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Maven Restaurant

4.5
4.5
200 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Last Service, March 29th.
TAKEOUT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE NIGHTLY, 5PM TO 9PM

Welcome to Maven

Maven is an energetic restaurant and bar, located in the heart of the Lower Haight (which we like to think is the best damn neighborhood in all of San Francisco). Featuring delicious cocktails paired with casual and clever food – our mission is simple: serve substantial, creative dishes – and offer them up with well-crafted, smart cocktails that make all the flavors sing together in delightful harmony.

Guests in our vibrant dining room at Maven will find something for everyone.

From our communal tables crafted from fallen red woods, to an upstairs fireside lounge, a chef’s counter with a front row seat to the kitchen, and a lush living wall above the bar.

To maintain our casual yet refined demeanor, we offer the majority of seats to walk-ins, yet do take limited reservations. We are open seven nights a week, and from brunch until din

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm TAKEOUT ONLY Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 829-7982

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Freddy Pacheco

  • Private party facilities

    Our Semi-Private Mezzanine, lit by cozy fireplace, over looks Maven’s main dining area. 15-30guests, Food and Beverage Minimums do apply. More information at our website.

  • Neighborhood

    Haight

  • Cross street

    Steiner St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    6, 7, 21, and N

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Dinner & Cocktails: Tuesday-Sunday 4.30p-8.30p. 75min time limit on tables. Food is required with drink order. COVID Out Door Dining

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussel Sprouts$9.00

    apple gastrique

    • Castelvetrano Olives$7.00

      citrus, rosemary, juniper oil

      • Chinatown Sliders

        slow roasted pork shoulder pickled carrots, spicy kimchi, hoisin

        • per pair$10.00
      • Kennebec Fries$6.00

        juniper salt, olive aioli

        • Mac and Cheese$6.00

          herb bread crumbs

          • Roasted Beet Salad$6.00

            crispy quinoa, blue cheese, candied pecans

            Large Plates

            • Roasted Cochinita Pork Tacos$15.00

              veggie rice, freddy's black beans, pickled onions, salsa verde

              • 3pcs Fried Chicken Dinner$15.00

                honey-mustard dipping side of mac & cheese

                • Mushroom Bolognese$15.00

                  house made cavatelli pasta, parmesan

                  • Maven's Burger$13.00

                    angostura, bourbon aiöli, pickles, muenster

                    • Veggie Mushroom Patty Burger$15.00

                      angostura, bourbon aiöli, pickles, muenster

                      Dessert!

                      • Mayan Chocolate Mousse$6.00

                        dark chocolate crema, cinnamon, chipotle

                        Cocktails

                        $20/pair

                        • Herbs & Tonic #35

                          thyme, vodka, lemon, basil, seltzer, lime, tonic bark

                          • Lower Haight S.I.P.

                            gin, lemon, st germain, ginger, bitter orange

                            • Oxford Comma

                              mezcal & tequila, turmeric, lime, bonal, ginger

                              • Mr. Wiggles

                                bourbon, amaro, vermouth, orange bitters

                                • Miso-Maple Old Fashion

                                  rye, red miso, maple, bitters, lemon peel

                                  Bottled Beer

                                  • Kolsch, Standard Deviant, San Francisco

                                    • 12oz$6.00
                                  • Petite Saison, Standard Deviant, San Francisco

                                    • 12oz$6.00
                                  • Twisted Sir Richard IPA Super Fresh! Standard Deviant

                                    hops fermented same day as harvest

                                    • 12oz$6.00

                                  Wine

                                  • Roederer Estate Brut, Brut, Anderson Valley, CA, NV

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Sauvignon Blanc, Rose & Son, Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2017

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Chenin Blanc, Julien Fouet, L'ardillon, Saumur, FR 2018

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Chardonnay, René Lamy, Bourgogone, FR 2017

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Chardonnay, Wenzlau, Estate, Santa Rita Hills, CA 2013

                                    • Bottle$88.00
                                  • Rose, Vannieres, Province, France 2017

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Pinot Noir, Carpe Diem, Anderson Valet, Sonoma, CA 2016

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Cab Franc, Oro en Paz, Lake County, Napa, CA 2017

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Syrah Blend, Duseigneur, La Chapelle, Côtes du Rhône, FR 2016

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Cab Sauv, Synthsis, by Martin Ray, Napa, CA 2016

                                    • Bottle$38.00
                                  • Pinot Noir, Alesia, Santa Cruz Mnts, CA 2016

                                    • Bottle$88.00

                                  What 200 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.5
                                  4.5 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.4Food
                                  • 4.6Service
                                  • 4.4Ambience
                                  • 4.3Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. RR

                                    RalphR

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 28, 2021

                                    overall4food5service4ambience3

                                    Great place. Sad to see it closing. Cocktails were wonderful and the food was great.

                                  2. L

                                    Lirapoe

                                    San Francisco

                                    15 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on March 28, 2021

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    We will miss you Maven. Come back!!!!! Only a note The burger was almost rare when I asked for it medium well.

                                  3. a

                                    apleifer

                                    San Francisco

                                    15 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on March 23, 2021

                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                    I will miss this place so much! Great food, friendly service, and totally reasonable prices. An asset to the neighborhood that will be missed after they close. I can only hope they reopen elsewhere!

                                  4. J

                                    Jayh

                                    San Diego

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 10, 2021

                                    overall3food3service3ambience5

                                    The reserved table was 20 minutes late. And homeless folk can swing by the outdoor seating.

                                  5. HM

                                    HannahM

                                    New York Area

                                    10 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on February 20, 2021

                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                    Delicious food! We loved the Brussels sprouts and fries as an appetizer. While the menu prices seemed average, I had sticker shock when I saw the total bill because they added a mandatory gratuity (for 2 guests) as a percentage total of the food, drink, SF mandate surcharge, and tax.

                                  6. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    14 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on February 7, 2021

                                    overall4food2service4ambience4

                                    Limited menu (not much for veg or pescatarians) but overall they do a nice job.

                                  7. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 6, 2020

                                    overall1food1service5ambience5

                                    The menu shown on OpenTable did not match AT ALL the available food menu at the restaurant. Very limited menu almost next to impossible to find something to eat anything with dietary restrictions. Also the restaurant did not offer wine by the glass. Instead they drastically upcharged mediocre wine for $88. Had I known in advance of theses issues I would not have chosen to eat here.

                                  8. DG

                                    DaniG

                                    Los Angeles

                                    20 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    20 reviews

                                    Dined on November 16, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                    We stopped by for a burger and found the place all to ourselves. Outdoor dining at its finest on lower Haight! I opted for the Fried Chicken w/Mac N Cheese. We got a nice bottle of red at a very reasonable price. I'd say this was an upscale comfort food kind of night. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a low-key delicious meal.

                                  9. DW

                                    DavidW

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 15, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great outdoor parklet! Great service, good drinks.

                                  10. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Diego

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 31, 2020

                                    overall1food2service1ambience1

                                    Booked a reservation and still had to wait over 30 minutes for a table. Burger was grossly undercooked for medium and the service was subpar. Overall not worth it.

                                  11. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    2 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on October 8, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Flexible spot that works well for small friend groups and dates. The cocktails are especially good.

                                  12. C

                                    Covi

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on September 20, 2020

                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                    Great neighborhood restaurant. Impeccable service. Pesto pasta was not their best dish but they were kind enough to not charge us for it. Best cocktails and the waitress was polite and friendly.

                                  13. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on September 17, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Burger was great, as always.

                                  14. j

                                    joannak

                                    San Francisco

                                    10 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on September 6, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious brunch. We’ve had cocktails and snacks many many times and it’s always really good. Cocktails are always spectacular! Arrive friends and just plain nice!

                                  15. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Oklahoma City

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on August 17, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience1

                                    Do to Covid the dining was very limited and outside. But the food was fantastic.

                                  16. T

                                    Test

                                    San Francisco

                                    14 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on August 1, 2020

                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                    Food was good.

                                  17. d

                                    dougg

                                    San Francisco

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on July 19, 2020

                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                    Nice setup for outside dining. Pricey for brunch, but good service, excellent hash dish, very poor Chilaquiles.

                                  18. JS

                                    JanetS

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on June 21, 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This is during covid-19 outdoor seating times so there were only three tables available. The service and the food was great, but it was cold and windy out so the food got cold really fast. I'd like to check out this restaurant again after we are able to sit indoors.

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Sacramento

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                                    overall3food3service2ambience4

                                    Mediocre is the best word to describe this restaurant. I chose it based on the reviews of the hamburger. There were about five entree choices on the menu, and a classic cheese burger was not an option. I got grilled cheese with jalapeños. A cold cheese and red pepper sandwich arrived. I ate it, but didn’t enjoy it. It was my birthday; that info was shared prior to our arrival - no one acknowledged the special event. 😑 Would not return.

                                  20. RA

                                    RaffaelA

                                    San Francisco

                                    9 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on February 20, 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    great food location and service. I will go back for sure.

                                  21. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                                    overall4food5service4ambience3

                                    When booking through Open Table, keep in mind that when you reserve “bar” or “table” seating that it’s a common table shared with other people. The food and drinks were very good and the servers/host were really nice and accommodating, even on Valentines which I’m sure was chaotic for them. Overall good experience, nice to go for a date - bar seating (on the 2nd level) was more comfortable and intimate for us.

                                  22. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Los Angeles

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 7, 2020

                                    overall4food3service3ambience4

                                    Cocktails were next level.

                                  23. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Los Angeles

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on January 11, 2020

                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                    Great service & drinks, food could have been better.

                                  24. BM

                                    BarrettM

                                    San Francisco

                                    6 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on January 1, 2020

                                    overall4food5service5ambience3

                                    Great space...great food...a little too noisy...good service

                                  25. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 22, 2019

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Overall, I always enjoy Maven. Chinatown duck sliders are in my dreams. My friend is gluten free and although the waitress and chef were super accommodating with her needs, I’m always hoping someday restaurants can have a GF fryer or use GF flour to keep the oil free of gluten. Since the chicken is fried in the same oil and not gluten free, we were not able to enjoy the fries (which are soooo good) nor the Brussels sprouts as intended. However, the chef did pan fry an order for us. They just were not the same.

                                  26. GS

                                    GinaS

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Went for brunch with a couple of friends and everyone was very happy with their selections. Portions are generous. Not crowded at 11:30am. Happy we chose it. Will go again!

                                  27. r

                                    ruoppolo

                                    San Francisco

                                    2 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on November 30, 2019

                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                    All in all, it was good. Disappointingly small, expensive portion of pasta. Friendly service and nice ambiance.

                                  28. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    11 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    11 reviews

                                    Dined on November 18, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    We love Maven. They are an excellent local favorite. Smallish menu but with a good range of options. My partner says it the best hamburger he can get out-to-eat. It can get loud at moments but not insufferable. Everyone that works there is truly friendly, they are very accommodating and responsive. Great folks!

                                  29. SF

                                    SF4483

                                    San Francisco

                                    6 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on November 6, 2019

                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                    Maven is a great spot for Happy Hour, but be forewarned, the tables are very tight and hard to get past people which makes it a bit uncomfortable at times. I do like the concept of shared seating, but just leaving a little more space in between tables would be helpful. Otherwise, love the ambiance and the food is good, although a bit on the pricier side.

                                  30. RA

                                    ReneeA

                                    San Francisco

                                    20 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    20 reviews

                                    Dined on November 3, 2019

                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                    Food was very good... thank you

                                  31. L

                                    Louis

                                    San Francisco

                                    5 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on November 2, 2019

                                    overall2food3service1ambience3

                                    Our server became unattentive after we'd ordered an app and didn't return until some time to take our full order. The food came before our drinks, yet our server made no attempt to communicate that the bar was backed up, neither was she apologetic for the delay. Never asked how the meal was. Upsetting considering how much we spent. If you go, maybe try sitting at the bar.

                                  32. MV

                                    MikeV

                                    San Francisco

                                    9 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on November 2, 2019

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    Had a great time - balcony seating is fantastic. Great cocktails and good food.

                                  33. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 18, 2019

                                    overall3food3service5ambience3

                                    Great service. Food was sub-par. All the tables were stools only which was murder on my lower back. I was in intense pain at the end of the meal. Wouldn’t go back.

                                  34. KK

                                    KeithK

                                    Washington DC

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on October 4, 2019

                                    overall3food5service2ambience3

                                    Staff seem annoyed to be dealing w patrons

                                  35. H

                                    Hillel

                                    San Francisco

                                    15 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on September 21, 2019

                                    overall2food1service4ambience4

                                    Nice interior, helpful servers and bar staff. Good for drinks and to talk with a friend. Probably not the place for food. A burger, maybe. The brunch was so high carb (mostly rice, chips, very little protein) it was unpleasant. None of the carbs are listed on the menu.

                                  36. S

                                    Snups

                                    San Francisco

                                    14 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on September 15, 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and the drinks are great. It's a neighbourhood gem!

                                  37. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on August 30, 2019

                                    overall1food3service1ambience4

                                    Reservation request was to be seated at the counter/bar. We did not get this option.

                                  38. TS

                                    TimS

                                    San Francisco

                                    17 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    17 reviews

                                    Dined on August 25, 2019

                                    overall3food3service5ambience3

                                    Great service from wait staff, bar and kitchen, and nice ambiance. Food overall was not fabulous, but solidly good. For the price, need to kick it up a notch.

                                  39. N

                                    Nick

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on August 23, 2019

                                    overall5food5service3ambience5

                                    Grilled cheese was good, menu pairing with food items good, service was meh bc I wanted to get table but got placed by kitchen bar area, noise level was high when I was there

                                  40. DO

                                    DineOftenInSF

                                    San Francisco

                                    5 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on August 18, 2019

                                    overall1food1service5ambience2

                                    Good friendly folks but Food is over hyped and pretty meh. Had to leave half of it behind.

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                  • Physical distancing

                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                    • Extra space between tables
                                  • Protective equipment

                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                  • Screening

                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                  FAQs

                                  Maven Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 829-7982.

                                  Maven Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

                                  Permanently Closed

                                  This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Steiner St.

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Haight

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm TAKEOUT ONLY Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Contemporary American, Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Business Casual

                                  • Parking details

                                    Street Parking

                                  • Public transit

                                    6, 7, 21, and N

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Freddy Pacheco

                                  • Additional

                                    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (415) 829-7982

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Our Semi-Private Mezzanine, lit by cozy fireplace, over looks Maven’s main dining area. 15-30guests, Food and Beverage Minimums do apply. More information at our website.

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