The Saratoga - San Francisco

4.3
99 reviews
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The Saratoga in San Francisco offers an exciting atmosphere to enjoy a drink with friends, as well as great food. Its swanky setting features two levels with a bar on each floor. The Saratoga offers guests delicious small plates like chicken liver toast or housemade tater tots with Fiscalini cheddar and chorizo crumbles. It offers hearty dishes such as New York steak covered in a cognac-peppercorn sauce or Cubano Frank with slow roasted pork and a mojo relish. Award-winning burgers and flavorful salads are also on the menu.

The Saratoga is featured in Eater San Francisco, as well as other publications. It's sizable bars offer a wide selection of spirits, cocktails and other libations.
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CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome cocktails and spirit selection. Fantastic food. the octopus dish was incredible. We loved everything we ordered.

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PH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice food, mostly, but our server was terrible. He barely checked in with us.

Also, the food was good with the exception of the billionaire’s bacon - really fatty!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drink, I always love this place. Tots are outstanding and best burger around!

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o
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Old school San Francisco Vibe. Well crafted food and drinks.

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BC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The butterscotch caramel pudding was the best. The take on the hotdogs and burger were good with their own twists on the classics. The shoestring fries were really good.

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VS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitstaff, constantly filling our water and wine glasses. Very quick food service. Delicious butterscotch pudding for dessert.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Only complaint of the night is downstairs got a little loud. Tough for conversations.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Beautiful place. Great cocktails. Wine by glass selection is so/so. Menu is a bit limited but with a handful of offerings done really well. Portion sizes way too small for price. Way too small.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was delicious and the Walking Dead cocktail was pretty. Music was good and atmosphere was cool.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch from service to food.

We enjoyed the pretzel, tomato dip, brussels, squash, steak(cooked perfectly with a "big mac" sauce) and tots (which were underwhelming). Get dessert, don't skimp! The ho hos and the apple hand pie are both worth every calorie!

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MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and extensive alcohol list. The service was really slow on a busy Friday. Brussel sprouts were killer and they are willing to accommodate for special diets (ie lettuce wrap burger). Overall good experience dining in the lower level.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I stopped in for a quick bite while on a business trip. Wonderful food in a beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding!

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EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The octopus al pastor, Cubano frank and Brussels sprouts were all enjoyable though not outstanding. The apple hand pie with vanilla gelato was well done, but again, not something that we will be remembering in the long term. Noise level was higher than we would have liked for a date night.

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M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and exceptional drink menu

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Poor service diminished an otherwise good meal. Not a fan of servers acting like they are better than you, which this one definitely did. If I were to return again I would only sit at the bar lest I have to deal with a server who was not altogether interested in actually performing his job or dealing with my party. The worst part is I was quite excited to eat here and reserved this while a good friend was in town from NYC, wont make that mistake again..

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JC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, fantastic cocktails, and yummy food.

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g
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing to say the least. I would definitely not recommend going here for a date night or romantic celebration.
After specifying that we were celebrating our anniversary, and discovering that the downstairs area was closed for the night, the hosts decided to seat all following guests right next to us, in an empty restaurant! Tables are on top of each other, and we spent the evening listening to an interview on one side and a business dinner on the other.
Only bright spot was Malcolm behind the bar, who was attentive and welcoming.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saratoga treated us right on New Years Eve: it’s a great space w/ delicious food and friendly service. Look forward to returning again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were great. Really made our experience fun. Everything was prompt and presentation was so cool!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my 18 year sister and the staff treated us and her very well

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W
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Waiter forgot our appetizer and they served us our entrees first...meal was ok... seating tight

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a quick meal before seeing a show at the Curren Theater. The service was excellent! I recommend their hamburger and old fashion cocktail.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The assistant manager sat out table of 7 for a surprise birthday dinner. I explained that I was vegan & she said the server would be able to help me with options. The server referred to the 2 ladies at the table with “my lady” which weirded them both out. It was not sad in a kind way. She was unable to tell the difference between gluten free & vegan. She sent the assistant manager over to assist. Luckily she could. Every drink took way too long to arrive. The place was not busy enough for the wait time. The server didn’t know what a greyhound or French 75 was & when we ordered a glass of champagne for everyone at the table, she didn’t suggest a bottle. Food was a little heavy on the salt.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food options are very limited, 5 options. None of the entrees come with anything, a side of greens or even something cheap like mashed potatoes. Its a la carte but priced differently. I had the steak, decent piece of meat; probably choice not prime; it came swimming in sauce like an au pouive. The fish was very nice, the better of the two dishes. The bar scene (at 8pm) was diminished. I hadn't been there in some time and clearly the enthusiasm of the opening year has somewhat receded as to be expected. Melinda at the bar mixed up some nice cocktails and was very embracing as always. The space is very nice particularly downstairs but they need some additional menu items, imo.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I went to Saratoga with friends for a lazy sunday brunch. Unfortunately, we had a booking for 2 people but another friend decided to join us too hence we were seated at the bar ( as they had no bigger tables available,either tables of two or big parties ) I would suggest you make your reservations in advance.

It was a blessing in disguise as we got seats at the bar really,because the bartender was amazing and he made the best drinks, you should definitely try "Grandma's Hot Cocoa"- its a hot chocolate rendition to irish coffee. The other drink we had was "Root"- again a great gin based cocktail.

Food and service was excellent too, the only thing that i think will bring my experience points down is that we ordered for billionaire's bacon but the server/ bartender forgot to order it, so when the rest of food arrived, the bacon took an additional 20 mins. Not the end of the world, the bacon was perfect!!!!

Definitely recommend the place.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Service was below average. We had a 6pm reservation for an early pre-theater dinner. Our server seemed to lose interest in us when he realized we were there for a light meal. There were four of us and between us we ordered two mains, two salads, fries, a vegetable, and an appetizer plus 4 cocktails and one glass of wine. Our appetizer came quickly and was finished long before we received our drinks. When a second round of drinks was ordered it took forever to get them along with the rest of our food. I would like to go back because the food was exceptionally good but our server was very sulky and slow. I can't imagine why because we were courteous and he would have been fully able to turn the table for an 8 o'clock seating.

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b
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

It was just ok nothing special. Steak was not seasoned well. Hen of the mushrooms was greasy. Mentioned it was my guest birthday that night- nada. Very noisy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

LOUD LOUDER LOUDEST!!!!!!!!!

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c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our drinks came after lunch despite them having two bartenders in staff. Burger was good but came with no sides, warning or suggestions. I would have added something to complement. The chicken fried Caesar salad had 4 small slivers of fried chicken pieces for $20. Cool space, will not return.

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JD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just the best new space in town every time. Add the Cubans hot dog the chrysanthemum and the I forget the other killer cocktails but it’s a place where IT IS ALL GOOD.
Really.
JD

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After all the hype that I heard, the food was pretty disappointing for the price.

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Billionaires Bacon too expensive. They cut it half but kept the price the same. My favorite is the avacado toast yummy.

Take some money it's not cheap 2 adults 1 teen. 4 cocktails, one soft drink. Four single items off menu. $105

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WA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise level so bad you can't have any conversation.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay, restaurant was very cold (we kept our coats on for the first 30 minutes). Our food was not served hot. Cocktails seem to be the real focus.

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s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It's a good spot. We were disappointed that the Scotchy scotch scotch dessert has been removed form the menu. They only offer 3 desserts now. The brisket was VERY fatty. Wish we had ordered the NY steak or the burger. Our server finally warmed up after a lot of work on our part. We have been there enough times to know that they do it well.....but this evening was very disappointing :/

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful was for my birthday lunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night at The Saratoga. My wife and I went for anniversary drinks and dinner. The staff at Saratoga were amazing and they went above and beyond to make the evening special for us. Thank you!

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VS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Way to noisy for me and food other then the appetizers was below par. The chicken was dry and no taste! I wouldn’t go back

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KD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The screaming child at the seats by the bar did not enhance the experience. Did not like my food - the description of it was better than the real thing. Food generally good though; wine prices are steep.

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