Trailblazer Tavern

4.4
87 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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DY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is great. The only thing I can say, is knowledge about where to park on the website would be helpful. 45+ minutes to find parking when one is "clueless." Thank you for an outstanding meal!

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TK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butterfish was delicious. Excellent service.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Salesforce backpackers, rude, self centered. But, the best waitstaff, sommelier, general manager and staff we’ve ever seen.
Then the food — spectacular. Go for the food and the staff. Not to be missed. Just no backpack or attitude.

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went with my friend for her birthday. Once we were seated, she was handed a nice birthday card signed by the staff and later received a delicious dessert. Definitely the highlight of our meal. The cocktails are creative and good...but you can get better tiki cocktails at other places in SF. We shared the fried chicken (not your usual fried chicken) that’s really make your own lettuce wraps, poke nachos (best of all the food) and the lau lau pork which is presented nicely, but make sure you order a side to go with it because it really is just a big plate of meat. I’m not rushing to go back, but we did enjoy our time there.

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s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to celebrate any event. Wait staff is excellent, food was delicious and presentation was very good. The ahi nachos are a must have starter. Very good selection of Hawaiian beers.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love their spam musubi (with quail egg on top). Don't worry it's not spam from a can. I actually asked this to the server, they make their own luncheon meat.

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KK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

food was excellent. we had a large party and enjoyed all of the items that we ordered. Service was a bit slow and was disappointed with the ambiance. Would like to see this restaurant in a different space.

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TB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I definitely recommend Trailblazer Tavern. The food was very good. While the menu is limited, it has a number of interesting choices (homemade SPAM anyone? - I actually thought it was excellent). My duck was cooked perfectly.

The wine list is pretty basic, but the beer selection is reasonable, and probably a better pairing for the food. Service was prompt, friendly and helpful. The main dining area was quite noisy, but we were seated in a side room which was much quieter and conversation was not a problem. The ambiance is pleasant, but nothing special.

Give it a try.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were fantastic. The dishes were so well executed and the service was warm and attentive. The poke nachos, and both the shrimp and butterfish entrees were particularly outstanding. Really enjoyed our lunch. The cocktails look great too but we didn’t have any at lunch. Next time!

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food great but the venue was extraordinarily loud. I would not go in a group larger than 2 as it's hard to hear anyone else in the restaurant. A lot more plants or sound dampening would help a lot.

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SS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY pricy, but good quality. Way overstaffed, so service is very good. They make the most of their location (building lobby)

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k
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

If you want to hang out with your friend(s), enjoy good food & cocktails and not worry about fumbling for conversation then head over to Trailblazer Tavern. The music is super loud so pop in your ear plugs and enjoy the outstanding limpia, escarole and spam toast (yes, it's delish) in muffled peace.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Overpriced. Shrimp dish was tasteless. Noisy, music too loud. Cocktails tasted like no alcohol in them.

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D
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fun place for lunch - a chance to try some different flavors. It was all fantastic. Service was perfect.

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RW
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a lively setting. The night we were there, there was a private party so only experienced the outside "lobby" dining area, not the interior. Excellent, friendly service, delicious food in a Hawaiian theme. Delicious from start to finish.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Way too slow to get food out. Food was ok but not great

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KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and great service, would definitely come again and recommend to friends!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food doesn’t taste great.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around, except for the noise level. Food was great! Nice presentation and delicious. Enjoyed the crab lumpia's and poke nachos.
I ordered the Butterfish entree and it was fantastic, almost melt in your mouth textured.
For desert, try the coconut cake...sooo good.
Intend to return soon...
Service was very prompt and excellent as well...Thank you, Trailblazer Tavern.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

They still have some work to do on lighting and service staff. You need to hit the mark at this price point

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For the price we paid, and for being a Michael Minna restaurant, we expected more from this establishment. Food was good, cocktails were excellent, waiter was non-existent. I would come back for drinks at the bar; however, $14 per drink adds up quickly :/ I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to share for this establishment.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and drinks were delicious. Service was slow, drinks took a long time, dishes didn’t come out at the same time for the four of us, and the salad we ordered to share didn’t come at all.

Flavors were wonderful but the service left something to be desired.

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

Food and service were good. It was cold in the restaurant and quite noisy as well.

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MY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, experience and food were absolutely awesome. I felt valued, full and had a great time. It was definitely a pricey night out but so it goes in SF. All in all, look forward to returning and truly enjoyed the time.

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OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We waited about 45 minutes for our food from the time we ordered. I know it's a new place but with competition being so great in the restaurant industry, this is one of the basics that need to be in place right from the beginning. It could mean whether a patron returns or not with all the choices in SF.

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f
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great overall experience, trendy spot. A little off putting initially to be in the sales force tower but Michael Mina delivers. Had the ahi tuna, steak, huli chicken and miso butterfish. All the dishes were delicious and well prepared. Desserts were also a treat. Coconut cake was a bit too sweet for my liking but my friend and husband loved it. We had a dessert on the house as well- strawberry shaved ice. It was the highlight of the desserts. Highly recommend this place. Not to mention, our server was a gem.

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DB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael Mina does his usual excellent job in this new venue in the Salesforce Tower. Don't miss the shave ice!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday, engagement and new jobs!

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

Bar service was slow but servers/bussers were very attentive and helpful. Some items were misses (e.g. fried chicken, shrimp--too garlicky), but some are great (musubi, ribeye, coconut cake). I get there's a Salesforce connection, but it feels a little like eating inside a Dreamforce booth.

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JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing overall...of all the Mina group restaurants, I have to say this was not a favorite. Food OK at best. Dessert was actually a highlight. Service solid, friendly

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

it was a really fun place. We took my two nieces and the loved it. the decor is very cool and it is right across from the Salesforce Tower. Theaters was adorable and she made it all the more fun. She made a few mistakes, i.e. she forgot two items and we almost didn't get them but my niece thought to ask. The food was just OK although the servings were generous. My husband and I agreed that it was a good time, but we have no need to go back. I was surprised because I had not been to a Michael Mina place in a long time. I can of expected the food to be special. Some of it was really salty!

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p
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food inventive and flavorful!

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

Everything took about ten minutes or longer. We had a reservation at 7, and arrived about 15 minutes earlier. Didn’t get seated til about 7:10. Drinks took a while to come out. Entrees came out separately from the two. And it took 10 minutes to drop off the check after requesting and another 10 minutes to get our card back.

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

Excellent food and lovely ambiance.

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Ceviche was incredibly tasty and fresh and our waiter gladly brought us extra chips to go with it.

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We're older so the "Vibrant" lunch scene in SalesForce territory with all the 30somethings was a bit energetic .....the ambiance in the Bar would be a better fit for older quieter folks :)

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to visit for the last day of restaurant week, i was surprised how busy it was for a Thursday night! I made reservation for 745, got there around 735. Was greeted by a very nice gentleman and was told the table is available but needs to be cleared out and it would take 15 mins (absolutely no problem). Waited a little over 10 minutes and was kinda ready to get seated (since no one attended to me at the bar and people did not move after getting their drinks). Asked the hostess whether the table is ready and she’s like we need to wait another 15 minutes since they need to sit a big party first. First, I personally dont think it’s acceptable to make a party that made reservation wait 30 mins. Secondly, she was not courteous and did not offer my party any other options (water, started on appe, etc) and maybe I am bias but she definitely avoided eye contact after I said i been waiting more than 15 mins and am hungry. Luckily, the nice gentleman we met in the beginning saw us and seated us immediately. Later we found out he’s the general manager. He is absolutely great. My server was very nice but unfortunately made several mistakes (make sure to check ur bill). Butterfish is DELICIOUS but definitely not enough for a hungry person lol I personally would come again for the happy hour since food items are kinda of pricey but worth a try. service is kinda all over the place but I would go back in another 3 mos after they smooth out their kinks.

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IT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for my birthday dinner with my mom and sister for restaurant week. Service was great and food was good. The Lau Lau was a bit salty and they forgot to give us our leftovers on our way out, but the short ribs and desserts were my favorite part.

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O
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

5:30 reservation on a Thursday in main dining area (bar was packed with happy hour crowd). It's in an open corner of a Salesforce building, some decoration, but honestly feels very much like you're eating in a fancy office building. Not in any way "cozy" and feels a bit bare. Service is generally good, but I found the sheer number of staff and especially multiple managers to be a little smothering. I prefer it to be a little more understated.

Got 3 drinks, the Resting Beach Face is very strawberry-focused, tasted pretty good, but not that interesting. Peepyopee was by far my favorite, also a bit sweet but with a nice brightness from the plum wine and a creamy mouth feel perhaps from the avocado washed gin, along with a hint of brine from the kombu vermouth. Nobody Touches the Mango was a combo that didn't really work for me.

For food, Spam Musubi was an interesting take, perfectly cooked quail eggs, but I wanted a bit more crisp from the mochi crust, and overall just a bit too much sweetness here (wanted more savory). Not badly done, just not my taste. Huli Huli Chicken was a bit of a disappointment. Chicken was moist & tender, but otherwise lacking in much flavor. A rather boring sauce, again sweet-savory to me, simplistic and uninspired dish IMO.

I got to try 2 desserts, Strawberry-Hibiscus Shave Ice, which I quite liked, even more so than the actual dessert that came with the Restaurant Week menu. This was tart-sweet in a good way, with some nice textural elements. The Coffee & Cream Shave Ice was quite similar in basic concept, but I found it to be a bit more one-note, and while it had the gelees in it with more texture, they were a bit bland and a tad too firm.

Not sure if I'll return, at least for now. Maybe with time they'll polish things up, put a little more variety in the cocktail menu, and the service will feel more smooth, with less oversight from managers. But it will be harder to address the overall atmosphere issue given the space they have.

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

Trailblazer was awesome! Loved the ambiance and the service was excellent. The food was suuuper tasty and presentation was great too! My girlfriends and I sat out on the terrace, and really enjoyed ourselves. Great selection of unique cocktails that were delicious! We will definitely be coming back!

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