Maven Restaurant

4.5
194 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 dinner on weekends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 194 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 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.

DG
DaniG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 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.

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DavidW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor parklet! Great service, good drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Covi
1 review
Dined on September 19, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was great, as always.

j
vipjoannak
San Francisco
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

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

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vipTest
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good.

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vipdougg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

JS
JanetS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 7, 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.

RA
vipRaffaelA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cocktails were next level.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service & drinks, food could have been better.

BM
BarrettM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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GinaS
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!

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ruoppolo
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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
SF4483
San Francisco
4 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.

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

Food was very good... thank you

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Louis
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.

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MikeV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Staff seem annoyed to be dealing w patrons

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Hillel
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.

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vipNups
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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

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vipTimS
San Francisco
13 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.

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Nick
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

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DineOftenInSF
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
vipCristinaM
San Francisco
93 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???

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipNomnomnom
San Francisco
11 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.

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Jessica
San Francisco
2 reviews
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!

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vipEthanS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They make great cocktails and the service is always good.

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yankees4
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.

FAQs

Maven Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Maven Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 829-7982.

Maven Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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