Villon

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Villon is a sophisticated all-day restaurant and lounge at San Francisco Proper Hotel. We serve creative contemporary American cuisine, rich with unexpected twists and inspiration drawn from San Francisco’s bountiful culinary culture, seasonal ingredients, and global influences. Our “7x7” anthology of 49 original and classic cocktails by BVHospitality pays playful homage to the city’s seven-by-seven-mile area, while a thoughtfully curated wine and beer list spotlights regional California and international selections. Situated in the restored historic lobby of a nearly 100-year-old building, Villon spans three distinct spaces by world-renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler.

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

This is bit of a parody of modernist cooking - the portion sizes are ridiculous at any price and certainly at the price charged here. If you're looking for modernist cuisine, you'd do better for lunch - much much much better - at Mourad. It's no more expensive; it's better (they have a Michelin star) and the portions are doable. This doesn't totally surprise me - I was a fan of the chef when he was at his last restaurant, but the service there was also arrogant and pretentious. Don't get me wrong - it's better than food in a flyover state but it's not sensational enough for the attitude. Over there, we got the tasting menu and a bottle of expensive wine for my birthday and got rushed out because they said someone else had a reservation - they never told us the timer was set when we sat down.
Some details: the crab starter with, among other things, seaweed was o-kay, but about three tablespoons for about $18. The tempeh sandwich was good, but teeny-tiny amount of tempeh and tons of bread. On the upside, all of the service was terrific, and it's beautiful. If you were in another city, or if you are anorexic, this could be the place for you. But at this price, in this city, there are tons of better places.

TL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful. Even concessions to California standards didn't hurt this modern take on classic French cuisine.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my fifth time at this restaurant and I keep coming back and bringing friends to share in the fun. Each time I receive exceptional service and have a wonderful dining and taste experience. Thank you to Jens and Antonio for welcoming us and treating us so beautifully!

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend and I had dinner there before a show - it's conveniently located to a couple of theaters. We really enjoyed our meal. We were short on time, so the waitress made a point of getting the food to us as quickly as possible. Everything was very good, but brussels sprouts were a favorite. Well, those and the Umbrellas drinks. Really glad we made reservations, too, because it's a popular place.

c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We went for dinner before a show. Our waitress was excellent at explaining the menu and for keeping us on track to be out on time. The restaurant was very busy and quite loud. The truffle rolls with cultured butter are amazing. The Brussel sprouts were very good, but had a puddle of very sweet sauce on the bottom. Other dishes were a bit bland.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for second year running! Love Villon!!!

MC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Creative and unique new American fare. Good wine list making it perfect for special occasions. Friendly staff that provides excellent service. Large portions at an reasonable price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food. Great flavors and combinations. Highly recommend

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The service was a little scattered but the tea selection was also limited - there were quite a few heavy teas

JK
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I really enjoyed our afternoon tea at Villon. The tea and the scones were the highlights of the service. The rest of the pastries were lovely as well - they're just not my cup of tea. ;) The scones and pastries were delivered in beautiful abundance on a two-tier stand. The opening course of finger sandwiches was nothing to write home about. If we return to Villon for afternoon tea, I might just order the tea and the scones and leave perfectly satisfied. The service was friendly and generous - we were offered complimentary prosecco along with our tea since we were celebrating my birthday! Afternoon tea is served in the lobby area, which is chic and beautifully decorated. Just mind where you're seated if it's a cool day as the wind blows right in off the street as other guests enter and exit.

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We had breakfast at Villon, pre-matinee. The dining room is lovely, and the ambiance is great. Service was spotty (the waiter was attentive at first and then disappeared). The food was the real issue. We ordered The California and The Villon breakfasts. Th California was billed as eggs, avocado and farm salad. We ordered a side of toast. The 'salad' was literally two pieces of baby frisee on top of mashed avocado with one roasted tiny new potato. This was served with another half avocado on top of more mashed avocado. I love avocado, but this was just silly --and really wasteful. We had to send the eggs back to the kitchen, as they were undercooked (ordered over-medium), and the toast still arrived 5 minutes after the rest of the breakfast. Definitely won't recommend it.

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice setting and decorations. The food is good but overpriced. Same for the wine. If you want bread, the only option is two buns for $10!

L
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Invited my English visiting cousin who’s very we’ll traveled. I new Villon would be perfect.
We stayed at the Proper last year and loved having such great meals right in the hotel. Yes, we are senior, love to go everywhere during the day and take it easy in the evening.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant and cool decor, the food was tasty and good presentation. The staff was awesome!
We order the chicken liver mousse which was amazing, as well as the croquets, cod and wagyu beef. Alllll suuuper tasty! Can't wait to be back!

SR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything. I'm a vegetarian, and I had excellent options for every course. Interior Design and ambiance are fantastic. I will definitely be back soon!

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was AMAZING - we did the pre fix menu before seeing Hamilton . The food was excellent we did a wine pairing which was so fun and the service was impeccable - we would totally go back and recommend to friends

EG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was perfect!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out wedding dinner was here. It was perfect!

GB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I came to Villon for high tea, we were seated in what seemed like a lobby area in chairs that were not intended or dining. If I sat all the way back in the chair I was 3 feet from the table. The table was barely large enough for two diners to have tea service at, with plates hanging over the edge. The service was ok, not very attentive, but I think that's fine for tea service as mostly people just want to chat. The food in the service was quite good, though I do think the tea sandwiches were sparing. The price listed on the menu did not reflect the final bill (on my companions menu the service we ordered was $50, on mine it was $60, and we were actually charged $65). Overall it was ok, but I won't be back.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just came for drinks but they figured out that we have a birthday in our group and they sent us a really nice dessert for free. We were really happily surprised by this gesture. Great service and very classy place. We will definitely be back here.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Villon before watching Hamilton which was super convenient since it was just a block away. The ambiance was romantic and interior design was unique and very cool. I have a mild gluten allergy. The menu indicated gluten free and vegan dishes and staff made it easy to accommodate my dietary requirements. The service was excellent and are excited to go back again soon!

L
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was wonderful—the food, wine, service, and ambience were great. It is pricey, but definitely worth the splurge!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by during my over night in San Francisco during my road trip. The place is pretty up scaled, however I did show up in some shorts and a sweatshirt and wasn’t told anything. The staff was very friendly and was knowledgeable about the food and drinks on the menu. I ordered the ribs. OMG!! Amazing had to try another item. I ordered the Sablefish. Great! And I tried the shrimp agnolotti. The food will have you going back for more and more! I cannot recommend this more!! I’ve travel to 23 states and 10 countries and I’ve only ate at one other place I would recommend this much. Also, it will not hurt your wallet to eat here. Trust me, you are getting an wonderful meal!!

BM
London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the design of the room!! The food, our waiter Jim and the whole experience was very nice. I will be back!

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

We had such an amazing server made the meal such a great experience. The portions are very small, the food was very good

LZ
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

.quick lunch before Broadway show, good food and service

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

They menu needs translation as many dishes are pretentiously presented. The end result was often disappointing. Overall am expensive proposition and a bad value.

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love brunch at Villon! The Brussel sprouts with eggs and bacon gravy! YUM!!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Too noisy, food not very good and definitely overpriced. Staff wanted to seat us in a corner next to other diners when the restaurant was all but empty. Finally seated in a bit more private space and immediately, another party was seated right behind us. Obviously seating was for the staff, not the diners. Will never return.

CA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really good. Everything we ordered was excellent. We had cod croquettes, some soup with slow cooked egg, sablefish, and chicken. The cocktail list has a large number of choices. That, however, may be a hit or miss.

LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Villon was excellent. We ordered the Brussels sprouts as a side and it was so good we actually thought of ordering it for dessert as well. I had a glass of a house red - a Sangiovese that was more than drinkable. The ambience was great although the noise level was a bit high for my taste. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter was knowledgeable and was a clear fan of the restaurant. We'll be back.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dapper atmosphere was exceptionally blended with a fantastic and honest service. The crew this evening was just elegant and respectful. Our server's knowledge of both the entree and drink menu was broad and delightful and talking about delightful: the food! The food was over the top and exquisite. All of this takes place in such a gorgeous and stylish setting designed to alluring perfection.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit pricey for the food options but the service was excellent!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I stopped in for post theatre drinks and dinner night out. Villon is stunning-from the interiors to the bar ware, your eyes will enjoy what they see. (And you get the added bonus of experiencing a Kelly Wearstler creation-always glamorous and intentional). The drinks were top notch and perfectly poured. Our dinner was delicious (we ordered five dishes) EXCEPT for the crab dish which we found flat and underwhelming compared to the genius of everything else the kitchen created. Even with that being said, I still highly recommend this sexy spot!

CB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were fortunate to eat here during the new chef’s first menu. It was delicious, with many plant-based options. The potato gnocchi were unbelievable. We dined pre-theater, and they were very attentive to our timeline without us ever feeling rushed. We’d love to return to take our time and explore the menu more.

PH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food and service were both mediocre. Tea selection - compared to other tea services in San Francisco- wasn’t great, and the pots were small considering they weren’t swinging by to refill them. The water wasn’t very hot either. The food was plentiful, so kudos on the serving size, but not memorable either. Loved the hotel lobby though!

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

JT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks, great service, but loud.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service at the bar