delicious. Vegetarian meal was very disappointing and over priced.

viprsheng (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Happy hour oysters and drinks - hard to beat. Catfish po'boy and fried chicken were excellent as usual.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2017

We are a Cajun family and find Boxing Room authentic Louisiana cuisine. Good money value in the theatre/Civic Center area. Very convient for Davies/Opera House/jazz center. Fun New Orleans cocktails.