Trailblazer Tavern

4.3
130 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.
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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The space and the ambiance is great. The food is pretty good, but it may be a tad overpriced.

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

The food is really salty. Ordered chicken and short rib. Cannot even finish because of the saltyness

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not waste your money at this place. Michael Mina’s name should not be attached to this restaurant.
Staff were very nice, service was disjointed and completely scattered, food was meh, drinks were horrible. For a MM restaurant and over $100/head, I expected way more.
Don’t bother!

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent - a wonderful twist to the classic Hawaiian dishes. The flavors and textures were unique in each dish - the "spam musubi", butterfish, kim chee fried rice were particular standouts. The service was excellent - our server treated us like the only guests in the restaurant and took time to explain all the menu options. The only area for improvement would be the atmosphere - unfortunately the restaurant is located in one of the Sale Force office buildings and the large windows look out on the surrounding buildings. The food deserves a beach or tropical environment, so the contrast was even more apparent. The decor could have been improved by candles at the tables, a ceiling treatment or canopy (very high industrial-looking), and maybe some nice tropical or steel-string guitar music.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I booked on Opentable with notes that it was for our anniversary. The staff had this noted and welcomed us with an adorable greeting card and two glasses of champagne. Our server was wonderful and gave me a great suggestion on a cocktail. Will definitely come again.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting selection of food - the ribeye was AMAZING!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, cocktails and desserts were amazing. The dishes had a depth of flavor and had a unique taste that were extremely delicious. The two desserts we tried which were the creme brûlée and coconut cake were so flavorful and light. Hands down one of the best meals we had in San Francisco!

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recommendation: spam

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AW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

We were seated in the lobby, no ambiance, ugly even. The food was mediocre, was expecting more from a Mina project.
Flavors were good in half of the dishes. The tempura mushrooms were tasteless. The chicken in the lemongrass chicken sandwich was flabby, but the fries were crispy and good.
Won’t go back.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was phenomenal. Standouts were pineapple butterfish, shrimp with coconut rice, and grilled octopus. The restaurant is in an open area, making it extremely loud. Drink were also awesome. My only negative is service was painfully slow. We ordered drinks and apps, waited a LONG TIME, and then the server came over to take our entree order before any drinks had arrived. I ordered a beer when dinner came, and it didn’t come til after we’d finished our food. I think they are still working out the kinks, but the food alone would bring me back. I plan to sit at the bar next time. The bar is enclosed and looks more comfortable than the dining room. And drinks will come quicker!

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L
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a birthday. They greeted us with a card signed by staff and gave us a complimentary dessert with a candle. The service was great!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is very high-quality Hawaiian inspired cuisine, done very well. The atmosphere, being in the lobby of a Salesforce office building is strange, at best. But overall, the service was good and food was excellent. A very solid option and not extremely expensive (for the market). Well done and I would return.

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DH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The location is very unexpected as it’s located on the mezzanine of an office building. The dining area is located outside on the mezzanine and the bar is located in an enclosed area. So the ambience was not one that I could give a high rating too. However, being from Hawaii, I was very pleasantly surprised by how excellent the ahi poke was.The Unagi and butterfish arancini though being small bites were very tasty and I would order it again if I go back. As with the poke bowl. I’m a real stickler for raw fish being fresh and they ahi was very fresh. But the highlight of the night was the Miso butterfish. It was one of the best butterfish I have ever tasted. Definitely choose this. My friend and I shared and the food was substantial enough for 2. Only thing I could not recommend is the lumpia. The wrap was not flaky and more like a wonton wrapper. Otherwise, I would go back.

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LC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the food was quite good. We sat inside the bar area which had a private Sales Force event. Noise level was on par for a fun night with close coworkers. If talking business, recommend sitting outside the bar.

Service was excellent.

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SG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Butter fish was great. Service was phenomenal!

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RD
Vietnam
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing but the portion size can be very small depending on which meal you order within the mains! Ambiance and service were excellent! Recommend this place - 4 star

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Slightly odd that the crispy fish sandwich was served with wet slaw. It demanded we eat it quickly ahead of the appetizers once the sandwich was served.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaurant. Who knew it was there? Amazing food and great service! What a way to end a Saturday night! The butterfish is out of this world - in fact there was nothing that we tried that we did not like. The coconut desert is to die for! Will definitely return to try more. Way to Go Michael Mina and Team at Trailblazer!

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious interpretation of Hawaiian food. Wonderful poki. Miso butterfish was outstanding.

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DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great experience for a group of 8. Initial service was slow - drink order arrived after appetizer order. Dessert was awesome! We tried them all!

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MZ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I took my partner there for his birthday to surprise him with tickets to Hawaii. I wanted it to be themed and thought this would be a great place to start. We were seated at our table and he was given a birthday card signed by members of the staff wishing him a happy birthday!. That was an amazing and thoughtful touch.
Our server Brianna was very helpful with recommendations for all the dishes we ordered. I tried the huli huli chicken which was delicious, my partner had the pot roast. Both really flavorful and descent portions. The dessert was chocolate cake with gold leaf and lilikoi sorbet. Amazing. I had two cocktails the Snow Goddess which was just ok and the Lilikoi Old Fashion which was quite delicious. The only part of the experience that I felt was underwhelming was the space itself. Located in the lobby of Salesforce East, it's cold and bare. And an awful white light above the elevator. I would have put a softer hue like a light purple or green. It's a glaring white. The place does not feel intimate or warm at all. However, overall, a great meal.

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

Staff had difficulty with a list provided with food allergies. Food was over salted, more so than normal in my experience and more typical of a lower tier restaurant. We didn’t have any alcohol and our meal was still $170 for two people (before tip) who ordered dishes “as recommended”.

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Slow service. Brought the wrong items out. Overpriced.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but the place was noisy and a bit cold, as it is in the lobby of a tall building and it is all open. I would also say that it is a bit overpriced.

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JK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Trailblazer has quickly become One of my favorite dining spot in the financial district. The food is delicious and the servIce exceptional

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service & staff are all friendly and attentive.
This is definitely a regular dining place for me.
Mahalo nui loa.

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K
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service were excellent. Portions are very small and very expensive. Butterfish & short ribs were exceptional.

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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My expectations weren't high even though I knew Trailblazer has had great reviews - after all, I wondered, what was a non-Hawai'ian going to do with local food? I had the prix-fixe lunch ($37/3 courses with choices for each course). First of all, it's not just ethnic Hawai'ian good but fusion of all the great local cuisines (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc). I had the crab-cucumber sunomono (lots of crab!), short rib "pot roast" which included lotus root (yum) in a nice teriyaki sauce and the macadamia choc chip cookies - all ono! Tr the non-alcoholic drinks - the coconut-lime one is maika'i no!

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FF
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is located on the second floor of Salesforce Building. Spacious dining room is divided into two sections with a Hawaiian theme. The bar is located to the right as you entered...a much dimmer area. We chose to sit in the bright patio section by the windows facing the busy street. Right away we saw the special prix fix lunch menu of the day which consists of three courses for $35 which is perfect for our budget and our stomach. I chose the Unagi and Butterfish Arancini with Nori Tsukudani, Kabayaki Mustard as my first dish, which was scrumptious. The arancini comes in three rice balls. It was warm, crispy and tasty. Second dish was the entrée of Short Rib Pot Roast with Lotus Root, Salisfy, Nitsuke, Black Truffle Soy. It was well-seasoned, tender and succulent. The fried lotus root gives the dish an extra crunch. I especially enjoyed the variety of braised root vegetables that were placed underneath the pot roast which gave balance. Dessert dish was the Strawberry Hibiscus Shave Ice with Haupia Tapioca, Mochi Ice Cream, Coconut Sorbet. It was very colorful and well presented in a clear pedestal dessert glass...a perfect choice. Very refreshing, delectable, delicious and an excellent way to close a meal. This prix fix three courses were more than enough food for us. We still had leftovers to take home. Service was wonderful, attentive and efficient. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.

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LD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The appetizers and sides were great. The entree’s were not as good. Both of the fish dishes we got were overcooked.

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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and even tastier desserts with hawaiian flavors.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, although pricey. The bill for 2 people came to $170 plus tax, mainly because of the drinks. $25 for a Chardonnay is way too expensive. Also, the server was not very attentive to us despite the fact that the restaurant was not that crowded for lunch. For the prices we are paying, we expect better service.

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not amazing but a bit pricey. I liked the vibe though!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Waiter, Albert and all of the staff were outstanding.a couple of dishes were solid (unagi arancini and miso butterfish), a couple of dishes whiffed (sauce on huli huli chicken was extremely over salted, dessert very forgettable). Will give it another try bc of spectacular service.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my mom's 77th birthday celebration on the Trailblazer Tavern and it was an evening to remember. The Hawiian kitschy cocktails were delicious. The Ahi Poke Nachos were fresh as fresh can be and absolutely delicious. Our dinner was amazing. The Maine Lobster and Red Abalone, Grill Octopus, Moco Loco and the Lua Pork (and impressive table side presentation) were outstanding. The birthday card awaiting my mom, and signed by the staff, was a nice touch.

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MJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After just one visit, Trailblazer Tavern is already one of my favorite restaurants in SF! The service was impeccable and the food was AMAZNG! Every dish was not only prepared wonderfully, but the presentation was beautiful. We love Hawaii and were pleased that, although it was fusion, the foundation of each dish was reflective of Hawaiian fare. I've recommended it and have already given a gift certificate to a friend.

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EA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Super expensive meals are 30+. Main bartender and hostess are quite rude. Overall, wouldn’t come again unless its only for happy hour with 1-2 friends.

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Practically perfect in every way. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, drinks, and desserts.

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GD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great. Service was a little slow.

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