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Boxing Room - Permanently Closed

4.0
4
1559 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (415) 430-6590

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Athman El-Kindiy

  • Private party facilities

    Boxing Room offers full room buy-outs for parties up to 90 guests. Guests may order from our regular lunch or dinner menu, or Chef de Cuisine Athman El-Kindiy will tailor a custom menu for your event. Passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, beer, and wine available. For more information, please contact Kat Womer at 415-551-1453 or by email at kat@absinthegroup.com.

  • Private party contact

    kat@absinthegroup.com: (415) 551-1453

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Gough Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available on Gough and Grove Streets. In addition the Performing Arts garage across from Boxing Room on Grove Street.

  • Public transit

    Muni 21 Hayes.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,559 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. SL

    SaraLB

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2017

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    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
  2. P

    Password1

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Short rib bread pudding special was terrific
  4. CL

    ChristineL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Love the food, good chill spot, good for a date where you can actually hear each other. :)
  5. MS

    MatthewSnyder

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great NOLA-inspired spot in Hayes Valley. Tasty food, good drinks, 5/7, will go again.
  6. j

    jbw1

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst ever
  7. PG

    PalmGuy

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  8. o

    oaklady

    Sacramento

    44 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    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.
  9. W

    Whyme

    San Francisco

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  10. ME

    MaryE

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2017

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    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.
  11. H

    Happyfoodie

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    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.
  12. LS

    LaurenS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Disappointed. Our waiter seemed miserable, so not the best way to start a meal.
  13. RW

    RobW

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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!
  14. A

    Angela

    San Francisco

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    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.
  15. N

    Neek

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  16. A

    Alec

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2017

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food quality has declined. Our meals were ery salty and shrimp over-cooked.
  18. SD

    StephanieD

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Duck is delicious. Vegetarian meal was very disappointing and over priced.
  19. r

    rsheng

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Happy hour oysters and drinks - hard to beat. Catfish po'boy and fried chicken were excellent as usual.
  20. DC

    DonaldC

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  21. R

    Rebecca

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fogo de Chao is a different but very entertaining experience. The harvest table with myriad veggies, olives, cheeses and charcuterie was a wonderful start and great on-going accompaniments to the many meats. The waiters rove around to each table, delivering Linguisa sausage, bacon wrapped chicken, pork and various cuts of beef - all tender and cut to the desired level of rare to done. My only criticism was that when I took a cut from the closest to the outside of the skewer, it was a bit over-salty. Otherwise it was a very interesting taste variety.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food! The crawfish cakes & beignets were fabulous! The brioche French toast was magically light & fluffy. Service was attentive & pleasant w/o being intrusive. We didn't imbibe @ brunch, but they seem to pride themselves on their cocktails
  23. RH

    RichardH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucky to have caught it on a quiet Sunday night. The baked oyster appetizer is to die for. Good flavors in all the dishes we had. I lived in New Orleans, and their gumbo lives up to N.O. standards. And we picked up a new cocktail, Arnaud's Special (we asked for bourbon rather than Scotch) and liked it so much that the next day we bought the ingredients and made our own the next night!
  24. j

    jamess

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food and ambience were ok but service was only fair. To add insult to injury, I left my phone on the table and went to a concert at the Jazz Center. After the concert we returned to retrieve the phone and were informed it was not found. The staff did not go out of their way to look for it, hence my rating for service.
  25. DL

    DrLorry

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything about Boxing Room is wonderful. Too bad it's closing. This is one of our fave restaurants in the Bay Area. We will miss it!!! 😭😭😭
  26. B

    Baroquenic

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, cocktails and wine. Highly recommended.
  27. LO

    LolaOak

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was good. Server was abrupt and not very helpful. Not very friendly. He suggested the fried chicken. It was a little greasy. Moist, but crust was heavy. Not light fried. Gumbo and rice and beans were very good. Drinks were excellent. Sand which excellent. Had to ask for ice with bubble water. Meh on the server.
  28. m

    mermaida

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Food was good though missing some Cajun things I hoped for. Many (maybe too many) fried options. The shooter was tasty. Sides were good
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing; from the fried alligator to my Jambalaya. Service was great too! Our waitress was pleasant and very attentive to our table. She had a great support staff to help, as it was busy.
  30. MW

    MichaelW

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We ate here before attending a concert at SFJazz. My wife had the pork chop, I had the duck confit. Very good. Good cocktails also. This was our second time, we'll be bacl.
  31. KN

    KatieN

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We used to really love Boxing Room. This time the cocktails were pretty terrible, the service was timed strangely (our entrees came out about 5 minutes after our appetizer), and the food was a mixed bag - my duck confit was delicious, my date's fried chicken was mediocre. Won't be going back soon.
  32. MD

    MartyD

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We have been coming to Boxing Room many times as part of our season tickets for the symphony. Always good. However this time we brought 4 additional family members for Monday's performance by Neal De Grass Tyson at 7:30 PM. Our reservation was for 6 PM with everyone on time. Service was quite slow and the dishes came out irregularly. The place was full as usual but the service seem overwhelmed not just by our large group but the place being full with everyone wanting to get served and get to the performance only a block away. The pork rinds were under seasoned which I mentioned to our server who just shrugged it off. The fried chicken was great as usual but the order for the corn muffins didn't come out with the meal. Again when mentioned to the server, she just shrugged and said we are busy. Suggest you hire more competent servers and more of them for events like these. See you again, Marty Drexler
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great fast service because we were going to a show. Oysters were delicious.
  34. JC

    JaneC

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a delicious meal. The oysters great. Everything was yummy not too spicy. We loved the beignets for dessert.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Loved the appetizers but wish we had just stuck with that. We got the burger and really did not like it. It was overly doctored with seasoning and the meat was oddly textured.
  36. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was top-notch. Really tasty. The atmosphere was lively and cozy, as the restaurant does not have a gigantic floor plan. Good selection of local craft beers.
  37. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ok food but they don't use crawdads,ordered 2small entrees, both said crawdads but they were chicken...drink prices were outrageous and skimpy...2 one ounce shots of Greygoose vodka, $24. Service was good, noise is high...wouldn't go back because of the drink.
  38. KE

    KEML

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Overall the food and the service we're really good.
  39. SL

    StevenL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was very good and pretty authentic NOLA as I just spent one week earlier in New Orleans. Best Beignet second to Cafe du Monde IMHO. Etouffee was tasty but just had one small ice cream scoop of rice for $17. I guess the restaurant wants you to order a side of rice. This would definitely not happen in NOLA. The only real negative was that the server was lacking in service. It was not a busy night and he kept on chatting and not making eye contact/paying enough attention to customers needs. Management contributed to this also. Seemed like he didn't want to spend time talking about the dishes. Our water was never refilled and waiter never came to ask if I wanted a coffee refill. No smiles all around from any of the staff but it could be a reflection of a slow night (the oyster bar was completely empty of patrons) and anticipated diminished tip overall for the evening. I guess I expected too much for spending $50+ per person. I might do takeout next time as the food was pretty good though.
  40. BD

    BizDinner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    As advertised, New Orleans / Cajun / Creole menu. Food was really good. Group of 5 tried a variety of dishes. Everyone's was great. Service was really bad. Nice enough people working there. But they kept us waiting for drinks for a LONG time. Drinks were on bar for about 10 before someone got up and asked our waiter if it was OK for us to pick them up ourselves. They forgot or were late with 2 of our sides. I'll eat there again. Just not when I need to be anywhere after dinner or with anyone who might not be cool with slow and disorganized service.

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Boxing Room - Permanently Closed is rated 4 stars by 1559 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gough Street

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available on Gough and Grove Streets. In addition the Performing Arts garage across from Boxing Room on Grove Street.

  • Public transit

    Muni 21 Hayes.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Athman El-Kindiy

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 430-6590

  • Private party facilities

    Boxing Room offers full room buy-outs for parties up to 90 guests. Guests may order from our regular lunch or dinner menu, or Chef de Cuisine Athman El-Kindiy will tailor a custom menu for your event. Passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, beer, and wine available. For more information, please contact Kat Womer at 415-551-1453 or by email at kat@absinthegroup.com.

  • Private party contact

    kat@absinthegroup.com: (415) 551-1453

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