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Royal Exchange

4.0
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

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About

THE ROYAL EXCHANGE IS A LANDMARK RESTAURANT situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District since 1972. One of the city’s best-kept secrets for good eats and drinks, the Royal is a place for everyone in need of a dose of nourishment for body, mind and spirit. Our warm, lively pub and casual American eatery boasts 72 taps, specializing in 32 different micro, imported and domestic beers, as well as a host of inventive cocktails. Housed with 17 televisions and satellite access, the Royal Exchange is the perfect place to cheer on your favorite sports team.

Whether it be for lunch, solo dining, afternoon snacks or an after-work gathering or a private event, now’s the time to grab your friends and tell them to “Meet Me at the Royal.’’
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

We are closed on Saturday and Sunday but do host private events on the weekends.
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Phone number
(415) 956-1710 ext. 100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
The Royal Exchange can accommodate parties with up to 200 people. Our space is great for holiday parties, birthday bashes, sporting events, and more. We include service and all food and beverage in our cost, there is no "rental fee". We have places for live entertainment, and also a stereo system.
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Private party contact
Royal Exchange: (888) 560-1707
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Catering
We do cater to local businesses, our full menu is available and more options are coming soon. Please call.
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Cross street
Front
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Parking details
Street parking on weekends or after 7pm. Embarcadero 1 Parking is right across the street as well.
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Public transit
Muni Line: L, K, N, M, T and J exit Embarcadero Station
Bart: Exit Embarcadero Station
Muni Bus: 5, 8X, 101 and 30
The California St Trolley: Exit Embarcadero Station
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Entertainment
Watch your favorite team on one of our 17 televisions or stop by before you head over to a San Francisco Giants home game. We show all major sporting events, and have a great sports bar atmosphere so come and cheer for your team. Meet your friends for lunch or after work to enjoy one of the 32 micro, domestic or imported beers on tap and delicious American-style pub food. We serve delicious food as well as offer a full bar with innovative and delicious cocktails. Some of our most popular dishes are our NY Steak, Cioppino & the Royal Cobb Salad. We are also known for our burgers that are served any way you like it!
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Special events & promotions
The Royal is closed on the weekends and is available to host private events such as birthday parties, cocktail parties, corporate events & holiday parties. We have great rates and a fun space. Please call owner Mike O'Brien with any inquiries.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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pambo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

Food and service was good. Old time San Francisco decor.

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BirthdayCelebration (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

Good food, great service friendly atmosphere, a little noisy, but the ususal hustle and bustle of the city

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vipFitforabusinesslunch (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 10, 2017

One of my favorite "go to" restaurants with friends for lunch. The food is consistently good and the service is great. I love getting a booth because it's much quieter than sitting at a table or the bar. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

Hi,

We had a special occasion/business meal for some executive managers treating us graphic designers for all the hard work we had done, and this is the spot we all picked as our 'favorite local dining casual spot' to have some good food, conversations, and drinks (good beer selection!!). We had a great time, great food, always a good time here. However, sadly to report, upon arrival we were not greeted and did not get our reservation (hostess gave our table to a walk in group right before us). We told her we had a reservation for 1:15p (as we had to get back to work by 2:15p) but ended up being late back to work because we had to wait for the next party of 5 table opening and did not get seated on time, kind of disappointing since we made a reservation :( Offered community table but we purposely wanted our own table since we reserved it. Would be nice in future the reservations be honored for people who need to get back to work. Thanks for the great spot to grab food and beers!!!

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VegasFood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

Black and bleu salad never disappoints. Fast friendly awesome service. You can never go wrong with Royal Exchange.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

I've probably been going to The Royal Exchange for over 20 years. I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. They must have a new chef because the food quality, and menu have improved. It's not just bar food any more. A good upgrade in flavor and choices!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Great lunch spot in the downtown/embarcadero area. A little noisey, but food and service makes up for it.

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DixonW (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

A great San Francisco tradition and meeting spot. The bar is open and inviting, while the dining booths provide quite privacy for conversations. It is the "go to" spot in the financial district.

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vipGenieLynn (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Royal Exchange does not accept reservations after noon, so we waited for an available table. Same token they do not serve appetizers

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Todd (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

We had a good business lunch at Royal Exchange for a group of 6. We had great service, good food in a lively and fun atmosphere. We look forward to coming back again soon.

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Evergreen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2016

The booths are great for talking with each other. The noise level may not have been high in the main room but it was fine for conversation in the booth.

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vipFitforabusinesslunch (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

We both had the special steak salad, recommended by our fabulous waitress. It exceeded our expectations!!! I love this restaurant. The wait staff is excellent and the food is so yummy. Everything I order is a 10 in my book!

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vipTizapano (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

Cool Spot in Sf we came accesos

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JimS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

Excellent pub in the finacial district. Good food and quick service. Fills a void for group lunches in the area.

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DixonW (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

Great San Francisco tradition, one of the gems of the financial district.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2016

I have been going to Royal Exchange for many years, both when I worked downtown and after I retired. It has never disappointed: good food, good bar and great service. It is my first choice for week day lunches or afternoon happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Because of its proximity to those meeting for lunch, I selected the Royal Exchange. Having had a good lunch there before, it seemed worth a try. After all, it is colorful, a watering hole for the younger types, but seemed OK for a business lunch (Its menu has enough variation to satisfy most tastes, its wine list is good, & its prices are relatively reasonable for its location.). The 4 of us arrived at varied times. I arrived first & got one of their "quiet tables." As each diner arrived, the service was prompt. As the place filled, the noise gave the sense of a good vibe, but was neither overly loud nor unduly raucous. We spent about 75 - 90 minutes. Everyone was pleased with their food (including the vegetarian), their wine or beverage, their ability to be part of the conversation, & the price was reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

I went to Royal Exchange for a happy hour with my co-workers on a Tuesday after work. The food was very good, nice portion size. The drinks were your typical happy hour prices for the city (special cocktails between $4-$7 and beer was right around $5-$6). However, the service was not exceptional. We made a reservation for 8 and the waitress only came around a few times to refill our orders. When she was there, she was not very attentive.

They take your order on an iPhone instead of writing it down. Maybe I'm a little old school, even though I am on the young end of the millennial generation, by when you are looking at a phone when taking my order I automatically think you are texting or checking social media - it is a very disconnecting experience (something small to complain about but it has a big impact on overall experience).

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Hockeytown (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

Very nice place for lunch but if you go, highly recommend getting a booth. Gives you some privacy and away from the noise. Nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

Comfortable, noisy. lively lunch spot with great food. Gets really crowded at lunchtime so coming early or coming late is a must.

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