STEM Kitchen & Garden

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$31 to $50
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Californian
STEM Kitchen & Garden is a farm-to-table restaurant that celebrates seasonal and local ingredients with produce harvested from the on-site garden.

STEM offers a casual yet elegant atmosphere featuring an expansive outdoor patio, garden, bocce ball, fire pits, and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. The menu is inspired by Californian-Mediterranean cuisine.
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50/50 Wine Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday, and enjoy 50 bottled wines, discounted 50% off.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 22, 2019

Ends: November 23, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:00PM

What 139 People Are Saying
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R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value, easy access, delicious food, and comfortable seating. Halibut was amazing!

MF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went to STEM before a show at the Chase Center. It's proximity was it's only value. Decor? Decent. Menu? Fair. A few small plates, some pizzas and 4 larger plates ~ $30 each. Wait time for server? Too long. Sure there were other people there for the show but the server came by twice before he took our order to apologize for the wait, but then still didn't return for a while. Kudos though for asking if we were going to the show and the plates did come out in good time. Except for the beet salad we ordered which never came - half way through our order he came up and apologized that he forgot to put it in. Seriously?And drinks? Good but $$$. The food was "fresh" but uninspiring. Burratta was runny, shrimp pizza was typical. I suppose it'd be nice for a happy hour but really, for these prices and "service", I'll skip STEM next time - you should too.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is always fantastic! Good flavors, great ambiance, and easy parking.

LP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great customer service by servers AND Manager, Jim. As someone who is in Hospitality industry, I'll definitely visit again because of this. Food and wine was very good.

r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant located up stairs from medical building, not sure if there was elevator available. Nice enough ‘look’, big picture windows. Choice of two starters and two Entree, no pork belly which was what I wanted to try..food good but lamb burger was a bit dry. Good deal for lunch for restaurant week. Construction going on.. available street parking with meter

s
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool, dynamic place so close to the work offices of Mission Bay.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a pre Warriors game meal. Good beer, tasty small bites and pizza, relaxing atmosphere, and right next to Chase Center. The only problem is they close at 9:00. I’d like to go after the game, too.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stem is always consistent, fresh and tasty. I like the smaller menu and cocktails are always hand crafted.
Friendly and welcoming atmosphere good value too for San Francisco.

NI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, slow service.

HS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, great pork belly sandwich.

HH
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We showed up on a quiet holiday night. The staff was great, we had two fun cocktails, and the food was really good! Thoroughly enjoyed the risotto, halibut and brussels sprouts. Definitely a nice spot for a meal before a game... or after a checkup at UCSF!

f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find right near Chase Center! Incredible outdoor area overlooking water which we didn’t even tap into since it was night- Yummy food well priced well Wine bottles 50% off on Tuesdays!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years at Chase Center watching Dead & Company

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Really poor service. Took forever to get anyone to come by. Food was delivered without silverware or plates and we were left waiting until the food was cold. The food was pretty mediocre. They ran out of our second dish and only told us as they brought our first but never asked for what we wanted instead. First drink I ordered was awesome. Got a second and it was a completely different drink. Overall poor experience and wouldn’t go back.

STEM Kitchen & Garden
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. We're sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to yours or our expectations of food and service. Providing an exceptional experience is important to us and we hope that you will give us another opportunity to make it right. Warm regards, Jim

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D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was our third and final time at STEM. The pizza was soggy, the salads overdressed and tasteless and the cocktails were pricey and boring. The service was egregiously bad. We sat at our table for 10 minutes and we had to flag someone down to get a drink. Finished plates were sitting in front of us for twenty minutes. Wait staff seemed to disappear for long periods of time and appeared out of it when we flagged them down. To add insult on to injury they automatically added a twenty percent tip onto our bill which completely unwarranted.
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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

both our entress were tasteless
halibut
lamb shanks
the sauces added nothing

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stem has the best team - so enthusiastic, great service, and helpful. Food is delicious! This will always be my go-to place when attending an event at The Chase Center!

DK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent venue. Our pizza, salad, chicken were delicious. The chef was very accommodating to our various tastes and needs. Hip location. Staff is superb.
Thank you🙏

MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the roasted brussels sprouts were the highlight of our meal

JK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing, very fresh. Sausage pizza had too many peppers.

d
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

we sat outside on a nice day which was pleasant and the brussell sprouts some of the best i've ever had.
however, the seared tuna was way overcooked and was the only time i've ever had fresh tuna that actually tasted like starkist. i ate one bite and let the rest. it was truly worst tuna i've ever had by far. the service was also lousy. it was very slow yet we were ignored for long periods at a time and when i told the waitress about the tuna, she seemed completely unphased and did not offer to remove it from the check.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pre-concert date - very nice food and ambiance but inexperienced and a bit erratic service staff. We would come back!

h
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view from window. Great gardens outside

WD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Octopus appetizer is fantastic. Halibut'sa bit dry, but taste is good. Great place to enjoy the Bay before a Chase event especially the GS Warriors.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

The food was bland- the salad was not dressed and we had to ask them to bring dressing to the table. The soup was without any salt/pepper. Extremely disappointed as I had been here several times before and this was absolutely the worst combination of food and service. The waitress was unable to put on a smile the whole time we were there. We will not be returning.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good cocktails, friendly staff. Food is pretty good but as most places in SF slightly overpriced. Good proximity to Chase Center and a cool view of the bay out back.

MG
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu, probably due to farm to fork availability. Close to the Chase center is a plus.

l
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great for drinks and apps before a game or show at Chase Center. Service is a bit slow on waited tables so sit at the bar, but the food and cocktails were great!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Jeremy, hands down best service we have ever received. Friendly, knowledgeable, and is the reason we keep coming back. That and the food and drinks!

DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to STEM! I love the fresh ingredients from their local garden and their delicious menu and ambiance! My favorite appetizer is the honey chili brussel sprouts! Yum! The main reason I go to STEM is for Aubrey. She is is fabulous! Her attention to detail goes above and beyond what you would expect. She is the BEST!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The service was poor. We had 3 servers and waited about 20 minutes from when they dropped the dessert menus off to when we ordered. They were not busy at all and we could barely get served.

K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Beautiful space- We went on a non Chase event so it was completely empty- and just a few tables outside. The food sounded amazing, but we were so disappointed- Nothing had any flavor. Heirloom tomato salad, kale salad with Burrata cheese- no flavor. Everything was so bland- My husband said it best, "they are cooking for color, not flavor" Hope they can get some flavor because it is a beautiful space

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic! I look forward to going back in the evening to see the restaurant at night.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took a long time for our cocktails to come but it was a very busy night
Very pleasant, professional staff

LL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had dined here before a Chase Center event. The service was fabulous. We enjoyed our food and the small bites were delicious. We ordered the Brussels sprouts, pork belly and the burrata salad.
We also split the main dish. We will come back again!

TV
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at this restaurant. What a great experience! We were there to have dinner before the Elton John concert. It was quite a festive crowd, lots of people dressed up in costume for the concert. The food was fantastic, very inventive dishes and amazing ingredients.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ordered the chicken and it was super dry. Not much flavor either. The Brussels were great and the pizza was good too. First time here. I would give it a second try. The night might of just been off for the crew

EH
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very limited menu. We made reservations before the Elton John concert at the Chase Center. The restaurant was clearly overwhelmed. Our service was okay but we watched 2 tables walk out after waiting too long to order. The salmon was flavorless but the butterscotch bread pudding was amazing! May have just been an off night as they adjust to the Chase Center crowds. Very conveniently located next door. I would give them another try.

EE
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Beautiful setting, subpar food. Definitely not worth the $ but the surroundings are great if you happen to be in the area. The cheese plate had three tiny pieces of cheese on it, enough for one person, tops. The meatballs were still frozen in the middle. Awful. That said, the ambiance is killer.

GF
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Very excited to try this restaurant before a Chase Center event. So disappointed! The food was very average except for Brussels sprouts and pastas bravas. We did request a special order for two diabetics. Garden salad(on the menu,) with a chicken breast on top. Chicken breast entree was also on menu with different sides. It took over 40 min to get our meal! The cheese plate was super skimpy for $16. It took another 20 min to get our check. Will check out different restaurant next time.