Villon

4.5
402 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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LR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food presentation was wonderful and delicious. Glad we made reservations.

PF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu is fairly short, maybe 6 items to choose from for starters and main courses. The server was very helpful, asking about food allergies right at the beginning. For starters my companion had a kale salad and I had some raw fish paired with (I think) shiso leaves and little crunchy spicy bits, and a sort of eggy fishy foam, which all worked very well together. For main course I had the pork chop, well cooked with a very rich sauce/gravy, that came with a spicy salad mixture that really offset the richness of the pork; my companion had duck, which he also liked. The desserts are quite large, probably meant to share, but I couldn't eat most of them because of a nut allergy, so I had the blackberry chocolate dessert, which was blackberry ice cream, blackberries, chocolate sauce, a whole brownie, and a chocolate crispy cookie thing, which was altogether too much, I would have loved it without the brownie. I wish they had had just an ice cream or sorbet dessert to finish the meal more lightly. Final note: they know how to brew proper tea, in a big heavy metal pot, using loose tea.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Villon is a decent option before a show, but I wouldn't make a destination of it. The food was solidly good, but not at the price point. I found the entree portion a bit small. We ordered the Hawaiian bread with the yummy jam, but again, way over priced for one roll. The service wasn't warm and I had to ask for water refills several times. The decor is lovely. The noise level was high, but not impossible for conversation. All in all, I'd eat there if I needed a last minute reservation. Otherwise, there are better options in the area.

DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat before the Theater! Cute, good food, quick service.

GG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fine experience. I liked my dish more than my husband liked his. Great atmosphere and service. i will definitely go back.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely come back! Food and service were great!

DL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Please try the Hawaiian bread, brussel sprouts side, and pasta. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

HB
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the location and, though the menu is small, the items are varied and of excellent quality.

DC
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was wonderful from start to finish. We enjoyed some bread and the nachos then had main courses that were excellent and ended with four exceptional meals.

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The last time I was a Villon, the menu and food were magnificent. They had a chocolate pasta that I was craving all the way down in LA. The chef has changed and the menu is completely different. Thr brussel sprouts and Hawaiian bread were great. The rest of our meal was so so. The drinks are good and the waiters are wonderful.

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

I met two long time friends here whom I haven’t seen in years. We sat and had a leisurely 3 hour lunch. I was wary of Villon because it’s gotten some spotty reviews lately but our experience was perfect. The waiter was very patient with us. I didn’t feel forgotten ever. They did not push us either to order and leave. The food was very tasty. My only small gripe was that portions were a tad small (the tostada was really tiny! We had to order an extra chef salad to share to make up for the size of the tostada) and it is pricey. But it’s a beautiful space and was all worth it to catch up with dear friends.

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

Great food, great service. We had dinner before the 7:00pm showing of Hamilton. We were a bit upset that our food came out so late (patrons next to us were seated after us and were already on dessert when our food came!), but they made it right by comping appetizers and a round of drinks. We loved the aesthetic of the place as well. Will come back.

MF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Small food menu, but lengthy bar menu...everything super yummy.

VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and the food was delicious. I thought it was a little expensive for what you got but it was good and the service was great.

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

The portions are *small* Like, a 34 dollar branzino entree had possibly 2 oz of fish on it. It was offensive. What did they do with the rest of the fish? Ive never ordered brazino and not gotten the whole fish. Maybe if the menu read 1 branzio filet I could take responsibility for leaving hungry. The starters were ok but for 4 bites of food at 16 bucks a pop, I really need to have my socks blown off. And when spending 450 before tip for 4 people, had most certainly better leave full. Wont be back for food....

p
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The decor is friendly retro, mindful or flapper era with soaring high ceiling, light colors with a base on long blue and white pinstripes. Seating is on stools, with some tables and booths. The back bar features shelves and bottles from the counter to the ceiling, perhaps 20 feet above the bar. The drink menu is long and interesting. My rye drink was aptly named "Comme ci come ca" despite the innovative prospect of combining flavors of rye, jagermeister, brandy, creme de pesche and bitters. Perhaps the bitters bottle was overused.
On the Appetizers portion of the menu, the Hawaiian Bread is delicious, a clear cousin to our favorite sweet breads on Maui and Molokai. Also excellent is the delicate juxtaposition of flavors of the pinwheel - delicate puff pastry disk topped with a spread of chicken liver mousse, bacon Granada and tiny strawberry. Among the plates, we chose the King Salmon, which was a minimalist presentation of a plane 4 inch square of fish with barely any representation of watermelon radish or Beurre Blanc. Neither the presentation nor the taste had much of interest to offer. On the other hand, the side dish of Brussels sprouts was a generous serving of quartered sprouts sautéed and seared to a savory dark brown with tiny cubes of bacon, garlic and onions. The strawberry tart made a delicious finish with cream cheese coated pastry under small berries and a slightly tart contrast of strawberry sorbet.
Three people came to our table to welcome us, but not one of them provided any service. The waitress didn't arrive until 10 minutes after we were seated. While we were waiting three of the service staff bumped into the back of my chair on the way by, but only one of them acknowledged the contact. Our wait person said all of the words one is accustomed to hearing, but felt rote, not committed to actual satisfaction. Too bad. It's such an easy thing to do. Still, its a good restaurant with some excellent offerings. Ditch the aprons.

D
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

not a varied menu, but everything was delicious, Great service! Always a great experience!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely,well thought out and carefully prepared dishes. We tried two small plates, three mains and two desserts and they were all delicious. Our server was delightful and very mindful that we needed to be at the theater by 6:45pm. Also the sheer convivence of being close to mass public transportation made it easy to get there and the show afterwards.

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor and atmosphere was excellent. The food was amazing with great blends of flavors. The service was very nice and quick.

L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We went here before the theatre because it’s right down the block. It was not hard to find, but it was not clear how to get in and where the restaurant was. However, when I asked, the person was helpful enough to get the guy in charge who sId I had signed up for tea, not dinner (which hadn’t started yet), and that when I reserved there was a small disclaimer that was hard to see (yes it was). He said we could have dinner wen it started and that sounded good. However, it took about 45 minutes to get tea. We had to flag down a server and then she was very slow. The service we got for dinner was terrific and that meal was very enjoyable. So go for dinner, but maybe think twice for tea.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well-orchestrated from start to finish...can’t go wrong with Villon!

TA
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Creative. Different. We shared our dishes, two apps and an entree and it was just right. Perfect before seeing Hamilton which is just a block away. This hotel (Hotel Proper) also has a very nice rooftop bar. I would definitely go back to this restaurant.

KJ
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Villon. Each had different unique and signature cocktails and 49 to choose from and entertaining just reading the descriptions. Were very tasty. Then shared a kale salad and brussel sprouts among 4 of us as shareable portions plus dinners and that was delicious and fun. Service was fabulous. Would go back!

KS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was to die for and our server Jim was outstanding! He was informative, personable, and seemed to like his job! He made our experience the better for being there! I couldn't recommend this restaurant higher!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter, great food

SM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular. Food was delicious. Ambiance was beautiful. Prices were stupid high.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Villon is a nicely decorated restaurant that is conveniently located to the Orpheum Theater. The menu selection is decent. However, my experience with my waitress was lackluster. Although very friendly, she forgot to take my party's drink order, and took 15 minutes before taking our meal order. I had to yell for her attention to get any service. I understand she may have had an off day, and the restaurant was crowded, but her timing was always off. We ordered a side of brussel sprouts which never came to the table, but was conveniently put on my bill. I had to remind my waitress that the order never came, and to remove it from my bill. Additionally, our meals came late which also made us late to our show at the Orpheum. A bit disappointed.

KR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Villon is inside the new The Proper Hotel in San Francisco, designed by Kelly Wearstler in her iconic style. The lounge was perfect for pre-dinner cocktails and was an easy transition to the dining room. The dinner was 5 star, the flavors were delicious. We all loved our entrees. It's become a hot spot for after work, pre-dinner crowd in the lounge. They are definitely gentrifying the neighborhood, so don't be alarmed by the sketchy area around the hotel.

R
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Small venue and noisy. Limited menu, but tasty. Great location for a pre or post show meal.

m
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Villon is a beautiful restaurant and the cocktails are outstanding. However, the food left much to be desired - like more food please. For the prices charged for an entree, you would expect portions to be larger than the tiny amount set before us. There were 4 of us and each ordered a different entree (fish, pasta, duck, pork). All of us were still hungry after dinner that we had to order desserts. It felt like the kitchen was trying too hard to cook cool hip food that it forgot that food needs to taste good at these prices.

OT
Kansas City
51 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Had high hopes with other reviews, but food was not good...too salty, not quality meats/fish. And, prices are outrageous for what you get.

FP
Sacramento
155 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villon is located in the Proper Hotel, and is a small and beautiful restaurant. Service was prompt, friendly, and professional; our server was charming and polite. We started with the Hawaiian bread, which I highly recommend. Soft and pillowy inside, it was coated with white and black sesame seeds that provided a lovely crunch. It's served with a strawberry-Meyer lemon spread that is so delicious, I was eating out of the bowl with my butter knife. Naughty! The yellowfin tuna was an unusual twist on sashimi, with the raw (and excellent) tuna sitting on a miniature crispy rice cake and then on a lettuce leaf. It was the perfect bite, delicious and the crispy rice added a delightful texture. The smoked King salmon was a preparation unlike anything I've ever had before. Silky smooth, lightly smoky, and so delicious! The Brussels sprouts were divine - roasted until crispy and served with lardon that I am still craving. The millefeuille was served with a luscious chocolate ice cream and was the perfect end to the meal. Our entire meal was delightful and flawless.

LD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the vibe of this place, modern but yet classic. We have a party of 4 to come in on a Friday night at 7:30p.m. Seating was quick and attentive. Service is beyond expectation since our server knows and cares about our taste buds. We ordered wine and cocktails and the chef have us kale salad as a compliment for our double dates occasion that night. The food portion is quite small, I think it's better for a party of two but everyone in my table get to taste a good amount of each dishes. Definitely will come back again in the next seasonal menu!

s
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small menu but food was very good. My friend had the yellowtail and I had the chicken liver mousse pinwheel to start. Both of us had the duck as a main course. My friend also had the Brussels sprouts and the chocolate millefeuille. My meal was excellent and my friend seemed happy with his. We each had a glass of red wine (forget the name) which we were pleased with too. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fancy dinner for before seeing a show at the Orpheum

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

They open at 5 for dinner, but can enjoy cocktails in lobby ahead of time. Curious service and cocktails avg 14-16. Pricey but yummy
Dinner was great! We both had fish dishes and side of Brussel sprouts highly recommended
Chocolate dessert was yummy and unique.
Close to theaters and tell them if you have a deadline.
It was crowded when we left so recommended reservations

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Villon was chosen due to is close proximity to the orpheum theater. The food was well prepared and presented though in very small portions with plenty of sauce. Service was attentive and friendly. Nice sophisticated ambience. Pleasant for conversations.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for a birthday but our food was undercooked and the server didn’t know the different between lactose intolerance and gluten free. We had both dietary restrictions at the table. It was a pretty big disappointment all around.

DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 8 of us went for an 11 am Brunch before a 1pm showing of Hamilton. Service was good, we got our food within 30 minutes. All of the dishes were wonderful. Staff was friendly and helpful. Very nice ambiance. We would high recommend this restaurant.

CJ
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the atmosphere at Villon for lunch or dinner! The food was most enjoyable, very interesting take on nachos, and the porkchop was incredible. Our waiter was great. We appreciated his sense of humor and attention.

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