Toy Soldier

4.2
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Whether you're looking to have a quick lunch, conduct a business meeting, host a banquet or go on a first date - Toy Soldier's blend of California & comfort cuisine is sure to deliver. We offer a casual & lively atmosphere sprawled across our main dining room, full bar, romantic upstairs lounge & outdoor dining area. We're serving up fun, military-inspired specialty cocktails and a wine program emphasizing Northern California. All libations have a focus on small producers and growers - our regional rotations will explore all the best California has to offer. Most importantly, we're offering up our pride & joy, our home-made beer - Toy Soldier IPA, brewed on-site in our brewery downstairs below the bar.
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3.8
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4.0
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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AQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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

Awesome experience! We had such a great time!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was okay, service was very slow. Wine & beer selection was good.

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KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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JP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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!

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down an incredible place to meet! The staff rocks, the food is incredible, and the vibe is spectacular!

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

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!

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MA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Nothing good to say about this restaurant. Seeing the restaurant empty at 7pm on a Saturday night should have been a clue.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good basic service and food

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l
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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t
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our server Kenya was amazing and the food was great, although it was very loud in the resteraunt due to purple at the bar

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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TI
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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I
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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PJ
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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b
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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SR
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for lunch. Food was great!

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perhaps the room was too dark for us, but our group liked there overall.

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FF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JM
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My only regret is that I waited too long to try it. Great service, amazing food, cool spot. Highly recommend.

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EA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Little too much bread on the sandwich. Little hurried on the service. Pretty good also otherwise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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P
Indiana
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food, cocktails were perfect too. Will be back next time we are in the city

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of different foods. Lobster escargot were delicious!!!

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s
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service. Food came out piping hot and nicely plated. Drink service was a little slow but still acceptable. My first visit. Will go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place to meet up with my girlfriends and have a nice intimate dinner. It’s also nice for a date night (try and get a table up stairs) !!

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J
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

You can check my more detailed review on TripAdvisor. That said, we would definitely return to this hidden find on Belden Place in SF. We actually heard positive comments on this place on both Open Table and Zagat. Apparently, it's relatively new. It's located on this walk street (small, narrow). It's one of a number of side-by-side small restaurants on this street. Think Maiden Lane on a more budget level.

The food was quite tasty and well prepared. We had the grilled salmon, braised short ribs as entrees. We highly recommend them. Toy Soldier's website describe themselves as "american comfort" and we think it fits the description perfectly.

If you are lucky, on certain days and dates they offer any bottle of wine for half off when you order one entree. If you order two entrees, you get two half off bottles. This was really a great feature for us. With or without the half off sale, we would still return and highly recommend it to others.

Interestingly, we made our reservatoins on Open Table website for 4:30 PM. When we arrived, the staff initially told us they weren't open until 5:30 PM? When we mentioned that we made it through Open Table, the reply was to the effect "oh...they were supposed to fix that".

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S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was the main concern. We were repeatedly asked for our order with very slight intervals, then it took much too long for food to arrive, given the light attendance in the restaurant. Our waiter disappeared and we had to ask several others for help. Food was good, tho'.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, nice ambiance, good service. All around great.

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