I had heard good things but I wasn't super impressed. The food wasn't bad, but it was overpriced for what it was. The cocktails (I had two different ones and my dining partner had one) were meh. Pretty weak and my gin fizz was actually kind of watery.
Service was probably the low point. Very brusque waiter who just seemed to want to get us fed and out of there. Even when talking with us (taking an order, answering a question about the menu) he was constantly looking off at another part of the restaurant. It seems that one waiter shouldn't affect how I feel about the restaurant itself, but it really does. With so many options in Hayes Valley, I won't be going back to the Boxing Room again. Wouldn't really recommend it to a friend, either.
Great location for Jazz, symphony, opera and ballet. Wonderful "Louisiana-styled" food. The appetizers are to die for and the cocktails are just plain dangerously delicious. Freak out some out of town guests and order the fried alligator!
I've been meaning to try this restaurant for some time, and finally made it last night. I typically review a restaurant primarily on food, but when service begins to affect the meal, or distract from my time with my dining partners, it bears calling attention to. We were seated and were not brought water for some time, enough time that we started to look around and wonder if they had forgotten we'd been sat. Finally, when our server came, we ordered two cocktails, and then proceeded to wait again for an unreasonable period for the drinks to get made. What really made this worthy of attention was that the bartenders were not exactly busy -- there were three of them, and two were simply chatting with customers, while we waited -- and waited -- for our drinks to be delivered.
It took away from the experience, to say the least, and I grew impatient, which I try my hardest not to do, knowing how difficult serving customers can be. With that said, the drinks were very delectable homages to southern classics, and I could see someone coming here just to experience them, as some of them are difficult to find elsewhere.
On the food front, I found the Boudin balls to be quite tasty, the cheese and the sausage a balanced little explosion of flavor in each bite. My poboy delivered, although it did not standout -- my dining partner seemed very satisfied with his hamburger.
All in all the meal was satisfactory, but once again, I do think service must be better, and attention must be paid to all customers, not just those at the bar who are most visible. The irony of course being that the drinks were in many ways the biggest hit of the night. When they are so good I can understand that they take time -- yet they still shouldn't take as long as they did.
Great place to go before a performance. Servers were friendly and attentive. Food excellent. We sat in a comfortable booth that allowed easy conversation unlike so many restaurants we go to. Wine by the glass was good and a generous pour. Will definitely go back.
Food was good for most part, but service started a bit hit and miss, then our server seems to disappear completely. She was replaced by someone who seemed to be in a terrible mood, brusque with us. Felt like he just wanted us to leave, even though restaurant was 1/3rd full at that point, and we were not asking for any special treatment. Left a sour note over the evening.
We met friends before an event nearby. The food and service were great, and we had a great time.
Boxing Room is value for money: Good food and drinks, really good service and close to the garage and the symphony. We've been going there from the time they replaced the bakery [about once in the symphony season] and will continue until we no longer drive up from Palo Alto. We'd eat there more often if the menue was less restricted.
Anniversary dinner with my fiancé.
Wonderful food and atmosphere and I enjoyed it thoroughly. 4 stars only because I felt it was overpriced. $25 for a vegetable dish is too pricy. $200 for a quick dinner for two with 2 martinis and a half bottle of wine is too much.
Delightful menu. Fun atmosphere. Enjoyable evening. Good service. Helpful wait service.
Service was impecable. Get there early. We were there on a Friday night and it was packed by 5:15. Server was quick, efficient and provided great insights into the various menu items. Although the restaurant was extremely busy we never felt rushed. Great restaurant for dinner before a syphony hall or opera event.
Boxing Room is a great choice for pre-show dining. We often eat here and noted tonight the service was exceptional. The food is consistently delicious and drinks are fun. I ended the night with a grasshopper. It's my new favorite!!
We dined three times at Boxing Room during our ballet subscription season--we must like it! It offers such a wide variety of meal options. A diner can have a full dinner, a collection of side dishes, a "trio" selected by the restaurant. The food has been consistently good and quite innovative. This week I had the crawfish cakes appetizer that came with a salad accompaniment, and then had the Little Gem salad that had a completely different dressing. In some establishments the same dressing would arrive on both salads. The servers were sensitive to our time schedule (ballet curtain at 7:30), but we never felt rushed. And the coffee! I'm not a coffee drinker, but this coffee was the best I've had in years. Even though I had regular, it didn't interfere with my sleep. SO delicious. We will return to Boxing Room next ballet season.
Great Food, Great Service! We were attending a San Francisco Symphony performance of "Raiders of the Lost ArK" and the Boxing room had a table for Nine of us. We had been to Boxing Room before and are evening there on April 15th was GREAT!
We had such a great time there and the servers and a hostess we're all fantastic. We are definitely coming back and wanted to say thanks to everyone there. We had an old friends hang out and will continue to do the same at boxing room in the future :-)
I thought the menu was extremely overpriced for the small portions.
Our waiter was great. Food was good. Nothing to complain about!
We were pleased to be able to get a table reservation for 10:00 p.m. because S.F. restaurants as a general rule don't seat this late. So we are adding this spot to our post theatre options. The chef does gourmet quality ettofe and gumbo. The Oysters Rockefeller was just okay. Good cocktail program with a southern bent. Blues background music was turned up a bit loud for a restaurant, but happily we could still converse. Our table was handed off to new servers twice as staffing was reduced, with total lack of coordination. Disconcerting to be asked if everything was okay and did we want dessert after waiting 30 minutes for an undelivered drink order and our entrees. Recommend the banana pudding for dessert. Ambiance is informal.
For a restaurant whose clientele frequent Davies and The War Memorial, the service and staff are nowhere near as polished, professional and diligent as some of the other establishments in the area such as Jardiniere or Hayes Street Grill.
Table wasn't ready when we arrived. Waited ten plus minutes. Waiter didn't stop by for another five. Waiter was told of our plans for a show and still paced meal poorly. Unusual experience for this place.