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About The Cavalier
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.
San Francisco, CA 94103
British, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast in the Blue Bar:
Monday-Friday 7:00am to 11:30am
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 10:00am
Monday-Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 2:30pm
Monday - Wednesday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Thursday- Saturday 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Sunday 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Afternoon bar menu available daily 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available through Hotel Zetta; located at 55 Fifth Street on the corner of Jessie Street; adjacent to The Cavalier. Parking is offered at $20 for the first two hours, and $10 for each additional hour.
Parking is also available at the Fifth and Mission - Yerba Buena Garage; located at 833 Mission Street. The garage is accessible from Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, as well as from Minna Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Cavalier Ratings and Reviews
Service was a complete failure. We were a small party with an easy order: black currant ginger refreshers, oysters , brussels sprout chips and Marlowe burgers. After a ten minute wait with nothing but water, each received, in the following sequence over the next 5 minutes: burgers, then oysters, then chips, and lastly, lemonade. Getting the main course first and the drink last is opposite from what I expected. Oh, and we didn't order lemonade; we asked for black currant ginger refreshers. And the burgers were not correctly cooked to order. During all this time, at least 4 of the staff stood around with the hostess socializing. There is a reason this place is not crowded. Total embarrassment and epic fail. Skip here and go to sister venue, marlowe's. The burger is better there, too.
Another great meal. Cocktails were fantastic. Service was really good - our server remembered us from before, including what we’d ordered; made great suggestions; and was friendly and helpful. We had really lovely and well balanced pumpkin soup, tasty Brussels sprout “crisps”, incredible smoked salmon, good fish and chips and very good but cold Welsh rarebit. Deserts were nice but not up to the standard of the rest of the food, overly sweet and lacking the complexity and balance of the appetizers and entrees.
Cavalier is becoming a firm favorite!
There were three of us celebrating birthdays. Music was horrible din, din, din, ugh. Service was friendly and fun. My frittata was like a soft taco, tiny and flat. The salad dressing on the accompanying greens was very acidic and sour. The Marlowe burgers were great and the French fries were fresh. We shared the ham and cheese soldiers with hollandaise and it was meh. We were there for brunch, maybe better choices for lunch and dinner. Disappointing overall.
Truly a British experience from a culinary standpoint! Off-tasting “prawns” that we’re American shrimp, the smallest oysters ever seen with lots of bits of shell in them, meh fish and chips (without real mushy peas) and lamb shank. The only thing that tasted like GOOD British food was the early grey tea.
This very expensive restaurant succeeded in producing a motorway service station type of meal, so in one sense it was truly British: a reflection of the worst British food traditions.
In reality, most of the stuff on the menu was not British at all. Which is a relief I guess...
Food was fantastic - service was truly terrible. We waited 30 minutes to have our order taken while the servers stood 5 feet away chatting. Had to flag down a busser who, in turn, flagged down a server. Requested hot water, never came etc. Served by three different people - never served by the person who's name was on our bill. I was a loyal customer but won't make the trip again.
I don't know why it took me so long to check this place out. The place a bit of a throwback with dark paneled was on one side but Scottish kilt style panelling with lots of quaint pictures. Clearly a lot of thought in the decor that made it special.
The menu is outstanding. Great selection. The appetizers alone are worth several trip to check them all out. We had the lamb scrumpets. 5 mini chops breaded and deep fried served with a mint sauce.
The fish and chips were lightly battered but had a great crunch and tender fish. 3 nice pieces. they allowed my wife to substitute both the chips and the veggie without a single pause. I had the black cod that was a6-7 ounce piece perfectly cooked with crisp skin and very tender fall apart cod. They brought bread upon request.
They have a good wine list. the Neyers Chard was $19 but a decent pour. They are creative with their cocktails.
The service is good however, it seemed like we had to flag someone down several times. Nothing to complain about.
Just before we left I found out about their lounge they call Marianne. A speakeasy type lounge perfect for the brandy or bourbon. many seating areas for the quiet chat in a warm welcoming room.
I'm looking for a reason to go there as I write this.
Food was delicious, but holy crap was the service horrible. Server never came back after food was delivered, I had to wave someone down to get more water and another drink, nobody checked in to make sure food was good, etc. The whole staff seemed disengaged, lacked efficiency, and not friendly. We optimistically went back for breakfast the next morning (we were staying at the hotel attached), and same.damn.issues. Also, in the light of day, the restaurant was glaringly in need of a deep clean. Super dusty, worn, faded. It’s the overlooked stepchild of an otherwise great restaurant group. Would not go back.
We had a New Year's Day brunch here. The food was very good, the drinks were excellent and the ambience was perfect for brunch. We went with our two 8-year-old kids. There was nothing particularly focused on providing for children (e.g. no colouring or kids menu) but there was plenty on the main menu that they wanted and the place was very welcoming, so it worked really well for our family. We enjoyed food and our server was friendly and helpful if a little busy some of the time. The decor feels like a mix of a French bistro in a Scottish baronial hall, it's on the louder side but so much that you can't converse easily with your table.
A few small missteps (had to ask for coffee twice, took a long time to get attention, food wasn't quite as described on the menu) keeps me from a five-star review but none of it spoiled our brunch. We had a really good time and will likely make this a semi-regular brunch stop.
Not a single course of 4 was served correctly. Main course and dessert were essentially inedible. No one even bothered to check why plates were going back to the kitchen more Han 75% full of food. No offer to replace or compensate. Service was absolutely aloof. Prices were through the roof. Avoid.
I came here with my family on Christmas Day for their $85 pre-fix menu. Our waitress was missing for most of the time and only half of our first course arrived. We had three soups and a salad and they only served us two soups. We asked about the other soup and salad but couldn’t find our waitress so we asked the waiter next to our table who responded with a rude attitude, I don’t know I’ll find your waitress. None of the servers got back to us and knew what happened to our missing first course. But we already knew they accidentally served it to the table next to us that arrived later. Then when they did finally serve the missing first course instead of a soup and salad they served two soups. Finally the manager arrived and was very apologetic hence the two stars for service but the servers need a lesson on customer service. For a $500 meal I would expect them to at least comp a drink or something given the horrible mess. But aside from the service, the food was poor. I expected more out of this place since I am a fan of Marlowe.
Bar was disorganized, didn’t seem to know what inventory was. Service at table was slow to start. Menu had good choices, pairings were very nice. Crab salad was literally swimming in green goddess dressing, inedible. Star of the meal was the beef with oxtail and creamed spinach. Perfect! Dessert was supposed to be trifle, but overly citrus and shortcake type biscuit said “not quite English.”
It was a lovely meal, but it would have been nice to have been told (even when we called to confirm the booking) that only brunch was going to be offered. We had booked hoping for a proper lunch.
This meant that as one of our party is allergic to gluten, there were only two things on the menu that would work.
Otherwise, the food and service are great. We'd be happy to return for lunch and dinner.
We had a wonderful time at The Cavalier, thanks to the warm and attentive service and excellent food. My husband said the fish and chips were the best he's ever had, and he is a true aficionado and no spring chicken. Our friend's pork chop was generously sized and a very nice cut which she said was excellent. My salmon entree looked relatively skimpy upon delivery but was so perfectly prepared and paired with an excellent pickled onion and fennel relish that it really delivered all the flavor you could ask for. It's not inexpensive, but the food was special enough to warrant the price, and drinks were reasonable. The best part of the experience was our very funny and good-natured server, Carlos. I recommend this festive restaurant and definitely look forward to going again.
Food was served cold. Fish and chips had no flavor. I tried to order the lamb but they told me it would not be available for another hour and a half (I tried to order about 615pm). Brussels sprouts appetizer and pumpkin soup were tasty. Cocktails were dull.
Ambiance is really nice except for the metal chairs we sat on which are cold and hard.
Service was prompt in the beginning but then dropped off and entres took forever.
My daughter and I always grab reservations here when traveling to SF. We love seating up at the beautiful bar for dinner or snacks and for their great selection of wines by the glass.The bartenders are fabulous and provide great quick service. The brussel sprout chips are fantastic. Another great plus is the location - it's close to the Westfield Center.
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