The Cavalier

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$31 to $50
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The Cavalier is an all-day London-inspired brasserie, located adjacent to Hotel Zetta.
This is the third property for restaurateur Anna Weinberg 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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Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great stop for a light lunch. Salad and open face sandwich. Add in sparkling water and a beer - great quick snack for two.

Mahalo to our waiter / bar tender. We will be back for one of those Pimm’s!!!!

a
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Waiter was great. The host left much to be desired. Why on earth would anyone seat two tables next to each other when the rest of the dining room is empty?

OT
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

A total pretentious vibe when you walk in the door. Waiters and waitresses avoid eye contact at all costs. I felt like I was causing any wait staff irritation to ask for anything. My salad was uneatable. However, when I finally got eye contact from the wait staff, they were kind enough to bring me a different salad which was also uneatable. SALT OVERLOAD ON BOTH! My husband had the scallop entrée that was boring and not worth the money it cost. The best part of the meal was my hamburger and delectable fries so if you’re going to the Cavalier plan on having a burger! One last note.... if you’re looking for a place to have drinks don’t go there! You’ll need twice as many drinks because of the lack of alcohol they serve in one! Total ripoff!

KR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hosted a business meeting at the restaurant; made a reservation and was seated within 10 mins (it was full on a Wednesday night, so reservations are a must!). Food was excellent - service was attentive, but not invasive. Portions are small, so in hindsight i should have ordered a salad to start.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Usually my favorite restaurant before theater, but so disappointed with the service and menu. The server was so uncharacteristically incompetent and menu so very limited. Do they have a change in the ownership?

DC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

little loud but great service. Would love a bit wider selection of food items but overall theses a great place for pre-theater!

m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I'd expect so acclaimed a "London inspired brasserie" to deliver impeccable fish and chips. Unfortunately the fish was mushy and tasteless, and rather overwhelmed by the minted pea accompaniment. Fortunately this followed a surprisingly good starter (lamb hash with latkes) and was followed by an above-average crème brûlée, and service was attentive. Overall somewhat disappointing given high expectations.

t
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait quaint little restaurant so cozy with the holiday decorations up. Very friendly staff with great knowledge of your menu.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing environment with friendly staff and superb food. Never felt rushed at all.

s
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Very warm and competent service. Great atmosphere. Would recommend it!

C
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

OK food, nice atmosphere and service. Overall pleasant dinner.

KW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our brunch, especially the service. Tim took excellent care of us and the man who greeted us was lovely as well. There were good sized portions and delicious cocktails. Would definitely come back and recommend to others!

DO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and helpful service who recommended a change in what we had chosen and was right !

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful interior down a hidden alley between Mission and Marker. I booked based on Open Table reviews for my wife’s birthday brunch followed by HAMILTON, followed by dinner at another Open Table gem. We ordered champagne by the glass and the Lamb Hash entrees. Followed up with coffee. Discovered the connected hotel mid brunch. Service was quiet and good. Not an “on” or “in your face” style. We will be back. The Lamb Hash? Well you have to try it now. AMAZING.

F
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A very welcoming and friendly staff for our weekend brunch. Don't pass up the great Bloody Mary drink. Also loved the scones and clotted cream w/ Earl Grey tea.

TM
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roasted tomato soup and the roasted Brussels sprouts were awesome! Also loved the decor.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was tasty and the atmosphere nice, but the waitress today was the worst. Slow service, passed by the table several times and ignored us, despite intent eye contact and trying to wave her down. The manager stepped in, I think he noticed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. THE CHICKEN

KJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Staff was attentive. I bit pricey for the portion amount. My only complaint was we noted this was for a birthday and no one mentioned it, said anything, or acknowledged the birthday.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The buttermilk pancakes here are the best in the city! They are freshly made from scratch and incredibly tasty.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience4

Food this time around was a huge disappointment. The scotch egg had very little flavor and the oil it was fried in was stale. The fish in the fish and chips was mushy, and again, the oil was off. The Brussels were so salty that I couldn't eat them. Usually, the food at Cavalier is impeccable. I don't know what went wrong this time, but I hope a change in the kitchen will improve things. I won't be back until then.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. It was a little loud but still fun.

b
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cavalier is quickly becoming a goto place for me. Great food, great drinks and great staff. It is also a great pre show place when going to the golden gate theatre.
Brussels sprouts are fantastic. (I’m keto so it’s a great option to the mashed potatoes). And the tar tar is delicious!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service Daniel was great. First time here myself and spouse. Salmon was super, loved the reduction sauce. Pork tenderloin was good, requested pork cooked medium should have requested medium rare. Sauce was great.
Was seated in bar area, little noisy. Maybe less noisy in separate dinning area. Overall enjoyed food and service.

DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Service was outstanding, the room is lovely and comfortable, and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend the steak frites with a petite filet.

SF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and drinks but our overall experience was marred by the waiter who charged us for 10 drinks we didn't order. When we pointed out the extra charge he laughed it off with a lame excuse. We felt that he was either very careless or was trying to get away with something. Maybe he mistakenly thought we were tourists who wouldn't notice or care about the overcharge. Either way we weren't happy about it.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inexplicably, I can always get a table at The Cavalier, even last minute. It's essentially identical to its sibling Marlowe, which is constantly booked solid. And hey, I don't get it, but I'm delighted to take constant advantage of it. You should too! Trying to plan a nice dinner TONIGHT? Grab a table at The Cav. Get a cocktail and Brussels sprout chips and the burger, and thank me when you sober up.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely!! Noise level very high until the theatre goers left.

L
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a great location for a business lunch--convenient for people from the East Bay, with BART an option to get around traffic---and easy to get to from downtown SF. Good drinks and beverages and tasty food. Quiet enough to talk.
Will be there again soon.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to The Cavalier is always an experience and one that I have noted to myself I should do more often. From the moment you walk in and the friendly greeting at the reception, then take a look around at the eclectic Brit style from black and white chequered floor tiling to the railway carriage dining area, white linen, and collection of Old English hunting scenes, it really is a delight.

At the back is a very cool bar, Marrianne's (Faithfull) is the kinda bar I want to hang out in, forever!

Never mind the design and the decor, the food is really good too. Good old British inspired favorites but with a twist and a level of quality that would make a proper Brit blush. We were there for lunch - Devilled Egg Sandwiches with the crusts cut off, good old (and the best I have had in the United States) Fish & Chips with an English Pea Salad and Aoli, then, an Apple & Frangipane Tart with Cinamon Icecream, and finished with a good old pot of Earl Grey Tea!

The service was also excellent. Our waiter was so attentive, helpful and pleasant.

The combination of a great place, great food, and great service makes The Cavalier a place to go visit when you are in San Francisco for sure!

I am looking forward to going there for the Full British Breakfast sometime soon maybe with a Bloody Mary from Marrianne's!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful, friendly staff. And I love the food here.

ZT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very much enjoy coming here. The menu has just the right amount of options without feeling overwhelming. The food is cooked to perfection and the service is always quick and attentive.

MC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice that they remembered it was for our anniversary. The complementary champagne was a nice touch.

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deviled egg tea sandwiches were delicious, and served up fast!
Hangar steak with frites looked delicious - I’ll try that next time for myself.

A
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It used to be great last year

I loved all my food typically

This Saturday there was a strange bitter taste in everything - almost like too much thyme or something similar (roasted chicken)
My party also has the fish and chips and they needed to get extra salt (and they’ve had the same meal at the same place before and it was amazing)

The pea salad was barely eatable as well - and I love British food

Lastly it’s terrible that they took away their sticky toffee pudding - that would have compensated me from the sub par meal

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pork is very good . Scallops are a little salty. Interior lights are too dark for us .
But overall we enjoyed the dinner very much.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not great and since it was expensive it was a let down. The dessert we had with the house made cinnamon ice cream was spectacular though.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for pre-theatre dining (Golden Gate Theatre). Friendly, attentive and cognizant of our time constraints. Excellent food and cocktails. No complaints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

The server was very rude and he took away our food without permission. Overall, very terrible experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a bit expensive since there’s not much on a plate and we had to order more. But so so good.