Trailblazer Tavern

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$31 to $50
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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.

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mmmm
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean, very sanitized, very prompt to assist, extremely friendly, explained every food item that we had, is very conscious about the sitting areas between customers, would totally come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Waitstaff was super attentive and Chef David is a star!

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OpentableDiner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and some of the best service I've experienced in SF in a while. Went with a group of 5 and was able to try a wide range of great dishes. Everything was paced out nicely and set up family style. Loved the Kalbi Short Ribs, Sunomono Crab Salad, Kim Chi Fried Rice, Homemade Spam Musubi. Cocktails were delicious.

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vipSouthParkFoodie
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at Trailblazer on Friday, March 13. Probably because of Coronavirus, the restaurant was not as busy as normal. We both had the multiple course tasting menu and enjoyed it greatly. Its a very reasonable price at $65 each, with a wine pairing at only $15. The multiple appetizers were outstanding as were the main dishes. We were very full at the end of the meal.

We had excellent service for the entire meal.

We will definitely return to this terrific restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy!! Great variety of food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice ambiance, unique drink options, variety of delicious plates you've probably never seen before. Always pleased with the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It just feels corporate-y. No tropical escape happening. Service was outstanding. Food pretty good. Dessert outstanding. Drinks were not craft level.

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vipSidneyM
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, attentive service. Food was tasty and innovative and gave us a chance to eat items that we would normally not be eating. Some food, such as the abalone-lobster-scallop entrée, didn't fil the bill, but the miso-glazed butterfish was excellent. With the Travelzoo coupon, it's a great deal.

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hangry1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Close to work - convenient and delicious. Lots of options for pescatarians.

JB
vipJuneBug
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Incroyable! Tolle! Stupefacente! Fantastisk! Asombroso! ("Amazing" in different languages.)
Definitely will be back!

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vipSFfoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but not worth the high price tags of $30-40 for most entrées (coming from someone very familiar with the reality SF dining prices) — perhaps because it doesn’t match the atrium environment and casual service. The standouts were the appetizers: the ahi tuna poke and the maitake mushroom tempura, both 11/10.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was delicious, the decor is really cool, and bar service was great. Unfortunately wait staff was inattentive throughout the meal and it took a very long time to get the check and leave.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

good atmosphere

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vipvfwander
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the trip!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & atmosphere. Table area is good for meeting friends and getting a bite

CM
vipChristineM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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vipbrucemcdou
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I really want to like Trailblazer: it’s near my office and I like the concept of casual Hawaiian in the downtown. But the menu at lunch or dinner is pretty limited, prices for a full entree seem unreasonable for such a casual setting, and service is inconsistent. I’ll use it as a fallback for business lunch or drinks but still prefer other restaurants that get more things right.

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vipenhill
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We ordered food and 30 mins later chicken came out. It took another 30 mins for beef and broccoli.

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vipSonomafig
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday lunch was made extra special with a greeting card from the staff and special dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday gathering in upscale modern Hawaiian food. It’s all very local moco

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vipDuckieSF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I've had the opportunity to dine here about a half dozen times. This last visit was probably the least enjoyable. The food was ok - not particularly delicious. It was lunch, and not too busy. We waited a long time for our server to first come over and then it was ridiculously slow between courses. The servers were lovely and very nice, however, a 2 hour lunch for a casual lunch - overall, not worth the wait.

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MichaelB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overpriced. Very small portions, but good tasting food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was well prepared and arrived hot. However I think the dishes are overpriced for what you get in comparison to MM other restaurants such as International Smoke or his flagship Michael Mina.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service. Noise level, per usual these days, a bit high.

KG
vipKGJM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu was surprisingly limited (though what we had was fine--nothing to write home about, but fine), the service wasn't super attentive (despite the fact that the restaurant was far from full), and the overall experience was pretty average. I was expecting better.

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NatalieA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super good food and great happy hour, love it here, always room to sit too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our waiter was very strange for lack of a better word. He had an odd demeanor He almost seemed judge mental about us ordering cocktails. The Sommelier was very kind and provided excellent service. We were also pleased with the hostess and other servers that dealt with our table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was very slow and they forgot one of our sides. Our reservation was at 1pm and it felt like we were the forgotten table in the corner.

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Nancy
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious food! The presentation of each dish was beautiful. Service was excellent too! Brought my friend who was visiting from Hawaii and she loved the food!

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vipEastBayFoodie
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve come almost every week and it doesn’t disappoint —great food, service and feel like I’m really away from it all in this little corner of paradise!

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williamm
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very poor. From the hostess that didn't smile once, to the 7-8 minute wait to get greeted at the table. The food was over priced for what you got, and lacked detailed execution in the kitchen. Fries, really! Send the Chef to In and Out Burger for a day, that should help. You can really tell, just from 1 visit, that the staff is inadequately trained and overwhelmed. And I like Mina's restaurants, they just missed the mark on this one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Awful service and two raw chickens.

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vipcasualreviewer
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They served bacon to vegetarians who ordered vegetarian dishes. Didn’t apologize or waive any charges until we asked to speak to a manager (after we paid).

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tinatime
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

You can't slap a celebrity chef's name on a restaurant and then serve mediocre food without people noticing. The porchetta tasted like a pig pen might smell. The potatoes served with the octopus were all but burned to a crisp and the octopus itself was the some of the worst I've ever been served in a restaurant. It was as though they left it under a heat lamp until they were done burning the crap out of the potatoes. Someone who appeared to the manager (he was wearing a suit) described unagi to my fellow diner like this: "it's like we have a fish and the unagi is a part of the fish." Don't even get me started about the blue/green hue emanating from the LED screen in the office lobby--it caused half of the diners to look like they were coming down with something. Maybe they were...

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KatN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always on point for their service and food.

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vipfoodfunluvr
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Overpriced food and unenjoyable dining experience. We did the 10 tastes of Hawaii tasting menu for 2. Shockingly, we were served 6 at once with no time to enjoy the experience. We asked them to slow down repeatedly and the final four were still served together.

Despite there were not that many tables filled, we felt like we were rushed through what should have been a wonderful meal. We will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great. Good experience. Support staff and managers were very knowledgeable.

CA
CaroleA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ran out of their signature pork dish on a Saturday at 7pm, also ran out of the steak. Food was good but nothing extraordinary.