Three Restaurant & Bar

4.4
829 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Open and inviting. Innovative and energetic. Playful surprises are found throughout the menu, as well as the restaurant itself. The menu has been designed to give you options, is perfect for sharing and you are encouraged to order however the mood strikes you, so don’t be shy about ordering more of… Well, anything. Salads and pastas created with greens and veggies from the rooftop garden should please locavores. While burger lovers will appreciate the balance of the house grind that blends brisket, short rib and sirloin. Between bites be sure to take a look at the beautiful, “Living Wall”. A wall of plants and herbs living and growing inside the restaurant itself. Take a peak at the “Peninsula Room”, an homage to the Hotel Benjamin Franklin located directly in front the exhibition kitchen.
The beverage program takes a backseat to none. Eight rotating craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and a first-class wine program.
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OF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to meet girl friends for lunch.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service and food were great, but the options are limited. Additionally, the noise level made it difficult to have a decent conversation, as so many people were yelling in the background. We may have been there at a peak time for social hour, as the place was packed on a Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

I would consider returning, but at off-hours - to avoid the crowd.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The service was really, really slow. The food was delicious, but cost was HIGH. My beet salad w chicken was $20.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy coming to this restaurant for lunch. As just a "small" suggestion for your chefs, our group unanimously felt the food was under seasoned. My mom's pasta was also a bit too al dente. Otherwise, very good food, nice ambiance and atmosphere. Service was great and will definitely come back.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Family gathering

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and desserts are excellent. Menu rotates seasonally and there's always something for everyone. Full bar with wide range of specialty cocktails, nice wine list too. The restaurant was quite crowded during our visit, so our server was quite busy. She did do a very good job though.

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wanted to order fried chicken HOWEVER DO NOT OFFER WHITE CHICKEN MEAT... they used to... for a extra payment....really should offer it again... very disappointing.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was friendly. Food is always good!

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KP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we got there we felt well taken cared of and Maurice made our evening. Amazing from beginning to end!

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NC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I have dined at this restaurant for over 20 years and never been disappointed. Unfortunately I can not say the same for this past visit. The restaurant is VERY loud, we were unable to hear one another. The waitstaff did not know the difference between Dijon mustard and yellow mustard. My pizza, of which I have had many over the years was like eating a tasteless piece of cardboard. All the dishes we had were overly salty from the French Onion Soup to the Chicken Cacciatore. The chicken dish had an overwhelming amount of risotto which was also very salty. I will not return.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food is good. Service is great!

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was great - from our hostess to our waitperson and servers; all we're friendly and helpful. I liked the overall impression upon entering; very welcoming. The space itself is well-designed where the seating areas are broken up but somehow there is still an airiness to the design. So, the important stuff... the menu is quite diverse. They brought us some 'sweet potato' chips before we ordered, which was great because we were starving, but also because they were tasty. The appetizers were very good, I especially liked the dungeness crab cakes and the mushrooms stogies. I ended up choosing the Braised Lamb Adobo for dinner; an interesting twist that balanced a rustic ragout with a refined finish. Almost forgot! I ordered an old-fashioned from the bar and they nailed it; I find that is a good test for a competent bar. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go back.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding! Look forward to visiting again.

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BF
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The hamburger we had was amazing! That's worth going to Three for. The smoked salmon pizza was not as good as I expected. The smoked salmon was very salty and the whole things was overloaded with creme fraiche, salmon, capers and greens. So it was pretty messy to eat, even with a fork and knife. Toppings kept falling off.

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

I love this restaurant. The food is excellent. Three of us had the meatloaf, and it was amazing. Another had the shrimp pasta dish, and she was raving about it. I was there before for a large family luncheon, and they were most attentive to us. Desserts are awesome, by the way.

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NM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time having brunch with my girlfriend and our sons! The food was great as was the service.

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had lunch with four associates. Good service and great food. My only knock is that it is a bit noisy and a bit tight. One of my San Mateo favorites and always look forward to coming back.

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

They were able to adapt to our changing party size with grave and humour. The food was savory and the atmosphere left nothing to be to desired. It was my first time there and I'll definitely go again!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and both times were fantastic. Food is great! I highly recommend this place as it's a combination of fun atmosphere with a great menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would not make a special trip but if you’re in the area and there’s no wait then I would consider it. Food was okay, looked better in pictures. Coffee beverages can use some help. The restaurant is very noisy so be prepared to repeat everything you say. We put in a special request, as one of our guest is a senior. They ended up putting us in the back which was difficult to get in and out of even though a table available up front. Restaurant is more suitable for families with young kids.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, this is the second time I’ve been to three and would place it above both saltyard and vault 164, a few of its contemporaries. I will definitely be back. I would give a strong recommendation for the cauliflower, the fashion up, and the mushroom gnocchi.

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and fun!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and so are the foods. I had the potatoes cakes with salmon egg benedict, it was heavenly.

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e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all liked our meals and the selection was varied enough to please a wide range of tastes. However we were all disappointed that the menu items and beer selections posted on line in various places were not available once we arrived. The rotating menu and rotating taps caught us by surprise. So the items we were looking forward to were not to be found. :-/

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ES
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. The amount of food was tremendous, with leftovers making a wonderful full dinner the next day! The quality of the food and the flavor were excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was more like a bar than restaurant, with kickboxing on two televisions being aired. The ala carte menu was extensive and inviting. I'm sure we'll be back!

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very helpful in offering what was a chef's special. She was also great with the timing
of each course and did not make us feel rushed. I feel like we could spend time enjoying the food and
wine or come in for a quick bite before or after a movie. Excellent food and service.

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AM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was passing by San Mateo at lunch time and being hungry went to Three Restaurant near me. I was asked if I have a reservation, said no, so they asked me to wait. Sitting there I remembered the Open Table app on my phone, so I used it and sure enough there was an opening within 10 min. I made the rez, and approached the host " I do have a rez now". Believe it or not, he said that it is not OK, because I just made it. I would say it is great that I just made it, this is the 21st century people! Get on it! After a short debate about it, we got a table and had an wonderful lunch! Exciting huh!

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I keep trying to make this place work but each time I am so disappointed. The breakfast menu is good, maybe I will just stick to breakfast. I made reservations, we got the back are for a table of 7. The waitress was just not attentive... didn’t stop by to check on us, the food came out super late, she didn’t want to split the bill between two credit cards because we didn’t give the exact amount we wanted on each card. She was annoyed that she had to use a calculator to add two items and the tip on one card and the rest on the other. She didn’t care for us... which is fine.

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L
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor and comfortable setting. The wait staff was very attentive and always made sure I had ice water and asked the table if they needed refill on their cocktails and never forgot about us. The food was very good and the portions were perfect. Getting setting to catch up with old friends, had a great time and would good back.

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

The food was good but not exceptional. I probably won’t go back. It was just ok. Our waitress was great. The specialty drinks were very good. I would recommend it for drinks and appetizers. Bar is cute.

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g
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clam chowder ranks among some of the best I've ever had. The meatloaf is amazing -- you won't regret ordering it.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

This restaurant has not decided whether they want to be a restaurant or sport bar. Food is not great but expensive for what it is. I will not go back.

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L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our meal was delightful. Three has a diverse menu, so that anyone can find something delicious to eat. They also rotate their menu, to reflect seasonal changes.

And.....Monday is happy hour all day. Who doesn't love that?

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Had lunch here on 1/21/19. I had a 1pm reservation, but we weren’t seated until 1:20pm even though we arrived 10mins early. Our server wasn’t particularly nice and left us unattended after taking our order. We had to go to the back to find someone to bring us a check. Disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the waffle and fried chicken. Very good!

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KH
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We needed a comfort food meal and both had the amazing burger.
Our server was so friendly and efficient.
The perfect end to a long week.

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T
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service at the bar was super friendly and knowledgeable. The burger was tasty. We enjoyed our time at Three.

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GF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

When we arrived ,the background music was too loud for conversation. The manager reduced the volume. HOORAY!

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service !!!

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SK
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

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