The Cavalier

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$31 to $50
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British
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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ZT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

DC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

a bit more expensive than it should have been, but super convenient and enjoyable before a show at the Golden Gate Theater.

OL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I tried new dishes this time instead of my usual choice. I think this is the first time “smoky tomato soup” on a menu actually lived up to its name - delicious.

AD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Went in Saturday for brunch. Had scotched duck egg (best part if meal), signature burger and fish and chips. I think we were servers first table but his service was slow and seemed like he was doing us a favor by serving us. Had an ice tea and had most of the meal with it empty. Henchecked on us once all meal though he stood and chatted 3 feet away most of the meal woth only 1 other table. Our meal finished with "do you want anything else" check in hand. He pretty much made sure we would not be back.

Food was done well all cooked as requested. But the burger though cooked correctly was just nothing worth going in for. Would have been just as happy with a carls burger. Fish and chips was nicely cooked and lightly breaded but nothing special. The scotch duck egg was a treat and we enjoyed that alot.


Maybe try it for dinner as that may be were most 5 stars are coming from. But with the lame service we will pass.

IW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food great as always, but the restaurant was VERY understaffed: just two waiters for a jam-packed lunch rush. Our table was ignored for long stretches of time, and after 90 minutes the dessert menus arrived... then the waiter disappeared for 20 minutes more!

G
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new find in SOMA.

l
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch very much. We had the beet salad which was delicious. the service was fast and friendly .

VM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned here after a few years hiatus and the food is excellent did not disappoint neither did the service which was personal and at our elbow. Five star experience

HK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful brunch - great food, ambiance, service. The food and the drinks were delicious. Only criticism was that the sausage came out cold in the center, but they quickly remedied.

It wasn't very busy (Labor Day week-end, and fairly early) so the noise level wasn't something I could really gauge, but I assume it would be moderate.

DB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The experience was fair, but the price was high. Price value story didn’t work.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Incredible food but slow service and non attentive wait staff almost ruined this for me.

K
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

yummy truffles bday gift

JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. The host, Joel, is super friendly and welcoming! The tomato soup special is amazing! The favor profiles complex and leaving you wanting more.

C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I again had a fabulous experience at this restaurant. The food is special and I wish I could recreate the meals at home because they are so unique and delicious. Love the atmosphere too.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When I first chose this restaurant, I did so because it was close to the Golden Gate Theater where we were going to see a play. I assumed that it would be pub food and cheap. I made reservations and then looked at the menu. I was a bit surprised to see that it looked like an upscale restaurant with upscale prices. We decided to go anyway. And what a wonderful surprise. It was a nicely appointed restaurant, we had a quiet table in a not very noisy room, and then we ordered and began to eat. As soon as I took the first bite of the beet salad, my heart melted. Calling this a salad doesn't do it justice. It was terrific and well worth the price. Then my main dish arrived. Pork tenderloin. Again, the title doesn't do it justice. Awash with roasted peppers and fingerling potatoes, the pork tenderloin slices were nestled on a wonderful, light and savory sauce. I ate every bite and again became contrite at my initial look at the prices. This is one of the best meals that I've had in a restaurant in years.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

S/O to Tim and Shaun (sp?) at hotel Zetta bar.

Fantastic experience.

FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleased through and through! Thank you Cavalier team!

KC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service took our plates in such a rush. I still have good leave on the plates, I have to stop them several times. I felt like being rush...

C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We used to enjoy the scones and the salads at The Cavalier. Not anymore. The scones were over baked, hard, dry, and flavorless. The salad was tasty, but small, and it had one thin sliced of goat cheese on it. It was more like a slightly larger dinner salad. So two of us had two plates of lettuce and fennel shavings and two club sodas for $54 with tax, tip, and SF health. Outrageous. We will not be back.

KF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love this place because of its location to theaters for live shows on Market and Golden Gate streets. We stay at Hotel Zetta, connected to The Cavalier. Staff and ambience are awesome, but food is lacking in quality and flavor. Menu descriptions don’t reflect final product, unfortunately. We’ve eaten here five times and keep hoping for improvement. Kick it up a notch y’all and you will be fabulous!

DT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place! Food is awesome! Friendly and helpful staff, and nice atmosphere. We loved the Scotch Eggs, and the lamb chop appetizer, but the chicken and steak were flavorful and amazing! They do a slow cook on the chicken that makes the end result very moist and delicious!

FB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great little find this was. Food was delectable; the blackened salmon savory. Don't miss the sauteed Brussel sprouts with mint. Service was outstanding, fast, friendly, and funny.

L
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a business lunch, easy for East Bay and San Francisco to meet there because it's right next to the Powell St BART station, convenient parking in the Mission St. Garage---Food is excellent, service smooth and pleasant, quiet enough to talk.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Horrible food, basic and bland. Nothing really stood out.

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