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Toy Soldier was a fun dinner. The menu is somewhat limited, but the food is excellent. I had the deviled eggs - which were spicy and delicious; and the warm Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, which was outrageously good. One other guest had the beef Stronganoff, which he said was excellent. Another had the meatballs as an appetizer, and they were HUGE and tasty. Their beer list is more than adequate; I had a great Czech pilsner that I had never had. We ate in the bar area, because they were hosting 2 different private parties the night we went. But, what put Toy Soldier over the top was the fabulous service. The waitress and bartender were fantastic, incredibly sweet and attentive. It was a really nice experience, and I would highly recommend Toy Soldier!
Excellent menu, well-prepared... Ownership / Management rightfully proud of the place, taking great care to welcome and seat... Service, a tad on the negligent side...empty glasses and bottles can sit for 15 - 20 minutes before one is able to catch the waitress' attention for a refill, and there was no "how is it?" after tasting...thus, getting salt became a quest...
Will definitely return; the food is pretty darn great.
Very disappointing meal. Requested the burger with no dairy to touch the food. The waiter was obviously not listening to what I said and too interested in mimicking my accent! The food arrived with cheese on the burger. I sent it back then after they came back with the burger I noticed the fries had parmesan cheese flakes. Again the food was sent back. Finally the food arrived but my companion had finished her lunch. She enjoyed her meal, unfortunately I couldn’t because the waiter was too lazy to listen.
just recently found this place. Have gone there twice in the past month. Food is really good, but menu is somewhat limited. Look forward to hanging out at the bar sometime soon. staff is very friendly and a real line place. Up stairs was quite but a bit cold, prefer sitting down stairs in the action.
Reserved a table for Valentine's Day dinner. Was told they only had booths in the bar area available ( near the cold door). Several people came in after us and were escorted upstairs. Food was just ok.
Toy Solider is a must to have dinner!!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone because of the high quality of food and service!!!
I had a large group reserved here for my birthday. I called a week before the reservation to confirm a couple things and those items didn't seem to be communicated to the people on-site.
One for example was that I gave a heads-up that my group would want to split the bill in different ways and if that was possible. The person I spoke to on the phone said that was fine and that I just had to let the wait staff know when we got there. The day of when I made the request, the waiters seemed completely surprised by the request and almost did not want to do it unless we divided ourselves by a singles table and a couples table. At least it worked out in the end.
From my group, everyone mentioned the food was so-so. Nothing super impressive, especially for the cost of it. I got the crab spaghetti where the pasta was plain, but crab meat and vegetables were very salty.
Not that I wouldn't recommend Toy Soldier to a friend, but I just had nothing to rave about.
Awesome experience! We had such a great time!
This was ok. Felt like we were being rushed for lunch even though it wasn’t full. The warm Brussel sprout salad sounded better than it was.
Food was okay, service was very slow. Wine & beer selection was good.
I was excited to dine here during restaurant week. We made reservations and was seated right away but this is where it went downhill. The restaurant was not busy at all, there were about 3 other parties inside the restaurant and 3 sitting outside, including us.
My date and I both chose our options from the restaurant week menu and each course took over 30+ minutes to come out. I got the meatballs on the bed of polenta and my date got the wedge salad, my meatballs were slightly cold when I tasted it. Once we finished our first course, it took another 30+ minutes for my second course to come out. By this time, we have been at the restaurant for almost 2 hours. Granted my date and enjoyed our time talking and sipping on our drinks, but I felt that the wait time was unnecessary for a meal that could have been done within an hour max. By the time our dessert came out, I had to stop the waiter to get my check, otherwise, I think we would have been there all night.
Overall, I think the food was okay, nothing like I never had at other restaurants. If this is their standard service speed, I highly recommend staying away from this place.
It was a great spot to try for restaurant week! Great prices and definitely valuable. Would go back when it’s not restaurant week too.
It was extremely loud, we couldn’t even keep a conversation at the table. Could also tell they were very understaffed. Food was good, but very expensive for very small portions.
We went here for restaurant week and the food was fantastic! However, they only had two waitresses on staff for the Friday of restaurant week. These two waitresses were also the two bartenders and two hostesses. We watched all the tables around us get their entire three course meals before we even got our appetizers. The two women were working really hard but I don't know why the management didn't put more people on staff considering the restaurant was filled and had multiple big parties. I wish the service was better because the food was amazing!
Hands down an incredible place to meet! The staff rocks, the food is incredible, and the vibe is spectacular!
We have been to Toy Soldier a few times, and have always enjoyed each experience. Franz and Lio always make sure that we have an amazing time there with interesting food and wine selections with a fun ambiance. We have met some great people there too. Cheers!
Nothing good to say about this restaurant. Seeing the restaurant empty at 7pm on a Saturday night should have been a clue.
Menu was enticing, it was what lured us to Toy Soldier. However, the reality of the food was a real letdown. Steak was over cooked and salmon was under cooked. Waiter must’ve been having a bad day, as he had no personality. Seemed like it was a bother to be serving us. Oh well! Our money is their loss! Won’t be heading back there, ever.
Good basic service and food
The jalapeno, asparagus, crab pasta was awesome and I would also highly recommend the lobster "escargot". The staff was very accommodating of our schedule and all request. Felt like we were in a best friends kitchen all food was completely made to order and came out piping hot and fresh.
When we arrived, we were seated in the quiet upstairs dining area. That quickly changed. It appears that a party had been scheduled for the upstairs dining area. Our quiet birthday celebration turned into a boisterous event with our being the odd couple stuck in the middle. The other diners in the room left quickly. If the management knew a party was coming, why did they put other diners in the room?
The food was ok but the portion size and flavor was not worthy of the price. The service was slow - they were more concerned with serving drinks to the insatiable thirst of the party guests.
Our server Kenya was amazing and the food was great, although it was very loud in the resteraunt due to purple at the bar
While the crab pasta dish that I got was good, the bread that they brought to the table was cold as was the butter, so you couldn't spread the butter and the bread was tough and hard to eat. They need to serve hot bread in the basket and offer room-temperature, spreadable butter.
I was dining solo before a show at the Curran and got the mussels to start (whoops—it’s definitely meant for two) and the bass as the entree. Solid food, accommodating and prompt staff, and cheerful vibe all around. Would recommend for a small group gathering.
We were a group of 8. We enjoyed the bar, the vintage feel, and the food was excellent. We agreed that this was the best meal we've had in SF. We'll definitely be back. The only negative was that it is a bit hard to find, but WELL worth the search!
It was quite loud.
The bread tasted like it had been previously frozen or left out to get stale. The bread on my burger was dry and there was too much of it. The parm fries barely had any parm on them.
The cherry in my manhattan was a marachino, not luxardo.
The pear cocktail, that was delicious.
The chocolate mousse - excellent.
Went to this place to celebrate my birthday based on the great Yep reviews. How could so many people be so wrong? I guess the take away is never go to a popular lunch establishment for dinner?
Terrible service. Below average cocktails. Ridiculously slow service. Subpar food. Did I mention the service was horrendous?
Everything on the lunch menu here is tempting. Our party loved the crab sandwiches, and the beef stroganoff was declared to be the best ever tasted.
The service was very friendly; the decor is fantastic. We will definitely return.
Went here for a work lunch and it was *delicious* - the food was outstanding, although the menu was pretty slim. The server was a bit aggressive and talked back to us after we asked "too many questions" which was honestly quite offputting. We had a large party and thus a mandatory tip %, so apparently this means we don't deserve good service. Otherwise, good food and ambiance.
Had a nice dinner with an old friend here from out of town. It's in a delightful spot a little alley with a heated outside patio out front. So there's somewhat of a European vibe, the food was very good and the waiter was attentive and had some good recommendations on wine and what to eat. All in all a very strong performer.
This is a great little Bistro in an alley. The Host was very welcoming. Food was very good. .y client's salmon sandwich looked deelish. Waiter was just okay, although the Busboy was great
Went for lunch. Food was great!
Perhaps the room was too dark for us, but our group liked there overall.
The food is delicious, the service is warm, friendly and knowledgeable, they have a full bar and great wines, there's just so much to like. Looking forward to many more enjoyable meals at Toy Soldier!
My only regret is that I waited too long to try it. Great service, amazing food, cool spot. Highly recommend.
Tasty food. Fast lunch and easy to settle in. The service was efficient, but a little blunt. Like slamming the bill on the table. No bedside manner there! Anyway, I have been a couple of times to Toy Soldier and find the food delicious. Meatball appetizer is great.
Little too much bread on the sandwich. Little hurried on the service. Pretty good also otherwise.
We had a party of 20 and I was able to make a reservation easily. They checked to confirm the reservation and also called a couple of days later to see how everything was. The food, wine, and drinks were great and very reasonably priced. We were seated in a great, private area upstairs. It was the perfect place for our event. The server did a great job handling our group and was nice enough to take photos etc. Definitely a spot I recommend and would return to.
Great service and food, cocktails were perfect too. Will be back next time we are in the city
Great selection of different foods. Lobster escargot were delicious!!!