Trailblazer Tavern

4.3
71 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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KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food doesn’t taste great.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 12, 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 12, 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 10, 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
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday, engagement and new jobs!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 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 5, 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 3, 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food inventive and flavorful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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 February 1, 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 February 1, 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 February 1, 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 31, 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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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The best fancy/fusion Hawaiian food I've had outside of Hawaii!

This new Hawaiian restaurant is on the second floor of one of the Salesforce Towers (no, not that one) and the decor is somewhere between hotel tiki bar and Rainforest Cafe. I'm a huge fan of kitschy tiki bars and decor and so I wanted them to go big with it, but their half-way attempt at decor was just kinda sad and awkward. And, while I was seated almost immediately after showing up (even though I arrived a few minutes before my reservation), I sat at my table for quite awhile before anyone came over to me to offer water or anything else. After that initial hiccup the service was mostly good, though there were a few long stretches of no one coming by (and even though the restaurant was crowded, it wasn't packed and there seemed to be a lot of wait staff). The GM, Jerry, came over and chatted with me for a bit at the end of my meal, which I always think is a classy touch, and he seemed like a nice guy.

OK, now that that's out of the way, on to the epic food and drink! I had the HRS cocktail, and I know I'm a tiki drink snob and all, but the drink was meh and just as expensive as anything you get at a top tiki bar. However, they did have a decent beer selection, including a few from Maui Brewing which you don't see too often outside of Hawaii, so that was nice. As for food, I went during SF Restaurant Week and did the special menu for that.

First up was the S.P.A.M. Musubi. I've had a lot of Spam Musubi in my day, including some fancy, avant-garde versions, but this one was the best non-standard one I've ever had. Instead of Spam it was very nice smoked pork meatloaf type stuff and instead of rice there was a little crispy mochi patty on top, then there was a quail egg and a sweet teriyaki-style sauce drizzled on top, and the plate had 3 of these little guys! The flavors were awesome and the portion was quite big.

Next I had the huli-huli chicken which was 3 large chunks of nicely grilled chicken wi

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a
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This would be fine for a fun happy hour get together as it has a loud, lively atmosphere, but for the price, there are other places I'd rather dine. The food is tasty, but portions were small and all of us left hungry. Typically love Hawaiian happy hour cocktails, but there was nothing to satisfy those of us looking for mango/passion fruit/pineapple/guava flavored cocktails. Service was fabulous until we got to dessert, then service became very slow...

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JT
Hawaii
72 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is going to be a hit if it isn’t already. Great innovative menu, great ingredients and very well prepared! We sampled all around this menu and everything was excellent. Ahi poke with avocado is a must have appetizer. The homemade spam musabi was a great take on Hawaiian food. We also tried the snapper, the posh and the chicken. All were excellent. And Co-owner Michelle’s desserts are outstanding. The service was casual and friendly but very attentive. Wine list was a great match for the food.

While the setting is lively, there is enough space between tables that you can have a conversation and not have to talk over the people at the next table.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is nice
The setup is cool with big windows.

Unfortunately we were placed in a booth where we were almost hiding and didn’t get to enjoy the open part of the restaurant. Yes we did have a reservation.

The food is good but I really think it is overpriced.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Feels like you’re in an office cafeteria. Cavernous.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our new favorite spots, the food is fantastic and the service is very gracious! Really interesting menu and inventive drinks!

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CG
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Cross 3-course pre fixe is perfect for lunch. The meal was filling and we were finished with lunch in 45 minutes.

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SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is pretty good, but overpriced for what it is.
Overall restaurant ambience is good.
Service is great.

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and the service and will be a repeat customer. The only critical feedback I would have is that there should be more flexibility in changing something about the food you're ordering. Example, if a person is allergic to Shrimp and still would love to order the dish and requests to replace Shrimp with Chicken, that should be accommodated.

Other than that, my experience has always been wonderful here.

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JC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Fun location at the heart of Salesforce corners... Micheal Mina's menu does not disappoint. The heart of palm and crab salad was terrific!

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RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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
5 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
33 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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