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Permanently Closed - Boxing Room

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

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About

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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Cuisines
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.
Additional
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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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on December 22, 2012

Poor service and inappropriate seating given we had a reservation. After our food was delivered we never saw our wait person. We ordered hushpuppies as one of several starters and it would have been appropriate for the wait person to let me know the sandwish also can with hushpuppies..........so we had more hushpuppies than we could possibly enjoy.

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2012

Went here for a holiday bite before the ballet. We had a very friendly and accommodating waiter from New Orleans, helpful and sensitive to our timing needs. The wine service person, however, had no people skills. We had ordered a glass of Gigondas and she brought us a Cava and when we pointed out it was incorrect, she looked upset at us, no apologies for their mistake. She then asked us again what we had ordered and the whole process was antagonistic and unfriendly...both my guest and I were in shock at how she lacked grace and the ability to smooth over mistakes. Very off-putting when one has many other choices in the neighborhood. Perhaps she had a bad day, but it marred our experience enough to question whether to go back again.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2012

A great choice before ballet, opera or concert. Service is super. Menu is limited but very interesting. Even burgers are exceptional.Many many beers to select from. Very good wine choices.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2012

Wonderful service and great food.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2012

Great dining experience, love this place - will return over and over!
My only criticism would be that the menu is a tad limited, I could see adding just 2 more options in each category and that would be grand. but still totally 3 boxing room and have brought everyone in my family here, colleagues, business lunches, client entertaining....you could say I'm a regular =)

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2012

wonderful food and amazing service. great experience

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2012

We have had both dinner and lunch. The food is excellent, paricularly (as one might expect) the seafood. The food was a bit better at dinner than lunch. The atmosphere is pleasant.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2012

Food was wonderful. Staff was very polite and nice, though slow, which i chalk up to a wrinkle to iron out that is related to the resto having just recently opened. I recommend and will return.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2012

Everything we ate was delicious- oysters, all 3 salads, half crab, and a lovely bottle of grenache syrah rose!

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2012

We enjoyed our dinner at Boxing Room very much. We started with a dozen oysters -- four different kinds! -- and the charcuterie plate, which included hogshead cheese, pickled okra almost as good as homemade, something made from rabbit that I've forgotten, and a few other vegetables. Everything was delicious, as were the boudin balls -- rice and vegetables in spheres, breaded and fried -- and the alligator, which came in the same style as fried calamari does, complete with lemon slices. We paired wines (me) and beers (him) with each dish. We were just there for appetizers but next time we'll make it to the entrees, which looked amazing.

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2012

Food was excellent. Service was disorganized at best. Everyone was quite pleasant, but apologizing all the time as they never quite got anything right. It was a team service approach, but no one seemed to be in charge of the dining room. We are not difficult clients, but this was kind of silly.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2012

Very good food. Service friendly, attentive, efficient.
Music unnecessarily loud is intrusive impairs normal conversation.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2012

very quiet on a weekday lunch (1130). The special of the day for $15 seems like a good bargain!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2012

Great place with innovative - and delicious - dishes

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2012

Love .love.love.....what a refreshing place to go! So many different options. Warm southern hospitality goes a long way! The suckling pig was unbelievable!!! Run don't walk to the boxing room!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2012

I love the experience. The food and atmosphere were great. Everyone was friendly, I'll be back with my friends.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2012

It took 50 minutes to get our first courses which were salads. Main courses were also slow. This is not okay for a pre show, Civic Center restaurant. They need to get their act together. Luckily the food was good.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2012

Best foods and best service ever and delicous wines (and vermouth - such a good idea to recommend that as an appetizer!). Loved it all! We had a great evening. Thank you so much!

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2012

Good for a pre symphont/ballet event.

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2.0Dined on November 29, 2012

I've been here a couple of times. Because of the big, open windows I always want it to be better than what it is. Food is mediocre. This time I had the seafood lunch special - tuna was dry and the accompanying salad bland. Service has never been good here - always slow.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2012

Very good, up-scale, foodie Southern food, but not down-home cookin' as reported. In spot for those in the know; low attraction to passer-by. High noise level at dinner. Focus is to a young, hip crowd, and those who want to be seen.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2012

Great if you like refined Cajun cooking ...

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2012

Food was very good. My mom's Lousiana gumbo is better but Boxing Room's is very good.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2012

When asked whether we should order Gumbo or Jambalaya, the large Jambalaya which came with the whole duck leg was recommended. Excellent smoky tasso taste with nice plump grains of rice. The hamburger while popular had a little too much cayenne for my taste. It came with fresh steak fries that were nicely browned.
We had a couple of minor issues which the wait staff handled in a professional manner.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2012

Our group was celebrating two birthdays. The staff was very accommodating to our needs. Great place and we will return.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2012

Good choice when you are attending an event,symphony,ballet,opera, etc in the neighborhood. Tasty Gumbo and other, like, choices. Casual atmosphere, prompt service.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2012

The food has been consistently good for both brunch and dinner, however portions are on the small side. Servers are very attentive and the prices are reasonable. Several bottles of wine in the $30-35 range.

I enjoy that Boxing Room tries to stay true to the cuisine rather than give it a California spin.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2012

Dollar oysters on Sunday and good Southern-themed food. A nice brunch spot before Sunday operas!

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2012

My husband and I had a reservation for 6:45 p.m. on a Saturday, before the opera, but didn't get seated until after 7 p.m. which made me feel stressed out. Food arrived promptly but had to ask for a check while still wolfing down the dessert. We didn't get an appetizer but the crackers and veggie cheese dip were very nice. We ordered the rabbit and dumpling stew, which was delicious and plentiful, and the duck and sausage jambalaya, which was also good, with the right amount of spice. Service was good but would prefer to be seated on time in future.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2012

Overall ambiance, service and food was good, although I didn't enjoy the gumbo - very strong flavor and the sausage was a mystery meat.The reservation was not till 6:45 p.m. but we got there early and they were able to seat us right away.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2012

Really clever take on southern food.

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2.0Dined on November 23, 2012

We started with the "gator" which was really just tiny pieces of fried batter with a little bit of a fishy odor. Nothing like the full nuggets I've had at other places. We also had the hushpuppies which were under seasoned and greasy. The jambalaya was served on the cool side so the duck confit had already started to congeal by the time it made it to the table. Caution with the rabbit and dumplings - they are really just biscuits swimming around in a brown gravy. The fried chicken was noteworthy though - flavorful, but a little strange since it was smothered in gravy so turned soggy very quickly. We've had high hopes for this place being from the South as well, but unfortunately it was a pretty underwhelming food experience overall.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2012

They always surprise me with tasty food with lots of flavor. Waitress was very nice.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2012

This was my first visit to the Boxing Room and it won't be my last. Went there for brunch before a show. Had the two egg dish with the andouille sausage. The dish was very delicious. Followed the meal with the melt in your mouth beignets. The sounds of New Orleans were playing in the background to make the setting complete. I would definitely recommend the Boxing Room for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2012

We made a reservation to go back.
Only problem was when we tried to change the reservation from four to five the women was very difficult. We called back and the next person said no problem. Excllent food.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2012

Very clever and creative dishes combined with attentive and personable staff makes the Boxing Room a great find in the Civic Center district.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2012

Service was very good. Really enjoyed the appetizers (crackers/spread/small chopped vegetable). Had the suckling pig but wasn't my favorite, probably wouldn't order again but my friend loved her fried chicken. Will go there again.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2012

Best fried chicken I have ever had.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2012

Boxing Room is always delicious and a great evening!

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2012

Not a busy night at the restaurant, maybe because there was no show on (opera, symphony, Bill Graham Civic). Booth seating was nice.

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