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Royal Exchange

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102 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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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4.0based 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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4.0Dined on July 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 31, 2016

Cool Spot in Sf we came accesos

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 5, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on December 10, 2015

They didn't have our reservation so we had twenty minutes.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2015

We love this place. It is our go-to place when we know we'll get excellent service and great food. Our wait staff was Liz and she is the absolute best!!! You never want for anything when she waits on you. she's right there. The food is constantly good. I've tried several of the menu items since we started going and it's all delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

We were the first there and had terrific service. Both ordered salmon dishes
and they arrived in good order and were delicious. We could chat and catch
up as we had hoped to. Very accommodating server, one we have enjoyed
before. A nice early lunch before the crowds arrived and raised the noise
level, as usual...; }

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3.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Salads are pretty good.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2015

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2015

Great place for lunch - a classic San Francisco bar with great pub food.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2015

Royal Exchange is great place for lunch. We went for a team lunch and everyone enjoyed their meal. The menu had something for everyone in our group.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2015

Burgers are their speciality, but plenty of options for non-burger eaters. Staff is super friendly. Make a reservation as it fills up at lunchtime. Or go early or late and avoid the crowds.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2015

Not as formal as it sounds. Better for a casual bite and drink. Okay for dates but are better options in the area.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2015

Always enjoyable..... Good food, lively bar scene and a great place to watch a game!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2015

We had a great business lunch at Royal Exchange, and greatly appreciated their flexibility to accommodate our large group with a last minute reservation. This is a great lunch and after work place, we look forward to our next time there.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Always out go to place.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2015

Royal Exchange is our 'go to' place for a quick bite with my work buddies! There's a variety of items to order, so you can have something different each time you visit. It's always busy, but can usually get a seat with a 5-10 minute wait - depending on the time you get there. Good to get there early as they do fill up fast. This last time, I was able to make reservations on OpenTable for 4 - which surprised me - as I didn't think they took reservations for groups under 6. Everything I've had there so far have been great! The salads are big portions, sandwiches/burgers are tasty (I always get with fries - YUM!) Servers are always friendly and helpful - they come back and check on your often. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2015

Always a friendly staff and great food. Usually pretty quick for lunch if you're in a hurry. 45 mins or so. Liz and Tyler (not Liz Tyler). They are 2 people. :-). They are both great servers and friendly. The place kind of feels like Cheers at times.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2015

I ventured out of the norm and had the Irish stew. As always, the food was great.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2015

The salads are fantastic. The beer selection is outstanding. Get there early or the wait can be significant.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2015

My Table service was excellent. The only reason I didn't give an excellent for overall and service was because of the person who sat us. I had a reservation and the person who sat me and my guest didn't look at me for 10 min as I stood next to the door. She sat everyone else, including people who came in after me. I was glad I put in a reservation. I may not have gotten a seat.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2015

They are really reasonable but maybe that is why it is popular and very noisy.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2015

We were in the fi-di for a meetings and sought a place to watch the Warriors game while the traffic cleared. Really excellent and tasty meat salads and wonderful, attentive service. Atmosphere is loud but workable in some spots away from the bar. The screens for sports are not the best and cannot be seen from many of the boots. Good draft beer choices will compensate for most everything ;-)

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2014

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