Maven Restaurant

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178 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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 dinner on weekends.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

What 178 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service & drinks, food could have been better.

BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 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.

GS
San Francisco
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!

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 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!

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 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.

RA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very good... thank you

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 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.

MV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 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.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Staff seem annoyed to be dealing w patrons

H
San Francisco
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.

BN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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

TS
San Francisco
10 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.

N
1 review
Dined on August 22, 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

DO
San Francisco
4 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.

CM
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

More of a bar with food, than a restaurant. My beet salad was delicious- but I didn't like that it came as a "shareable" salad especially since we were sitting at a narrow counter, and so we didn't bother with the small plates, and my husband and I just ate from the bowl. They did not have iced tea???

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Maven’s atmosphere is good late as a cocktail bar but lacks during daylight. Reservations here do not guarantee you a table, instead potentially a bar slot overlooking kitchen where a waitress can barely reach you. The food is ok. Convenient if you’re in the area for a cocktail and fries, not somewhere to go if you’re seeking good food or service.

N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Salmon was small and I got so little risotto with it. It was great quality just too small portions. There are long tables, so you're sitting with other people. It feels very cramped with no privacy. Waitress asked like 5 times if we were ordering cocktails (sorry, no) and then didn't refill our water. Is that revenge lol? I won't be back.

J
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great time celebrating a friends birthday. Exactly the fun, lively atmosphere we were looking for. Drinks and food were excellent!

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They make great cocktails and the service is always good.

y
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. A great experience. It is noisy though, but I still give it 5 stars.

WT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great services and ambiance. Fun place to catch up with friends. It's quiet enough where you can hear each other and not be shouting. They also have a variety of seating options and the staff is always accommodating to what your preference is.

MK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed the drinks and food, however the food came before our cocktails and we had to ask for the cocktails. Pretty expensive but good.

NL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it will go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We are repeat customers, we come back because it’s a clean, well-designed room with good service, imaginative cuisine, good wine selection, but the martinis are only half-sized.

JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to try this place for awhile. I know the owner, from when he was little and have been following his success. It was a great, casual place with good cocktails. Service was great as was the food. Good job, Jay!

OT
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time there and I have no compliants. It was a first outing for my friend who was very impressed and wants to come back. I think we make another trip for early lunch. Looked like a great breakfast/brunch menu.

Cocktails were excellent too by the way

VF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and easy to get to (lower Haight). Our waitress was lovely and the food was fresh and really good. The prices are a bit pricey, but brunch is something that I will pay a bit more for if the service/environment is great (and Maven was).

DP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maven has never disappointed - great food, fantastic service!

G
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Easter Sunday brunch. Awsome food and friendly staff!!

HC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, yummy food and drinks at a good price.

HP
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find on Haight ! Very cool cocktail list - interesting and original and super yummy 😋. Good vibe and good food !

OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quick service, pretty good food! Got the happy hour burger with free Manhattan, as well as mussles, fries, and the duck/pork sliders. Sliders were by far the best irem

C
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drink, which was affordable but set in a great venue. Nice high tops, great for group events and date nights! Definitely would recommend, plus plenty of other bars locally for the rollover.

TN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went with my family and friends and had a very nice time

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