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Maven Restaurant

4.5
84 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11: 30pm
Sunday: 530p - 10p
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
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Phone number
(415) 829-7982
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Isaac Miller
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Steiner St.
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Public transit
6, 7, 21, and N
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 84 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

The Maven's burgher is really good.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Maven is my favorite neighborhood restaurant in the Haight. The Oxford Comma cocktail is the best tequila cocktail I've ever had, and the fish option (which changes seasonally) is always divine. The warm olives and pickles are great to start with. I don't eat red meat, but I'm told the burger is one of the best in town, and that the duck sliders are delicious. Everything is good here.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful and very accommodating staff. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The place to go if you are glutton for audio punishment or can lip read. The noise level was really unbearable.

The mussels in coconut broth were absolutely delicious (we asked for more bread so as to capitalize on last drop of broth), and the french fries that came with the burger first rate. Less first rate was the mayo that accompanied the burger and fries. Rather revolting. The roasted asparagus were swimming in a non-especially memorable butter sauce. The salmon came tepid (we asked for it super rare, and it came super rare, but an more attentive cook can make super rare salmon such that the fish is heated through.

Service was fine. Watching foot traffic on Haight from our perch by a window was nice, but the noise level tainted what would otherwise have been a pleasant even if not spectacular meal in a friendly neighborhood establishment. Never ever again.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Overall the Maven experience was a little underwhelming. The portions at brunch were really small, and not necessarily in the encouraging way of shared/additional plates as all the plates were relatively standard sizing.

The food left us hungry and dissatisfied. The side greens was not very compelling either.
My beans and eggs were overcooked and bland--burned at bottom of skillet.

I can't say I'd feel compelled to come back.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My biggest gripe is the noise and communal tables. I'm not a fan of either. The place is far too small but because of the tall ceiling noise carries like there's no tomorrow. The pub next door was also an extreme nuisance because of its deafening music. The food was actually tasty but I could barely concentrate on it because of the disturbances. I will not return.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Overhyped on OT. Nothing special other than the neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The noise level was very high, so high that it was difficult for us to have a comfortable conversation.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday on a Saturday night and Maven exceeded expectations. I already knew the cocktails were A+ but the dinner was a surprise, really exceptional preparations that were better than either the price point or the ambiance (lively high-end bar) would indicate. We ordered the mussels to share, and she ordered the Roasted Chicken entree while I went with the Short Ribs with English peas, carrots, and foie gras. Both were fantastic and only made us want more, so we had to order the fries (which were also exceptional) as we finished off our drinks. Four drinks + two appetizers and two entrees for about $130, one of the better values we've seen for above average date night restaurants in the Bay Area.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The restaurant is very lively, the drinks are creative and delicious, and the food is good. It does get very noisy.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good food and the ambience is really nice. I had tried their dinner food another time and liked that as well.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a great time at Maven. The service was attentive and relaxed. Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Really delicious food and cocktails. I love the fact that they have a cocktail dinner pairing! It gets a bit loud in there due to the community tables but it won't interrupt your dinner. We sat upstairs and it was perfect for enjoying a date night meal and people watching.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great service, food, and especially cocktails

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We did 3 appetizers and split the burger, great way to get a taste of multiple things, all of which were amazing.

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2018

came in @ 5:30 for a reservation of 3 people - was greeted and seated literally RIGHT NEXT TO THE ENTRANCE to a completely empty restaurant.. my gal's and I moved ourselves next to the window away from the door and as our host looked over at us, confused.. came to us seated, already looking down at our menus and said because we were an ODD number of a reservation, the seating was prearranged and they were fully booked with reservations, and managed to work out the seating charts with us being an odd number of 3 in our party. it was sooo bizarre and got up to move back to our seats by the door. As our waitress took our orders, I asked her if they tend to get busy through the weeknights (it was a WEDNESDAY) she said, "no not too bad - we fill up on the weekends" which I could have understood - the entire time there the restaurant was NEVER full. Food was meh - but drinks were actually tasty!

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Liked the fries and the aioli that accompanied them.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Maven is one of the best finds in the city. They have a small but wonderful food menu, and their cocktails are out of this world! (I recommend the Corpse Reviver #598). Tanika, the general manager, is wonderful and makes every visit a delight! For a place that is as busy as Maven, it's amazing how fast and friendly the service is!

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I didn’t think the food was anything special.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Order the burger, you will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Came for the restaurant week prix fixe menu and loved it!!! This was a great value with 3 courses + 2 cocktails at $45. The pasta was nothing to write home about but the salad, duck sliders, burger/fries and cocktails were SO GOOD. Definitely coming back :)

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

They were for accommodating to our birthday party which had some last minute additions. I was so stressed out but Maven fixed everything for me. The hostess was so nice, and used the candles I provided for the birthday girl’s dessert. The cocktails were fantastic, I’ve gotten pretty spoiled lately and am hard to please when it comes to cocktails. The birthday dinner went wonderfully. My only issue is it was really hard to find the waitress again after our main course was served. So the drinks started dwindling, most of us gave up but a few just went ahead and walked over to the bar.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food, awesome drinks they are rightly known for, good service ... but really loud. I can't take that noise. Recommended if you don't mind loud. Otherwise for the noise-sensitive like me, go w/ the octogenarians at 5 pm. ;-)

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Ask to be seated at the bar facing the beautiful, clean open kitchen. Attention to detail, super fresh food. Lovely handcrafted cocktails. Not a huge brunch menu but it has a good variety of options and sides. Get the potatoes. No, seriously. My go-to is the mixed greens with goat cheese and quinoa, for brunch I get a fried egg on top. So satisfying. Plenty of gluten free options, we've brunched numerous times and as a Celiac I've never gotten sick. Lovely service as well, attentive without being pushy.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

BRUNCH > Best cocktail I've ever had.... with Duck Hash and a Duck Egg on top 😍 , husband had the burger, it was all dEElisH !

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service and absolutely delicious tasting ingredients in the food.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a great time. Service was super friendly and kind. Minor order mistakes were caught by the staff who fixed them in real time. Drinks were great. Enjoyed the manhatten-like drink. Fries were excellent as were brussel sprouts. Sat at the counter and watched the chiefs -- they too were friendly and fun. Overall nicely done.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Friendly and attentive staff, delicious cocktails and food.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

You MUST have the Brussels sprouts. They seem to be on every other menu everywhere, but this one definitely gets your attention.

The pork belly-duck sliders were delicious as well. Come for the food, and the cocktails! I appreciated the suggested cocktail pairings.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Great cocktails, the shared table concept was very interesting!

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1.0Dined on November 18, 2017

disappointed by the food for the price. good cocktails and friendly service - just don't get the french omelette.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Best Brussel sprouts I ever had! Duck sliders awesome. Great cocktails too!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

You must try Maven! It is a real gem. A group of 7 went for Sunday Brunch and we all enjoyed our food. Great drinks, great menu selection and great service! Very yummy! We liked it so much we went back for dinner :)

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

I ordered the burger and it comes with fries. The burger was great! However, the fries were WAY too salty. They were so salty, my girlfriend I couldn’t finish them. Outside of that, everything else was pretty good!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Maven never disappoints. Consistent quality and service. Nice cocktails, nice wine options, great seasonal meals.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Best brunch I've had in a while. I had come here before for cocktails (which are delicious) and dinner and found the food items really overpriced...not so for their brunch! We had fantastic eggs Benedict with truffle hollandaise for only $14, and even indulged on banana bread french toast for dessert (only $7 for a small, but very rich, serving). Highly recommend as a special occasion brunch spot.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Sat at the bar, which was fun and interesting. We had great service. We all really liked our cocktails and meals. Unfortunately, it was so loud that even though there were only 3 of us, only the middle person could hear well.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Good food, uneven service, not a fan of seat without back support and hard to have a conversation for a group. This is place more for two friends try to get a night of their home. The food is good. The portion of the "large dish" is not much bigger than the "small dish". The bar looks great. I will definitely go back when I go with not more than 3 people.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice short food menu with good stuff. The wait staff was amazingly upbeat, friendly, and prompt! It was loud and there was an icky smell from construction in front, but totally fine given the friendly vibe, service, and good food!

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2.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice ambiance and service absolutely awful food. Pasta tasted fishy and chicken served barely warm possibly underdone, couldn’t tell in the dim light. When kitchen can’t do a simple roasted chicken dish there is a problem. I would avoid this restaurant...

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