The Cavalier

4.5
1379 reviews
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The Cavalier is an all-day London-inspired brasserie, located adjacent to Hotel Zetta.
This is the third property for restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio - the same team behind Marlowe and Park Tavern. Award winning San Francisco designer, Ken Fulk, revamped the interior with deep leather banquettes, polished brass, zinc and white marble, lending a posh and sultry feel.
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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful breakfast here, the crab cake benedict and they were amazing. Service was wonderful and attentive. I would recommend this restaurant.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food good service/staff

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal and great ambience. We.will definitely go back. They are very sensitive if you’re on a time limit because of theater or other events.

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B
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Always a nice looking room to have a meal! The food was good but unfortunately the service was very spotty. It took about 15 minutes for coffee to be served at the start after ordering and he never checked again if refills were needed.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Our waitress asked right away if we had a time limit. Perfect as we were going to the theater. She kept us on schedule. Food came out right away, as was soooo good. We were even able to squeeze in dessert which is not to be missed. Will be back!

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RL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Sean was really excellent! Attentive and made sure we were out in time to make our show at the Golden Gate Theater.

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived very late -- wedged between a way-too-long previous appointment, tough traffic and a 7:30 curtain at the Golden Gate Theater. The maitre'd said our sit-down reservation was not going to work, but said we could probably pull it off if we sat in the bar. That's one of our favorite things to do anyway. So we got a drink, worked out our order with Sean, the bar trainee based on his recommendation on what the best and speediest menu options would be, ordered and sat back. Excellent drinks. Food arrive REALLY fast, and we ate at normal and relaxed pace. And still we had 20 minutes to make the five minute stroll to the theater. This is a great pre-theater option, delicious food -- thumbs up on the watercress, pea and mint side salad -- and a sense of urgency when it is called for. Thanks.

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i
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, delicious wines, service discreet but the noise level high

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter was not very friendly and you could barely hear him talk. In my notes I had written that it was a birthday but he didn’t remember and they charge me.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish and chips quite good. Fish could be bigger and crisper. Cheese only so so.

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E
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wish cocktails weren’t premixed.

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GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious & the food came out really fast, which was great cause we were starving.

It was a little too noisy but the delicious food & the Pimm's Cup made it worth tolerating the noise.
I will definitely be back!

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, warm ambiance, impeccable service and delicious food. Would highly recommend!

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LR
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Cavalier, really enjoy food, ambience and service. Had server, Sean, on both visits... he is an excellent server with a great sense of humor too! Very convenient 8 minute walk from the Golden Gate Theater.

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S
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Beautiful space but service was a bit lackluster. Went for a breakfast meeting and the food was a bit bland.

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GB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good, but the portions sizes were unpredictable (large small plates and two small entrees and one GIANT entree). The service was good, but there is a small margin for improvement (wine from pouring got dripped into a side dish, ordering a bottle of wine took about 5-10 minutes to be served).

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Well located restaurant for a night of theater. Not a lot else to recommend it. The cocktails were delicious but the food was mediocre. The beets in the salad were mealy and not tasty and the vegan option was expensive and not particularly interesting. I had the salmon which was fine. Not bad, not impressive and I could have made a better weeknight version. Service was good I supposed but a but overly fussy.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was perfect. I’ve been to a few of what are supposed to be the best restaurants in San Francisco and honestly the food is usually passable as good but not particularly memorable. The cavalier however has everything so well balanced (food, wine and cocktail list, ambiance, style, music, customer service) that I wish I had spent more time dining here over the past few months. A must dine in experience and something I would come back to SF for.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service was very off. Served burnt food. No one asked about food ever. Disappointing compared to other visits.

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O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive and patient. Top notch.
The cocktails specifically a Manhattan (too much bitters and not enough vermouth) and an Old Fashion (apparently made from a premise mix and not muddled) were not good.

Food was just ordinary.

Poor value all around.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and chips in SF.

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KP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Really disappointing on every level. The staff are very friendly but the service was terrible - we waited for at least 15 minutes before drink orders. the food was marginal at best - fish and chips were the worst I have had - soggy and without any flavor.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome, I messed up the reservation time, but they accommodated us anyway... and they were fully booked. Food/drinks were fantastic!

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent location, food and service. I think their main course offerings could be more expansive, but found satisfaction with multiple appetizers.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal! Staff knew we had a 7pm curtain and made sure we had a lovely mean and were out in time. Would definitely go back.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and the staff went out of their way to make me feel special ! Our waiter was super friendly and kept asking the birthday girl how everything was 👌. The food was great as always !

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved our waiter. Food and drinks were delicious. Don't like all the dead animals on the walls.

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was SO disappointing for such a great space and ambiance - . Our waitress and the service was fantastic, but I was SO disappointed that the food didn't live up to our expectations! Brussel sprout appetizer just looked dry and tumeric-y; very flaky, hard to even share because just the leaves would fall off. Dined at Cavalier during Holiday and I think the recipe changed for the worst:(. A grilled cheese appetizer was served without what I expected which would be, oozing delicious warm cheese on grilled artisan bread was just sad - cheese was translucent, cold and the tiny cut sandwiches were just dry. Limited menu options for lunch w/ few "stick to your ribs" savory options. Dessert was, at best, mediocre. Ordered 3 @ approx. $ 17 ea. Looking for oohs and aahs around the table - there were none. NOT memorable. The desserts that were cake-based offered a dry (not moist) cake that was devoid of great flavor. $ 350 for 4 ppl, 2 apps, 3 salads, 1 chicken, 3 glasses of sparkling wine and after paying the bill, I left hungry:(

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch. The food was very good. Nice wine list. Attentive service. Comfortable environment.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service, the setting, the food, a refreshingly unique experience overall. We loved every minute of it.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner. The waiter was perfect and the ambience just right.

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GM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose The Cavalier for three reasons; the reviews, proximity to Powel Street BART and proximity to the Golden Gate Theatre. We were not disappointed. The only place we did not give top marks was Value. The prices are higher than we are used to paying BUT not higher than peer restaurants in the location. And the food was outstanding! Will we go back the next time we have a show at the Golden Gate Theatre? Definitely! Will we recommend this to our friends? Definitely!
Thank you for such a wonderful meal. I'm glad we finally found you.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here with a girl friend to celebrate International Women’s Day. We started off with a glass of sparkling wine, the Prosciutto and bone marrow plates for appetizers . Delicious! Ambient noise was loud but not loud enough where you couldn’t carry a conversation with the person sitting across from you. Shared dinner options were the pork chop and salmon dishes with respective sides. Wine options were the Syrah blend and Sav blanc. Overall a great meal, wine and night! Would highly recommend this place.

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PM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Sat us in a side room, which was perfectly lovely. Great about serving 6 of us. Food was mostly good.

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and reasonably priced for its quality. Staff was excellent. The front seating area is a little busy and lively. Some people enjoy that feel. I will go again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was good. Food was mediocre at best. Got a chicken sandwich and it was a processed patty

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P
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best location for Breakfast business meetings in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Understaffed and a little distracted this time but still a favorite spot for breakfast.

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