Trailblazer Tavern

4.2
36 reviews
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Hawaiian
Inspired by the lifestyle and culture of Hawaii, Trailblazer Tavern marries the unmatched talent and expertise of the Hawaiian-born-and-bred husband and wife chef duo, Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, with MINA Group’s innovative approach to upscale dining and Salesforce’s “Ohana” culture. This culture embodies the spirit of family, including employees, customers, partners, and the community. The team will draw inspiration from their backgrounds and travels to create a lively gathering place for locals and visitors to dine, imbibe and revel in the heart of San Francisco. (Lunch service to begin on December 10th, Sunday evening dinner service to begin on January 13th.)
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RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great too! I loved all of it! I’d love to go back for happy hour sometime.

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MA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After reading Jessica Yadegaran's review in the San Jose Mercury, I was eager to try this restaurant's cuisine. My friend and I had a comfortable table in the back (far less noisy than the front) for our lunch. Our appetizers were very pleasing: The maitake mushroom tempura paired well with its yuzu dipping sauce, while the five small unagi/butterfish arancini were the big hit - just a wonder combination of flavors and texture, served at right temperature. The huli-huli chicken was tasty and a very nice sized portion. The "daily catch" hoagie with spicy garlic fries was okay but not impressive - the fries needed a lot more garlic. The oxtail stew with peanut risotto was also lacking pop - the pork belly provided unctiousness but the dish needed a more pronounced flavor to elevate it from bland.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service doesn't have their act together. We got seated 20 minutes late, took forever for drinks and food after orders were placed.

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JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Meh. Subpar food and lame ambience. Felt like a Salesforce conference room. This does not live up to a Michael Minna restaurant at all.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here about a month post-opening and the entrees/dessert were impressive (octopus, short rib, coconut cake) as was the "Nobody Touches the Mango" cocktail. The Maitake Mushroom Tempura was a tad on the salty side but service was exceptional and the rest of what we consumed was about as perfect as I could have hoped. I will be back.

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BL
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time for dinner, looking forward to coming back. Food was tasty, well presented and right temperature. Service was just right. We ordered the appetizers: arancini and poke both excellent;, main dishes: octopus , miso butterfish and duck would recommend all except the portion of octopus was small and could have been an appetizer; dessert: Michelle's luscious MW chocolate cake, Brulee label the Trailblazer door on return from the restroom and somehow insulate the wind and cold when the door to the patio is open.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I joined a friend for happy hour and sat at the bar two days prior to taking my daughter out to dinner because they have a kid’s menu. To me, that means they are kid friendly. On the night of our dinner, we weren’t offered a kid’s menu so I asked the hostess and she said they ran out and she was going to print some more. Well, ten minutes passed and no menu. My daughter was hungry and no one came to check on us. After fifteen minutes of waiting, a nice young man came and asked how we were doing and I said “great” and asked for the kid’s menu again. He said he will go get one but he never came back. So I just pulled the menu off their website from my phone so we can go ahead and order. Finally our waiter came and I told him my daughter is hungry and we were ready to order. Drinks cake so slow and when our appetizer finally arrived we were both starving. When my daughter’s meal came, her entree indicated fried rice but what was served with her fish was kimchee fried rice. It wasn’t very spicy but it had a kick to it. That was very disappointing to me because how could you served something spicy to a child? How lame. She ended up not eating the rice. And when I mentioned it to the waiter, he didn’t even blinked...like it was normal to served something spicy to a kid. It seems to me that their lack of attention to details has no excuse since they have a menu.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Nice food. My husband and I shared a few appetizers which were good proportions for sharing. Background music was energetic and a little loud, but no in a was to hinder normal conversation. We came for lunch and it looks like a fun place to meet up with friends in the evening. I would recommend.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

They seem to still be having some growing pains. Only opening 6 weeks ago, they did not have the lunch rush down yet... Food was slow, and I overheard other patrons complaining. Our drinks had to be made a couple times since the server was not clear on the menu and then they were sent to the wrong table.

Food and drink was delicious once we got it! I would not recommend this spot if you're in a rush, but hopefully they will get their feet under them. I will try again in a couple months, and if they aren't any better will never go back.

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T
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding, friendly service, excellent food, fun ambience -- this is a great new addition to the SOMA neighborhood.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We had the Dungeness Crab Lumbia and then the Miso Glazed Honey Butterfish and Short-rib Pot Roast. All were so flavorful. Melt in your mouth type of food. We felt taken care of by the manager of the restaurant, always checking in with us to ensure our food and service were great!! 5 stars for this newcomer! We will be back with our friends!! Thank you for a fun and delicious evening!

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service was very good except for the very stuck up host. She didn't want to seat us even though tables were available on Open Table.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Great butterfish. Very pricey. Too many wait staff

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant staff! We ordered the $35 three course luncheon and felt that it was a great value and delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Portions are very small and quite expensive. Had to order 2 entrees and an appetizer to feel full enough to leave. Burned quite a hole in my pocket. Bar and food quality are good though

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JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and drinks were outstanding. Favorites included the truffle rice and the drink I had which was three kinds of rum and pineapple.

I didn't love the ambiance. It's in one of the Sales Force towers and this sort of creates the feeling of an indoor mall.

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

It’s not as good as their original MW in Hawaii.

We booked a table for 7. They seated us at a table for 6. After having confirmed with us three times via different platforms.

Our table was wobbly.

We waited 30 min for desserts - the restaurant was not busy at this time.

The Kim Chee fried rice was delicious, very unique tasting. But portion is way to small for pricing.

The short rib dish - the veggies tastes better than the meat.

The duck was phenomenal.

Miso butterfish was great.

Oxtail rice was tasty.

Musubi was great - same as MW Hawaii.

Not thrilled but I want to return because MW is my favorite chefs from back home.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time at Trailblazer Tavern! Exceptional customer service and excellent food. I would highly recommend to everyone!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Overpriced cafeteria.. don’t waste your time or money. Feels like a tacky Polynesian-themed restaurant at Disney World. Mina should be embarrassed to have his name on such a pedestrian establishment.

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w
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food not even close to the quality of MW in Honolulu. Ingredients were listed for each course. For couple of the courses, I couldn’t even find or even taste the ingredients.
Extremely noisy being in the upper lobby of the building.
I am chalking this up to just a new restaurant learning. Since it’s only 2 weeks old.

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RJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great service. Wonderful ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It started to

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h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly one of the best meals of my life. Did not expect that.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Even considering the location, brand name, and food quality, it’s a bit overpriced bc of the lack of professionalism. We made a reservation weeks in advance, and they couldn’t organize our table for 20min after the reservation time. Then they had trouble remembering our order, and then a simple round of drinks (honestly just pouring wine or neat liquors) took over 25min. The staff was apologetic, but the lack of organization really dragged down the experience.

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BL
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch, fun atmosphere, attentive service, food innovative with just the right touches, would definitely recommend!!

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BL
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for lunch, great job Michelle and Wade! Spam, Butterfish & poke was excellent, can’t wait to go back next week. Restaurant is light, airy and fun. Service was very attentive. Welcome to Cali, it’s about time!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Did the lunch special, s.p.a.m. is amazing - butterfish was very good. Service was friendly with no hiccups. Loved the idea of the to go cookie bag but they were a bit dry and crunchy for my taste. Overall great experience and food will be back.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A restaurant by Michael Mina? in SF? and Hawaiian theme? YES please! Trailblazer Tavern is in the Salesforce building on Mission St., on the 2nd floor (take the stairs up). The Wiki Wiki menu is moderately priced. The service is great. Our server Andrew is very accommodating and made us feel so welcomed. He meticulously explained each dish and made excellent recommendations. The place is open, airy and artistic. If you plan to come, make reservations. They do get crowded.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service ware great! Going again tonight!

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

spent our 40th birthday here during the first week of opening! service was very attentive and food was on point, loved the poki with avacado and all of the desserts!
thank you for making our day so special

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CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! It's literally in the lobby of Salesforce. We actually liked our appreciated more than anything! Cocktails were fabulous too!

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

Food was good but the staff was still figuring out details since the restaurant has recently opened. Overall good experience. Will go back and recommend to others.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went here for our anniversary because every year we like to try a new spot in town. I was super excited to eat here! When we arrived the host immediately showed us to our table and presented us with a thoughtful “happy anniversary” card. Very nice touch. The table was situated in such a way that the light was shinning right in my eyes so I asked to move. They had zero problems with that. We started with the SPAM and lumpia, they were good. Next we ordered the rib eye and kimchee fried rice to share. Also good. I was disappointed in their drink and wine list, but no biggie there. All in all it was a perfectly okay dinner. New spot and still working the kinks out.

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VF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was exceptional! My favorite was the rib eye steak entree. I ordered medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. Melted in my mouth

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l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food we ordered was each and every one delicious. It is obvious the staff has been very well trained as the service was outstanding and pleasant. Everyone working at the restaurant appeared to be eager to satisfy every need of the customer. Our waiter, Andrew, was very well informed of the cocktails and menu items while being attentive and friendly.

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If you looking for waiting 30 minutes to order and staff that lacks coordination this is the place. Most of the dishes are good. If you're looking for authentic Hawaiian food, you might want to go elsewhere. The poke dish lacked flavor. Their dish with poi was not poi at all (it's a dressing). For the notable stuff, their lau lau was good and has a nice touch to it with the crispy pork skin and inverted taro leave. Their version of spam musubi is more like a piece of house made spam with thin crispy rice on top, not quite a musubi at all but it tasted good.

Overall, not quite worth it, had high hopes but missed some key points of being Hawaiian food. Oh, at least the cocktails are great.

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